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One-day Nara tour from Kyoto with a private guide


Nara
8 hours
up to 7 people
Japanese ( Native ), English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )

Nara is a very beautiful and interesting city known by the old name of "Yamato". It was established as the first permanent Japan's capital in the year 710. There are a lot of historical monuments in this ancient city, such as Todaiji Great Buddha Hall, Kasuga Taisha Shrine, Kofukuji Temple and so on. Nara"deer"park is also one of must-see areas. Let's walk around and play with the lovely deer!!

Itinerary

Feel free to personalize this offer with Koichi.

  • Todaiji Great Buddha Hall via Kofukuji and Nara Park
  • Todaiji Nigatsu -do Hall
  • Kasuga Taisha Shrine via Wakakusayama Park
  • Naramachi Old Town (Enjoy shopping and eating)

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What to Expect

In this tour, you can feel the atmosphere of ancient Japan's capital "Heijo-Kyo" before Kyoto "Heian-Kyo" capital. On the way to Todaiji Great Buddha hall, a lot of lovely deer welcomes you. you can feed them with "Shika-Senbei" or deer's cracker. At the Great Buddha Hall, you may be mesmerized by the world biggest wooden structure and the huge gilt bronze statue of Buddha cast in the 8th century. In the Naramachi old town, you can taste Nara's specialty food "Kakinoha-Sushi" wrapped in persimmon leaf and "Somen" noodle made from white wheat.

Departure & Return

Starting time 08:30 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point At your hotel in Kyoto
Ending Point JR or Kintetsu Kyoto Station

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee, Hotel pick-up, my transportation and admission fees are included.

What‘s not included

Total amount of cash you may need: approximately 4000 yen per person(Transportation fees:about 1500 yen , lunch: about 1500 yen , admission fees: 700 yen, other personal expenses)

Important

In this tour, we would take Kintetsu limited Express train or JR train from Kyoto to Nara. If you have "JR Rail Pass", you can take JR train for free. And then we will basically walk around Nara park and surrounding area. It would be advisable to use a Taxi appropriately to save time.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting date
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting date
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting date

Frequently Asked Questions

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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Reviews ( 30 )
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Suzanne Suzanne United States ( Family )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ Superb guide, friendly and knowledgeable ”

We thoroughly enjoyed our time with Koichi and would have no hesitation in recommending him to anyone looking for a guide. We had 7 hours in Osaka and we communicated prior to our arrival on how best to plan our time there. We visited Osaka castle, Shitennoji Buddhist temple and beautiful gardens and a tea ceremony at Maikoya. Koichi found us a great place to have some “Japanese fast food”, udon noodles and tempura. We were a party of six and included in the group was my mother who has limited mobility. Koichi was patient and understanding and and I truly appreciate that he sought out the use of elevators and slopes for her to use on the public transport and at tourist sights. Koichi is easy to understand and happy to show tourists around his beautiful country, he even brought us origami ... read more

Frederick Frederick United States ( Couple )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ A great guide for Nara and Kyoto ”

We were very pleased with Koichi as our guide for a day in Nara and another in Kyoto. He was knowledgeable, energetic, flexible, attentive - and kind! - and escorted us to many fascinating and beautiful sights over the two days that we hired him. He is well-educated, speaks English well, and has diverse life experiences which broaden his guiding capabilities. Highly recommended!

Koichi:

Hi! Frederick san, Thank you for giving me such a nice review. I was able to have a great time with you. Well, During the tour I was amazed by your enthusiasm for photography. If I have a chance to attend you, I would like to show you more interesting places where you might be interested in.

Karen Karen United Kingdom ( Friends )
Excellent
3 weeks ago

“ Fabulous friendly Gentleman ”

Koichi is an amazing man. So helpful and friendly and incredibly knowledgeable. We even got a Japanese language lesson thrown in It was a full day but koichi's enthusiasm ensured we never tired and were constantly looking forward to our next experience Can't rate him highly enough. Have already recommended him to friends

Koichi:

Hi! Karen san, I’m happy to hear that you enjoyed the tour, and thank you for sending me such a nice comment. The review you gave me is more than I deserved. I was just able to do our tour thanks to your fitness and curiosity. I hope to see you again next time too. Koichi

John John United Kingdom ( Family with kids )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Day trip to Kyoto (from Tokyo) ”

Kiochi was an excellent guide and we would have no hesitation in recommending him to others. From the initial contact he was responsive and based on our available time, he proposed a schedule which would allow us to take in all the key sights of Kyoto. He met us at the station, provided a very informative overview of each site we visited and even arranged a superb lunch. We even managed to squeeze in an extra visit on the way back to the station. Without using the services of a knowledgeable and organised guide like Koichi, we would never have been able to see all the main sights and understand the role of Kyoto in the history of Japan. Thank you Koichi for a wonderful & memorable day.

Koichi:

Hi! John san. Thank you for giving me such a nice review. I’m very happy to hear that you enjoyed the tour. It’s my pleasure. I wish you had more time to spend in Kyoto. In Kyoto and surrounding areas, there are many other places you should visit and things I would like to recommend. Well, I hope to see you again in the near future. Thanks again. Koichi

Elaine and Bob Elaine United States ( Couple )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Great day with Koichi in Osaka ”

Koichi was terrific. He met us punctually at he SilverSea ship. We then took public transportation to Osaka sights. We went to the castle, he had us take the tram to save energy getting to the top of the castle area as it was extremely hot. He guided us to 5be lovely tea house on the grounds where we enjoyed a tea ceremony. Took the bus tram to save steps again to our next sight. We went to a lovely Shri e, a wonderful temple where a funeral was being performed and then we headed to the busy shopping streets of Osaka. We had a delightful local lunch which Koichi ordered for us. We did about 20,000 steps with Koichi that day. It was a really great day with a great guide.

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