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Nara Sightseeing & the World of Buddhist Statuary

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7h $ 221 Price up to 5 people

Highlights

  • Kohfukuji Temple and its national treasure museum
  • Todaiji Temple ( the Great Buddha Hall, Nigatsu-do Hall and Hokke-do Hall )
  • Nara Park ( You can enjoy feeding rice-bran crackers to deer.)
  • Kasuga Grand Shrine ( Strolling in the cedar forest is very cool and refreshing. )
  • Local sake tasting at a sake brewery in Nara Machi
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220.50 USD

Price up to 5 people
FREE cancellation 14 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra hour.
$ 31.50
Extra person.
$ 18.00

Overview

Through this tour you will be intrigued with the charm of Buddhist statuary, which represents people's wishes and prayers. Figures of statues vary according to the development of eras from Asuka period to Muromachi period. At the same time you can

What to Expect

  This tour is designed for those who are interested in the sightseeing of famous spots in Nara and peeping into the world of Buddhist statuary. The itinerary includes Kohfukuji Temple ( the national treasure museum), Todaiji Temple, Kasuga Grand Shrine and strolling in Nara Machi ( an ancient quarter of Nara).
Nara, an ancient capital of Japan, boasts both the quality and quantity of Buddhist statues throughout Japan. Among many temples in Nara, Kohfukuji and Todaiji Temples are ranked top two in housing Buddhist images, which are manifestations of people's wishes and prayers. You can also enjoy visiting Kasuga Grand Shrine located in the midst of natural forests. The vermilion color of the shrine buildings contrast strikingly with the greenery of the surrounding area.
On the last corner of the tour you can appreciate the local sake at a sake brewery in Nara Machi. ( If you cannot drink alcoholic beverage, you can drink tea or coffee at a cafe nearby.) Last but not least, why does the statue of Ashura look so sad though he was a deity of wars in an ancient Indian religion? The answer is given during the tour. 

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Highlights

  • Kohfukuji Temple and its national treasure museum
  • Todaiji Temple ( the Great Buddha Hall, Nigatsu-do Hall and Hokke-do Hall )
  • Nara Park ( You can enjoy feeding rice-bran crackers to deer.)
  • Kasuga Grand Shrine ( Strolling in the cedar forest is very cool and refreshing. )
  • Local sake tasting at a sake brewery in Nara Machi

Important

This is a walking tour and it is desirable that you wear walking shoes or sneakers. A pet bottle of water is to be carried with you.

What‘s included
guide fee
What‘s not included
lunch, entrance fee ( ¥1400) for Kohfukuji Temple ( the national treasure house ) and Todaiji Temple ( the Great Buddha Hall and Hokke-do Hall ) and local sake tasting (¥500) at the sake brewery.
Depart From
Nara , Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe
Meeting Point
Kintetsu Nara Station or JR Nara Station
Ending Point
Kintetsu Nara Station or JR Nara Station
Duration
7 hours
Starting time
10:00 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 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.

Reviews ( 39 )

Excellent
3 weeks ago |   by Susan

“ Fantastic, knowledgeable guide ”

Yoshi was a great guide, we had a wonderful day touring old Kyoto with him. He was extremely knowledgeable, polite, friendly and helpful. We saw so many amazing places and learnt a lot. We thoroughly recommend him.

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1 month ago |   by Don

“ Haiku experience ”

Yoshi is a very good guide. We booked an extra hour and were able to see a few more places beyond his base 'favorite golden tour'. He gave us a lesson in Haiku history during our tour and showed us the places where it actually happened. If we had tried to find our own way around, we would not have seen 1/3 of what we did. Plus we would not have met a very kind person. Thank you for everything, Yoshi.

Very Good
1 month ago |   by Anton

“ Two wonderfull days at Kansai Area ! ”

Yoshie has a very fluent english, reply our email in an instant, very prompt in schedule, and accomodate our want to go places/itinerary very well. Yoshie guided Our group of 10 people were mostly elderly, through Kyoto and Kobe, with patience and were willing to be flexible when needed. Unfortunately our bus broke down in Kyoto but he managed to arrange alternarive train and got us home safely and smoothly. Yoshie has a very good knowledge of the famous cultural places we visited, and we are satisfied with the explanation and information he gave us regarding Japan and its cities uniqueness.

Excellent
1 month ago |   by Sandra

“ Great day with Yoshi! ”

3 of us spent a 1/2 day with Yoshi and it was a great time! We chose to go to the bamboo forest, monkey park, and then a secret shrine that he selected which was my favorite on my trip to Japan. It was atop a mountain that was moss covered and just absolutely beautiful surroundings. Yoshi kept up a quick pace which was perfect for us, and we really were able to see a lot of things in the 5 hours we were with him. He had it all planned out and yet was sensitive to the things we wanted to slow down for. He is easy to understand and gracious and a delight. I highly recommend him as your guide.

Excellent
1 month ago |   by Geoff

“ Outstanding Guide! ”

Yoshie guided me for a full day to some of Kyotos important sites. I only wish I could of spent even more days with him as he is most knowledgeable about topics like history, culture, art, poetry, landscape, Japanese religion, and more. Yoshie came very prepared to describe what I was visiting. He also took me to different city viewpoints that his physical fitness allowed us to get to. Most importantly Yoshie looked out for all my needs the day I spent with him, even helping me purchase train tickets to an out of the way destinations. You will be very happy you spent time with this most interesting person, as guides do not come better than Yoshie!

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