Nara tour of spacious and graceful tour spots

Day Trip

Kashima H.

4.57(53) reviews
Nara
English, Japanese (Native)
8 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 8 people

This tour include Todaiji temple, Kasuga-taisha shrine, Nara park, Toshodaiji temple and Yakushiji temple. Nara is located in around 40km south of Kyoto and was the capital of Japan in Nara era (710-784) before Kyoto had become a capital from Heian era started in 794. You can feel ancient atomosphere in Nara. There are spacious and graceful view with no modern building built on their surrounding.

Itinerary

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Meeting Point

At your staying hotel in Kyoto

10:00

Nara park

Nara park include Todaiji, Koufukuji, Kasuga-Taisha and Nara National museum.

1200 number of deer are living in this park. These deer are said to be messengers from Shinto of Kasuga-Taisha.

10:30

Todaiji temple

This temple was built in Nara era (8th century) by Emperor Shomu and great Buddha is the principal image of this temple which is the most famous Buddha in Japan. There were several fires by wars and nature disaster which caused the burned out some of this temple.

Current Great Buddha was re-built in Edo era ( beginning of 18th century). This temple is world culture heritage site registered in 1998.

The height of the statue is 14.7 meter.

11:30

Kasuga-Taisha shrine

This shrine was founded in 768 to deify Fujiwara clan in Asuka era. This is world culture heritage site registered in 1998.

13:30

Toshodaiji temple:

This temple was built in 759 by the high priest Jianzhen who had come to Japan by overcoming various hardship invited by Shomu emperor. There have still been several architectures remained as the figure from Nara era such as Main hall, lecture hall, treasure hall and so-on. Also, some Buddhist statues in Tenpyo era (later half of Nara era) have been remained which are registered as National treasure.

15:00

Yakushiji temple

This temple was built in 680 by Tenmu emperor in capital Fujiwara kyo to pray for his empress (Jito emperor) to recover from illness.

According to the capital transfer to Heijo kyo, this temple had been transferred as Nara capital in 718. There had been several architectures such as Nandaimon-gate, East pagoda, West pagoda, main hall and lecture hall all of that were arranged as Buddhist temple surrounded by corridor at the time flame.

Ending Point

At your staying hotel in Kyoto

What to Expect

1. Todaiji-temple:

This temple was built in Nara era (8th century) by Emperor Shomu and great Buddha is the principal image of this temple which is the most famous Buddha in Japan. There were several fires by wars and nature disaster which caused the burned out some of this temple.

Current Great Buddha was re-built in Edo era ( beginning of 18th century). This temple is world culture heritage site registered in 1998.

The height of the statue is 14.7 meter.

2. Nara park

Nara park include Todaiji, Koufukuji, Kasuga-Taisha and Nara National museum.

1200 number of deer are living in this park. These deer are said to be messengers from Shinto of Kasuga-Taisha.

3. Kasuga-Taisha shrine

This shrine was founded in 768 to deify Fujiwara clan in Asuka era.

This shrine is world culture heritage site registered in 1998.

4. Toshodaiji temple

This temple was built in 759 by the high priest Jianzhen who had come to Japan with overcoming various hardship invited by Shomu emperor.

There have still been several architectures remained as the figure from Nara era such as Main hall, lecture hall, treasure hall and so-on.

Also, some Buddhist statues in Tenpyo era (later half of Nara era) have been remained which are registered as National treasure.

5. Yakushiji temple

This temple was built in 680 by Tenmu emperor in capital Fujiwara kyo to pray for his empress (Jito emperor) to recover from illness.

After Tenmu emperor’s death, Jito emperor had completed the temple in 697 by succeeding Tenmu’s will.

According to the capital transfer to Heijokyo, this temple had been transferred in Nara capital in 718.

There had been several architectures such as Nandaimon-gate, East pagoda, West pagoda, main hall and lecture hall that all were arranged as Buddhist temple surrounded by corridor at the time flame.

After that, several fires of nature and war had occurred and only remaining architecture from 718 is east pagoda from 718.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee

What‘s not included

Pick up fee for a guide: yen2000,

Transportaion fee during this tour for you in case you move from hotel in Kyoto: yen3340

Transportaion fee during this tour for a guide: yen3340

Lunch for you and a guide

Entrance fee for you: Todaiji/Great Buddha: yen600 per person, KasugaTaisha: yen500 per person,

Toshoudaiji: yen600 per person, Yakushiji: yen1100 per person

Important Information

I am now living in Gunma prefecture located around 100km north from Tokyo. Therefore, if you reserve Kansai area such as Kyoto, Nara, Kobe and Osaka, please request me at least one week in advance. We can exchange the idea of the tour.

