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Indigo dyeing experience and Yakushiji temple(World Heritage Site) in Nara

by Michiko
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3:30h $ 106 Price up to 5 people

Highlights

  • Indigo dyeing experience
  • Yakushiji temple

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Extras (optional)

Hotel pick up in Kyoto.
$ 27.60
Hotel pick up in Osaka.
$ 18.40
Extra hour.
$ 27.60

Overview

I will take you to an indigo-dyeing studio in Yamatokoriyama city and help to experience it.
After that you will visit Yakushiji Temple.
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What to Expect

Ai-zome, or indigo dyeing used to be very familiar with ordinary Japanese people, especially in Edo Period(16C to 19C). The beauty of the color is highly valued as "Japan Blue". Now it is well-known as the logo of "Tokyo Olympics in 2020". You will try dyeing with the handkerchief and the bandanna,etc.. "Konya", the studio, is located in Yamatokoriyama city, a castle town, and you will touch the atmosphere of the old merchant townscape around there.
Yakushiji-Temple(710) is one of the world heritage site"Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara". The principal image is Healing Buddha, or doctor Buddha. You will also see Sun and Moon Bodhisattva,or day and night attendant nurses. They always welcome you with great mercy.

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Highlights

  • Indigo dyeing experience
  • Yakushiji temple

Important

① The tour is carried out after booking the indigo dyeing experience. To ensure the booking, I'd like you to contact me early, at least 3days before the tour.
② I recommend you to wear clothes you can get dirty in dyeing, although apron, rubber gloves and long boots are prepared.
③ I'd like you to prepare cash for the payment on the tour.
④ At Yakushiji temple, East Pagoda undergoes disassembly and repair, so you can't see it now.

 

What‘s included
guide fee,
What‘s not included
transportation fee during the tour ¥150 per person, 
"Konya" entrance fee ¥300,
the fee for indigo dyeing experience ¥1200 to ¥1900,
"Yakushiji Temple"entrance fee (It varies depending on the date.) ¥1100 (1/1~1/15 3/1~6/30 8/13~8/15 9/16~11/30) ¥ 800 (Rest of the year),
Meeting Point
Kintetsu Koriyama Sta. (20 minutes from Kintetsu Nara Sta.) or JR Koriyama Sta. (5 minutes from JR Nara Sta.)
Ending Point
Kintetsu Nishinokyo Sta.
Duration
3:30 hours
Starting time
12:30 PM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 5 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 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.

Reviews ( 4 )

Excellent
9 hours ago |   by Gwen

“ We Will Return to Nara ”

We had a great time in the beautiful city of Nara in large part due to Michiko. Our time in Nara was limited to 5 hours but we saw a lot and it was enough of a look to know we want to return soon. Michiko was a delightful guide and we enjoyed our time with her. She started the day by giving us cute wooden bus passes that we used several times during our visit. Our first stop was a visit to Kofukuji and the interesting Kofukuji National Treasure Museum which helped get us into the right mindset for the day. Michiko guided us expertly through this wonderful museum. She was full of information and seemed to instinctively know where we wanted to linger and where we could move on. She took us through and around the temple grounds to give us different perspectives of the property and buildings. Michiko made good use of all of our time and even squeezed in an "extra" stop at a hidden linen shop before an early and delicious lunch. Next, we were on to another short bus ride to see more deer and the beautiful Todaiji Temple. The massive Buddha in the main hall is quite a sight and not to be missed! Michiko explained numerous details that added color and to our understanding of what we were seeing. Michiko is quick without rushing, she easily walks backwards while sharing information about the areas we are about to enter and amazingly slips through the crowds of people. She patiently waited as my knees slowed us down a bit at the steps and took us on a less steep way into Kasuga Taisha. Once there, she painted a picture in our minds of the darkness of the area and what it would look like when the lanterns are lit like they are a few times a year. All too soon, it was time to head back to the train station but we felt we had seen and learned a lot. We were back to the station by bus right on time and we didn't have to wait for the train. We even had time to stop to see Fushimi Inari on our way back to Kyoto. It was a great day!

Excellent
2 days ago |   by Carl

“ Very friendly, knowledge,considerate and accommodating. ”

Taylored tour as we moved from place to place to accommodate my wifes limited walking endurance. Took us to a very nice teahouse at the end of our tour where we shared small talk and relaxed - very nice.1

Excellent
1 week ago |   by Kit

“ Great Guide ”

Michiko took us around Nara. We were short on time and she efficiently took us to the places we wanted to see. Her English is excellent. She has a very pleasing personality. We were happy with her tour.

Excellent
2 months ago |   by Lolita

“ 3 Days Tour ”

Michiko-san is a very nice and accommodating tour guide. Very friendly and happy to share the Japanese culture with us and learn of our Chinese culture. She patiently waits for us and don't rush us to walk faster or take pictures faster just to be on schedule. Unlike other guides we had before, she didn't get mad and try to stop us when we kept stopping to try the local foods even though we were really behind schedule. She also went with us to another place even though it's not part of the tour anymore. She responds fast to all our questions and do her best to give us the answers we need. Overall, our experience was enjoyable and fun because of her. I definitely recommend her to people who wants to visit kansai area.

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