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Nara Sightseeing & the World of Buddhist Statuary

(53) Reviews
7h $ 249 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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249.20 USD

Price up to 5 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra hour.
$ 35.60
Extra person.
$ 31.15

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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Yoshihisa Licensed Guide
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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

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 ( ¥1500) 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 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 ( 53 )
LUCIA LUCIA Italy ( Solo )
Excellent
5 days ago

“ A day in Kyoto with Yoshie ”

A day with Yoshie can help understanding what we just see as tourists. He is passionate about is job and I loved his sincere desire to share his knowledge with me. So... I do not only think that he is an excellent guide but I also think he deserves the best tousists, the ones who are deeply interested in Kyoto and love also less visited temples and shrines. Grazie mille Yoshie!

Yoshihisa:

Hi Lucia. Thank you very much for your quick and kind review. I had a nice time guiding you around in the south-eastern area of Kyoto. I also learned a lot from the tour because you wanted to vist some lesser-known places as well. I hope you will have a pleasant tour the day after tomorrow, too. Till then take care! With best regards, Yoshie

Jennifer Jennifer United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Fantastic guide!!! ”

He was very patient with us even after missing 2 trains. We have very hard to please kids not only with food but things to keep them occupied as well. And he took us to spots we would have never found and kept the children entertained the entire time. I would highly recommend him as a guide. Hes very sweet and speaks English which is hard to find. Thank you so much we had a fantastic time and enjoyed spending the day with you!

Yoshihisa:

Hi Jennifer. Thank you very much for your kind review. I also had a nice time guiding your family around in Kyoto. I am pleased that your children enjoyed visiting the spots I took them to and that your husband liked the dishes very much, especially the toro, fatty part of tuna, and the kara-age, deep-fried chicken at the yakitori restaurant. I hope you will continue a pleasant trip and return to New York safely. With warm regards, Yoshie

Charles Charles United States ( Couple )
Excellent
4 weeks ago

“ The greatest day! ”

My wife and I spent 2 weeks in Japan for our honeymoon. Our 1 day with Yoshie was by far the greatest of our entire trip. We learned, and will never forget - the right guide makes all the difference! The trip with Yoshie was his favorite Golden Route, with some added stops based on our conversations. The entire journey is one my wife and I will never forget. To call the day stunning, or excemplory - just wouldn’t do it justice. We loved ever single second! If we could have spent our entire trip with Yoshie, we would. Yoshie is kind, prepared, knowledgeable and an amazing person. It was such an honor to spend the day with him. Also, he is incredibly athletic - I’ve played soccer my whole life, and Yoshie can easily out walk me! The added bonus was Yoshie was so kind to also offer sugg... read more

Yoshihisa:

Hi Charles. It is a great honor to me to have such a supreme review for my tour. I am delighted to learn that you enjoyed every minute of the tour in spite of the heat yesterday. Thanks to the sunny weather, however, we were able to take in nice views wherever we were, on a mountain-top or near a river. I hope you will continue a pleasant trip and return home safely with lots of nice memories and souvenirs. Let's keep in touch. With warmest regards, Yoshie

vivek Vivek United States ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ A packed, enjoyable and memorable day ”

We had an absolutely fantastic time with Yoshi. Right from before our trip (when we had a lot of questions) to during the tour, he was very patient with us answering all our queries (including itenerary changes) and accommodating the demands of traveling with young kids on a very hot day. We covered everything that we needed and wanted to using cabs, walking and train. He was also very knowledgeable about Kyoto culture. The highlight for us was Shojin Ryori that he had suggested for us (since we are vegetarian). Unforgettable experience. Thank you so much!

Yoshihisa:

Hi Vivek. I really appreciate your heart-warming words of gratitude. I am very happy to learn that you enjoyed your private Kyoto tour with me in spite of the terrible heat. I am also relieved that you liked Shojin Ryori at the restaurant in the precinct of Daitoku-ji Temple. Please get in touch with me if you have another chance of visiting Kansai region. With warmest regards, Yoshie

Briel Briel United States ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ An incredible day with Yoshie - the best tour guide in Kyoto! ”

We - me, my sister, my mom, and my aunt - had a wonderful time with Yoshie exploring Kyoto on his one day tour. First of all, planning it was great - Yoshie was responsive to every message and understanding when we said that, because of the heat, we might need to take it easier than planned. Meeting up with Yoshie was very easy, and then we were off to the best sights in Kyoto - the golden palace first thing in the morning when it wasn't so crowded, Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, Fushimi Inari - just to name a few. Yoshie was a great tour guide and knew the answers to every single one of our questions. And he gave recommendations for a dinner location after the tour and gave me ideas for the next day of touring on our own. Everyone in my group agreed that the tour day with Yoshie wa... read more

Yoshihisa:

Hi Briel. I am very happy to receive such a wonderful review for my tour. I am also pleased to learn that you and your family enjoyed yourselves to the full in spite of the heat that day. Next time you visit Kansai region, be sure to get in touch, please. With best wishes, Yoshie

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