1) For fairly long walking of sight-seeing, please put on the shoes to walk with ease.

2) Please prepare the cash to spend any train riding, lunch and souvenir.

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

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Linda H.

Jan 28, 2020

Passionate about Japan

Kashima was flexible and knowledgeable. We had an itinerary we wanted and he made it happen. We had a group of 14 which included 8 kids. He handled it fabulously!

Kashima H.

Linda san, Thank you very much for your great and inspired review for me. It was great time for me to support you,your family and your friends with total 14 people for Mt.Fuji tour. We visited Mt.Fuji area such as Lake-Kawaguchi, Fugaku-Fuketsu, Mt.KachiKachi viewing by Ropeway, Ohhashi bridge hiking over Lake Kawaguchi, Ohishi park and Oshino Hakkai by using a Micro bus. The weather on the day was very fine and I was pleased that all your group could see no more beautiful Mt.Fuji at every visiting spots with the shape of different angle. Specially, I was very much impressed that all 8 kids enjoyed snow and throwing snowball each other which were piled up on the area because they saw actual snow at the first time there. Also, we could enjoy exchanging lots of conversation with you and your group about Japanese history, culture, famous people and daily life comparing with that in your country. I am looking forward to meeting with you again in near future. Thanks, Kashima

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Diane R.

Dec 31, 2019

Wonderful daytrip from Kyoto to Osaka

Kashima is very good guide who was extremely accommodating and took our U.S. family of 5 round trip from Kyoto to Osaka by train. He planned a very interesting day for us that we enjoyed immensely. A nice variety of sights and experiences at a good active pace. Definitely recommend!

Kashima H.

Diane san, Thank you very much for your warm and utmost review for me. It was great time for me to support you and your family for Osaka tour. We visited Osaka castle, Dotonbori including river cruising, Kuromon market and Umeda sky building. I am very much pleased that you, your husband and your three children could have lots of experience and impression of these tour spots. Specially, Osaka castle related with Samurai top worriers with great historical background, the best eating streets in Japan by tasting various interesting foods and overwhelming Osaka night view from Umeda Sky building. Also, we could enjoy exchanging lots of conversation with you and your family about Japanese culture and daily life comparing with that in your country. I hope that you continue to enjoy Japan tour and I am looking forward to meeting with you and your family again in near future. Thanks, Kashima

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I-lin L.

Dec 6, 2019

Hiroshima Day Tour

I organised this tour on behalf of a teenager who is fascinated with the Yamato battleship so this tour had to be very customised and Kashima-San lived up to the challenge! The boy really enjoyed himself. The guide spoke good English, very polite and respectful and he was flexible with the schedule. In fact the family said that they would highly recommend Kashima-San to others who visits Hiroshima!

Kashima H.

I-Lin san, Thank you very much for your great and utmost review for me. It was great time for me to support your mother and your family for Hiroshima tour. We visited Yamato-museum where we could see the models (1/10) of Battleship named “Yamato” and lots of other ships and actual objects of submarine & airplane “Zero fighter plane”. There are many historical background explanations, photos and actual objects & ship models exhibited which are historically very important ones manufactured before and during World War2. Also, we visited Atomic bomb dome and Peace memorial museum. I am pleased that we could enjoyed a lot. Specially, your mother's young boy is so clever and has lots of knowledge about Yamato and related Japanese history. I am so much impressive for him. He has so strong curiosity about the tour spots history and we could exchange lots of information each other. I am looking forward to meeting with you and your family again in near future. Thanks, Kashima

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May bn N.

Nov 11, 2019

A day at Miyajima/Hiroshima

Kashima-san organized the timing of the trip very well. Even there were situation where stayed longer than, he did an effort to change the timing of Shinkansen tickets and didn’t try to rush us. He well explained to us history of places we visit and patiently responded to all our questions.

Kashima H.

May san, Thank you very much for your great review for me and selecting me as a guide for you precious Hiroshima tour, I am very much pleased that you and your friends could enjoy Hiroshima tour including Miyajima island, Itsukushima shrine, Hiroshima Peace Memorial museum and Atomic dome. These tour spots are historically one of the most important tour spots in Japan which are registered as UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. Thanks to your strong curiosity, we could exchange lots of deep Q & A about Itsukushima shrine and the detail information of Atomic Bomb attack in Hiroshima city. I am looking forward to meeting with you again in near future. Thanks, Kashima

$298/ per group

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