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Nara Sightseeing & the World of Buddhist Statuary

(65) Reviews
7h $ 252 Price up to 5 people

Highlights

  • Kohfukuji Temple and its national treasure museum
  • Nara Park ( You can enjoy feeding rice-bran crackers to deer.)
  • Isuien Garden, a strolling-style landscape garden with two different types of gardens built in different ages.
  • Todaiji Temple ( the Great Buddha Hall, Nigatsu-do Hall and Hokke-do Hall )
  • 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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252.00 USD

Price up to 5 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra hour.
$ 36.00
Extra person.
$ 31.50

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), Isuien Garden, 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
  • Nara Park ( You can enjoy feeding rice-bran crackers to deer.)
  • Isuien Garden, a strolling-style landscape garden with two different types of gardens built in different ages.
  • Todaiji Temple ( the Great Buddha Hall, Nigatsu-do Hall and Hokke-do Hall )
  • Kasuga Grand Shrine ( Strolling in the cedar forest is very cool and refreshing. )
  • Local sake tasting at a sake brewery in Nara Machi

Important

It is desirable to carry overseas travel insurance because the guide is not liable for any damage or loss incurred during the tour. It is also requested to bring enough Japanese yen with you because some restaurants and taxis do not accept credit cards.

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 ( ¥2400) for Kohfukuji Temple ( the national treasure house ) Isuien Garden 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 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 ( 65 )
Ujjval Ujjval United States ( Couple )
Excellent
2 days ago

“ Great tour! ”

Yoshie was an amazing tour guide! He gave us great historical and social context for each place we visited. His restaurant suggestions were amazing and he was kind enough to think about my dietary restrictions (as I am a vegetarian). He is a wonderful guide! I would highly recommend him!

Yoshihisa:

Hi Ujjival, Thank you very much for your nice comment on my tours in Kyoto. You were the first people who applied for My Favorite Silver Route: Kyoto One-day Tour. And I am awfully pleased that you enjoyed the two tours and the lunch at the two restaurants. If you have another chance of visiting Kansai region, be sure to get in touch, please. With warmest regards, Yoshie

Sarah Sarah Canada ( Solo )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Utterly delightful! ”

I'm so happy that Yoshie was available to be my guide! He is a terrific combination of educator, storyteller, and superfun companion. We did a day in Osaka and a bespoke tour of Kyoto. Before I even booked him, he was of great assistance, offering advice about how to handle my travel to Osaka. Our day in Kyoto was nothing short of splendid despite the drizzle. The food! The temples! The food! I asked him to take me to the places that he likes to eat and he has very good taste in yummies. I have nothing but praise for him. He deserves all the tourists! I'm already planning my next trip to the Kansai region and will be sure to book Yoshie's time again. If you get a chance, get Yoshie to take you to his favourite izakaya. Yoshie, thanks again and please say hello to Hiro-san for m... read more

Yoshihisa:

Hi Sarah. I really appreciate your heart-warming review for my tours in Osaka and Kyoto. I am very pleased that you loved the restaurans that I took you to. I guess my eating and drinking experiences for the past decade after retirement has helped me a lot for my guiding job. The other day I visited Hiro-san's izakaya and told him that you had been delighted with their tasty dishes and entertaiment, including his silly jokes. Do you treasure his small galss for beer drinking? I hope to see you again in Kansai region. With warmest regards, Yoshie

Winnie Winnie Brunei Darussalam ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Kyoto Tour - Winnie Lo from Brunei ”

Yoshi has a wide experience and knowledge in all places we visited. He is very accommodating , informative and helpful. Thank you very much for the wonderful time from meeting us from the hotel, to the tours and sending us back to the train station back to Tokyo. Everything was perfect, Yoshi is not only an excellent tour guide but also as a skillful photographer for our family. We shall absolutely recommend your tour to our friends and relatives and you will be our first call when we visit Kyoto again in the near future .

Yoshihisa:

Hi Winnie. Thank you very much for writing a wonderful review for my tour in Kyoto. I also had a nice time guiding you and your family around. I hope you have returned home with lots of pleasant memories and good souvenirs. I wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year, hoping to see you someday soon. With warmest regards, Yoshie

Grant Grant Australia ( Family )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Kyoto’s Wonderful Golden Route with Yoshie ”

My family and I had a wonderful day on Yoshie’s Favourite Golden Route covering north-western Kyoto. Firstly he obliged with a change request to the itinerary, and he helped us all day across the different transport options to get to the various sights and eventually back to the hotel. Yoshie also recommended other sights in our remaining days in Kyoto that we would enjoy (and we certainly did). His knowledge of the sights and local history was great, his English was excellent, and we really enjoyed his happy, relaxed and engaging manner. He even helped and motivated some of the more lethargic members of our party up the hill to see the monkeys in Arashiyama (one of our itinerary change requests)! All in all, we had a great day visiting some beautifu sights and we would definitely rec... read more

Yoshihisa:

Hi Grant. Thank you very much for your heartwarming review. Thanks to the beautiful autumn day, I also took in the amazing scenery of colored leaves in Arashiyama. I had a wonderful time guiding you and your nice family around the north-western part of Kyoto. I was deeply impressed by your strong affection toward your children, too. Next time you visit Kansai region, be sure to get in touch, please. I wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year. With warmest regards. Yoshie

Alice Alice United States ( Friends )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ All around guy ”

Command of English very good , expert in his field , accommodating and friendly. Would highly recommend and in fact will ask for his help again when in the area in the future.

Yoshihisa:

Hi Alice. Thank you very much for your nice review. I had a pleasant time guiding your group around in Kyoto, Uji and Nara for two days. Alice, I was very much attracted by your warm personality, thank you. Be sure to get in touch next time you visit Kansai region. With best wishes, Yoshie

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