Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Nara Afternoon Tour of Todaiji Temple, Deer Park and Kasuga Shrine from Kyoto. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.
Our tour guide was kind, funny and knowledgeable. We always book through Viator when we travel if they are an option. We always find the guides to be excellent and the overall tours to be really thorough and safe.
I did this tour with a friend in August and had a blast. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable spoke English well, and was very friendly. The bikes were in excellent condition and were the perfect way to get around/through the traffic to all the great sites. There are several tour options and if I'm ever back in Kyoto I might try one of the different routes - I'm sure they're all great! We also stopped at a local restaurant and had a traditional Japanese meal. Overall, this was a great value and a great way to get the real Kyoto experience!
Very interesting and spectacular places. The guide was fantastic. His English name was Mitch and he went the extra mile with every single one of us. Very knowledgeable indeed, highly educated too, with one of the best English spoken in all Japan. A must do!
I had a great time visiting Nara on this tour. The bus was clean, safe, and comfortable. The guide was excellent in her knowledge and very funny. The Temple and Shrine were great places to visit. One of my favorite memories is the deer that actually bow for a cookie!
Very nice afternoon tour and very well organized. We enjoyed the Deer park the best, but it was a very informative.
Excellent guide, she had much information, answered many questions and allowed you to also enjoy. She was quiet and strong and informative--did not talk to hear herself talk
We had another excellent guide. She was super sweet and throughout the ride to Nara she talked about Kyoto and all the towns we were passing by. I thought it was cool that she didn't just leave the talking for when we actually got to each sites, she was really enthusiastic and passionate about what she told us. It was extremely cold that day and it snowed a little but she made sure to get us through all the spots and everything she talked about was really fascinating. She gave us time to play with the deer and she gave some recommendations on the bus ride back of places to eat and entertainment.
This is my first experience with Viator. I will definitely use them again. I was impressed with the timelyness adn knowledge of the staff! Well done!
This tour is worth every penny. Todaiji temple, deer park and the Shrine were simly amazing. The statue of Buddha was empowering. The deers were cute. We absolutely enjoyed the tour inspite of the heat.
Short and sweet, the tour guide was a funny guy aswell
Kyoto was amazing, the Deer Park was very beautiful. I enjoyed this tour very much.
Very interesting tour and the guide was so helpful and friendly.
BRILLIANT tour! Definitely the best one they offer. Very interesting afternoon. I really enjoyed it. The temple and shrine are very good, and getting to feed the deer provided a nice change of atmosphere too. I would recommend this tour to everyone!
Bao Joseph V
The trip was awesome. The deer are so polite, they bowed when you fed them deer cookies cost 150 yen each. When you signaled them to bow, they did. Wherever I went in Japan, there were 0 beggars. Tokyo has 12 million people, but I found no beggars. It's amazing. The trip was well worth it.
Words can't sum up the almost eerie beauty of Kasuga Shrine and how amazing Todaiji temple and its statues and buddha all are! Our guide went at a good pace not too slow but not too fast either and ..well... Nara is beautiful. Both of my travel companions and I agreed that Nara was the best part of our trip beautiful forests, deer.
Our guide was very informative about the history of the sites we visited. On the bus to Nara he gave us some interesting facts about Japanese culture which made the long trip more enjoyable.
Temple and Shrine were both very interesting - on expansive grounds with numerous lanterns. Obviously lots of deer, all interested in eating anything you hand them, and leaving their droppings everywhere. Be prepared to look down a lot. With all of that, it was still quite fun.
We had a great 1/2 day tour to Nara. Our guide was very informative and gave a fascinating travelogue as we drove to Nara. It would be nice to go when these sites aren't so busy, but they are probably so popular that they will also be jam-packed with visitors. Definitely worth the time to go see the giant Buddha and temple.
Tour was good, felt a bit rushed at times, but enjoyed the time we had and the history the tour guide gave us was fantastic.