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.
I would like to do this tour again during a different season to see the different colours of the scenery.
Very impressed with the Buddha temple and the statues on display. The tour was marred by heavy rain which would otherwise be a fun and interesting place to visit. The place was also overcrowded with students which somewhat caused a congestion within the temple.
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.
There are many interesting places in Nara, but we had only limited time.
Tour was good, just enough time at each place. If you get the same tour guide, don't be thinking you'll get a quick nap in on the bus "everyone wake up please, wake up"
We did not like the deer wandering everywhere, but otherwise the tour was fine.
Erin C New Zealand
Very worthwhile as I wouldn't have been able to fit Nara in otherwise. I was the only person to join the tour from Osaka, so I had a very informative guide to myself on the way to Kyoto and back.
Anna M Singapore
Great afternoon though a bit busy. Good overview of what the area has to offer.
We loved everything we saw, although we were fighting crowds all the way.
This was a well-organised tour, and the guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. A most enjoyable afternoon.
Tour was to short considering the other stuff that could be seen in Nara given a whole day instead of half a day.
Excellent tour guide who have provided lots of information. However, the tour was quite short for the price paid.
Did not spend much time in the Kasuga Shrine at all (only 15-20 mins). Couldn't go inside the shrine due of the new year preparation.
More touring and time at the sites, less time sitting on the bus.
The trouble with this tour is not so much the content of the tour but the logistics of doing it from Osaka. They send you via train from Osaka station to Kyoto 45 minutes where you wait 20 minutes for a bus to Nara 1 hour - so it is 3pm by the time you are actually doing anything. There is quite a lot to do in Nara, and while this tour will cover the highlights, there is no time to look at the treasure hall or the botanical gardens.
This is the second half of a full day tour beginning Kyoto operated by the same company. That may be more worthwhile since you'll already be in Kyoto and just lose the hour on the bus each way - but you can take a train directly from Osaka to Nara in under an hour and get a local tour for less money and have more time to spend.