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Nara Palace site, Yakushi-ji, Toshodai-ji , and Saidai-ji Temples

by Hideo
(59) Reviews
8h $ 270 up to 30 people

Highlights

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

Up to 30 people, Charged per group.
FREE cancellation 14 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra person ( more than 30 people ) .
$ 4.50
Extra hour.
$ 9.00

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 ?

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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

Important

City Nara

Meeting Point at your hotel either in Osaka or in Kyoto

Ending Point at your hotel either in Osaka or in Kyoto

Duration 8 hours

Starting time 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible

Number of people up to 30 people   Flexible

What‘s included
  • guide fee


What‘s not included
  • transportation fee (you and your guide)
  • lunch
  • entrance fee

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 at least 14 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
  • If you cancel between 2 and 13 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 20% charge.
  • If you cancel within 1 day prior to the meeting date, there is a 40% charge.
  • If you cancel on the meeting date, there is no refund.

Organized by Hideo


Licensed Guide

(59) Reviews

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Languages spoken
  • English ( License )

Hello, I'm HIDEo YOSHIda. Please call me HIDEYOSHI, the same name as the famous shogun who built the Osaka Castle in 1585.

I was born in Kobe and worked in Osaka for nearly 40 years. I would like to introduce the Kansai region to you ,including Kobe, Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, and Wakayama.

Kobe is one of the two largest ports in Japan, along with Yokohama. After the opening of the Port of Kobe in 1868, foreigners built their residences on the hillside of the Kitano-cho area, overlooking the ocean. Many of the foreign residences are now open to the public as museums, including the Weathercock House, with it's symbol weathercock on the triangle-shaped roof.
In Meriken Park, the red Port Tower (the city's landmark), creates a beautiful contrast against the white Kobe Marine Museum. The museum's design was inspired by the waves and sailing ships.

When you have a chance to visit Osaka, please join my tour. I'm sure you'll enjoy the interesting and historical, scenic spots. For example, Shin-Sekai is a downtown area with a strange mix of nostalgic atmosphere and contemporary energy. You can try local foods (kushikatsu, sushi, tempura) at a reasonable price. Billiken (a famous statue of the spirit of luck) will be waiting for you!!. Dotombori is a popular street with a lot of flashy signboards. Osaka is widely known as a "Kuidaore-no-machi", or literally "drinking and eating luxuriously to death." Osaka Castle was built by Toyotomi HIDEYOSHI in 1585. Oh, it's my residence, isn't it !

These days "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" area in USJ, or Universal Studios Japan, is also attracting more and more people.

I'll be looking forward to seeing you !! read more


Reviews ( 59 )

Excellent
2 weeks ago |   by Timothy

“ See Miyajima and Hiroshima with Hideo! ”

We met Hideo at the train platform at Hiroshima and he made sure we got back to Kyoto on a packed New Year's Day train. From end to end, a high quality service. My daughter wanted to try the local specialty, Okonomiyaki, and HIdeo made sure of that as well. In between we had a very informative tour complete with this own photos to add even more perspective. If you'd like a professional guide and great service connect with Hideo.

Good
2 weeks ago |   by Jenny

“ Takayama & Shirakawago visit 24 Dec17 ”

Hideo has been very helpful & accommodative in our requests. We are happy to have Hideo as our guide. Thank you Hideo ! Regards, Andrew & Jenny Singapore

Very Good
3 weeks ago |   by Lily

“ Very informative ”

We had a full day with Hideo, learned a lot from him about the Osaka area and history. Hideo came prepared, with a printed itinerary, and historical photos.

Excellent
1 month ago |   by Joanna

“ Wonderful trip of Kyoto and Nara ”

Hideo-san picked us up at the hotel in Osaka at the designated time. He showed us a planned itinerary of our trip. I made a request beforehand that I was with some seniors so walking needed a lot of breaks. We used the train the whole time. Hideo-san was very patient and accomodating of our requests. I will recommend him to friends who plan to do a trip to Osaka.

Very Good
1 month ago |   by Melinda

“ Nara Day Tour ”

Mr Hideyoshi is a very informative guide and provided us with a great explanation of the history of the Nara attractions.

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