7h $ 223 up to 5 people

Nara Sightseeing & the World of Buddhist Statuary

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7h $ 223 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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222.95 USD

total price for up to 5 people
FREE cancellation 14 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra hour.
$ 31.85
Extra person.
$ 18.20

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.
The national treasure museum of Kofuku-ji Temple is now under repair for earthquake measure and the statue of Ashura and some other Buddhist statues are displayed in a temporary lecture hall. The former special exihbition lasts till June 18th, 2017. The latter special exhibition is from September 15th till November 19th.

Depart From Nara Nara , Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe

Meeting Point Kintetsu Nara Station

Ending Point Kintetsu Nara Station

Duration 7 hours

Starting time 10:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible

Number of people 2 to 5   Flexible
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.

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.

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 before of the meeting date, there is a 40% charge.
  • If you cancel on the meeting date, there is no refund.

Organized by Yoshihisa


National Certified Guide

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Response Time 5 hs

Languages spoken
  • English ( License )

Hi. My name is Yoshihisa Tashiro. Call me "Yoshie", please. It means good or O.K. in Japanese. I live in Joyo City, Kyoto Prefecture, located just in between Kyoto and Nara. I was born and raised in Iga, Mie Prefecture. Iga is a birthplace of ninja and a renowned haiku poet, Matsuo Basho. I might be a descendant of ninja. I aim at becoming a linguistic ninja, following a part of Basho's lifestyle with the incorporation of seasonal changes into my tours. In addition to visiting famous temples and shrines, I invite you to lesser-known places of historic interest.
Once in a month I go hiking or mountain climbing with some friends mainly in mountains surrounding Kyoto and Nara basins. Recently I have got intrigued by the charms of Buddhist statues, which are manifestations of people's wishes and prayers. I also like izakaya (Japanese-style taverns) hopping, tasting delicious dishes and locally brewed sake at reasonable prices. Especially I like communicating with people from home and abroad, talking face to face. Some of the above-mentioned elements are included in my walking tours. I hope you will discover new aspects of cultural and natural beauty in Kansai area through one of my tours which you could never gain otherwise.
One of my favorite phrases that come from Zen Buddhism is Ichigo Ichie or this meeting-but only once in a lifetime. My interpretation goes this way: This place and this moment never cross again. Each and every good encounter, however, lingers on like the sound of a temple bell. Won't you explore a deeper world of Japanese culture in Kyoto, Nara and Osaka with me?
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