Discover the historic environs of Nara, a UNESCO World Heritage site, as you explore its temples, shrines and famous deer park on this 5-hour excursion from Osaka. Visit Todaji Temple, one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Japan, 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 Osaka hotels, rail tickets between Osaka and Nara, a guide and all entrance fees.

Highlights

  • 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

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

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

Immerse yourself in Japanese history and culture, during this 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 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.

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Customer Reviews

gwapocat Philippines

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Breathtaking Nara! It was great. Make sure you don't book on a holiday, to avoid the crowds and heavy traffic.

Kim A D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

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.

Thank you

Anne

faten a

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

The deer park is very enjoyable for kids my daughter really enjoyed it

sheltuck

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

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.

Sonia C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Great tour, well organised with nice tour guides.

Mohammed B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2013

It's a must

Khaled A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2013

It was nice tour

Alain P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2010

I would like to do this tour again during a different season to see the different colours of the scenery.

Jane C

4 star rating: Recommended April 2016

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.

P. L

4 star rating: Recommended November 2015

There are many interesting places in Nara, but we had only limited time.

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