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Highlights

  •   Nara Palace site or Heijyokyu remains
  •   Toin or East Palace Garden
  •   Yakushi-ji Temple
  •   Toshodai-ji Temple
  •   Saidai-ji Temple

Information

City Nara
Meeting Point at your hotel either in Osaka or in Kyoto
Ending Point at your hotel either in Osaka or in Kyoto
Departure 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Duration 8h   Flexible
Languages English (License)
Tour Type Private Tour ( only for you )
Number of people 1 ~ 30
Booking
8h
When?

People

270.00 USD

total price for up to 30 people

FREE cancelation 14 days prior

Extras (optional)

extra person ( more than 30 people ) . 4.50 USD
extra hour. 9.00 USD

What to Expect

Nara was the Imperial capital of Japan between 710 and 784. The city has many places of historical and artistic interest including the Nara Palace site, or the Heijyokyu remains, Yakushi-ji Temple, Toshodai-ji Temple and Saidai-ji Temple.

You can see the newly reconstructed Daikokuden and Suzaku gate, or vermillion bird gate on the Nara Palace site which has a size of about one square kilometer. The Daikokuden was finally completed after 9 years in 2010 as a milestone of its 1,300th anniversary. On the southern half of the Nara Palace site, there is the "TOIN" or the East Palace Garden that Empress Shotoku built.

Yakushi-ji Temple is the headquarters of the Hosso sect of Buddhism. This temple's main object of worship is the Yakushi Nyorai, or the Buddha of Medicine, as can be seen in the name of the temple, "Yaku" meaning medicine. The temple has two three-storied pagoda. The East Pagoda, which is the third oldest pagoda in Japan, is designated as a National Treasure. The East Pagoda is under repair and is supposed to be open to the public in 2019.

Toshodai-ji Temple is the headquarters of the Ritsu sect of Buddhism. The founder of the temple was Ganjin, who established the temple in 759.

Saidai-ji, literally West Big Temple, is named the opposite of Todai-ji, or literally East Big Temple. In "Shiijin-soo", it is said that 4 sacred animals protect the 4 directions, for example, the temple is positioned so that the black turtle protects it from the north.

Nara is one of the few cities that didn't suffer air-raids during World War Ⅱ. Therefore its quiet and historical atmosphere hasn't changed for many centuries till today

Why don't you come walk with me through the peaceful and historical city of Nara ?


What‘s included

guide fee

What‘s not included

transportation fee (you and your guide), lunch, entrance fee

Extras (optional)

extra person ( more than 30 people ) . 4.50 USD
extra hour. 9.00 USD

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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It depends on the location of your hotel and places you visit. But to give you an idea, it costs about 200-300yen for one place to the other, and the total is about 1,000yen for a full day tour.
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.
Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.
Yes you can, but you have to pay an extra charge per person. The price depends on which guide you choose.
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Reviews

Wilson Wilson
2 days ago , ( Couple ) , From: United States

“ Tateyama Alpine trail ”

Had a nice trip going one way from Nagano to Toyama via the Alpine Trail. Hideo made sure we were on time and followed a pretty open itinerary. Even finished the trail early and was able to grab a meal in Kanazawa. He's pretty active for his age, hope to be like him when I'm at his age.

Hideo:
Dear Wilson I'm very glad to receive your review. Thank you for joining my tour of "Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route." I'm sure you could enjoy walking on the snow. I hope you come back to Japan again. Thank you, Wilson.

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Gina
4 days ago , ( Family ) , From: Philippines

“ Amazing tour in Kyoto and Kobe ”

We had a wonderful tour in Kyoto and Kobe with Hideo. He brought us to the temples and historical places. My family learned so much from him. Hideo is very energetic and patient. I will definitely recommend Hideo to my friends.

Hideo:
Hi Gina Thank you for joining my tour of Kyoto and Kobe. I'm sure you enjoyed Japan. I hope to see you again. Thank you!! Best, HIDEo YOSHIda

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Vijay
2 weeks ago , ( Family ) , From: Australia

“ Great trip to an iconic place with a great person! ”

We found Hideo-san as a very organised, patient and wonderful human being. We're travelling with an infant and a 3yr old and to have someone like Hideo as tour guide helps you have a peace of mind during the entire trip. From the time we booked him through TripleLights, he was constantly in touch in finalising the trip itinerary and assisting with our tour requirements. He organised a private car for our day-trip in Hiroshima and Miyajima. Reasonable price and a big car! He got in touch a week before and assisted with JR train details (for our travel from Kyoto to Hiroshima to Kyoto) for our seat reservations. He didnt have to but it was very helpful. Picked us at the Hiroshima station and had a clear itinerary of our day-trip. Never rushing and was very soft spoken (even as we're behind the schedule at times!). Took a lot of photos for us with a sincere smile. Very knowledgable guide, he is, who seems to do a lot of preparatory work about the places of interest and for the needs of his clients. Took us to a fine dining family restaurant in Hiroshima that had a great ambience and food. On our return to Hiroshima train station in car, he took efforts to find places for Kimono rentals in his mobile phone and plotted everything in a local map (Kyoto) to make things easier for us. Delighting customer service! He considerateness and care didn't stop there - he got down at Shin-Kobe station to assist us with transfer of train to Kyoto (even though he could have travelled straight to Osaka). It was a heartening surprise for us! Our day trip to Hiroshima was more than a experience to the places of interest because of our time with Hideo-San. We will highly recommend him to anyone who is looking for a great guide!

Hideo:
Dear Vijay Thank you for joining my tour of Hiroshima. I'm truly glad that you gave me one of the best reviews that I've ever received, It was challenging and your review inspired me to do my best as a tour guide. I make a wish for your children's healthy growth. Thank you. Best, regards HIDEo YOSHIda

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Dawn
2 weeks ago , ( Friends ) , From: United States

“ Nagoya cruise day. ”

He did a great job of getting us around quickly via the trains to our sights we wanted to see. He was very quiet but very efficient. There was a lot of walking, but we did ok. He took us to an extra site we didn't even know about , the bulletin train museum. It was great. !!!

Hideo:
Dear Dawn I'm very glad to receive your review. Thank you for joining my tour of Nagoya. I could show you SCMAGLEV and RAILWAY PARK, where Maglev (magnetically levitated) train was exhibited. The train will be running at the maximum speed of 500km per hour in 2027. I'm sure you enjoy the cruise tour. I hope to see you again. Thank you. Best regards HIDEo YOSHIda

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Peter
4 weeks ago , ( Couple ) , From: Australia

“ Hideo Toshida ”

We engaged Hideo to travel with us for 9 days to Hiroshima, Matsue, Nagano, Matsumoto, Takayama, Kanazawa and Toyama and nearby, satellite areas. Hideo's preplanning and travel scheduling was highly professional. He was attentive and accommodating to all our requests, making the experiences special. His knowledge of all things Japan was excellent, answering all our questions thoughtfully. We left the whole itinerary planning to Hideo and we were most happy with the total outcome. One of the highlights of the trip was a visit to the mountains along the snow covered Alpine Way at the end of our visit. Many thanks Hideo and best wishes Peter & Ann Jarman

Hideo:
Dear Peter I'm very glad to receive your review. I greatly enjoyed the 9-day tour with you, too. I hope you've just finished arranging the album of photos and videos you took in Japan with the map I gave you. I hope to see you again. Great Thanks. Best regards HIDEo YOSHIda

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Nara One day tour

  • Kofuku-ji
  • Nara Park
  • Todaiji
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  • Nara Park
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  • Todaiji
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