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Explore Nara

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8h $ 326 Price up to 20 people


  • Todai-ji Temple
  • Kasuga Great Shrine

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325.50 USD

Price up to 20 people
FREE cancellation 14 days prior


Nara is ideal for those who wish to see not only numerous historical structures but also to touch, feed wild deers roaming freely around in the Nara Park. There are 8 UNESCO heritages in Nara spotted sparsely in the historic regions which have full of rich tales in Nara period (from 710 to 794). Visiting 4 UNESCO heritages (3 temples and 1 shrine) in this tour in addition to one Japanese garden.

What to Expect

Messenger of deity of Kasuga Great shrine, 1,200 deers welcome you all the tour long in Nara national park. First stop is Kofuku-ji temple which was founded by Emperor Shomu in 726 during Nara period where the five-storied pagoda is a symbol of Nara national park viewed over Sarusawa Pond. Next is a short walk to a Japanese garden, called Isui-en (on the way to the Todai-ji temple) is also a must-to-see scenic spot. The third stop is the main attraction in Nara i.e Todai-ji temple, the largest wooden structure in the world, built in 752 and 2.8 million people took part in to construct, houses the 15 m tall Great Buddha statue. Fourth stop is Nigatsudo Hall which stands close to Todai-ji temple where the water-drawing ritual ceremony is being held in every February since 752. Last stop is Kasuga Great shrine which is a national shrine founded to protect the Heijyo-kyo, the new capital of Nara (form 710 to 794). 2,000 stone lanterns and 1,000 hanging lanterns are lit in February and August there and it brings you date back the time of the ancients.

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Organized by Masahisa

Licensed Guide
(2) Reviews


  • Todai-ji Temple
  • Kasuga Great Shrine


* A scenic tour exploring, touching and feeling the area in 8th Century in Japan, a birth district of
* A surprise greeting by wild deers

City Nara

Depart From City of Osaka, Kyoto or Nara

Meeting Point At your hotel in Osaka, Kyoto or Nara

Ending Point At your hotel in Osaka, Kyoto or Nara

Duration 8 hours

Starting time 08:30 AM ( recommended )   Flexible

Number of people up to 20 people

What‘s included
  • Included:
  • *Guide fee
  • *Hotel pick up fee in Kansai district (Kansai district = City of Osaka, Nara, Kyoto, Kobe)
  • *Travel expense as required to travel with customers by means of public transportation such as train
  • subway
  • bus. Travel expenses
  • included are limited within Kansai district (Kansai district = City of Osaka, Nara, Kyoto, Kobe)
  • *Admission fees
  • tickets as might be incurred at temples
  • shrines or the like.
  • *Meals
  • drinks or the like for the guide during the tour
  • *Any tax or the like as might be incurred by the guide in Japan

What‘s not included
  • Not included:
  • *Fees to cruise river or sea or the like.
  • *Tickets for Universal Studio Japan
  • museum or the like as might be required at private or public museum
  • entertainment
  • facilities.

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 at least 14 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
  • If you cancel between 2 and 13 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 20% charge.
  • If you cancel within 1 day prior to the meeting date, there is a 40% charge.
  • If you cancel on the meeting date, there is no refund.

About Masahisa

Licensed Guide

(2) Reviews

Contact Masahisa
Response Time 8 hs

Languages spoken
  • English ( License )

Lived in Chicago (5 years), Toronto (1 year), Singapore (2 years), Indonesia (4 years) and Birmingham, UK (11 years) to constract business platform, now retired after 40
years employment in Japan. Dynamic tour guide who develops many different ways along with rich experience overseas to entertain large or small tour groups. Enjoys the interaction with tour groups, very strong group presentation and communication skills, finds each guest question as an opportunity to learn anything new. Constantly learning information about each tour spot to enhance tours.

Reviews ( 2 )

4 months ago |   by Lynn

“ Nara Visit ”

Mike was a very good tour guide. He had a lot of information to share with us about Nara. He was very pleasant to spend the day with.Nara Park had hundreds of deer walking around and that was very interesting to see them going up to people who would then feed them. There was a lot of walking on our tour but we did not want to miss anything of interest. Mike controlled our pace and made the trip very interesting.

4 months ago |   by Patricia

“ Very professional and goes beyond what is expected ”

From the day I booked Masahisa (Mike) he has been emailing me about the itinerary and helping me with restaurant choices, even our transportation to Koyasan. He has given me so much information that I feel I have underpaid him! Although I only booked him for 8 hours, he stayed with us until 7pm and brought us back to out hotel. He was very professional and I will not hesitate to book him again for my future tours.

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