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One day trip of Nara Park

6 hours
up to 8 people
English ( License ), Japanese ( Fluent )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
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-Nara Park is famous and known as Deer Park, and more than one thousand deer roam freely in the park.
-Numerous important temples, shrines, gardens and museums are within minutes of one another within the park.
-The most famous sites are Todai-ji temple, Kasuga Grand Shrine, and Kofuku-ji temple.
-These temples and shrines were originally built in Nara period, 1,300 years ago.


Feel free to personalize this offer with MAKOTO.

  • Kofuku-ji Temple; Famous five-storied pagoda, Tokon-do, Nan-En-do(South Octagonal Temple)
  • Todai-ji Teple; Nandai-Mon(Great South Gate), Daibutsu-Den(Great Budda Temple), Budda statue, Shoro(Belfry),Hokke-Do, Nigatsu-Do(Second Month Temple)
  • Kasuga Grand Shrine; Chu-Mon(Inner Gate), Hon-Den(Main Sanctuary), Many lanterns(2000 stone lanterns), Homotsu-Den(Treasury)
  • Option 1: Isuien Garden --- Traditional Japanese garden of nearly three acres. Ceremonial Tea House

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What to Expect

The deer of Nara Park is unique as they have long protected as messenger of Japanese God.
These deer acutually bow when greeting you, especially ehen deer crackers are ready to feed them.

The five-storied Pagoda and the Tokon-do of Kofuku-ji temple have been burnt down five times and the present buildings date back to the 15th centry.
Once this temple contained more than 170 buildings, but many have been reconstructed each time. This is typical example that people in Nara support Kofuku-ji temple and love it historically.

Great Buddha statue(Daibutsu) at Todai-ji temple is the largest bronze Buddha in the world. It weights approximatelly 380 tons, and the height is 15 meters tall.
This statue was originally built in 752 by means of bronze casting and gold plated on the surface of bronze. This Buddha statue have contributed to expand the Buddhism in Japan as the simbol of Buddha meaning "Shining Light of the Univers".

Kasuga Grand Shrine is Japanes Sinto shrine and built in 768 of Nara period. Due to close ties with the imperial family, many emperors. empresses visited this shrine.The unique feature of Kasuga Shrine is outstanging 2,000 stone lanterns that line the approach to the sanctuary. These lanterns have been donared by worshipers who honor and revere the gods of Kasuga Shrine.

Through visitting these temples and shrines, we can imagine the culture and history of Nara period, 1,300 years ago.

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Departure & Return

Starting time 08:30 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point At your hotel in Nara or JR Nara station
Ending Point At your hotel in Nara or JR Nara station

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee, hotel pick-up in Nara city

What‘s not included

transportation fee(you and guide), lunch, dinner(if the tour is extended), entrance fee, etc...


Entrance fee:
Todaiji Temple: 500 yen
Kasuga Grand Shrine: 500 yen
Isuien Garden: 900 yen

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.

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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 ( 55 )
4.9 (55) Reviews
Very Good
Christine Christine Australia ( Couple )
6 days ago

“ Great day with Mak ”

We would definitely recommend a tour with Mak, he is friendly knowledgable and nothing was too much trouble He guided us through purchasing our rail tickets and suggested best lunch options to take for our picnic lunch We had a wonderful day visiting such beautiful sights


Dear christiane, thank you very much for your nice review comments. I am so glad that you have enjoyed the tour. I have enjoyed beingnwith you and nice picnic lunch. I hope that you had nice trip to Hiroshima, and further trip in Osaka. Thanks again for your choosing me of your guide this time. Please have a nice trip back to Australia and visit Japan again. MAKOTO

Martha Martha Japan ( Friends )
1 week ago

“ Tour of Kyoto ”

Mack was on time and waiting for us at the agreed upon spot of Osaka station. We gave him a list of several places we were interested in and asked him to plan our day. It was a seamless adventure from start to finish! He even threw in street experiences, food and sake tasting, from quaint shops off the beaten path. He gave us a little history about Buddhism and the Shinto religion while we were on the train and he had a visual handout for us about the places we would visit today. I would highly recommend him to anyone! He gave us some recommendations about spots to visit in Osaka on our last day.


Dear Martha, Thanks for your nice comments. I am very pleased that you have enjoyed the tour. I have enjoyed very much especially the visit of Daitokuji, where no other tourist is visiting here, and felt that we owned the temple. I also enjoyed being with you for shopping souvenirs and tasting Sake. Thanks again for your choosing me of your guide. MAKOTO

Kris Kris United States ( Couple )
3 weeks ago

“ Delightful day with Mac ”

My goal was to see some sights, get some history and feel comfortable using the transit system. Mac delivered on all accounts. We were glad to learn the difference between a shrine and a temple. He knew the best spots for pictures. He was very conscious of the heat and our comfort. Thank you again for a wonderful day


Dear Kris, Thanks for your nice comments. I am so glad that you have enjoyed the tour. I also enjoyed the conversation with you as Iowa was the states, where I started the marketting activites in the U.S. and menorable area. Please enjoy Kyoto and have a nice trip back to the U.S. please come to Japan again so that I can show you Nara also. Thamks again for your chooing me of your guide. Mac

Barbara Barbara United States ( Family )
1 month ago

“ Just what we hoped for ”

Makoto led us on two tours of Kyoto: Popular places & Historical places. Our tours around Kyoto were great! Makoto has a plan for each day that covered exactly what we wanted to see. He was knowledgeable about the sites and was very pleasant. He gave good advice for places to go in the evening after our tour. We would definitely recommend Makoto as your guide.


Dear Barbara, Thank you for your prompt review comments. I am so happy that you have spent good time in this tour. You, Richard, and Allison have very good sense of humour, and I also enjoyed being with you for two days. I hope you have nice stay in Japan and enjoy the rest of schedule in Japan. Thank you very much for your choosing me of your guide. MAKOTO

Francois Francois United States
1 month ago

“ Great tour of Nara ”

We spent a great day with Makoto. His English is perfect and he really showed us everything we wanted to see in Nara (and more). The sites are rather spread out and therefore if you want to be efficient, you really need the help of a guide. It would have taken us twice the amount of time to figure out where to go on our own, and Makoto was very helpful not only to make our day smooth, but also to explain everything. We really do recommend him for a day in Nara. You will not be disappointed. Thank you Makoto


Dear Francois, Thank yoi very much for the nice comments. I am so happy that you have enjoyed the toir. There was good chance to be rained in the tour day, but it suspended for us,which made the tour niice. I enjoyed Isuien garden personally as there were almost no visitors. Thanks again for your choosing me of yoir guide,and I hope that you come back Japan again. MAKOTO

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