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

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5h $ 135 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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135.00 USD

Price up to 15 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra person.
$ 9.00
Extra hour.
$ 27.00


- 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 ( 27 )
Aaron Aaron United States ( Family with kids )
19 hours ago

“ Evening Tour if Osaka ”

Makoto was EXCELLENT! It’s hard to request a city tour to see everything if you only have a few hours—almost impossible for a guide. Makoto did it! He was timely, kept us on track and provided the best, knowledgeable tour anyone could ask for. Makoto guided my family which included myself, wife and 16year old son. Makoto worked well with us all. Excellent use of public transportation to keep costs lower and great guidance making food and souvenir selections. We want to come back to Japan again very soon just so we can all hang out with Makoto some more! Do yourself a favor and book, without any hesitation, with Makoto.


Dear Aaron、 Thanks for your nice and prompt review message. I am so glad that you enjoyed Osaka tour. I also enjoyed being with you yesterday. I hope that you comeback to Japan soon and visit Nara next time. Thanks again for yoir choosing me of your guide.Please have a nice trip back to the U.S. MAKOTO

Stuart Stuart Australia ( Friends )
6 days ago

“ Great Osaka Experience ”

A group of 4 adults that wanted to see Osaka in a day - a tall order! We worked out an ambitious itinerary with Makoto before our visit. Makoto was very positive and communicative throughout. When we met on the day Makoto provided information sheets and a historical overview of Osaka. Makoto explained the history and local context of all the sights we visited. We covered a lot of territory with Makoto, showing us many great sights, sounds and memories of Osaka. Makoto is a first class guide, knowledgeable, friendly and accommodating. We have no hesitation in recommending Makoto and would use him again.


Dear Stuart, Thank you for your nice comments. I am so glad that you have enjoyed the tour and Osaka. I also enjoyed being with you and the blossoming of plum tree was so beautiful, which I have enjoyed. Thank you very much for your choosing me of your guide. MAKOTO

Debbie Debbie United States ( Family )
1 week ago

“ Mark is the way to go for the best Nara experience! ”

Knowledgeable, personable, everything-able...that’s what we got with Makoto!


Dear Debbie, Thanks for your nice comments. I really enjoyed being with you and enjoyed the conversation. I hope that you enjoyed the rest of tour in Japan, and thank you for your choosing me of your guide. MAKOTO

GI CHEYENNE GI Philippines ( Family )
3 weeks ago

“ Japanese Hospitality ”

Thank you Makoto for considering all the places, interests and requests. Great tour guide in Osaka, knowledgable, considerate, safe, and very professional. Thank you for making it very special.


Dear GI, Thank you for your nice message. I am glad that they have enjoyed my tour, and this is because of your fine support. Thanks for your choosing me as Osaka guide. MAKOTO

Kiara Kiara Japan ( Friends )
1 month ago

“ Amazing tour and guide ”

We had an amazing experience with Makoto! Makoto provides us with great recommendations prior to and on the tour, was very organised, knowledgeable and good communication. We managed to visit all our desired distinctions including Nara park, Fushimi Inari, Kinkakuji temple, Arashiyama and Gion. He also explained how to catch the trains back to our hotel from Gion as we spent a little extra time exploring around here. We would have been so lost without Makoto. We highly recommend Makoto :)


Dear Kiara, Thanks for your prompt response and nice comments. I am so happy that you have enjoyed Nara and Kyoto even we were encountered some shower. Thank you also for your choosing me of your guide and I hope that your will have nice trip back to Australia. MAKOTO

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