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  • Location: Kyoto, Japan
  • Duration:  5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Venture to Nara from Kyoto for the afternoon. Due to its past as the first permanent capital of Japan, Nara remains full of historic treasures, including some of Japan's oldest Buddhist temples. Accompanied by your local guide, you'll visit the Todaiji Temple to see Japan's largest Buddha, Deer Park - home to hundreds of freely roaming deer, and Kasuga Shrine - Nara's most celebrated shrine.

Highlights

  • Travel by return motorcoach from Kyoto to Nara
  • Enjoy the afternoon touring the sights of Nara
  • Visit Todaiji Temple, one of Japan's most famous and historically significant temples
  • See over 1,000 tame deer roam freely in the verdant 1,250 acres peaceful park
  • Explore Kasuga Shrine, featuring some 3,000 antique stone and bronze lanterns

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What You Can Expect

Nara Afternoon Tour of Todaiji Temple, Deer Park and Kasuga Shrine from Kyoto

Todaiji Temple, Nara

Japan's first permanent capital was established in the year 710 at Heijo, the city now known as Nara. As the influence and political ambitions of the city's powerful Buddhist monasteries grew to become a serious threat to the government, the capital was moved to Nagaoka in 784.

Nara is located in the Kinai plain, less than one hour from Kyoto. Due to its past as the first permanent capital, it remains full of historic treasures, including some of Japan's oldest Buddhist temples.

Visit the Todaiji Temple, constructed in the 8th century, is one of Japan's most famous and historically significant temples. In it's huge precincts are various national treasures of Japan. The Daibutsuden (Great Buddha Hall) is one of the world's largest wooden buildings. One of Japan's best-known temples, it enshrines a gigantic bronze statue of Buddha. A wonder of religious architecture.

See over 1,000 tame deer roam freely in the verdant 1,250 acres peaceful park. If you wish to feed the deer, they will gladly eat from your hand. Special deer food is available for sale in the park grounds.

Tour concludes with a visit to Kasuga Shrine, the most famous and beautiful Shinto shrine in Nara, it features some 3,000 antique stone and bronze lanterns.

Travel by return coach to Kyoto.

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Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Great tour. Giude was excellent.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Outstanding temple with large statue of Buddah and a Lantern Shrine. Much better than the temples and shrines we saw in Kyoto. Worth the drive.

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