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Experience Serene Atmosphere of Ancient Capital of Nara

1 day
up to 6 people
English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)

Nara was an acient capital of Japan and still retains serene atmosphere in Nara Park. There are three famous historic sites in Nara city including Todaiji Temple, Kohfukuji Temple and Kasuga-taisha Shrine. Those spots are located in Nara Park. Some buildings are original and some were repeatedly reconstructed after devastation caused by fire in the civil wars.


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  • Todaiji Temple:Nandaimon Gate,Great Buddha Hall,Great Buddha Statue,Bell-fly,Nigatsu-do Hall,Tamukeyama-Hachiman Shrine
  • Kohfukuji Temple:Three storied Pagoda,South Octagonal Hall,Five storied Pagoda
  • Kasuga-taisha Shrine:Main Sanctuary,Wakamiya Shrine,Meoto-Daikokusha Shrine
  • Nara-machi Town

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What to Expect

Nara was an ancient capital of Japan dating back 1,300 years.
Therefore several old temples and shrines are located in Nara city.This tour includes visiting three famous historic sites including Todaiji Temple,Kohfukui Temple and Kasuga-taisha Shrine.
I will show you not only the popular spot but also hidden things unwritten in the guide books in terms of historical facts. You will know many interesting stories behind the scenes.
In Nara Park, there are many tame deer are roaming. You may enjoy feeding them with rice crackers and play with them.

Departure & Return

Starting time 09:30 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point At your hotel in Nara city/Kintestu Nara Station/JR Nara Station
Ending Point At your hotel or your convenient place

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee
meal expenses for the guide
hotel pick-up in Nara city

What‘s not included

traffic expense for the guide from his residence to the meeting place(¥520)
traffic expenses in Nara city
meal expenses for you
admission fee

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting date
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting date
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting date

Frequently Asked Questions

How much is the traffic expenses in Nara city?

If you take bus, the bus fare in central Nara city is 210 yen per one way.

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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Reviews ( 75 )
4.9 (75) Reviews
Very Good
Shannon Shannon New Zealand ( Couple )
1 day ago

“ Great day with Hiro ”

We had a great day in Kyoto with Hiro. He helped us plan a full day itinerary and was very accommodative to any changes. We actually went faster than his itinerary so we tagged on something extra at the end as well. He is very knowledgeable and fun to spend a day with and would highly recommend using his services! I am 6 months pregnant and he made sure I was ok the whole time. Very good!


Dear Shannon, I appreciate your rave review on the tour with me. I had a very pleasant day with you and Steven over Kyoto. I hope you will enjoy watching the rugby game of New Zealand and South Africa. Please do not fight with Steven whichever the team wins. I wish you have a healthy baby soon. Best regards, Hiroyuki

Peter Peter Hungary ( Friends )
1 week ago

“ Precision with style - the perfect guide ”

My first surprise was his detailed schedule for my request (one day Kyoto, one day Nara and one day Himeji). The program was even detailed for the minute (seriously!), which precision is - as he later explained - coming from his past as a civil engineer. However whenever we requested some change on the way, he was helpful, flexible and kind. Regarding the visits to the shrines, temples and other sites, he was well prepared, ready to answer to our - sometimes only tangentially related - questions. We enjoyed every moment with him, learned much more than history of the sites - present customs, everyday life in Japan, etc. Along our way he found the time to offer us restaurants (even making reservation), helped to successfully reclaim the mobile phone left on Hikari shinkasen, helped to c... read more


Dear Peter, I appreciate your very detailed and rave review on the tour with me. I had felt relieved to know that your left iPhone on the Shinkansen was restored next day of the tour. I have enjoyed cross cultural talking with you through the three day tour with you. Japan has abundant beautiful spots and unique culture. I look forward to seeing you again in the near future. Please give my best regards to Zoltan, Joseph and Ferenc. Best regards, Hiroyuki

Joseph Joseph United States ( Family )
1 month ago

“ Hiroyuki is a great guide ”

Hiroyuki guided my daughter and I for 2 days in Kyoto. I highly recommend him. He is very knowledgeable and helpful.


Dear Joseph, I appreciate your kind review on the tour with me. Although it was extremely hot two days, I am pleased that we were able to complete the tour without any troubles. I hope you visit Japan again in spring and autumn season when you can enjoy beautiful cherry blossoms and autumn leaves. Please give my best regards to Nicole. Best regards, Hiroyuki

Kol Kol United States ( Family with kids )
1 month ago

“ Kyoto - historical tour of shrines and temples ”

Hiro-San is fantastic. He is very knowledgeable of Kyoto’s history and culture. He also did a great job in ensuring all of the wishes of different age travelers and personalities are met. He was very thoughtful to the children who were experiencing exhaustion due to the numerous steps and heat. Upon discovery of me leaving my phone on the bullet train, he went beyond the call of duty to take our family to a tech center to activate the phone in lost mode and called the rail station on our behalf. Hiro-San made our trip truly memorable. Thank you!


Dear Bonna, Thank you very much for leaving a kind review on the tour with me. I had a very pleasant day with you and your family over eastern part of Kyoto. I am also glad to know that your phone was returned to you safely. Please give my best regards to James,Kailey,Ellie,Thuy,Madison and Michael. I look forward to seeing you again in the near future. Best regards, Hiroyuki

Jennifer Jennifer Japan ( Family with kids )
2 months ago

“ Fantastic Tour! ”

Thanks Hiro for a fantastic tour! We had so much fun seeing the sites with you as you made our experience such a lovey one. My 14 year old son said you were his best guide in Japan! You made getting around very easy and our time spent at the shrine, temple and castle with you was both educational and enjoyable. I recommend you for anyone coming to town who wants a professional and fun guide. Thanks again! And we love the photos you took of us. :)


Dear Jennifer, I appreciate your taking time to leave prompt and wonderful review on the tour with me. I enjoyed showing you around eastern part of Kyoto including Sanjusangendo, Fushimi Inari Shrine and Nijo Castle. I was also very much impressed with Manny's intelligence. I am sure that he is a very promising young guy. Please give my best regards to Arline and Manny. I look forward to seeing you again in the near future. Sincerely yours, Hiroyuki

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