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

by MAKOTO
(3) Reviews
5h $ 140 Price up to 15 people

Highlights

  • 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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139.50 USD

Price up to 15 people
FREE cancellation 14 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra person.
$ 9.30
Extra hour.
$ 27.90

Overview

- 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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Organized by MAKOTO

Licensed Guide
(3) Reviews

Highlights

  • 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

Important

-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.

City Nara

Meeting Point At Nishinokyo station of Kintetsu Line

Ending Point At Amagatsuji station of Kintetsu Line

Duration 5 hours

Starting time 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible

Number of people up to 15 people   Flexible

What‘s included
  • guide fee


What‘s not included
  • lunch
  • entrance fee (1100 yen for Yakusi-ji, 600 yen for Toshidai-ji)

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 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.

About MAKOTO


Licensed Guide

(3) Reviews

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Languages spoken
  • English ( License )

Hello, I’m Makoto (Mac) Yokoyama and I'm a national-licensed tour guide.

My previous career as an automotive engineer, gave me the opportunity to learn English and to live in the US, Germany, and England. After I retired, I learned more about the Japanese history especially focusing on Nara and Kyoto to become a historical specialist of the Nara area. I now live in Ikaruga town in Nara prefecture, where the UNESCO World Heritage, Horyuji temple is located. I regularly offer guides on the Fujinoki tumulus, which is located near the Horyuji temple. It contains very interesting Archaeological findings from the end of the Kofun Period.

Recently, there are many foreign tourists who come to Japan, and I hope they enjoy learning about the culture and history of Japan. I would like to help tourists have a broader and deeper understanding of the Japanese culture and that is the reason why I decided to become a tour guide to help and support their experience in Japan.

Nara is the place where Japan started. The capital was located in Asuka, Fujiwara and Nara before it moved to Kyoto. Therefore, there are many places to visit in Nara to trace the original history of Japan, which I have a depth of knowledge.
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Reviews ( 3 )

Excellent
1 month ago |   by Joanne

“ A great day in Kyoto ”

Our first trip to Japan was a wonderful experience! We only had one day in Kyoto, but Mac gave us his full attention and expertly guided us in our tour. He is knowledgeable, engaging, and particularly thoughtful. We would highly recommend him as a guide....thanks, Mac!

Excellent
4 months ago |   by Eric

“ great personal touch to our visit ”

"Mak" as he was known researched our visit and arrival from the cruise information. The trip was well organised and he took care to explain about Japan and specifically the places to visit. We we able to go at our own pace and enjoy a variaty of places. An excellent guide who we will always remember.

Excellent
4 months ago |   by Livia

“ Fun, interesting, energetic, outstanding guide! ”

Makoto is a fantastic guide. He was funny, energetic, interesting, and spoke great English (he lived in the US for 10+ years.) We had so much fun on his tour. Makoto (actually, he goes by “Mac”) lives in Nara so he knows the area inside out. We saw so many beautiful temples and gardens that I would have completely missed if I just walked around with a Lonely Planet book. We fed the deer, marvelled at beautiful samurai swords and gigantic ceremonial drums, and even saw the piano that Einstein played when he visited Nara. Best of all, Mac shared so many aspects of everyday Japanese culture, like which pickle stores offer free samples, and where to buy recycled kimono, and why the 3, 5, and 7-year old kids were all done up in traditional dress at some of the shrines. We even got lucky and saw a traditional wedding in progress. Amazingly, he even knows where to shop! Mac said his wife trained him well, so ladies, don’t hesitate to ask for a quick whirl through some of the most interesting shops along the way. I recommend him 100%. He was worth every penny. I will definitely hire Makoto when I come back for cherry blossom season.

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