Nara Cultural Tour: Big Buddha, Bambi And Backstreets - Kyoto

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 4 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    09:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Kintetsu-Nara Station, Japan, 〒630-8215 Nara, Nishimikadochō, 東向中町29
  • Return Details :
    Sanjo dori Street, Sanjo dori St, 1-chōme-4 Shijōōji, Nara, Japan
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Explore the ancient capital of Japan with us and discover a peaceful city, brimming with dazzling temples, shrines, imperial tombs andmachiyahouses built in the traditional style. Well meet divine deer roaming the streets, grab some tasty street food, chat with locals about living and working here and show you our favourite hidden gems in the alleys of the old city. All this at your own pace, without the hassle or the crowds of a typical day in Kyoto. What are you waiting for?!

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After meeting your tour guide, well head straight to one of Naras top historical sites and one of the largest wooden buildings in the world, the Todaiji temple. Its famous centerpiece is the 15-metre bronze statue of the Great Buddha,Vairocana.

On our way to and from the temple you will be greeted by the super-friendly deer of Nara. The deer are seen as heavenly animals and as such are the divine protectors of the ancient capital, living in perfect harmony with the local population.

Our next stop is the second of the seven great temples of Nara,Kofukuji. Although much has been lost throughout the ages, this proud and powerful temple has stood against the tides of time and kept a great degree of its power, even after the capital of Japan moved to Kyoto and most of its contemporaries lost their influence.

The path then takes us south towards the heart of the old town but well make a brief stop at theSarusawapond first. A tranquil stretch of water, well known for its turtles and the pretty scenery surrounding it, if you are staying in Nara for longer, this is a perfect spot for a romantic evening walk.

Finally, our journey will take us into the quiet alleys and backstreets of Nara-machi, the well preserved former merchants district where we will be able to see and experience traditional arts and crafts unique to Nara.

We always say that the best way to experience a city is through its food, so our penultimate stop will be to sample some of our favourite local delights, giving you a flavour of our beloved city.

The last stop on our journey will take us to a shopping street beset with an exciting array of colourful and diverse shops, perfect for souvenir hunting and that exceptional gift for someone special back home.

Both the JR Nara station and the Kintetsu station are within comfortable walking distance from the finishing point of the tour. Your guide will be happy to help you with directions to your hotel or to provide a restaurant recommendation for lunch. Dont forget to ask for more hints and tips on what else there is to do in Nara during your time here.


Join the Local English-speaking guide

Get up close to the fabled, holy deer of Nara

Explore Buddhist temples (Entrence Fee Includeed)

Stroll the beautiful backstreets of old town

Taste some of the best street food in the city

Get tips on what else to see, do and eat during your stay

Entry/Admission - Todai-ji Temple


Additional food and drink

Gratuities for your guide

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Wheelchair accessible

As we will be visiting religious temples and shrines, modest dress is required.

Some of the places we will visit in Nara-machi will vary on each tour as they have irregular opening and closing days. In case of unexpected closure of the Todaiji temple, we will either reschedule or cancel the tour. If we have to cancel for such a reason, you will be refunded in full.

Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.

We can accommodate some dietary restrictions. Please notify us in the time of the booking if you have any dietary requests. The snacks included on the tour are not substantial so if your dietary requirements cannot be met, well provide a liquid refreshment instead.

For your Intrepid Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.

Service animals allowed

Near public transportation

Infants must sit on laps

Transportation is wheelchair accessible

While we strongly recommend that all travellers are vaccinated against COVID-19 to reduce the risk of transmission and avoid putting undue strain on healthcare services, vaccinations are not a requirement to join an Intrepid Urban Adventures tour.

Most travelers can participate

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers

Guides required to regularly wash hands

COVID-19 vaccination required for guides

All tours follow the latest local health authority advice, including mask usage and social distancing. Intrepid Urban Adventures has received the World Travel and Tourism Councils Safe Travels stamp, which recognises companies that have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols.

Traveler Reviews

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  • 05-Oct-2020

    Honestly my guide, Miyake Nobumasa was the best part of the tour. He had so much knowledge of the area and Japan history I learned so much! And he clarified some history details I had heard from others, but his explanations made much more sense. Ask him about the jizo's. The whole morning was great. We walked at a good pace. And Miyake was patient as I continually hunted for goshuin. Thanks!

  • 12-Apr-2020

    よく奈良市内には詳しいのです、最近では猿 沢池周辺に良い小さな店舗ができたみたいで 。 近鉄奈良駅を降りると商店街の入り口に自分 の同窓生のやってる湖月が有ります。

  • 21-Feb-2020

    We really enjoyed this tour. Our guide Naoko Okada was excellent she gave us lots of information and was great company. We learnt a lot and did things we wouldn’t do if we were by ourselves would recommend if you are visiting Nara.

  • 08-Feb-2020

    My mom and I had the pleasure of attending this tour with Naoko as our guide. Coincidently it was just the 2 of us on the tour! Naoko was the perfect guide for Nara. She knew so much about the area, the culture, and took us to experiences we just wouldn’t have had otherwise. Not only did she have an incredible level of knowledge to share, but she is so down to earth and easy to talk to that it made the tour a highlight of our trip. Nara itself is so beautiful and has so much to offer (we had a Sake tasting, looked at a Japanese Toy Museum which was so cool, and of course the incredible temples and shrines). If you have Naoko as your guide we guarantee it will be the perfect experience!!

  • 26-Jan-2020

    Naoko Okada, thank you so much for the wonderful tour of Nara, the whole family thoroughly enjoyed every moment even though conditions were a little damp. Your knowledge and kind manner were standout features of the tour and we really appreciated the extra effort you you made in showing us some of your personal favourite places. Highly recommended.

  • 16-Jan-2020

    Naoko, our tour guide is very nice and very friendly. She covers a lot of information about the places and able to answer anything we'd like to know. She can speak good English and able to understand without any problem. Would like to recommend this tour to anyone that wants to learn about Nara old city from a good tourist guide. Very fascinating tour.

  • 15-Jan-2020

    Junko was amazing tour guide who went above and beyond. She waited for us even when we arrived 30 minutes late (after missing trains and getting on the wrong one). She was very informative and engaging, protecting us from hungry deers multiple times. Her English was impeccable and she even took us to a Sake tasting which wasn’t apart of the tour. Would definitely recommend. Thankyou Junko

  • 29-Dec-2019

    My tour guide Junko was awesome! She was extremely knowledgeable on the history of this magical place. Lots of friendly deer. My favourite part of the tour apart from Junko was the the Todaiji Temple and the Great Buddha over 15 metres high. The old town backstreet walk was interesting with lots of culture. We then finished the tour sampling food and wandering through the shopping district. I highly recommend this tour and Junko my tour guide

  • 20-Nov-2019

    We did this tour with Naoko as our guide. The route takes you through all the must see spots in Nara while still beeing short enough for you to continue to explore the area on your own afterwards. Our guide was a blast to be with and we had a really great time during this tour.

  • 31-Oct-2019

    Tour of Nara was amazing. The path chosen was one of the best - we were in and out of temples and walked through a number of amazing nature scenes. We were greeted by many deer! The guide and his trainee took time to explain things to us and made sure to mention all of the cultural references.

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