A Relaxing Day in Nara: Deer Park, Todai-ji Temple and Traditional Dessert


Nara city is rapidly gaining popularity as a tourist destination. As the capital of Japan in the 8th century, it can offer a variety of old temples and shrines, but also the charm of its former merchants’ quarter with quaint old houses serving as shops or restaurants. In this tour we will visit the biggest and most famous temple and shrine dating back to the 8th century as well as the old townscape.

What’s Included

  • Bus fares in Nara city, entrance fee to Todaiji Temple, Shaved Ice Dessert
  • Entry/Admission – Todai-ji Temple
  • Entry/Admission – Naramachi

Not Included

  • Lunch

Departure & Return

Departure Point
JR Nara Sta. (East Gate), 1 Sanjohonmachi, Nara, 630-8122, Japan
Kintetsu-Nara Station, Japan, 〒630-8215 Nara, Nishimikadochō, 東向中町29
Departure Time
9:00 AM
Return Details
Returns to the original departure point

What To Expect

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Stop At: Kasuga Grand Shrine, 160 Kasuganocho, Nara 630-8212 Nara Prefecture

The large and peaceful forest around Kasuga Grand Shrine is very relaxing, and it is fun observing the deer peeking from behind the many stone lanterns. The vermillion of the shrine pillars and the green of the surrounding forest make a great combination. The numerous lanterns hanging from the shrine eaves are a great spot to take a picture.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Todai-ji Temple, 406-1 Zoshicho, Nara 630-8211 Nara Prefecture

Todai-ji Temple is a must when in Nara. The long approach to the main hall with the 800-year-old Southern Gate and the deer waiting to be fed can’t be found anywhere else in the world. Once inside the temple walls, the huge main hall comes into view. Its sheer size is awe inspiring, although it’s said to be only two thirds of the original building. The Great Buddha flanked by two attendants has also enormous dimensions and almost bankrupted the state when it was made.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Naramachi Koshino Ie, 44 Gangojicho, Nara 630-8332 Nara Prefecture

Situated in Naramachi, a historic district within Nara, is this merchant’s house. Built in the traditional Japanese style it gives you an idea of what daily life was like back then. Besides the gorgeous tatami mat rooms you can also have a look at the earthen cooking stoves and the bath.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Naramachi, Nara Nara Prefecture

In the hot summer days the nobles used to eat shaved ice to cool down as far back as the 8th century! There is even a shrine dedicated to the deity of ice in Nara city. The shaved ice desserts are a feast. Of course there also other delicious sweets, and for those preferring to taste some local sake, there is a great sake brewery in the old part of town.

Duration: 45 minutes

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 5 travelers

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.