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Nara Palace site, Yakushi-ji, Toshodai-ji , and Saidai-ji Temples

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. The city has many places of historical and artistic interest including the Nara Palace sit...

Itinerary

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Meeting Point

at your hotel either in Osaka or in Kyoto

Nara Palace site or Heijyokyu remains

Toin or East Palace Garden

Yakushi-ji Temple

Toshodai-ji Temple

Saidai-ji Temple

Ending Point

at your hotel either in Osaka or in Kyoto

What to Expect

Nara was the Imperial capital of Japan between 710 and 784. The city has many places of historical and artistic interest including the Nara Palace site, or the Heijyokyu remains, Yakushi-ji Temple, Toshodai-ji Temple and Saidai-ji Temple.

You can see the newly reconstructed Daikokuden and Suzaku gate, or vermillion bird gate on the Nara Palace site which has a size of about one square kilometer. The Daikokuden was finally completed after 9 years in 2010 as a milestone of its 1,300th anniversary. On the southern half of the Nara Palace site, there is the "TOIN" or the East Palace Garden that Empress Shotoku built.

Yakushi-ji Temple is the headquarters of the Hosso sect of Buddhism. This temple's main object of worship is the Yakushi Nyorai, or the Buddha of Medicine, as can be seen in the name of the temple, "Yaku" meaning medicine. The temple has two three-storied pagoda. The East Pagoda, which is the third oldest pagoda in Japan, is designated as a National Treasure. The East Pagoda is under repair and is supposed to be open to the public in 2019.

Toshodai-ji Temple is the headquarters of the Ritsu sect of Buddhism. The founder of the temple was Ganjin, who established the temple in 759.

Saidai-ji, literally West Big Temple, is named the opposite of Todai-ji, or literally East Big Temple. In "Shiijin-soo", it is said that 4 sacred animals protect the 4 directions, for example, the temple is positioned so that the black turtle protects it from the north.

Nara is one of the few cities that didn't suffer air-raids during World War Ⅱ. Therefore its quiet and historical atmosphere hasn't changed for many centuries till today

Why don't you come walk with me through the peaceful and historical city of Nara ?

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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 - 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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