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Nara Sightseeing & the World of Buddhist Statuary

(73) Reviews
7h $ 249 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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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), 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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Yoshihisa Licensed Guide
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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 ( 73 )
steven Steven Australia ( Couple )
Excellent
21 hours ago

“ Great day at Nara ”

Had a wonderful day in Nara with Yoshi. He arrived at the port on time and was very organized. Through the day he educated us on the important aspects of what we were seeing and made sure our trip was as smooth as possible. His English is excellent too! We then had a relaxing afternoon in Osaka visiting some wonderful food and drink favorites which we very much enjoyed! Overall a wonderful with a lovely man! Thank you Yoshi from Karen and Steven.

Yoshihisa:

Hi Steven. Thank you very much for your lovely review for my tour in Nara and Osaka. I also had a pleasant time, guiding you and Karen around Nara. I was pleased to see you enjoying kushikatsu and sashimi of tuna at the restaurants in Shin-Sekai ( the New World ). I hope you will get in touch with me if you have another chance of visiting Kasai region. With best wishes, Yoshie

Anna Anna United States ( Couple )
Excellent
6 days ago

“ Fantastic tour! ”

The Golden Route tour with Yoshie was a highlight of our time in Kyoto. It was a day packed with history, natural beauty, and fun. Having a super knowledgeable guide like Yoshie makes temples and shrines a lot more fun to visit than on your own. He provided context and meaning for everything we saw, pointing out details we would have never noticed. His English is excellent and communication was very easy. We covered so much in one day that it would have probably taken us three days if we were left to our own devices. He also took great pictures and brought us to a local izakaya after the tour, which we enjoyed very much as it was not a touristy spot and had excellent good value food and sake. Whether you are in Kyoto for only one day or a few days, I recommend that you spend one of them wi... read more

Yoshihisa:

Hi Anna, I appreciate your heart-warming review for my tour in Kyoto. I am very pleased that you enjoyed My Favorite Golden Route, my silly jokes and the dishes and sake at the izakaya. I also enjoyed your company all the time during the tour. I am looking forward to seeing you again in the near future. I wish you the very best of luck. Yoshie

Thomas Thomas United States ( Couple )
Excellent
3 weeks ago

“ Great tour with a great guy! ”

Yoshie was an excellent guide, and also an exceptionally kind and pleasant person to spend the day with. His Golden Route tour packed a lot of sightseeing into one day, but we still had time to enjoy it, to learn from his detailed knowledge of the sights we were seeing, and to soak in the amazing views and architecture. There was a distinct flow to the day, and to the historical stories that went along with the sites we saw, that tied everything together and really added to the experience. That must have taken him a lot of effort to piece together in his research but it came across very naturally. And it also turned out that Yoshie really knew his stuff when it comes to food in Kyoto, an unexpected but very nice bonus! If we return to Japan, we will definitely sign up for another tour... read more

Yoshihisa:

Hi Tom. It is a great honor and big joy to me to have such a superb review for my tour in Kyoto. I am very pleased to learn that you and your wife had a wonderful time with me and the dinner at Wakaba ( young leaf ). I also enjoyed your company a lot. Let's keep in touch. With warmest regards, Yoshie

Wai Yee Wai United States ( Friends )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ My Favorite Golden Route: Kyoto One-day Tour ”

My friend and I had a wonderful time traveling with Yoshi. He is happy, funny, high energy, polite, friendly, and patient and knowledgeable. He enjoyed his job and so as we enjoyed his company. We highly recommend him.

Yoshihisa:

Hi Wai, I really appreciate your wonderful comment on my job in Kyoto and Nara. I also had a nice time, guiding you and Susan around. I hope you will visit Kansai region again in the near future, especially cherry-blossom or autumn foliage season. I wish two of you the best luck! Yoshie

Debbie Debbie United States ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Yoshie’s the man if you want to see & understand Osaka! ”

Yoshie was friendly, knowledgeable, & kind

Yoshihisa:

Hi, Debbie, Thank you very much for your kind comment on my tour in Osaka. I am very glad that your family all enjoyed the tour in Osaka, including the dinner and the sake drinking. I hope you will contact me next time you visit Kansai region. With the best wishes. Yoshie

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