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One day Nara tour of spacious and graceful view for your great experience

by KASHIMA
(25) Reviews
8h $ 255 Price up to 8 people

Highlights

  • 1. Nara park:To move to Nara park by bus and see Nara park and lots of deers around the park.
  • 2. Todaiji temple: To move to Todaiji & Great Buddha in the Nara park and see there.
  • 3. Kasuga-Taisha shrine: To move to Kasuga-taisha shrine in the Nara park by walking and see there.
  • 4. Toshodaiji temple: To move to Toshoudaiji temple by bus and see there.
  • 5. Yakushiji temple: To move to Yakushiji temple by walking from Toshodaiji temple and see there..
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Overview

This tour include Todaiji temple, Kasuga-taisha shrine, Nara park, Toshodaiji temple and Yakushiji temple. Nara is located in around 40km south of Kyoto and was the capital of Japan in Nara era (710-784) before Kyoto had become a capital from Heian era started in 794. You can feel ancient atomosphere in Nara. There are spacious and graceful view with no modern building built on their surrounding.

What to Expect

1. Todaiji-temple:
This temple was built in Nara era (8th century) by Emperor Shomu and great Buddha is the principal image of this temple which is the most famous Buddha in Japan. There were several fires by wars and nature disaster which caused the burned out some of this temple.
Current Great Buddha was re-built in Edo era ( beginning of 18th century). This temple is world culture heritage site registered in 1998.
The height of the statue is 14.7 meter.
2. Nara park
Nara park include Todaiji, Koufukuji, Kasuga-Taisha and Nara National museum.
1200 number of deer are living in this park. These deer are said to be messengers from Shinto of Kasuga-Taisha.
3. Kasuga-Taisha shrine
This shrine was founded in 768 to deify Fujiwara clan in Asuka era.
This shrine is world culture heritage site registered in 1998.
4. Toshodaiji temple
This temple was built in 759 by the high priest Jianzhen who had come to Japan with overcoming various hardship invited by Shomu emperor.
There have still been several architectures remained as the figure from Nara era such as Main hall, lecture hall, treasure hall and so-on.
Also, some Buddhist statues in Tenpyo era (later half of Nara era) have been remained which are registered as National treasure.
5. Yakushiji temple
This temple was built in 680 by Tenmu emperor in capital Fujiwara kyo to pray for his empress (Jito emperor) to recover from illness.
After Tenmu emperor’s death, Jito emperor had completed the temple in 697 by succeeding Tenmu’s will.
According to the capital transfer to Heijokyo, this temple had been transferred in Nara capital in 718.
There had been several architectures such as Nandaimon-gate, East pagoda, West pagoda, main hall and lecture hall that all were arranged as Buddhist temple surrounded by corridor at the time flame.
After that, several fires of nature and war had occurred and only remaining architecture from 718 is east pagoda from 718.

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Highlights

  • 1. Nara park:To move to Nara park by bus and see Nara park and lots of deers around the park.
  • 2. Todaiji temple: To move to Todaiji & Great Buddha in the Nara park and see there.
  • 3. Kasuga-Taisha shrine: To move to Kasuga-taisha shrine in the Nara park by walking and see there.
  • 4. Toshodaiji temple: To move to Toshoudaiji temple by bus and see there.
  • 5. Yakushiji temple: To move to Yakushiji temple by walking from Toshodaiji temple and see there..

Important

I am now living in Gunma prefecture located around 100km north from Tokyo.
Therefore, if you reserve Kansai area such as Kyoto, Nara, Kobe and Osaka, please request me at least one week in advance. We can exchange the idea of the tour.

1) For fairly long walking of sight-seeing, please put on the shoes to walk with ease.
2) Please prepare the cash to spend any train riding, lunch and souvenir.

What‘s included
Guide fee
What‘s not included
Pick up fee for a guide: yen1500
Transportaion fee during this tour for you in case you move from hotel in Kyoto: yen3340
Transportaion fee during this tour for a guide: yen3340
Lunch for you and a guide
Entrance fee for you: Todaiji/Great Buddha: yen600 per person, KasugaTaisha: yen500 per person,
Toshoudaiji: yen600 per person, Yakushiji: yen1100 per person
Meeting Point
At your staying hotel in Kyoto
Ending Point
At your staying hotel in Kyoto
Duration
8 hours
Starting time
09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 8 people

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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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 ( 25 )
Silvia Silvia Peru ( Solo )
Excellent
2 days ago

“ Wonderful and informative guide. ”

Kashima was my guide for two days in Kyoto, I appreciated his able guidance through the various temples and monkey Park. The document he prepared for me is very informative and customized for me, I learned a lot thanks to his excellent guidance. Kashima was kind to showing me how to take the bullet train and not get lost in the train station. Excellent guide! Silvia

KASHIMA:

Hello Silvia san, Thank you very much for your great and utmost review for me. I am very much pleased that you enjoyed a lot for two days Kyoto tour. We visited Arashiyama, Tenryuji temple, Bamboo forest, Moon crossing bridge, Fushimi Inari shrine, Nijo castle, Gion, Monkey park, Ryoanji temple, Kinkakuji temple and Sanjusangendo temple. Specially, you had a lot of fun for Gion watching with Maiko crossing in the dark night at late evening, to play with Monkeys, Kinkakuji temple with beautiful three stories Golden pavilion and Sanjusangendo with one thousand Kannon statue inside there. I would like to be proud that I could took a miracle shot of your photo in Gion with Maiko lady behind you clearly while walking through by chance. I believe that you will keep the photo in your life. I... read more

