Nara Horyuji Temple, Chogosonshi-ji Temple

Day Trip

Hideo Y.

4.43(117) reviews
Osaka
English, Japanese (Native)
8 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 30 people

I recommend Horyu-ji Temple located in the northern part of Nara Prefecture.  It is the oldest wooden structure in the world.  The temple was designated as the first World Cultural Heritage site in Japan.  It was from here that Buddhism blossomed and spread throughout the land.

 And the five-story pagoda of Horyu-ji Temple is known for being the oldest earthquake-proof structure. Today, this structure's technique is employed by TOKYO SKY TREE, imagine that!

Meeting Point

at your hotel in Osaka

11:00 AM

Horyu-ji Temple

one of the oldest temples in Japan

12:00 PM

Chugu-ji Temple

Prince Shotoku, the strong believer in Buddhism, built the temple.

01:30 PM

Horin-ji Temple

The temple was built in 622.

02:00 PM

Hokki-ji Temple

The temple was built in 638.

03:40 PM

Chogosonshi-ji Temple

A giant papier-mache tiger will be waiting for you in front of the red gate

Ending Point

at your hotel in Osaka

What to Expect

I would like to show you around temples closely associated with the introduction of Buddhism.

I recommend Horyu-ji Temple located in the northern part of Nara Prefecture.  It is the oldest wooden structure in the world.  The temple was designated as the first World Cultural Heritage site in Japan.  It was from here that Buddhism blossomed and spread throughout the land.

 And the five-story pagoda of Horyu-ji Temple is known for being the oldest earthquake-proof structure. Today, this structure's technique is employed by TOKYO SKY TREE, imagine that!

A giant papier-mache tiger will be waiting for you in front of the red gate at Chogosonshi-ji Temple. This temple is the head temple of Bishamonten who gave Prince Shotoku the idea of a punitive expedition to the Moribe-clan, an unbeliever of Buddhism. It is said that Prince Shotoku built this temple that enshrines Bishamonten in 594.

I hope you enjoy visiting these historical Buddhist temples.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee

What‘s not included

transportation fee (you and your guide), lunch, entrance fee

Important Information

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Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 8 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 3 to 7 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 2 day(s) prior to meeting time

Reviews

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Mimi C.

Dec 29, 2022

Christmas trip

Thank you Hideo-san for a fun city and Naoshima Island tour. Even though the commute was long, it was smooth and easy, thanks to your extremely well-organized

Hideo Y.

I'm very happy to receive your good review. I'm sure you enjoyed the tour of Japan, especially you saw unique outdoor works in Modern Art Island Naoshima. I wish you and all your family good health and happiness. Thank you!

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Bin bin tan .

Dec 13, 2022

Lacking explanations

I had booked this for some clients of mine. Communication is punctual but clients commented that not much explanation was given on the sights.

Hideo Y.

I awfully sorry to say I didn't have so much explanation, but this tour was mainly sightseeing of 10 million-dollar night view of Kobe, so I hope your guests felt naturally beautiful landscape and took a lot of pictures and videos, so I didn't think I had so much explanation. Thank you for joining my tour. Best wishes to you and your guests.

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Alfonso S.

Oct 19, 2022

Good day in Kobe

We finalize our tour in Japan visiting Kobe with Mr. Hideo, who was very knowledgeable about that destination since he lived there for many years. Thanks for showing up the top spots and helping us finding after the tour the Pokémon toys for our grandchildren. Arigato Gosaimas.

Hideo Y.

Hello Alfonso I'm very happy to receive your message. I'm sure you enjoyed Kitano Ijinkan including Weather cock house, and sake tasting. I hope you come back to Japan again. Thank you, very much.

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Kyle S.

Oct 18, 2022

Kyoto and Nara with HIDEYOSHI

HIDEYOSHI is highly organized and timely. On the first day that we met him, he provided us with a daily time table of the planned itinerary as well as the expected transportation / food / admission costs. This was useful to get an idea of how much cash to have on hand each day. His English is quite good and he gave us valuable historical background on many Kyoto and Nara sites that we visited, which made us appreciate everything with a different perspective. We visited most of the famous sites as well as some off the beaten path locations. We ate tasty matcha tofu udon, kaiseki, yudofu, yuba, amazake, wagashi, daifuku, matcha and matcha sweets. We browsed around Nishiki market, the Nara shotengai, the Kiyomizu shops and slopes (be careful not to slip or lose either 3,2,1 years of your life - another fun fact we learned). We covered enormous ground in our couple of days, with tons of walking--definitely 10,000+ if not 20,000+ steps daily. HIDEYOSHI has no problem walking this much with you. It was a pleasure to walk the entire Philosopher's Path after seeing Ginkakuji. Of course in circumstances where it made more sense to take transportation we certainly did (bus, taxi, subway, Randen). Thank you HIDEYOSHI. We learned a lot.

Hideo Y.

Hi Kyle, I'm very happy to receive your message. I hope you enjoyed Kyoto tour. You liked matcha very much, especially sprinkled green tea that we had on Sannenzaka slope was the most delicious I've ever had. We walked on the philosopher's Path between Ginkakuji and Nanzenji. Next time I strongly recommend you visit Kyoto in Spring. I'm sure you can enjoy cherry blossom viewing on Philosopher's Path. Please imagine the looks that cherry blossom petals are floating on the Lake Biwa Canal. I live in Osaka, so when you visit Japan next time, I'd like to show you Osaka, different from Kyoto. Osaka is very interesting and unique city. I look forward to seeing you again. Thank you, Kyle.

$238/ per group

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