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Nara Hohryu-ji, Great Buddha and Deer Tour

by Toshi
(13) Reviews
8h $ 249 Price up to 5 people

Highlights

  • 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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249.20 USD

Price up to 5 people
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Extras (optional)

Extra person.
$ 31.15
Extra hour.
$ 31.15

Overview

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.

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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Highlights

  • 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.

Important

* If your hotel is in Osaka city and your tour is in Osaka, you do not have to pay my transportation fee to your hotel from my home.
* If your hotel is located in an area other than Osaka city, I will charge actual transportation fee (R.T.) to get to your hotel from my home in Osaka at the end of the tour.

* 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.

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.
Meeting Point
At your hotel in Osaka city
Ending Point
At your hotel in Osaka city
Duration
8 hours
Starting time
09:30 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 5 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 ( 13 )
Claudia Claudia Belgium ( Family with kids )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ 2 amazing days in Kyoto ”

As we are making a roundtrip in Japan, having only a couple of days to spent in Kyoto, we preferred to hire a private guide for our family of 5 (three teenager kids). We booked two full-day tours with Toshi, a native Japanese guide who is fluently in English! Toshi has been a wonderful guide for us, taking care of everyone, taking time to explain his tour plan at the start of the tour and giving a lot of background information during both tours! Our favorite tour was the Arashiyama tour (bamboo groove, Togetsu-kyo bridge, Golden pavilion, Nishiki market), as the weather was absolutely wonderful that day! The Higashiyama tour was very impressive as well, with a lot of beautiful (and colourful) sightseeing places. As we are travelling in high season, the major sightseeing areas in Ky... read more

Toshi:

Hi Claudia, We had a bit of rain on the first day in Higashiyama, but second day in Arashiyama turned out to be such a nice day. I'm really glad that you all had a wonderful day. Frank: Thank you for the photos you took by Hozu River. My wife liked them very much. Tom: Your Japanese is excellent, much advanced than my expectation. Please keep on learning, especially try to spend time on explaining things concerning what you have interests in. Helene: I was impressed with your piano-playing at the music store.You seemed to be enjoying very much. Laura: You expressed your interest in playing the drums straight forward. I like that sort of attitude towards what you want to do. You have wonderful three children. The way they are is because the way you and Frank are. Great family! ... read more

Cathy Cathy United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Thank You for a nice afternoon ”

I arranged a short tour with Toshi for my family. My mother is 86 years old so i wanted to be sure she was safe and comfortable with the amount of walking we did. Toshi was very considerate of her needs and checked on her often. We were able to view Kumamoto castle during Sakura season so my daughter was also happy. Dontambouri area was very crowded, similar to NYC. He showed us a very small shrine and a sweet bean soup shop which we enjoyed very much. It took me back to my childhood many years ago. I wish we had more time to Hanami! It looked so fun. Thank You Toshi for the nice afternoon and pictures you took of my family.

Toshi:

I'm glad that you and your mother had a good time in Osaka. I think, perhaps, cherry blossoms in Nishinomaru garden and Hohzen-ji temple were the highlights in the tour for your mother and the rest of family members. My wife and I had a special feeling towards your mother and wanted to welcome your mother and your family with that feeling. At the shin-Osaka station, I explained how my wife got the KIntsuba gift for your mother. I'm hoping now that you understood "how come", too. Take care and say hello to MInoru-san. Best regards, Toshi

Gen Gen Philippines
Very Good
2 weeks ago

“ Osaka with my son (6yo) ”

Highly recommended .:) thank you.:)

Toshi:

Hi Gen, I could not guide your client family on the following day, since I was already booked by another party. A friend of mine took care of them, guiding in Kyoto. According to my friend, your client family seemed to enjoy the tour with him. Best, Toshi

Linda Linda Australia ( Family with kids )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Great day out in Osaka with Toshi and the kids! ”

Thank you so much Toshi-san for taking us out to see Osaka for the first time with our two active boys. We changed our agenda quite abit to suit our boys which Toshi-san was more than welcoming to do. I think we got to see all the little and enjoyable things the local do which is what we wanted really. Our favourite places would be Kuromon Ichiba Market, which was not on the agenda but we went to as it was near our hotel and it was gold, not so busy, good food and shopping. Our kids also loved the big Ferris wheel. As a family with two boys ,5 and 10, it can be hard to keep them entertained but they had a great time with Toshi-san! Thank you so much again!

Toshi:

Hi Linda, I'm glad to hear that your boys had good time with me in Osaka. Though we could not follow the original itinerary so much, I think it was OK because boys enjoyed visiting Umeda Sky Building and Ferris wheel ride very much. Richard and you seemed to be happy about the tour. It was a fun day, and I myself enjoyed being with active boys. Say hello to them and Richard for me. Thank you for your review. Toshi

David David United States ( Couple )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ A Day with Toshi ”

Toshi met us at the port on time as he agreed to. We found him to be well informed, knowledgeable and considerate of having to deal with two seniors. He continually looked for ways to show us as much as he could considering the time we were in port. He was always looking for additional locations that would make our visit rewarding and enjoyable. He escorted us to a wonderful restaurant where we enjoyed a lunch of shabu-shabu. It could not have been any better. If you are able to secure a date for his services you would not be disappointed, a real pleasure to be with.

Toshi:

Hi David, I thank you very much for your review and chocolate. I'm glad that you had a good time with me in Kyoto. It is really my pleasure to hear what you said. I feel good about what I prepared for your tour. Your review gave me a confidence as a tour guide and an energy, which keeps me going. Thank you again. Toshi

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