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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.

Lawrence T

4 star rating: Recommended
June 2016

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.

Sowjanya A

4 star rating: Recommended
May 2016

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.

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.

alisha g

4 star rating: Recommended
June 2015

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"

joe n

4 star rating: Recommended
May 2014

We did not like the deer wandering everywhere, but otherwise the tour was fine.

Ludwig M

4 star rating: Recommended
September 2012

good tour guide, well organised

BETTY G

4 star rating: Recommended
July 2011

Interesting guide and the Todaiji Temple is beautiful

Stefan M Singapore

4 star rating: Recommended
April 2009

Nice trip!

Erin C New Zealand

4 star rating: Recommended
August 2008

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

4 star rating: Recommended
August 2008

Great afternoon though a bit busy. Good overview of what the area has to offer.

Vicki B

4 star rating: Recommended
June 2007

We loved everything we saw, although we were fighting crowds all the way.

Robyn G

4 star rating: Recommended
June 2007

This was a well-organised tour, and the guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. A most enjoyable afternoon.

Giulia R

3 star rating: Worth doing
June 2015

Tour was to short considering the other stuff that could be seen in Nara given a whole day instead of half a day.

Edmond C

3 star rating: Worth doing
January 2012

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.

carlo3854

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
December 2014

More touring and time at the sites, less time sitting on the bus.

Samuel K

1 star rating: I do not recommend this
June 2016

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.

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