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

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5h $ 137 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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136.50 USD

Price up to 15 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra person.
$ 9.10
Extra hour.
$ 27.30


- 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 ( 22 )
Grace Grace United States ( Couple )
2 weeks ago

“ Fantastic Guide ”

Going on a trip with Makoto-san was a highlight of our trip. Makoto-san was friendly, kind, thoughtful and extremely well prepared. Highly recommend and would book another tour with him again. Thank you Makoto-san!


Dear Grace, Thanks for your nice message. I am so glad that you enjoyed my tour and I also e joyed guiging with nice conversation. Please enjoy the tour in Japan, and I hope that we can meet adain someday. Thanks again for your choosing me of your guide. MAKOTO

Stacey Stacey United States ( Solo )
2 weeks ago

“ Great Tour + Guide! ”

Working with Makoto was a complete joy! He was very quick and thorough in communications prior to the tour and provided suggested itineraries. During the tour, I had a great time getting to know him and thoroughly enjoyed spending time with him while traveling to each site. Makoto was able to help me understand Japan's complex history as it pertained to the different sites, which was very helpful. He picked a great place for lunch, showed me how to use public transportation in Japan, and was flexible when I wanted to make a last minute change in our itinerary. I highly recommend booking with Makoto if you're looking for a tour guide. I know he also does tours outside of Kyoto, in case you're interested. I definitely would have booked another tour with him again if time had allowed.


Dear Stacey Thanks for your nice comment. I also enjoyed guiding you, and unexpectetly it turned to be e,citing tour because of your nice suggestions. Thank again for your support of the tour MAKOTO

karen Karen United States ( Family with kids )
3 weeks ago

“ Perfect Day ”

Mac is fantastic guide! He was well prepared and very organized. He was also very knowledgeable and easy to understand. I would highly recommended him! Thanks for a wonderful tour!


Dear Karen, Thnaks for your nice comment. It was so cold day, but I enjoyed guiding and being with you. Thanks for you choosing me of your guide. Please have a nice new year. Mac

Alex Alex United States ( Family )
1 month ago

“ Excellent tour and great Guide!!! ”

We had really good time with Makoto. He met us at Hotel lobby and spent all day exploring Osaka with us. Very knowledgable guide. He was able to make it fun for our entire family. Also he helped us a lot with figuring out subway system as well as JR. He even went to the actual train to make sure we successfully board the correct train. Thank you very much for all the effort.


Dear Alex. Thanks for your nice review message. The tour date was the day of Osaka marashon day, and so many people were visiting Osaka, which caused inconvinience even for the seat reservation of Bullet train. But you met your flight at Hanade, which I was so glad to know. It was so enjoyable to guide you Osaka, and happy to know that you enjoyed the Osaka tour. Thanks again for your choosing me of your guide. MAKOTO

Jeffrey M. Jeffrey United States ( Friends )
2 months ago

“ Kyoto in 7 hours. ”

Mak was great - we saw the Nijo-Jo castle and the Golden Pavilion and 2 other wonderful sites. We ate an authentic Japanese lunch and we even had green tea ice cream. Mak is knowledgeable and communicates well. WE glided about the city in cabs and even took the metro. I would use Mak again and will recommend him to any of my friends who travel to Japan.


Dear Jeffrey, Thnaks for your nice omments. I am very glad that you have enjoyed the tour. I also enjoyed being with you. Thank you very much for your choosing me of your guide. MAKOTO

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