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

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 4 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    9:00 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 Chome-4 Shijooji, Nara, Japan
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. 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.




Additional food and drink, souvenirs and personal shopping, tips/gratuities for your guide

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not 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 between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select child above when booking. 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 Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers

Traveler Reviews

  • 15-Oct-2019

    A lot of walking and climbing steps, but worth it for the magnificent temples and shrines, the giant Buddha, the entertaining deer, and lovely park. My guide was very informative.

  • 15-Apr-2018

    The tour was fun and our guides are very expert in history. We've learned a lot of things and experienced new things. Because of my mother health issue, she couldn't walk that long and far but our guides were very helpful and slowed down the pace just in case my mother need a rest. Unfortunately we skipped a few places because of my mother's health issue so we needed to go back to Kyoto soon but we really had a great time in Nara!