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Nara Yakushi-ji Temple/Toshodai-ji Temple --- UNESCO World Heritage Temples

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5h $ 134 Price up to 15 people


  • Yakushi-ji Temple, UNESCO World Heritage
  • Toshodai-ji Temple, UNESCO World Heritage
  • Mausoleum of Emperor Suinin, Ancient Keyhole-shaped tumulus ---- Optional tour, only if the customer is interested in

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133.50 USD

Price up to 15 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra person.
$ 8.90
Extra hour.
$ 26.70


- Yakushi-ji Temple is located about five kilometer south west of JR Nara station.
- Two major UNESCO World Heritage temples(Yakushi-ji & Toushodai-ji) are located here.
- After meeting at Nishinokyo station, we walk through Yakushi-ji, and Toshodai-ji Temple.
- As an optional tour, we can visit Mausoleum of Emperor Suinin, next to Toushoudai-ji Temple.

What to Expect

-Yakushi-ji Temple has old history back to Fujiwara-kyo period.(a former capital of Japan.
-Temple was built in 680, but has been moved to the current location at Nara period.
-All buildings, with the exception of the East Pagoda, were destroyed by fire and natural disasters several times durin 16th century.
-Since 1967, major restoration project has been carried out, and new Kondo(Main Hall), Saitou(West Pagoda), Koudo(Lecture Hall)
have been newly built. We can feel that the original temple at Nara period based on these restored buildings. It's so colorful.
-We can see new wall paintings indicating "Silk Road" and learn how the culture has been transferred to Japan including Buddhism.

-Toshodai-ji Temple was built by famous Chinese priest Ganjin, Jian Zhen in 759.
-In the early 8th century, there were no formally trained Buddhist priest in Japan.
-Ganjin was invited by Japanese emperor as a Buddhist teaching master to come to Japan and provide Buddhist doctorines.
-He took 12 years to come to Japan after five time attempts to cross the ocean, and eye disease blinded Ganjin during these attempts.
-Buddhism statues at Toshodai-ji were crafted under the direction of Ganjin, and therefore these have a distinct Tang Chinese style.

-Essentially we can compare the new temple(Yakushi-ji) and old temple(Toshodai-ji) at the same tour.

In case when we visit Mausoleum of Emperor Suinin;
-Mausoleum of Emperor Suinin has beatiful Keyhole-shaped tumulus surrounded by water trnch.
-This tumulus has a length of 277 meters and was built in late 4th century.
-This tumulus was built much earlier than Nara period, but it is well maintained, and we can understan the typical old tumulus.

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  • Yakushi-ji Temple, UNESCO World Heritage
  • Toshodai-ji Temple, UNESCO World Heritage
  • Mausoleum of Emperor Suinin, Ancient Keyhole-shaped tumulus ---- Optional tour, only if the customer is interested in


-This is walking tour for 5 hours and need to prepare for the walking such as walking shoes, hat. etc.
-Visiting Mausleum of Emperor can be added if the customer is interested in. This can be discussed and adjust the schedule.

What‘s included
guide fee
What‘s not included
lunch, entrance fee(1100 yen for Yakusi-ji, 600 yen for Toshidai-ji)
Meeting Point
At Nishinokyo station of Kintetsu Line
Ending Point
At Amagatsuji station of Kintetsu Line
5 hours
Starting time
09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 15 people   Flexible

Frequently Asked Questions

How much for the transportation fee

If we can meet at railway station of Nishinokyo(Kintetsu line), there is no fee required as this is walking tour.
If you come from Nara Kintetsu station, it will cost 260 yen per person from Kintetsu Nara station to Nishinokyo station.

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 ( 16 )
Jane Jane Canada ( Couple )
2 days ago

“ Most prepared guide we’ve ever had. ”

Right from the start, Mac did everything to make our tour as pleasant and comfortable and interesting as possible. He immediately provided us with some great visuals that clarified complex Japanese history and made the Osaka destinations come alive. They are so good we intend to keep these and share them with our friends. Mac introduced us to a typical Osaka lunch which was delicious. He helped us learn Japanese phrases and has a great sense of humour. Everything was tailored to our interests and the pace was perfect. We were lucky to have Mac as our guide and would recommend him to anyone.


Dear Jane, Thanks for your nice comments. I also enjoyed so much as you have such keen interest on Japanese culture, history, and food etc. It was pleasure that I got nice ffed back on what I have explained at each spot. Thank you very much for your choosing me of your guide. Mac Yokoyama

Maureen Maureen Australia ( Couple )
1 month ago


Makoto was very friendly and extremely knowledgeable. Had a great day.


Dear Maureen Thanks for your omments. I am very pleased to know that you enjoyed the ttour of Kyoto. Thanks for your choosing me of yoir guide. Mac Yokoyama

ELOISE ELOISE United States ( Family )
1 month ago

“ Makoto Yokoyama is a intelligent, dependable and caring guide who put our needs first! ”

I was thoroughly impressed with our Licensed Guide, Mac Yokoyama! Mac was there at our Hotel at Kansai Airport to greet us at 8:15 AM. At the beginning of our tour, Mac gave my husband, son and I a written itinerary of our tour with expected times for our visits. He listed all the trains and subways we will need and recommended we use the Osaka Amazing Pass to eliminate needing time to purchase tickets at all the train stations, subways and the buildings we were going to visit. I had made an error in purchasing the wrong Amazing Passes the night before, but Mac helped me to return the errant passes and we bought the right set of passes and were on our way. After climbing the subway stairs, my husband developed pain in his legs and couldn't climb anymore stairs when we got to Osaka Castl... read more


Dear Eloise, Thanks for your nice and through report. I am so pleased to see that you have enjoyed the tour in Japan. In the stage of preparation of this tour, you have given me good suggestions, which made big difference in planning the tour and I have learned a lot based on your suggestions. Thanks again for your choosing me of your guide. Best regards. Mac Yokoyama

Saunders Ian Saunders United Kingdom ( Friends )
1 month ago

“ Great tour guide ”

Makoto gave us a great tour of Kyoto and provided us with some great knowledge.


Dear Saunders, Thanks for your nice comment. You worked so hard and I was impressed. I beieve that your vidoe filming was successful in Japan. Best regards. Mac Yokoyama

Carla Carla Brazil
2 months ago

“ Wonderful visit ”

It was a very pleasant afternoon we shared with Makoto guiding us visiting historical places in Osaka. He is very professional, attentive and sweet. He maked our visit wonderful.


I am so glad that you have enjoyed the tour of Osaka, and i also enjoyed being with you. Please have a nice stay in Japan, and have a nice trip back to Brazil.

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