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

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

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.


Feel free to personalize this offer with KASHIMA.

  • 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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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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Departure & Return

Starting time 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point At your staying hotel in Kyoto
Ending Point At your staying hotel in Kyoto

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee

What‘s not included

Pick up fee for a guide: yen2000,
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


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.

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 ( 47 )
4.6 (47) Reviews
Very Good
Bob Bob United States ( Couple )
Very Good
2 weeks ago

“ Very good and thorough guide ”

Totally competent caring for our group. Got us through the day with ease. English was frequently difficult to understand, though. Very good skills getting us through all our train and bus changes. Did not, though, keep us together through the Himeji castle, nor give us any education while inside.


Bob san, Thank you very much for your utmost and helpful review for me and selecting me as a guide for your Himeji & Kobe tour. I am pleased that I could support your, your wife and your group of 8 people from your cruise ship members. All your members are so active to learn about Japanese history, culture and daily life. I could communicate a lot with all your members. Also, I am pleased that you kindly pointed out my inperfected points. I will improve my explanation skill about each spots information by English with more slowly and accurate so that everyone can easy understand. As for the explanation inside Himeji castle, I am sorry that I could not explain there. I will improve how to explain to large members during climbing up to 7 stories castle with jammed situation. I hope tha... read more

Dov Dov Israel ( Couple )
4 weeks ago

“ Very nice guy but too expensive ”

MR. Kashima is a very nice guy, but I am not sure I got a good value for the money I paid.


Dov san, Thank you very much for your great and helpful review for me and selecting me as a guide for your precious Hakone tour. Thanks to your strong will to learn Japanese culture, history and daily life status, we could exchange lots of conversation and I think that I could explain lots of deep information for those. Unfortunately, the whether was cloudy and you can not see Mt.Fuji during the tour. Based on your review comments, I will improve to provide more values to cutomers exceeding a lot against the payment I received from now on. I am looking forward to receiving another request from you in near future. Thanks, Kashima

Devayani Devayani Singapore ( Family with kids )
1 month ago

“ Good for limited duration tours ”

Kashima san was very prompt and helpful in designing our itinerary. We travelled as a family group of 14 people visiting Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo and Kashima san was very patient and responsive. He is helpful and pretty good in communicating in English. There are however some tourist attractions that he has not been to for some time so his awareness of wheelchair accessibility etc was limited. I would recommend Kashima san for one or 2 day trips rather than a multi-city long duration tour.


Devayani san, Thank you very much for your great and helpful review for me. We could have a very pleasant tour during 8 days with all 14 people of you and your family using Van transportation ranging from Kyoto area to Tokyo area. You kindly reserved Van service for 8 days. We visited Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Himeji, Tokyo and Hakone. Thanks to all your family strong curiosity for Japanese history and culture, I could explain about those in detail during the tour. As you kindly pointed out to me, at this time I could not well manage to select tour spots and escort for your family who use wheelchairs. This was my first time to take care for the case. Based on this precious experience, I will improve to manage for wheelchair supporting. I am looking forward to receiving another tour guiding req... read more

Dimitri Dimitri Belgium ( Family with kids )
Very Good
1 month ago

“ Impress 12-year old boy ”

We visited Odaiba (gaming center-Gundam- Statue of Liberty), Takeshita street, Shibuya crossing, Godzilla, Samurai Museum, ...


Dimitri san, Thank you very much for your great review for me. I am very much pleased that your 12-year old son could enjoy and felt impressed for the experience of Tokyo tour, specially playing several advanced games in Odaiba and watching Samurai sword play and sword fighting between two Samurais in Samurai museum. I could introduced six different types of town such as Asakusa (old fashioned style town), Odaiba (enormous entertainment town), Takeshita-street (most advanced fashion places of dispatch, specially for young girls), Omotesando(sophisticated street for young and mature adults), Shinjuku (the most bustling entertainment town for all generations) and Shibuya(the most famous busy town, specially as Shibuya crossing and Hachi dog). I hope that you could enjoy those towns. I am l... read more

David David United Kingdom ( Family )
1 month ago

“ 2 days 2 cities ”

Kashima was wxcellent. We had Kashima guide us for 1 day in Kyoto and 1 day in Tokyo a few days later. Though we did a lot of sightseeing on our own in both cities, they were more local to where we were staying, Kashima guided us to places more out of the way, e.g. Golden Temple in Kyoto and Meiji Shrine in Tokyo. He was a great guide, very friendly, very informative about the places we visited as well as a more general history of Japan and the cities we visited. He also helped is with traditions and manners whilst in Japan. We finished our day in Tokyo in a Whisky bar in Ginza, which Kashima picked out specifically as we are from Scotland. Whilst in there having dinner and a few drinks he really came out of his shell and we got to know Kashima the person so much better. We would have ... read more


David san, Thank you very much for your warm and utmost review for me. I am very much impressed that one of your primary purpose to come to Japan is to celebrate your son as memorial age of 21 years old of your country custom. During the 2 days tour of Kyoto and Tokyo, we visited Arashiyama, temple/garden, bamboo forest, Golden pavilion, Fushimi-inari shrine in Kyoto and Asakusa/temple, Meiji shrine, Harajuku, Shibuya, Shinjuku and Ginza in Tokyo. I like Japanese history, specially about the human drama of Samurai top worriers for each era of Heian, Kamakura, Azuchi-Momoyama and Edo. I am pleased that you could take my explanation as worth to hear. Also, we could enjoy an experience of brief tasting of Yakitori with drinking at Omoideyokocho open food stand in Shinjuku. Finally, it was a v... read more

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