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Nara Golden Route (Todaiji, Kofukuji, Kasuga Shrine)


Nara
8 hours
up to 30 people
Japanese ( Native ), English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )

Itinerary

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

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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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Departure & Return

Starting time 08:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point at your hotel
Ending Point at your hotel

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee

What‘s not included

transportation fee (you and guide), lunch, entrance fee

Important

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Thank you.

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

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.

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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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Sandy Sandy United States ( Friends )
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2 weeks ago

“ A wonderful experience ! ”

We had a wonderful day with Hideo. He was knowledgeable, friendly and so helpful.

Hideo:

Hi Sandy I'm very happy to receive your review. Matsumoto Castle had a little steep stairs but you easily walked upstaires. In Matsumoto City Museum, I'm sure, you could enjoy the works of Yayoi Kusama, the most famous modern artist in Japan. I wish all of you happiness and I hope to see you again. Thank you, Sandy.

Bob Bob United States ( Couple )
Very Good
3 weeks ago

“ A very good experience ”

Well-organized, good group control. Very knowledgeable about Japan, and excellent skills at relating it. Sometimes difficulty with communication due to soft and relatively high-pitched voice! Would use again

Hideo:

I'm very happy to receive your review. I'll make use of your point (English speaking) going forward. I hope you enjoy Japan tour on Azamara Quest Cruise Ship. I wish you every happinss. I hope to see you again. Thank you, Bob.

Ariella Ariella Canada ( Family with kids )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Wondering Day with HIDEo ”

We had a wonderful day with HIDEo. We would recommend booking a tour with HIDEo

Hideo:

I'm very happy to receive your review. We visited Matsue Castle and Shimane winery where we could enjoy wine tasting and barbecue for lunch. Lastly we visited sacred Izumo Grand Shrine closely related to Japanese Mythology. I wish you happiness. I hope to see you again. Thank you, Ariella.

Anju Anju United States ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Excellent day in Kyoto! ”

Hideo is very organized and knowledgeable! He met us in the lobby of our hotel and we spent about 5.5 hours together. He knew quite a bit about the history of Kyoto and Japan in general and answered all of our questions. It was very hot, but we managed quite nicely as there were enough times we were in a cooler areas. His English, while not like a native speaker's, was perfectly fine. We had no trouble understanding or communicating. We did provide lunch, but it was our pleasure to have Hideo as our guest. He made the day very enjoyable!

Hideo:

Hello Anju I'm very happy to receive your review. It was very hot on that day, bur thank you for following my guide payin my lunch. I wish your family much happinss. I hope to see you again. Thank you, Anju.

Alexey Alexey Russian Federation ( Solo )
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1 month ago

“ Excellent excursion. ”

Excellent excursion.

Hideo:

I'm very happy to receive your message. We enjoyed Hiroshima local food, grilled conger and fried oysters for lunch. In Peace Memorial Museum we took a look at a lot of sad and emotional pictures. I had a great time with you. Thank you, Alexey. I hope to see you again. I wish you every happiness.

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