- 5-hour Nara tour from Osaka
- Travel by JR rail to Kyoto and tour UNESCO World Heritage-listed Nara by comfortable coach
- Visit Todaiji Temple, one of Japan's most famous and historically significant temples
- Explore Kasuga Shrine, featuring some 3,000 antique stone and bronze lanterns
- See more than 1,000 tame deer roam freely at Deer Park
- Enjoy photo opportunities of autumn colors or cherry blossoms, depending on the season
- Includes hotel pickup from selected Osaka hotels
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What You Can Expect
Start your Nara trip with a pickup from select hotels, meeting at the Hotel Granvia Osaka around midday. After your pickup, travel by rail from Osaka to Kyoto, where you’ll transfer to coach bus for the 1-hour drive to Nara to begin your 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. Hear an overview of the site from your guide as you stroll the shrine’s outdoor pathway. After leaving Kasuga, return by rail to Osaka’s Kintestu Namba Station around 6pm, where you’ll make your own way back to your hotel.
Breathtaking Nara! It was great. Make sure you don't book on a holiday, to avoid the crowds and heavy traffic.
Amazing tour :)
Love the tour guide person he was very funny and energetic.
Tour to Nara was great such a lovely place. It was good we enjoyed it. Highly reccommended.
The deer park is very enjoyable for kids my daughter really enjoyed it
The guide was incredibly knowledgeable with a fine sense of humor. The bus was air conditioned and very comfortable. The sites on the tour were great. It was well worth the money.
Great tour, well organised with nice tour guides.
It's a must
It was nice tour
1. The trip first by train and then by bus was enjoyable.
2. The guide told us many local stories on the way, my son still remembers the story of the warlord who proposed to the mother, but ended up marrying her daughter!!!!!!
3. We had a little over an hour at the Deer Park and both my kids enjoyed feeding the deers for more than half hour..... it was their best memory of our Japanese vacation.
4. The sanctity of the Kasuga shrine can not be described in words, our guide told us all about its importance and its place in the emotions of the locals especially the sea-farers.
A great tour, definitely worth a look. The temple and shrine are interesting and unique, and the tour gave us plenty of time to look around. The tour was well operated and the guide was helpful and spoke English well. Being able to feed and get close to the deer the shrine and temple are located within the deer park was fun and made for some great photos.
For those staying in Kyoto, it is worth trying to book the Nara tour departing from Kyoto to cut down traveling time. The tour departs Osaka to Kyoto via train on which you are not guaranteed a seat before continuing to Nara by bus.