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

by Michiko
3:30h $ 107 Price up to 5 people


  • Indigo dyeing experience
  • Yakushiji temple

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106.95 USD

Price up to 5 people
FREE cancellation 14 days prior

Extras (optional)

Hotel pick up in Kyoto.
$ 27.90
Hotel pick up in Osaka.
$ 18.60
Extra hour.
$ 27.90


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

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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Organized by Michiko

Licensed Guide


  • Indigo dyeing experience
  • Yakushiji temple


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.


City Nara

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

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)

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 Michiko

Licensed Guide

Contact Michiko
Response Time 3 hs

Languages spoken
  • English ( License )

Hi, I'm Michiko.

I'm a national certified English tour guide.Since I was born and raised in Nara, I'm familiar with the sightseeing spots and attractions of Nara, and neighboring city, Kyoto.

Nara and Kyoto, old capitals of Japan, retain time honoured structures and art works. What is more, beautiful gardens and picturesque landscapes are always waiting for you!

I'm also a traveler who especially love to explore local foods and crafts, which have been passed down from generation to generation.

I'll try to guide you with best hospitality. When you have a chance to visit Nara,Kyoto and Osaka, please contact me anytime and join my tour!

I will be looking forward to seeing you.See you soon!

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