Nara was the capital of Japan in the 8th century prior to Kyoto and is located within an hour’s train ride from Osaka or Kyoto. Though it’s not so popular and busy compared to Kyoto, there are several things you can’t miss while you are in Japan such as friendly wild deer, huge Buddha, and lantern shrine. In addition to those, as Nara is home of present sake, you will try a variety of Japanese sake with nibbles.
1 Drink & 1 Food at each Izakaya Restaurant
Transportation FareAdmission Fees.
Kasuga-Taisha @500yen, Todai-ji Temple @500yen
Departure & Return
Kintetsu-Nara Station or
Returns to original departure point
What To Expect
This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara, Nara Prefecture, Kinki
This shrine was founded in the 8th century by the Fujiwara clan which was the most powerful aristocratic family in Japanese history.
Even today the head priest of Kasuga Grand Shrine is descendent from that family. The deity enshrined here was invited from Ibaragi, some 500km away and came all the way riding on the back of a deer. That’s why the deer in Nara are regarded as the messengers of the deity and have been treated very well. You will be impressed by the number of stone and hanging lanterns offered by worshippers.
Duration: 50 minutes
Stop At: Todai-ji Temple, Nara, Nara Prefecture, Kinki
This temple, founded by Emperor Shomu more than 1,300 years ago, is designated as UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. Built beneath Mt. Wakakusa, in its huge precincts, it holds many historical buildings some of which are national treasures. The main hall housing gigantic Buddha statues are the world’s largest wooden building. You can imagine the passion of the emperor who built this temple wishing for the stability and prosperity of his nation.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Yoshikien, Nara, Nara Prefecture, Kinki
A few minutes walk from Todai-ji Temple, you will visit Yoshikien Garden whose houses and gardens were constructed about 100 years ago. The grounds include three types of gardens, the Pond Garden, the Moss Garden and the Tea ceremony Flower Garden so that you will enjoy and learn Japanese aesthetic consciousness.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Mochiidono Center Gai, Nara, Nara Prefecture, Kinki
Nara is said to be the birthplace of present sake. You will taste sake produced in Nara and other national brands with nibbles at 2 Izakayas(Japanese style restaurant bar) loved and frequented by locals. Enjoy!
Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes
- Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
- Not wheelchair accessible
- 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
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.