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Nara Hohryu-ji, Great Buddha and Deer Tour

by Toshi
(19) Reviews
8h $ 258 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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Extras (optional)

Extra person.
$ 32.20
Extra hour.
$ 32.20

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 ( 19 )
Margit Margit United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Day in Kyoto ”

Toshi was super nice. He took us to some great places. He had a lot of knowledge about Japan. When we forgot our umbrellas in his backpack (we were luck to not have rain) he went completely out of his way to bring them to our next hotel. Thanks so much for all the help Toshi!!!

Toshi:

Hi Margit, I saw a few umbrellas and a raincoat in my back pack, after I got back home. I completely forgot to return them to you. I was hoping that it would not rain in Kyoto next day, while I kept them. I think the weather was OK, wasn't it? Thank you very much for your nice review. Best regards, Toshi

Ted Ted United States ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ What more could you ask for? ”

Toshi spoke excellent English, was very pleasant to be with and took us all the places we requested to go. All this for just 5 of us at 1/3 the price of a cruise ship land excursion covering the same things on a bus of 40 people.

Toshi:

Hi David, I do not know about the land excursion trip for cruise ship passengers. But I'm happy that your family members seemed to enjoy my guiding service in Osaka. Thank you very much for your review. Please tell Paul that I had sent the post card right away, which he asked me to send just before all of you went back to the cruise ship. Best regards, Toshi

Esther Esther Philippines ( Family )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Knowledgeable and Eloquent Guide ”

We required a guide who can speak good English and is knowledgeable of the history of the places that we are interested in touring in Kyoto and Osaka. From a roster of guides on Triple Lights, we chose Toshi because he had his college education in the U.S. and worked as a media coordinator which hopefully will ensure a well-organized tour. We were not disappointed. Toshi had good command of both written and spoken English language. His choice of words were precise and accurate. In terms of organization, Toshi started communicating with us 2 months before the tour and we gave him an idea of our interests, the places that we intend to visit and the profile of our group. Before our arrival in Japan, he had sent a proposed itinerary for our review. We had to revise the itinerary along ... read more

Paul Paul Canada ( Couple )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Great tour guide ”

Toshi was a very affable and knowledgeable guide.

Toshi:

Hi Paul and Sam, Thank you very much for your review. I hope your exploration at the Shrine will go well. If you find anything interesting, please share it with me. Best regards, Toshi

Nigel Nigel United Kingdom ( Couple )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Fantastic Day ”

What a great guide,

Toshi:

Simple, but powerful message.Thank you very much. I'm hoping that your wish will come true and come back to Japan again. Best regards, Toshi

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