You’ll go on a mystic journey through Japan’s Shinto Buddhist history in its 8th-century capital
From $100.13 USD pp (based on 8 adults)
Private & 100% personalized tour
Hosted in English (On request: Arabic, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish)
See Japan’s most culturally significant temples and shrines in the place where Shinto Buddhism was born. Walk shaded paths lined with cherry blossom trees between Nanto Shichi Daiji – the “seven great temples” of ancient Japan. Explore magical, wood-built architecture overhung with thousands of lanterns at Kasuga-taisha Shrine, or gaze upon the serene visage of the oldest bronze Buddha statue in the world, housed in Tōdai-ji’s main hall. See the famous Nara Park at the foot of grass-covered Mount Wakakusa, where polite deer – symbols of the city – come to greet you. Get out of the sun and share a meal with your local insider in Higashimuki Shopping Street, a covered arcade lined with stores selling trinkets reminiscent of ancient Japan.
With your host playing the roles of GPS, translator and local insider, take a train 50 minutes south of Kyoto to Nara – the leafy city steeped in ancient Buddhist history and home to some of Japan’s most culturally significant temples and shrines. From Kōfuku-ji to Yakushi-ji, marvel at art and architecture dating back to the 8th century, when a 15-meter bronze Buddha Vairocana statue was constructed in Tōdai-ji temple. Walk through Nara Park, where deer believed to be sacred messengers of the Shinto gods politely observe your journey towards the east side to Kasuga-taisha Shrine, lit by more than 3000 lanterns. Then, grab a bite from the covered shopping arcade, Higashimuki, a 10 minute stroll east of the park.
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