Johnson Johnson South Africa ( Family with kids )
Excellent
5 days ago

“ Warm, knowledgable and accommodating ”

Kashima San hosted my wife, son and I on a days' tour of Tokyo. We had prearranged the itinerary to include some sites, some shopping and a museum. He met us at our hotel and talked us through the Tokyo Rail and Subway system which once you understand it is very efficient. We saw the Imperial Palace Bridges, Zozoji Temple (which is lovely), then we had time in Ginza including time in a quaint Japanese Print Shop Kashima San had identified for us. We finished in Shinjuku. Through out the day Kashima San let us take the time we wanted to see the sites, never rushing us, explaining the points of interest many you would miss without a guide. He also told us how to easily get to sights we wanted to see on the subsequent days We have no hesitation recommending Kashima San for yo... read more

KASHIMA:

Johnson san, Thank you very much for your detail and kind review for me by which I got lots of pleasure. I am pleased that you, your wife and your son (8 years old) enjoyed the tour a lot, specially you for the photos of various sight spots, your wife for watching various types of Kimono and shopping Japanese art prints (Ukiyoe paintings) in Ginza and your son to see tense Samurai play watching in Samurai museum. It was good for your wife to find lots of excellent Ukiyoe paintings and purchased them at S.WATANABE COLOR PRINT.Co. in Ginza. I hope that you also enjoyed your tour in Japan on following days. I am looking forward to supporting you again as a guide in the future. Thanks, Kashima

Vikki Vikki United States ( Couple )
Very Good
6 days ago

“ The Zen Temple in Arashiyama ”

I thought overall Kashima did a good job. At times, I struggled with understanding his English but we worked thru it. I was a little disappointed with the magnitude of the public transportation necessary to get to sites; and, at times Kashima was unsure of the correct subway or train line to take. It was a long, full day that was enjoyable but not sure I was recommended this particular itinerary and transportation approach to others.

KASHIMA:

Vikki san, Thank you very much for taking your time and writing useful review for me to improve in future. We visited Kyoto after picking you up at the cruise port in Osaka at 9am and escorted you back at the port by 5pm. The transportation between Osaka and Kyoto is by public transportation spending around 1hour and a half of one way. Within the time period, we visited Arashiyama area in Kyoto including Tenryuji temple, Bamboo forest, Togetsukyo-bridge(moon crossing). After that, we moved out from Arashiyama and visited Kinkakuji temple located north of Kyoto and moved to visit Fushimi Inari shrine located the south of Kyoto. Certainly, I could not well execute the time management to visit all of them with relaxed manner. I apologize that I forced you to rush to see the Fushimi Ina... read more

Theresa Theresa United States ( Friends )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ A Great Guide for a Great Trip ”

My groups’ tour with Kashima was chalk-full of information about all the sites we went to and was sprinkled with some current cultural facts in between. Kashima himself was considerate of our lesser-abled group members and even helped fix mistakes we made in regards to transportation. Overall a great tour guide, would recommend. Thanks Kashima for your patience with us.

KASHIMA:

Theresa san, Thank you very much for your great and utmost review for me. We could have a very pleasant tour during 8 days with all 16 people of you and your friends including one transportation day from Tokyo to Kyoto. You kindly reserved the service by Van transportation for 6 days. We felt as if our tour is a small size special group tour sandwiched among very big tour agency buses in large parking of each visiting spots. We visited Tokyo, Hakone, Kamakura, Kyoto, Nara and Osaka which are completely linked with the transition of capital from ancient time-flame such as Asuka->Nara->Kyoto->Kamakura->Kyoto(again)->Osaka->Edo(Tokyo). Thanks to lots of questions about Japanese history and culture from all of your group members, I could explain well at the first time about the deep relatio... read more

Sarah Sarah Singapore ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Excellent! ”

Kashima-san was a very punctual and enthusiastic tour guide. He made an incredible effort to engage with the children and provided a detailed, printed itinerary. The itinerary included lots of information about visiting spots as well as an entertaining way of introducing some essential Japanese words. Kashima-san brought us to some very reasonable and good-quality restaurants and adapted the itinerary according to our interests. Would recommend to anyone with an interest in going off the beaten track and experiencing Japan with a local flavour.

KASHIMA:

Sarah san, Thank you very much for your detail review as great as any. I am very much pleased that you and your two daughters enjoyed one and a half days Tokyo tour and one day Kamakura tour. I am very much impressed that your twin daughters are very interested in both various traditional culture style in Japan and various Japanese souvenirs. As for traditional culture, we visited Meiji shrine, Asakusa/Sensoji temple, Ueno Toshogu shrine, Ueno Daibutsu for one and half days of Tokyo tour and Great Budda in Kotokuin-temple, Hase temple, Tsuruoka-Hachiman shrine in one day Kamakura tour. All these spots are deeply related with Japanese history such as Heian era, Kamakura-era, Edo-era , Meiji restoration ,how original Samurai had appeared in Japan related with the actual social status in ... read more

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