Isuien is a beautiful garden that utilize Nara's mountain as part of its landscape design. Stroll around two areas through hills, streams and ponds which features the natural Japanese landscape. If you would like, take a short break at a tea house with Macha green tea and Japanese sweet, wagashi.
Nara is Japan's first capital established in 710. The city retains temples, shrines and other historical masterpieces built more than 1,000 years ago. Friendly deer will welcome visitors at Nara Park. You will admire cultural and historical assets including Big Buddha housed in Todaiji Temple.
Sample Itinerary (8-hour tour)
Meet your guide at your hotel in Osaka or Kyoto, and move to Nara by public transportation. - Travel time to Nara is approximately 1 hour from each city. (Or, if you stay in Nara, your tour can start and end in Nara.)
Start your day at Nara Park, pleasant massive park, where more than 1,200 deer are roaming. If you like, try feeding them with "Senbei (rice cracker)" that is sold at the park. They are so tame that they bow asking for the snacks.
After strolling the park, visit Todaiji Temple. Constructed in 752, the temple houses the Japan's biggest bronze statue of Great Buddha. Walk through its temple gate Naidaimon housing masterpiece statues of guardian deities. Todaiji, one of the world's largest wooden buildings, is awe-inspiring. After admiring Great Buddha, if you like leisurely walking, take an upward stone-paved path to Nigatsu-do where a panoramic view of Nara city can be enjoyed.
For your lunch, Nara's local specialty, Kakinohazushi (pressed sushi wrapped in persimmon leaves), is recommended. Other options can be recommended by your guide.
Then, see Nara's most cerebrated shrine, Kasugataisha Shrine. The shrine is believed to be dedicated to the deity who protected the city since its establishment in 768. The path leading to the shrine is lined with many lanterns donated by worshippers.
Afterward, visit Kofukuji Temple. Originally built in 730, the temple used to be the family temple of the Fujiwara, the most powerful family of this period. You will see the five-storied pagoda, 50.8 m high, which is regarded as a symbol of Nara. Here, you will also visit Kokuhokan Museum (National Treasure Museum) which is internationally renowned as the best collection of Japanese sculpture including a standing dry-lacquer figure of Ashura (one of the Buddha's eight protectors) and the bronze head of Yakushi Nyorai (the Healing Buddha) etc.
Lastly, stroll around Nara-machi which is said to be the oldest town in Nara. Lots of private houses of the 19th century are well preserved and still in use. There are nice restaurants, craft shops, and historical houses which are open to public in this area. If you like, you can take a glimpse of Japanese traditional culture through activities such as private tea ceremony, craft making etc.
Then, go back to your hotel in Osaka or Kyoto. It will take about 1 hour by public transportation.
* As for lunch, the guide will recommend a nice restaurant depending on what you feel like eating this day. Lunch fee is not included in the tour price.
Shika Yose means herding deer by horn blowing. Hundreds of wild deer will come out from the dense forest adjacent to the vast Nara Park. You will see its odd view that deer march to a horn player to be fed, which previous emperors also enjoy this unique event. [Additional cost is required. / Subject to availability]
Price for this sample itinerary
(price per group)
|2 persons||3 persons||4 persons|
|8 hours||83,000 yen||89,000 yen||96,000 yen|
(10% consumption tax included)
Including: Nationally-licensed English-speaking tour guide, admission fees, public transportations
Not Including: Lunch fee
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