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Dear deer Nara! ~Nara Park & Nara-machi~

by Michiko
(16) Reviews
5h $ 147 Price up to 6 people


  • Todaiji temple (World Heritage)
  • Kofukuji temple (World Heritage)
  • Kasuga Grand shrine (World Heritage)
  • Nara-machi (old merchants' town)

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146.85 USD

Price up to 6 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra hour.
$ 26.70
Hotel pick up in Kyoto area.
$ 26.70
Hotel pick up in Osaka.
$ 17.80


We will visit Nara Park, where historic monuments and nature create calm and peaceful atmosphere. You'll see wild deer roaming hear and there. Walking in Nara-machi district will give us a chance to see an old merchants' townscape.

What to Expect

Nara was an ancient capital of Japan(710~794), and the terminal destination of Silk Road, a trading road connecting the West and the East. Influenced by international culture, a great number of treasures, including historical structures, Buddhist statues and artifacts, miraculously remain here.

Especially, the quality of Buddhist statues is marvelous! For example, Nio-zo, A pair of statues of Guardian Deities in Todaiji temple has a lot in common with Statue of David by Michelangelo. I will guide you to see such world-class masterpieces.

Furthermore, I will take you to Nara-machi, an old merchants' town. We will drop by shops of local special products, such as hemp cloth, tea, Indian ink stick, sake(rice wine).

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Michiko Licensed Guide
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  • Todaiji temple (World Heritage)
  • Kofukuji temple (World Heritage)
  • Kasuga Grand shrine (World Heritage)
  • Nara-machi (old merchants' town)


Aside from the guide fee, I would like you to pay for the guide's transportation fee between home and the travel city in advance. For example, if it's Kyoto, it costs 3000 JPY, if Nara, 1500JPY, and if Osaka, 2000JPY.
As for the transportation fee during the tour, I would like you to pay on the tour day.

This is basically a walking tour. So I recommend wearing shoes that are easy to walk in. If you have difficulty in walking, please let me know.

You are supposed to pay in cash for entrance fees at temples and shrines.I would like you to prepare some cash.

What‘s included
guide fee
What‘s not included
your transportation fee (¥210~¥500), lunch, entrance fee(①Todaiji temple ¥600  ②National Treasure Hall in Kofukuji temple ¥700 )
Meeting Point
at Kintetsu or JR Nara station
Ending Point
ar Kintetsu or JR Nara Station
5 hours
Starting time
10:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 6 people   Flexible

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make changes after I book?

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email

Starting and ending points of the tour.

After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.

What happens after I book a tour?

After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.

Is the price per person or per group?

The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.

Can I add more people to my booking?

Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel in the first 14 day(s) before the meeting date ,there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting date ,there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 16 )
yochahan Yochahan Israel ( Couple )
3 days ago

“ Best tour ”

Hi We have agreat time With michiko Very profesonal and gentel One of the best guide i have. Yochanan


Thank you for your wonderful review. It was my honor to guide you in Nara. I was very impressed by the way you try to value the culture and the way of life here in Japan. I believe you can touch the heart of Japan through those cultural experiences. Besides I appreciate that you kindly shared me the history and the culture in your country. It was very helpful. Arigato-gozaimashita!!

Erin Erin United States ( Family )
4 days ago

“ Incredible Mother/Daughter Tour with Michiko! ”

My mother and I were fortunate enough to be able to book 2 days of touring with Michiko during our visit to Japan this month. We spent 1 day touring Kyoto and a second day touring Nara and walked away with incredible photos and memories not soon forgotten. Michiko was a wonderful tour guide who was not only well organized and detail oriented, but she was also very personable and went out of her way to get to know us and tailor our experiences to our interests. She was very attentive and made sure that her pace and modes of transportation were comfortable for my mother which I really appreciated. She was also flexible with the schedule given the rainy weather which was also very helpful and provided suggestions for additional gardens to visit when we had a free day. Michiko's tour of... read more


Thank you for your wonderful review. As a resident in Nara, I was so delighted your mother came back to Nara for the first time in almost 40 years with such a brilliant daughter! I was also happy to see both of you enjoying every moment of the tour with great sense of wonder. I hope you will come back again to see Lantern festival in Kasuga grand shrine, or beautiful gardens in Kyoto, which will show you different phases and attractions. See you again!

Lisa Lisa Japan ( Solo )
6 days ago

“ A really nice guide ! ”

Michiko was a very good guide, and we were able to see many interesting things in Nara. We spent 5 hours with her, and we learned a lot about Nara's story. We recommend Michiko to the next visitors! Thank you !


Thank you for your wonderful review. I was very glad that you were interested in Japanese culture, society, art and history. What I was impressed most is that you didn't pass quickly but spent time enough to take a close look at everything that interested you. I hope you will come back to Japan again!

Mark Mark United Kingdom ( Couple )
1 week ago

“ Exceptional knowledge and flexibility ”

We had a wonderful day with Michiko in Kyoto, visiting places we would never have considered. Michico went out of her way to help us with our transport for the following day also. Her English is very good and her local knowledge is excellent. We would all recommend her services.


Dear Mark, Thank you for your nice review. I was very impressed that you all were so close and enjoyed traveling together. Your kindness and sense of humor energized me a lot throughout the tour. I felt even cherry blossom smiled at your jokes! I hope the rest of your travel will be wonderful one. Sincerely, Michiko

1 week ago

“ Tour review with Michiko ”

We hired Michiko as our tour guide for two days. One day when we were in Kyoto and another day when we were in Osaka. Since she lived in Nara which was close to both Kyoto and Osaka, so she was our tour guide in both cities. Michiko was very flexible in arranging our itinerary as we kept changing them as we were adjusting the places and activities that we would like to visit and experience. She also worked around the itinerary depending on where we could see the best cherry blossoms at that time. We enjoyed Michiko's company very much on both days. She knew her history very well and explained the background and history of the places we visited. What we most enjoyed about her is her willingness to take our photos, not just a few but many. She keeps volunteering to take our pictures an... read more


Dear Christopher, Thank you for your wonderful comment. I was so lucky that I could tour with such a gentle family. You had told me your request very concretely beforehand, which helped me a lot to prepare the tours. The time for organizing the itinerary is one of the big charms in the tour. And how wonderful it is to imagine the pictures I took are included in your family album! I hope those pictures will remind you of the early spring 2 days in Kyoto & Osaka forever. Sincerely, Michiko

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