In Nara, eight Buddhism temples and Shintoism Shrines are included in the World Heritage as “Historic Monuments in Ancient Capital of Nara” as those represent close cultural exchanges between Japan and China, and even Hellenism culture in the 8th century. In this tour we will visit three of them in a day from Osaka.
TBD (at your hotel)
This park, which includes Kofuku-ji Temple, Todai-ji Temple and Kasuga-taisha Shrine, is home to 1,300 deer that are considered to be sacred, and is world-famous as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Japan.
Kofuku-ji Temple was originally built in 669 and moved to its current location in 710. In the 9th century, it became the most influential religious power in Japan, and since then it had been worshiped along with in Kasuga-taisha shrine under the Shintoism-Buddhism Unity Theory until they were separated by law in the 19th century. Standing on the premise are beautiful Buddhism halls and pagodas.
Built in 768, this Shinto shrine has a legend which says that the deity descended here on the back of a white deer. That is why deer are considered to be sacred here and why there a so many deer in Nara. The four main halls are designated to national treasure, and there are many other important cultural property buildings on the premise.
Todai-ji Temple which is well known as a temple of the Big Buddha was constructed as a protective temple of Japan in the 8th century. Standing on the premise are the Daibutsuden which houses the Big Buddha, and other national treasure buildings and statues.
TBD (at your hotel)
Transportation fare, entrance fees and lunch (you and guide),
Transportation fare 1,140 JPY per person,
Admission fee of about 1,000 yen per person for viewing inside the buildings,
Ask for details
I am based in Wakayama and Osaka, but I will guide you around the country upon your requests. However, I will have to ask you to bear my transportation (and accommodation cost, if necessary).
As this is aTRAIN and WALKING tour, comfortable shoes are recommended.
Tours are NOT covered by insurance.
Transportation fare, entrance fees and lunch for guests and guide are NOT included.
Transportation fee approx. JPY2,000, entarance fee ;JPY1,700.Ask for details.
Direct payment will be occurred in CASH on the spot on the day of the tour.
Hiroyuki-san was a fantastic guide for us in Osaka!! He is a distinguished gentleman with broad cultural and historical knowledge of his home city. He lived in the United States for over 2 years, and his English mastery is excellent. We had only 1 day to spend in this impressive city, and our interests are atypical for tourists. He totally redesigned his typical touring itinerary to perfectly match our interests. It could not have gone better!
Thank you very much for your kind message. It was very nice meeting a wonderful couple like you who are interested in history. And it was also very nice to meet people who lived in Provo, UT. I have beautiful memories there. There are a lot more to see in this area. Please come back again in the future. So long until then!
Wai ling Y.
Mr. Hiroyuki, our private tour guide. Mr. Hiroyuki has demonstrated patience and accommodation throughout our trip. He provided us with an informative guide to the shrine we visited and ensured that our food cravings were met before arriving in Osaka. We had the opportunity to indulge in delicious fresh seafood such as sea urchin and scallops. We greatly appreciate Mr. Hiroyuki's efforts in planning our trip, and we had a well-executed itinerary thanks to him.
Thank you very much for spending time with me the day before yesterday. It was very nice visiting Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, Kuromon Market and the Osaka History of Museum. I am pleased very much for your kind message after the tour. I hope everything will go well wit you and your family. Have a safe and wonderful trip in Japan.
Had a great day with Hiroyuki bringing us around Osaka. Visiting the castle and hearing about the history of it were definitely highlights!
Thank you very much for spending time with me in Osaka today. It was very nice meeting such a nice couple like you. I hope you enjoyed Osaka Castle and Okonomiyaki today. Enjoy Osaka tomorrow and have a safe travel back home.
Gayatri roy .
Fantastic tours. Mr Hirosaki was a fantastic tour guide who is very knowledgeable. He gave us lots of historical and cultural information and was more than happy to answer questions. He was very patient and considerate and thus we enjoyed stops to look at the local produce which allowed us to warm up a bit during the cold autumn. He also offered recommendations of other things to do/ see and places to eat during the tour. He was also very accommodating and helped us get our JR passes and advised on routes even after his work our hours. Amazing person to be with
Thank you very much for such wonderful words. It was very nice meeting you and your family. I enjoy the tour myself. As I have wonderful memories in India, it's always nice to be with Indian people. I hope you have splendid time in Japan. Thank you very much for everything.