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Nara Hohryu-ji, Great Buddha and Deer Tour


Nara
8:30 hours
up to 4 people
Japanese ( Native ), English ( Business )
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. After enjoying old culture of Nara and playing with tame deer, we head back to the train station by way of Kofuku-ji temple precinct.

Itinerary

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  • 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.
  • Nandai Mon Gate: A pair of gigantic wrestlers with fearful facial expressions will be waiting for you at the gate.
  • 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.

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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 in there with ice cream. Then we will be heading back to the train station by way of Kohfuku-ji temple precinct.

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Departure & Return

Starting time 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point At your hotel in Osaka city, or JR Kyoto Station.
Ending Point At your hotel in Osaka city, or JR Nara Station.

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.

Important

* 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)

* Duration of guiding service : minimum 6 hours and maximum 10 hours during the period of March 20th ~ November 31st.

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

・Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes.
・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 ( 34 )
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Randal Randal United States ( Solo )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Trip to old Osaka ”

My day with Toshi was a lot of fun. We went to some interesting temples and shrine were he told me there history. We also went to parts of the city that are the same as years ago and had a really good lunch. If you want an interesting and easy to talk to guide go with Toshi. Randal

Toshi:

Hi Randal, Thank you very much for your review. Unfortunately, we could not visit The Museum of Housing and Living due to the corona virus.If you have a chance to come back here, I would like to show you nice small cities in the Kansai region. Hope you had a safe and easy trip getting back home. Best regards, Toshi

Ivy Ivy United States ( Family )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Highly Recommend ”

We had the best time with Toshi! His knowledge of Osaka and the food scene there made for an awesome day of touring.

Toshi:

Hi Ivy, Thank you very much for your review. I'm glad that you guys had a good time in Osaka and Kobe. Did you enjoy beef dinner in Kobe? Belated Happy New year to you and your family. Best regards, Toshi

jim Jim Australia ( Friends )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Historical Kyoto ”

Toshi met us at the cruise port in Osaka and with him we effortlessly navigated our way to and around Kyoto. We had a full day itinerary and met most of our highlighted points of interest. The day was longer than anticipated and Toshi stayed with us to the end, returning us to the port in plenty of time to get back on board. We thoroughly enjoyed the day and would not have been able to see what we did, if we had done this ourselves. In addition, having a guide such as Toshi who has the local and historical knowledge, enriched our experience and meant that the adventure was much deeper. Toshi himself is a genuinely lovely man with interesting experiences and we wish him the best for the future. When we return to Japan, we will definitely engage Toshi, this time for the Osaka experience... read more

Toshi:

Hi Jim, Thank you so much for your nice review. I myself had a such a fun day, guiding you guys in Kyoto. I’m hoping that any of you comes back to Japan again. Belated “ A Happy New Year! ” to you all. Best regards, Toshi

Lori Lori United States ( Couple )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Awesome experience in Osaka ”

Toshi was an excellent guide in Osaka. He showed us all the highlights. I would definitely recommend him!

Toshi:

Hi Lori, Thank you very much for your review. I hope you will come back to Kansai region and enjoy more fun places some time again. "A Happy New Year" to you and your husbnd. Best regards, Toshi

Wendy Wendy United States ( Family )
Very Good
4 months ago

“ Very Structured Tour ”

If you are looking for a tour guide that is very structured and dedicated to making sure you see as much as you can in your allotted time, Toshi is the guide for you. As first-time visitors to Japan, my group was easily distracted and prone to veering off course. Toshi made sure that we stuck to the plan and didn't dawdle. He is energetic, knowledgable, and passionate about showing you the sites.

Toshi:

Thank you for your review. It seems like that you guys had a great time with interesting experiences in the Kansai region, as far as looking at the pictures you shared. Hope you will come back here again some time and explore more about Japanese culture. Best regards, Toshi

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