Discover the historic environs of Nara, ancient capital of Japan, as you explore Buddhist temples, shrines and the famous Nara deer park on this 5.5-hour excursion from Kyoto. Visit Todaji Temple, one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Japan and home to the country’s largest Buddha statue, before seeing Kasuga Shrine, which features over 3,000 stone and bronze lanterns. Then stop by Nara Park, a 1,250-acre reserve that’s home to more than 1,000 free-roaming deer. Your Nara excursion also includes pickup from select Kyoto hotels, a guide and all entrance fees.

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

Immerse yourself in Japanese history and culture, during this 5.5-hour exploration of the temples, shrines and attractions found in the country’s former capital city of Nara. Spend a few hours discovering this historically significant capital, first established in the 8th century, as you admire its wealth of important religious sites and a one-of-a-kind deer park nearby.

Start your Nara trip in the afternoon with a pickup from Kyoto’s New Miyako Hotel. After your pickup, proceed by coach on your Nara excursion. The city of Nara was founded in 710, when it was designated as the country’s first permanent capital. Nara, or Heijo as it was then known, was home to many of the most important Buddhist monasteries in the then-nascent Japanese empire, which made it a key center of political and religious power. As Nara’s power and influence grew, the city became a threat to the government, leading the country’s rulers to move the capital to Nagaoka in 784. Despite this shift in fortunes, Nara retains a wealth of important historical sites, including some of Japan’s most important Buddhist temples.

Stop by Nara’s Todaji Temple to start your trip. This magnificent edifice, constructed in the 8th century, is among the country’s most important religious buildings. Explore the temple’s Daibutsuden (Great Buddha Hall), one of the largest wooden buildings in the world, along with its immense bronze Buddha statue, which are just some of the treasures to be found in this incredible attraction.

Continue your Nara trip with a visit to its famous deer park, a unique 1,250-acre preserve where more than 1,000 tame deer freely roam. Admire these gentle creatures as they graze and wander the park, and stop to purchase special deer food, which the animals will gladly eat from your hand, if you wish.

Finish your discovery of Nara at the Shinto shrine of Kasuga, a serene site that features a collection of more than 3,000 stone and bronze lanterns. After leaving Kasuga, return by coach to Kyoto for a drop-off at your hotel.

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Customer Reviews

ernp1663

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This was a great afternoon tour, if you only have a short period of time in Kyoto. Our tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. The Todaiji Temple with the largest Buddha and other guardians were incredible. The massive amounts of deer in the area was equally enjoyable. We must have feed them 5-6 packs of biscuits which you can buy on the premises, as they provided a lot of great photo ops and were friendly to pet. Kasuga shrine was a great experience and were amazed by the sheer volume of the lanterns in the area, as well as more deer roaming freely around. Great Tour.

Susan M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

All very memorable and well worth seeing. Take care that the deer are very persistent and you can easily be surrounded and mobbed as long as you have goodies to feed them.

Lynette T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Excellent tour, guide and highly recommended!

Glen C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Good deal for the price. Worth the day trip to Nara. Casey was my guide he was funny and had great energy.

Lolita A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Lovely tour! Mickey was wonderful and friendly and he kept the tour atmosphere light and interesting.

Michael H S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The tour was well organized and there was no feeling of being rushed. The drive to the temple was relaxing. Although, the temple itself was rather busy with plenty of tourists. Being close to the deer and feeding them was pretty cool. They are really laid back. The temple and surrounding areas were beautiful as most temples are in Japan. Would I recommend this tour. Yes!

Nancy G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Easy way to see the Nara highlights while saving yourself the hassle or to'ing and fro'ing on your own from Kyoto. Our guide was lovely and the Todaiji Temple was truly impressive!

richard k

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The tourguide was excellent she truly wished to make the tour of great value to each of the tourists.

bruce_2110

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Very informative guilde, crazy how many deer are wandering around and come up to you. If you bow they will bow back...

ANNA P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Excellent tour and guide. very well organized.

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