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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

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

Information

City Nara
Depart From Nara , Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe
Meeting Point Kintetsu Nara Station
Ending Point Kintetsu Nara Station
Departure 10:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Duration 7h   Flexible
Languages English (License)
Tour Type Private Tour ( only for you )
Number of people 2 ~ 5
Booking
7h
When?

People

220.50 USD

total price for up to 5 people

FREE cancelation 14 days prior

Extras (optional)

extra hour. 31.50 USD
extra person. 18.00 USD

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. 


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.

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.

Extras (optional)

extra hour. 31.50 USD
extra person. 18.00 USD

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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No, our prices are 100% booking fee free – meaning the price you see is the amount you pay.
It depends on the location of your hotel and places you visit. But to give you an idea, it costs about 200-300yen for one place to the other, and the total is about 1,000yen for a full day tour.
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.
Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.
Yes you can, but you have to pay an extra charge per person. The price depends on which guide you choose.
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Reviews

Lois Lois
3 weeks ago , ( Friends ) , From: Philippines

“ The best! ”

We had a lovely time touring with Yoshie-san along the shrines and temples of Kyoto. Yoshie-san is very informative with every places we've visited. At the end of the tour, we ate in an izakaya place. Being a tour guide is a tiring and challenging job, but Yoshie-san told me that it is a fulfilling one as he gets to meet other people and tell them about Kyoto's vibrant history. My friends and I wish to return the favor of touring Yoshie-san and his wife should he visit the Philippines someday!

Yoshihisa:
Hi, Lois. Thank you very much for your nice review. I am glad that you and your friends had a wonderful time at the temples, the shrines and the izakaya in Fushimi. The pleasant memory with you in Kyoto will long linger on like the sound of a temple bell, I believe. I'd like to see you in the Philippines someday. Yoshie

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Colleen
1 month ago , ( Family ) , From: United States

“ Kobe Tour Excursion ”

Yoshie was our tour guide in Kobe for a day and a half. From the start, communication was excellent and he was able to come up with an acceptable itinerary for our diverse party of six. He is quite flexible and was able to arrange everything we wanted to see. When we arrived in Kobe on a cruise ship, the immigration process was delayed and we were not able to reach the starting point until over an hour later, but Yoshie was still there waiting patiently for us. We were able to visit Ijinkan, had a fantastic traditional Japanese lunch in Arima which was beyond our expectations, took a ropeway to Mt. Rokko, rode a cable car down the mountain, visited Nankinmachi (Chinatown), and Harborland. Thank you for showing us Kobe!

Yoshihisa:
Hi Colleen. Thank you so much for your nice review. It was a pity that you could not join in the tour next day. But I am really pleased all of you enjoyed every minute of the tour in Kobe, Arima and Rokko. It was a new discovery to find such a nice Japanese restaurant in Arima. I would like to take some friends to the restaurant again someday soon. Thank you, Colleen. Give my best regards to your group members. Yoshie

Lady Lady
2 months ago , ( Family ) , From: Switzerland

“ Beautiful day in Osaka ”

My family had a beautiful & interesting day in Osaka with Yoshie. Yoshie is a knowledgeable guide and accompanied us to all the places & spots that we wanted to see in Osaka & we also had a very delicious lunch in a famous Kushikatsu restaurant. Thank you for a beautiful day tour in Osaka Yoshie. We wish you all the best.

Yoshihisa:
Hi, Lady. Thank you for your nice review. I am glad that the double-flowered cherry trees at Japan Mint Garden were still in full blossom. I'm also pleased to learn that you enjoyed having the kushikatsu lunch at Yaekatsu in Shin-Sekai. I'm looking forward to seeing you and your family again. Yoshie

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Andrea
2 months ago , ( Friends ) , From: United States

“ Kyoto 2 Day Tour ”

Our favorite ninja, Yoshie, provided an excellent two day guided tour experience. We wanted to see as much as possible in a short time without feeling rushed. Yoshie was able to accomplish just that, and we will forever appreciate his efforts.

Yoshihisa:
Hi, Andrea. Thank you very much for your quick and nice review. I really had an enjoyable time with you and Suzanne for two days. I was pleased that two of you asked me lots of questions about each and every place we visited. Your suggestion of visiting the main hall of Ninnaji Temple instead of the chrry-blossom garden proved to be very informative to me. Thank you again. I hope the good memory will linger on like the sound of a temple bell for both of us. Yoshie

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Noura
2 months ago , ( Friends ) , From: Saudi Arabia

“ Nara Tour with the best tour guide ”

The best guide anyone can ever ask for! He was very kind and wanted to share with us as much information as he possibly can for us to get the broader picture.. we really enjoyed our time with him and would recommend him to anyone that really wants to get the Nara experience.

Yoshihisa:
Hi, Noura. Thank you for your nice review. It was the first time to guide a group of young ladies from Saudi Arabia and I was a bit hesitant about how to deal with you. But soon I realized I should behave as I do with other foreign tourists. Noura, you were so curious about our history and culture that I had lots of fun talking to you. I wished you could stay longer in Nara and see some more places to visit. Please get in touch with me next time you visit Kyoto. Best wishes. Yoshihisa

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