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Nara Golden Route (Todaiji, Kofukuji, Kasuga Shrine)

by Hideo
(95) Reviews
8h $ 279 Price up to 30 people

Highlights

  • Todaiji Temple
  • Kasuga Great Shrine
  • Nara Park
  • Nara Machi (lunch)
  • Nara Craft Museum
  • Kofukuji Temple
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279.00 USD

Price up to 30 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra person ( more than 30 people ).
$ 4.65
Extra hour.
$ 9.30

What to Expect

Nara was the Imperial capital of Japan between 710 and 784 A.D. The city has many places of historical interest including Nara Park, Todaiji temple, Kasuga shrine, and Kofukuji Temple.

The Great Buddha Hall, the main hall of the Todaiji Temple, is one of the largest wooden structures in the world and the seated figure inside is the world's largest bronze image of Buddha.

Guess how high the right hand of the gread image of Buddha is ?
Guess how many snail-shaped hairs Buddha has ?

Kasuga Taisha Shrine is the largest Shinto shrine in Nara. This shrine is famous for its 2,000 stone lanterns and its 1,000 bronze lanterns which stand on both sides of the approach to the shrine. The lanterns are lit twice a year on the night of the Setsubun Festival and August 15.

Naramachi is an area which flourished as a prosperous town with many businesses and shops including ink production, linen textile, sake brewing and the like. The area still retains the nostalgic scenery of people's lives in the 19th century, especially in the narrow lanes winding around the area. Nara Craft Museum has a wide range of traditional Nara crafts such as itto-bori (wood carving), Akahada-yaki (ceramics), calligraphy brushes and inks.
You can enjoy Japanese foods such as kaiten-zushi (converyor belt sushi restaurant), eel and Japanese sweets for lunch.

In Nara Park, there are about 1,200 tame deer. Visitors can feed the deer with crackers sold at stalls in the park. They are believed to be divine messengers of Kasuga Shrine. The deer love the crackers so don't be surprised if you get surrounded by them!

Kofukuji Temple, which in 2010 celebrated the 1,300th anniversary of its founding, is famous for the Five Story Pagoda, the Nan-endo (Southern Octagonal Hall)and the statue of Ashura. The beautiful five-story pagoda is about 50 meters in height, the second highest pagoda in Japan.

By the way, have you ever heard of the statue of Ashura in the Kofkuji National Treasure Museum ?
Ashura is one of the most famous statues in Japan, especially very popular among women. Visitors will be able to see Ashura on open display, not behind a glass case.

Why don't you come see the Great image of Buddha, the tame deer and the statue of Ashura ?

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Highlights

  • Todaiji Temple
  • Kasuga Great Shrine
  • Nara Park
  • Nara Machi (lunch)
  • Nara Craft Museum
  • Kofukuji Temple

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What‘s included
guide fee
What‘s not included
transportation fee (you and guide), lunch, entrance fee
Meeting Point
at your hotel
Ending Point
at your hotel
Duration
8 hours
Starting time
08:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 30 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 ( 95 )
Pauline Pauline United States ( Family with kids )
Very Good
59 minutes ago

“ Day tour of Hiroshima and Miyajima with Hideo ”

We loved touring with Hideo! He was so polite and so accomodating to whatever we wanted to do and see. He was extremely helpful with planning the full day for us and helping us with staying on schedule so we could see all that we had planned. He went above and beyond and even helped us with details of booking the train to get to our next destination of Koyasan. Very pleased in all with our tour and day with Hideo and would greatly recommend him to anyone for this tour. Thank you Hideo!

unbeaten Unbeaten Japan ( Family with kids )
Very Good
3 weeks ago

“ Kanazawa half day tour ”

Hideo-san is a very competent guide & has a kind & gentle personality. We recommend him highly & confirm that it is very much worth having a paid professional guide.

Hideo:

Hi Unbeaten I'm very happy to receive your review. I hope to see you again. Thank you, Unbeaten.

JEAN JEAN United States ( Solo )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Hideo is Kind and Helpful Guide - highly recommended ”

Hideo got tickets for Kokedera - Temple and gardens. He guided me through the gardens. Helped me when I would have fallen. I have Parkinson's Disease and without his arm to hold, I would have fallen several times. Kind, polite helpful, excellent guide

Hideo:

Hi JEAN. I'm very happy to receive your good review. Saihoji Temple has another name "Kokedera" or moss garden. After reciting Hannya Shigyo, or the heart sutra,three times, we enjoyed walking two gardens; stroll-type garden and dry landscape garden. I'm sure you enjoyed yourself. I wish you all the best of your good health. I hope to see you again. Thank you, JEAN.

Antoon Antoon Suriname ( Friends )
Good
1 month ago

“ Punctual and professional ”

Knows his trade and was very patient.Has great consideration for our group.Was sharp on time and his transportation connections were fantastic.

Hideo:

Hi Antoon Thank you for your message. I'm very happy to meet your group. I hope to see you again.

Todd Todd United States ( Friends )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Full-service guide that kept our large group moving ”

Hideo was a super tour guide! We booked professional tours through the cruise ship at other destinations, and this tour was very comparable to those, at a fraction of the cost. I can highly recommend Hideo, based on this experience. I helped to organize the tour with Hideo for a group from Cruise Critic, that ended up being 25 people. Hideo consolidated all of the costs (travel, entry fees, lunch, etc) into a total fee, and Hideo took care of arranging and planning everything. He met us at the pre-arranged time on the dock and had us back to the dock on schedule. The original plan was to use local public transportation, but Hideo organized private transportation using a comfortable bus, due to the size of the group and concerns about keeping everyone together. Hideo also offer... read more

Hideo:

Hi Todd I'm very happy to receive your message. All of you kept time, so I could move ahead on the schedule. I'd like to show you the appreciation. I wish you every happiness. I hope to see you again. Thank you, Todd.

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