Hohryu-ji Temple, located in Southwest of Nara city, was registered as a World Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO in 1993. We will visit this historic temple first. Then we will move to Nara city to see the Great Buddha and a traditional Japanese Garden Isuien. When you visit these places, adorable deer will be welcoming you. After enjoying old culture of Nara and playing with tame deer, we head back to the train station by way of Kofuku-ji Temple precinct.
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At your hotel in Osaka city, or JR Kyoto Station.
Besides the oldest wooden buildings in the world, Hohryu-ji Temple keeps 38 national treasures. Among them, Kudara Kannnon statue used to be exhibited at the Louvre in Paris.
At a local restaurant near Hohryu-ji Temple.
Tame Deer will come up to you to welcome you. You can feed Shika-senbei, or deer cracker, to them.
A pair of gigantic guardians with fearful facial expressions are waiting for you at the gate.
The Great Buddaha's height is 15 meters, though he is sitting, and the facade width of the Buddha Hall is 57 meters long.
Isuien Japanese Garden is a good example of how a typical Japanese Garden is composed of.
We get back to Nara Train Staion on foot by way of Kohfuku-ji Temple precinct.
At your hotel in Osaka city, or JR Nara Station.
In this tour, we will visit Hohryu-ji temple first. Hohru-ji has the oldest wooden structures in the world in its west side precinct. The temple was registered as a World Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO in 1993. You can also see a national treasure Kudara Kannonn statue, which had been exhibited for a couple of years at the Louvre in Paris, in the late 1990s.
Nara was the capital of Japan for about 80 years, before Kyoto. In the period of Nara, there was a strong belief that Buddhism protects the state and its people from natural disaster, epidemic disease and war. Here is the reason for the construction of the Great Buddha of Tohdai-ji temple. You can imagine that how much the Emperor and people at that time depended on Buddhism when you actually see it.
Next, we will visit a traditional Japanese Garden Isuien. After walking around the garden, you might want to drop in a tea house right next to the garden and enjoy being in there with ice cream. Then we will be heading back to the train station by way of Kohfuku-ji temple precinct.
Guide fee, hotel pick-up in Osaka city area.
・Transportation fee (you and guide), lunch, dinner, entrance fee,etc.
・Hotel pick-up fee, if your hotel is located in an area other than Osaka city.
・Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes.
・Do not forget to bring either a camera or a smartphone.
My day with Toshi was a lot of fun. We went to some interesting temples and shrine were he told me there history. We also went to parts of the city that are the same as years ago and had a really good lunch. If you want an interesting and easy to talk to guide go with Toshi. Randal
Hi Randal, Thank you very much for your review. Unfortunately, we could not visit The Museum of Housing and Living due to the corona virus.If you have a chance to come back here, I would like to show you nice small cities in the Kansai region. Hope you had a safe and easy trip getting back home. Best regards, Toshi
We had the best time with Toshi! His knowledge of Osaka and the food scene there made for an awesome day of touring.
Hi Ivy, Thank you very much for your review. I'm glad that you guys had a good time in Osaka and Kobe. Did you enjoy beef dinner in Kobe? Belated Happy New year to you and your family. Best regards, Toshi
Toshi met us at the cruise port in Osaka and with him we effortlessly navigated our way to and around Kyoto. We had a full day itinerary and met most of our highlighted points of interest. The day was longer than anticipated and Toshi stayed with us to the end, returning us to the port in plenty of time to get back on board. We thoroughly enjoyed the day and would not have been able to see what we did, if we had done this ourselves. In addition, having a guide such as Toshi who has the local and historical knowledge, enriched our experience and meant that the adventure was much deeper. Toshi himself is a genuinely lovely man with interesting experiences and we wish him the best for the future. When we return to Japan, we will definitely engage Toshi, this time for the Osaka experience.
Hi Jim, Thank you so much for your nice review. I myself had a such a fun day, guiding you guys in Kyoto. I’m hoping that any of you comes back to Japan again. Belated “ A Happy New Year! ” to you all. Best regards, Toshi
Toshi was an excellent guide in Osaka. He showed us all the highlights. I would definitely recommend him!
Hi Lori, Thank you very much for your review. I hope you will come back to Kansai region and enjoy more fun places some time again. "A Happy New Year" to you and your husbnd. Best regards, Toshi