Nara is ideal for those who wish to see not only numerous historical structures but also to touch, feed wild deers roaming freely around in the Nara Park. There are 8 UNESCO heritages in Nara spotted sparsely in the historic regions which have full of rich tales in Nara period (from 710 to 794). Visiting 4 UNESCO heritages (3 temples and 1 shrine) in this tour in addition to one Japanese garden.
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At your hotel in Osaka, Kyoto or Nara
Kasuga Great Shrine
At your hotel in Osaka, Kyoto or Nara
Messenger of deity of Kasuga Great shrine, 1,350 deers welcome you all the tour long in Nara national park. First stop is Kofuku-ji temple which was founded by Emperor Shomu in 726 during Nara period where the five-storied pagoda is a symbol of Nara national park viewed over Sarusawa Pond. Next is a short walk to a Japanese garden, called Isui-en (on the way to the Todai-ji temple) is also a must-to-see scenic spot. The third stop is the main attraction in Nara i.e Todai-ji temple, the largest wooden structure in the world, built in 752 and 2.8 million people took part in to construct, houses the 15 m tall Great Buddha statue. Fourth stop is Nigatsudo Hall which stands close to Todai-ji temple where the water-drawing ritual ceremony is being held in every March since 752. Last stop is Kasuga Great shrine which is a national shrine founded to protect the Heijyo-kyo, the new capital of Nara (form 710 to 794). 2,000 stone lanterns and 1,000 hanging lanterns are lit in February and August there and it brings you date back the time of the ancients.
*Hotel pick up fee in Kansai district (Kansai district = City of Osaka, Nara, Kyoto, Kobe)
*Travel expense as required for the guide to travel with customers by means of public transportation such as train, subway, bus.
Travel expenses for the guide included herein are limited within Kansai district (Kansai district = City of Osaka, Nara, Kyoto, Kobe)
*Admission fees, tickets for the guide as might be incurred at temples, shrines or the like.
*Meals, drinks or the like for the guide during the tour
*Any tax or the like as might be incurred by the guide in Japan
*Fees to cruise river or sea or the like for the guide
*Tickets for Universal Studio Japan, museum or the like as might be required for the guide at private or public museum, entertainment
* A scenic tour exploring, touching and feeling the area in 8th Century in Japan, a birth district of
* A surprise greeting by wild deers
My day with Mike went great. He had everything planned out for the day and even ideas for the rest of my trip. He was very nice and easy to talk to. He took care of everything during trip so all I had to was enjoy the mountain, town and temples. If you need a thoughtful and professional guide I recommend masahisa for your trip. Arigato gozimashita masahisa-san. Randal.
Randal So exhausted to walk, aren't you ? Thank again for your frequent visit despite in midst of recent full of oddies atmosphere here. Your travel to Dublin next year must be something of a homecoming. Lots of similarity between Irish (Celtic) mythology and our Shinto religion. Big screen "The Quiet Man", also the hill of Tara create an atmosphere akin to the same as yours (homecoming sentiment), besides same customs of "Round" in Ginness Store House in Dublin, even though we do not have warning signboard of "watch fairy folk" on the road. Good luck for your frequent venture in the far east and wish your safe return home, hopefully with great many memory. Thanks Masahisa
We booked a tour with Masahisa in Kyoto but his help started way before our tour. He sent me hotel recommendations, instructions for taxi drivers in Japanese, directions to and from several cities by train. This attention to detail continued into our tour. While the day was long, Masahisa (Mike) made sure we didnt miss anything. Thank you so much The Padilla Family
Janet Wish your safe return home, hopefully with great family memories. Thank for visiting us and the name of Packers reminded me of my life in windy city. Yes the temper always reached a boiling point in the rivalry particularly between Packers, including 5 super bowl championship fought each other. (Packers won 5, Bears won 1) I still remember the days in 1985, a windy city was in a chaos on every street to celebrate Bears championship and I was so lucky to share the moent with neighbours. Super Bowl LIV to be held in Miami on Feb 2 this year and wish next year to be held in Green Bay. Best regards to your husband. Thanks Masahisa
Knowledgeable, personable and amazingly kind. We were a 3 generation group which made the day trip to Kyoto challenging. However Mike (as he likes to be called) pulled off a miracle and made sure everyone was well taken care off. He knows his history and had us all immersed in the stories behind all the sites we went to. He also was amazingly attentive and at the end of the trip he gave gifts to us that he used his lunch hour to purchase. Thanks so much Mike. You were the best guide anyone could wish or hope for.
Abel Glad to learn your safe arrival home. Christmas light-up on a great street, Orchard Road, Cuppage Plaza and Centerpoint Shopping Mall I lived upstairs and loved must be full of last-minute shoppers in this time of the season. Thank again for your visit with happy family and wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thanks Masahisa
Masahisa (“Mike”) has proven the absolute best guide we’ve had thus far in almost a month of touring Japan. He arrived promptly for hotel pickup, totally organized with a formally prepared tour proposal for the day, complete with a brief overview of Japanese history and culture he wrote himself, and tourist information guides of Nara sites and cultural events - all neatly tucked into a transparent file holder. He also proved to be an extremely knowledgeable guide not only regarding Japan’s history and culture, but also of the world at large - a level of cosmopolitanism honed by extended business assignments around the globe on behalf of a major Japanese trading and consulting company. Masahisa is rightly proud of his country and culture and you will not find a more interesting guide to introduce you to Nara and the wonder of Japan!
Edward Thanks for visiting us from beautiful city, even though more is the shame typhoon stepped in your precious time here. Believe all are also fine with your neighbors and free from any mischief by wildfire. Thank you again for your visit all the way from city I loved. Thanks Masahisa