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Nara Golden Route (Todaiji, Kofukuji, Kasuga Shrine)

Highlights

Hideo Y.

4.44(112) reviews
Nara
English, Japanese (Native)
8 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 30 people

Nara was the Imperial capital of Japan between 710 and 784 A.D. The city has many places of historical interest including Nara Park, Todaiji temple, ...

Itinerary

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Meeting Point

at your hotel

Todaiji Temple

Kasuga Great Shrine

Nara Park

Nara Machi (lunch)

Nara Craft Museum

Kofukuji Temple

Ending Point

at your hotel

What to Expect

Nara was the Imperial capital of Japan between 710 and 784 A.D. The city has many places of historical interest including Nara Park, Todaiji temple, Kasuga shrine, and Kofukuji Temple.

The Great Buddha Hall, the main hall of the Todaiji Temple, is one of the largest wooden structures in the world and the seated figure inside is the world's largest bronze image of Buddha.

Guess how high the right hand of the gread image of Buddha is ?

Guess how many snail-shaped hairs Buddha has ?

Kasuga Taisha Shrine is the largest Shinto shrine in Nara. This shrine is famous for its 2,000 stone lanterns and its 1,000 bronze lanterns which stand on both sides of the approach to the shrine. The lanterns are lit twice a year on the night of the Setsubun Festival and August 15.

Naramachi is an area which flourished as a prosperous town with many businesses and shops including ink production, linen textile, sake brewing and the like. The area still retains the nostalgic scenery of people's lives in the 19th century, especially in the narrow lanes winding around the area. Nara Craft Museum has a wide range of traditional Nara crafts such as itto-bori (wood carving), Akahada-yaki (ceramics), calligraphy brushes and inks.

You can enjoy Japanese foods such as kaiten-zushi (converyor belt sushi restaurant), eel and Japanese sweets for lunch.

In Nara Park, there are about 1,200 tame deer. Visitors can feed the deer with crackers sold at stalls in the park. They are believed to be divine messengers of Kasuga Shrine. The deer love the crackers so don't be surprised if you get surrounded by them!

Kofukuji Temple, which in 2010 celebrated the 1,300th anniversary of its founding, is famous for the Five Story Pagoda, the Nan-endo (Southern Octagonal Hall)and the statue of Ashura. The beautiful five-story pagoda is about 50 meters in height, the second highest pagoda in Japan.

By the way, have you ever heard of the statue of Ashura in the Kofkuji National Treasure Museum ?

Ashura is one of the most famous statues in Japan, especially very popular among women. Visitors will be able to see Ashura on open display, not behind a glass case.

Why don't you come see the Great image of Buddha, the tame deer and the statue of Ashura ?

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee

What‘s not included

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

Important Information

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Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting time

Reviews

Pobparat A.

Aug 27, 2020

Excellent guide. Well prepared tour.

He is so friendly and very knowledgeable about local history and japanese mythology. His itinerary was well preplanned. I would not have been able to explore all the places we did on my own. Thanks Hideo san!

Hideo Y.

Hello Pobparat I'm very happy to receive your message. Favored by good weather, we could enjoy visiting Kumano three Grand Shrines such as Kumano Nachi Taisha, Hongu Taisha, and Hayatama Taisha. Furthermore we watched Nachi Waterfalls with a height of 133 meters, the longest drop in Japan. I look forward to your activities and success in your life. Thank you, Tua.

Arlene B.

Feb 2, 2020

Highly recommended

Sir Hideo is great we finished all the itineraries as planned and very patience with my 13 pax group of tourists from the Philippines.Very informative and accommodating. Definitely will recommend you Sir Hideo see u next time.. Thank you very much

Hideo Y.

I'm very happy to receive your message. I also enjoyed guiding you. You all enjoyed wearing Kimono. I hope to see you again. Thank you, Arlene.

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Polly E.

Jan 16, 2020

Highlight Tour of Kyoto

Communication with Hideo was very good. He was organized in laying out plan for our 5 hour tour. We were happy with his service in guiding us through the various sites.

Hideo Y.

I'm very happy to receive your review. We enjoyed Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, Kinkakuji Temple and Nishiki Market. I wish you and your family happinss and your children's healthy growth. Thank you, Polly.

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Rosemary C.

Dec 21, 2019

Day in kyoto

Hideo took us from OsK to Kyoto. He was a knowledgeable guide. English was pretty good and his organization of the day very helpful

Hideo Y.

Hello Rosemary I'm very glad to receive your review. I'm sure you enjoyed a bowl of rice topped with Tenpura for lunch in Nishiki Market. I wish you a Merry Christmas. Thank you. Best HIDEo YOSHIda

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