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Nara Hohryu-ji, Great Buddha and Deer Tour

8 hours
up to 5 people
Japanese ( Native ), English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
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Hohryu-ji temple, located in Southwest of Nara city, was registered as a World Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO in 1993. We will visit this historic temple first. Then we will move to Nara city to see the Great Buddha and a traditional Japanese Garden Isuien. When you visit these places, adorable deer will be welcoming you. And finally, we will walk up to Nara-machi area by way of Kofuku-ji.


Feel free to personalize this offer with Toshi.

  • Hohryu-ji Temple: Besides the oldest wooden buildings in the world, you can see a national treasure Kudara Kannnon statue that used to be exhibited at the Louvre in Paris.
  • Feeding Tame Deer: You can feed Shika-senbei, or deer cracker, to deer.
  • Great Buddha of Tohdai-ji Temple: The Great Buddaha's height is 15 meters, though he is sitting, and the facade width of the Buddha Hall is 57 meters.
  • Isuien: Traditional Japanese Style Garden
  • Kohfuku-ji Temple: There is another five-story pagoda which is the symbol of Nara city.
  • Nara-machi Town: We will visit "Kohshi no ie", or a traditional house with lattice windows, and a couple of other interesting spots in the area.

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What to Expect

In this tour, we will visit Hohryu-ji temple first. Hohru-ji has the oldest wooden structures in the world in its west side precinct. The temple was registered as a World Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO in 1993. You can also see a national treasure Kudara Kannonn statue, which had been exhibited for a couple of years at the Louvre in Paris, in the late 1990s.

Nara was the capital of Japan for about 80 years, before Kyoto. In the period of Nara, there was a strong belief that Buddhism protects the state and its people from natural disaster, epidemic disease and war. Here is the reason for the construction of the Great Buddha of Tohdai-ji temple. You can imagine that how much the Emperor and people at that time depended on Buddhism when you actually see it.

Next, we will visit a traditional Japanese Garden Isuien. After walking around the garden, you might want to drop in a tea house right next to the garden and enjoy being there with ice cream. Then we will be heading towards Nara-machi town to stroll around the area by way of Kohfuku-ji temple.

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Departure & Return

Starting time 09:30 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point At your hotel in Osaka city
Ending Point At your hotel in Osaka city

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee, hotel pick-up in Osaka city area.

What‘s not included

・Transportation fee (you and guide), lunch, dinner, entrance fee,etc.
・Hotel pick-up fee, if your hotel is located in an area other than Osaka city.


* Toshi will charge actual transportation fee (R.T.) to get to your hotel from his home in Osaka at the end of the tour. (Ex. Your hotel in Osaka city : approximately 560 yen, Your hotel in Kyoto city : approximately 1000 yen)

* If you are working for a travel agency, please note that my guiding service is not available for your tour program, thank you.

・Walking distance in the tour is approximately 6 km in total.

・Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes.

・Whenever you feel tired, do not hesitate to tell me " Let's take a break." We will find a suitable spot to take a break, then.

・Do not forget to bring either a camera or a smartphone.

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.

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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Reviews ( 29 )
4.7 (29) Reviews
Very Good
matthew Matthew Canada ( Couple )
2 weeks ago

“ very insightful ”

We had a wonderful experience with Toshi. He was very accommodating and was very happy to help cater the tour to exactly what we wanted to do and see. He was very insightful and gave great advice for enjoying the rest of our stay in Kyoto.


Hi Matthew, Thank you very much for a wonderful review. I was a bit amazed when I heard that you guys walked to the Hotel from Kyoto Station. Normally international travelers take a taxi to get to their accommodation site, because of unfamiliar environment and directions. I just thought that these people know how to get about. It seems like that you have had a fun tour in Kyoto. It’s nice to be young and healthy. I really hope that you guys will form a warm family and that she will pursue her career to cope with various issues. Best regards, Toshi

Dominique Dominique South Africa ( Couple )
1 month ago

“ A fun day touring with Toshi ”

We had a fun day touring with Toshi. He was knowledgeable and interesting. Had a great tour of Osaka with him.


Hi Dominique, South African team is going to participate in the finals. Congratulations! did you see Japan vs. Scotland game yesterday? I hope Japan and South Africa will meet in the final game, and XXXXX win. Thank you for you review. Please say hello to your husband, and take care. Best regards, Toshi

Diane Diane Japan ( Family )
1 month ago

“ Great overview of Osaka ”

My husband, son and I spent half a day with Toshi seeing the Osaka Castle and visiting a couple famous neighborhoods. He was very knowledgeable, speaks very good English, and was also flexible in adjusting the itinerary on the go to accommodate my son's interest in anime. Toshi suggested several good spots for pictures and found a great restaurant where he helped us order local food. Although the scheduled time was up, Toshi made sure we were able to find a store my son wanted to visit and then got us a taxi. We had a great time with Toshi.


Hi Diane, Thank you very much for your review. I myself had a fun time touring with your family. Your husband is friendly and an interesting gentleman to talk to and listen to. I was wondering whether your son got something he wanted have at the Animate place and got back home alright. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed eating local food at the restaurant. Please take care and convey my regards to your husband and son. Best regards, Toshi

Holly Holly United States ( Solo )
1 month ago

“ Temples and gardens in the rain ”

Toshi-san and I had a lovely day touring temples and gardens. Even though it rained most of the day, with his knowledge of Kyoto’s transit system we were able to cover a lot of ground in a short time. We spent the morning in Arashiyama then ended our tour at the Golden Pavilion. As a solo traveler he made me feel comfortable and even eased my embarrassment when I realized I hadn’t brought enough cash! Thank you for your graciousness, Toshi. I enjoyed my tour!


Hi Holly, How are you doing? Thank you for the review. You mentioned about your embarrassment. I just wanted you to forget that while we are touring together so that you can enjoy what you were seeing and experiencing during the rest of the tour. I simply wanted you to have a fun day. After reading your review, I found out I kind of succeeded in doing that. Thank you. Could you see the cultural performance at Gion Corner? Best regards, Toshi

Sandra Sandra United States ( Family )
1 month ago

“ Wonderful Kyoto experience! ”

From the start, with prompt email responses, personalized itinerary, to the full day of enjoyable experiences, Toshi was an excellent guide. He was knowledgeable about the sites we visited and patient with our requests to find specific items and kept track of us while we meandered through the crowded markets! Thank you for an excellent adventure!


Hi Sandra, Thank you for your nice review. Too bad, that your husband was unable to join the tour. However, I'm glad that we could find the food and the Sake that you were looking for. I was hoping that your husband was happy with what you had gotten. If you ever come to Osaka or Kyoto, please let me know. Best regards, Toshi

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