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The “7 Great Temples” of ancient Nara await
The “7 Great Temples” of ancient Nara await
The “7 Great Temples” of ancient Nara await
The “7 Great Temples” of ancient Nara await
The “7 Great Temples” of ancient Nara await
The “7 Great Temples” of ancient Nara await
The “7 Great Temples” of ancient Nara await

Kyoto Day Trip Tour To Nara District

9 hours

The “7 Great Temples” of ancient Nara await

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

  • 9 hours

  • Walking Tour

  • Hosted in English (On request: Arabic, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish)

What you'll do

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.

 

The “7 Great Temples” of ancient Nara await
The “7 Great Temples” of ancient Nara await
The “7 Great Temples” of ancient Nara await
The “7 Great Temples” of ancient Nara await
The “7 Great Temples” of ancient Nara await
The “7 Great Temples” of ancient Nara await
The “7 Great Temples” of ancient Nara await
The “7 Great Temples” of ancient Nara await

Where you'll go

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. 

    • With your helpful host, travel by train to Nara, one of Japan’s cultural hotspots and the birthplace of Shinto Buddhism
    • Explore ancient shrines and temples and wonder at the stunning architecture
    • Walk among tame deer through Nara Park to view the 3000 lanterns lighting Kasuga-taisha Shrine
    • Eat Nara specialties while shopping at Higashimuki Shopping Street for a memento to take home
    • Your host is always available for questions, recommendations and anecdotes about the area
    • This experience will be personalized to you!
    • What’s included
    • Private and personalized experience
    • 9 hours with a host (including travel time from Kyoto)
    • Tickets to Isui-en Garden, Todai-ji Temple, Kasuga-Taisha Shrine, Kofuku-ji Temple, Nigatsu-do & Sangatsu-do Halls
    • One day free pass Bus ticket from JR Nara
    • Walking and Bus experience ( other transport can be arranged at an additional cost)
    • What’s not included
    • Food and drinks
    • Tickets to attractions other than the ones listed above
    • Train Transportation costs (Japan Rail Pass holders can travel free on the JR)
    • Gratuities (optional)
  • Your hotel/apartment or any other central location

  • Cancel 14 days before the experience for a full refund

    COVID-19 Flexible Policy: you can cancel for free up to a day before the experience and receive a full refund.

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