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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 14 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 on the meeting date , there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel 1 day prior to the meeting date , there is a 40% charge.
  • If you cancel between 2 and 13 day(s) in advance of the meeting date , there is a 20% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 14 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 12 )
Carla Carla Brazil
13 hours 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.

Ric & Kathy Ric United States ( Couple )
2 months ago

“ Superb one day tour of Kyoto ”

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Makoto! It was easy to communicate by email before we left for Japan and together we came up with an itinerary that would work for a full day. His knowledge of Japanese history is excellent and we began our tour with an overview of history. He provided us with several handouts to help us understand Japanese historical time periods, the location of the seat of government and who had power for the different eras. This gave us a better understanding of each site we visited. We were able to tour Nijo Castle, Kyoto Imperial Palace, Kinkakuji and Ninnaji. At each site, Makoto provided us with historical background and interesting information, unique to the site we visited. He was able to relate the relationship of Nijo Castle, the Imperial Palace and Ninnaji. We loved seeing each of the sites and would highly recommend Ninnaji. Being a little out of the way from Kinkakuji, it was not crowded and we were able to walk within the beautiful residence, not to mention seeing the temple and pagoda. To end our day, we walked through a quiet area of Kyoto as well as through Myoshinji which contains 47 temples (Makoto added this in since we had a little more time left). A quick, inexpensive, yet satisfying Japanese lunch was enjoyed and Makoto had previously thought through a location that was on the way so that we would not waste any time. Makoto's English is good and he is very easy to understand. He did not rush us through each site and allowed us time to ask questions and take pictures. He also laughs easily and we enjoyed him as our guide. If we ever return to Japan, we would ask Makoto to be our guide in Nara which he knows extensively. Unfortunately, we did not have the time to do this. We highly recommend Makoto as a guide!


Dear Ric and Cathy, Thank you very much for your nice comments. I am so happy that you have enjoyed the tour and Kyoto. Especially not only temples and castle, but also you showed good interest on peoples' life and culture. I also enjoyed very much being with you. I hope that you can come again and I would like to guide Nara next time. Thank you for your choosing me of your guide. Best regards, Mac Yokoyama

Jun Jun United States ( Friends )
2 months ago

“ Knowledgeable and sincere ”

Mack was simply great. He communicated well before the meeting. His English was great - I understood every word. He was waiting for us at the rendevous point in Nara to greet us. He gave us a presentation of the tour before we set off and he provided the background of Nara. Mack was enthusiastic about his job and answered all our questions. Made the Nara experience more thorough because he knew the background, rituals and history behind the shrines, temples, lanterns, parks, etc. We were a group of 8. He guided us through the sights efficiently. He took us to a nice reasonable Japanese restaurant for lunch. I would highly recommend Mack. A great guy.


Dear Jun, Thank you for your nice message. I really enjoyed being with you and your friends. I also realized that you have so nice friends. It was rainy day, and I hope that you can come again to Nara and Horyuji temple some day in the future. I will try to prepare sunny day next time. Thank you for your choosing me of yoir guide. Best regards, Mac Yokoyama

Alina Alina Brazil ( Couple )
3 months ago

“ It couldn’t be any better! ”

Makito ‘Mac’ is an excellence guide!!! He knows a lot about Japanese Culture, History and Religion, and he’s very generous on sharing this knowledge with us. He’s also very committed on offering the best plan ever for the clients and, moreover, he’s kind and a a lovely person! We recommend him strongly!


Dear Alina, Thank you for your nice comments. I am pleased to know that you enjoyed the tour. I also enjoyed being with you, and some Brazilian language. I hope that you enjoy the rest of trip in Japan, and have a nice trip back to home. Thank you for your choosing me of your guide. Best regards Mac Yokoyama

Cody Cody Singapore ( Friends )
3 months ago

“ Very professional and thoughtful ”

I have arranged a trip for my uncle and his friends to Osaka with Mac and have found him to be a very professional and thoughtful guide! The planning was very smooth. We had changed our itinerary halfway with new requests but those were also quickly accounted for and we fixed a new itinerary very quickly. When our group met with Mac, he was well prepared and have printed out a list to facilitate any further discussion. The trip went smoothly as Mac meticulously oversaw all their needs.


Dear Cody, Thanks for your very positive comments. I really enjoyed being with your uncle and friends. We also wnjoyed typical Japanese food,Okonomiyaki. I hope that you can come over to Japan someday. Thank you for choosing me as a duide for your uncle. Mac Yokoyama

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