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Nara Hohryu-ji, Great Buddha and Deer Tour

by Toshi
(5) Reviews
8h $ 230 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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$ 31.50
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$ 31.50

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.

・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 ( 5 )
George George Australia ( Family with kids )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Had so much fun. ”

Thankyou Toshi. Our 3 daughters had a fantastic all day tour. See you on Sunday for round 2

Toshi:

Thank you very much for your review. I'm really glad to hear that. You still have one more day touring in Kyoto with me. Your daughters will have an educational and experiential fun day one more time in Kyoto, today. I'm looking forward to seeing all of you again. Best regards, Toshi

Dat Dat Australia ( Family )
Very Good
1 month ago

“ Very good Tour Guide ”

We, a family from Australia, went a day with Toshi. He a very good tour guide who can speak and explain in English very well. We enjoyed that and recommend him for other English speaker tourists.

Toshi:

Hi Dat-san, Thank you very much for your prompt review. It seemed like that your family members enjoyed Umeda Sky Building and had a fun time upon the roof top. It was perhaps the highlight of your Osaka tour. I'm hoping your family get on an express train smoothly and get to Kansai International Airport safely. Best regards, Toshi

Deborah Deborah United States ( Couple )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Great day in Kyoto ”

We thoroughly enjoyed our day with Toshi in Kyoto. I sent him a list of the places we were hoping to visit and he arranged an itinerary to fit. He was able to also fit in some places we would not have thought to visit, like the Okochi Sanso garden, which was one of the highlights of the day.

Toshi:

Hi Deborah, I'm very glad that you said, "Ohkohchi Sanso was the one of the highlights of the tour. " It was a beautiful day. We could see Mt.Hiei in the east and Hozu valley from the villa. It was fun for me too, to stroll around Arashiyama with both of you. When you have another chance to come back to Kyoto or Kanasai Region, please let me know. I would like to show you Kyoto in depth and other interesting places. Thank you for your review.

Steve Steve Japan ( Family )
Excellent
5 months ago

“ Great with kids ”

We found Toshi’s profile and realized he would be a great fit. He understood as Americans we have lots of questions and we like to talk. He was flexible and worked great around our needs and children’s needs. We explained we were going around the world and that the culture is the kids class room. He engaged right away with our kids. The second day we lost 2 and we had to change plans and he was awesome about the change. Very easy going and extremely likable. Would recommend him any time.

Toshi:

Hi Steve-san, Thank you so much for a wonderful review. It was too bad that we could not follow what we planned. It's not fun to feel not well while you travel especially in different culture. Sometimes, taking a rest and having an easy day is important as your family will continue a world trip. I hope you and your children are well by now. Mindy is a great mother of two boys. She takes care of the rest of her family very well. I learned a lot from her by seeing the way she communicates with two boys and you. You can take the boys to the Kyoto Railway Museum, while you are in Kyoto. They have a collection of steam locomotives and different types of trains. I'm sure that they will enjoy very very much. The museum is not far from your hotel. Have a fun time in Kyoto, and take care. ... read more

Belen Belen China ( Family with kids )
Very Good
6 months ago

“ Family Trip to Kyoto and Nara ”

Toshi was like a friend you meet after long time. He was able to armonize very quick with our family and create a friendly atmosphere. He was very flexible and open for spontaneous changing of the squeduled plans and the communication in English was very good and fluent. We had a very hard time to get along with the high temperatures during the time we were for our first time in Japan, Toshi had a lot of understanding for making stops when needed. timetable planing could be better. We arrived just to late to some places we wanted to see. But he also show us places we did not expected to see. Thank you Toshi

Toshi:

Hi Belen, How are you? It was fun and interesting to visit Kyoto and Nara with you, your partner and children. It had been extremely hot during the whole tour, but it will be very nice memory for them, especially when they get older. Thank you for writing a review on me. Best regards, Toshi

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