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One day trip of Nara Park

by MAKOTO
(12) Reviews
6h $ 162 Price up to 20 people

Highlights

  • 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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162.00 USD

Price up to 20 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra hours.
$ 9.00
Extra person.
$ 9.00

Overview

-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.

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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Highlights

  • 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

Important

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

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...
Meeting Point
At your hotel in Nara or JR Nara station
Ending Point
At your hotel in Nara or JR Nara station
Duration
6 hours
Starting time
08:30 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 20 people   Flexible

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 ( 12 )
Carla Carla Brazil
Excellent
2 days 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.

MAKOTO:

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 )
Excellent
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!

MAKOTO:

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 )
Excellent
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.

MAKOTO:

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 )
Excellent
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!

MAKOTO:

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 )
Excellent
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.

MAKOTO:

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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