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Nara Sightseeing & the World of Buddhist Statuary

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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 cancellation 14 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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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 ( ¥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 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 ( 47 )
Excellent
16 hours ago |   by Nicole

“ Wonderful guide! ”

Yoshie took us to visit Nara for a day trip. We can't even begin to describe what a good experience we had with him. Not only was it a great learning experience, but we had a ton of fun and the day went by in a flash! He is incredibly smart, knowledgeable, kind, helpful and patient. We loved our visit with him and would gladly book another tour whenever we go back to the Kyoto area. Highly recommend!

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3 days ago |   by Daniel

“ Day Tour Kyoto ”

Our tour was very informative and Yoshi was friendly and nice to our family. It was a hot day and he made it manageable. The lunch break was a perfect time to rest and eat some great food. Our family had a great time. Thanks Yoshi!!!

Excellent
4 days ago |   by Irene

“ Uncle Yoshie ”

Wonderful guide. Very physically fit. Excellently knowledgeable. Kindness overload. Loves his job so much that everything he does becomes personal. Places gone to were a balance for kids and adults, perfect for our group. Indeed he made our First trip to Kyoto memorable.

Excellent
1 week ago |   by Ted

“ Kyoto one day tour with Yoshihisa ”

Our two families really enjoyed our experience with tour guide Yoshihisa! He was really accommodating with our requests and was extremely knowledgeable with all of the sights we visited. We are all from california and very limited in the japanese language but Yoshihisa had no problem communicating and explaining to us all. Yoshihisa even helped us with arranging our luggage transfer from Kyoto to Tokyo. He came and translated for us at the local 7 Eleven! This way we wouldn't have to lug around our larger suitcases on our trip to Tokyo.

Excellent
1 month ago |   by Isabel

“ Kyoto - 1 Day Tour ”

We took the Shinkansen from Tokyo to Kyoto for a one day tour and Yoshi conveniently met us at the station to begin our tour. We had a group of 9 with ages ranging from 15-50+. Yoshi did an excellent job of keeping everyone interested and we moved at a great pace. Any questions we had, he answered with ease. He was very accommodating and warm. I wish we had more time in Japan, as we would definitely spend it in Kyoto. It is a beautiful, peaceful area. We will no doubt plan a trip back and contact Yoshi to show us around again.

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