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Kasuga Taisha (Kasuga Grand Shrine) Tours

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Kasuga Taisha (Kasuga Grand Shrine)
Located in the city of Nara, a day trip’s distance from Osaka, the Kasuga Taisha (Kasuga Grand Shrine) dates back to the year 768, when its construction was ordered by Emperor Shotoku. In the centuries since, it has been rebuilt several times. 

This celebrated Nara shrine is most famous for the series of giant stone lanterns that line the paths toward its entrance. They are lit twice each year during the biannual lantern festivals in early spring and early autumn. Hundreds more bronze lanterns, many donated by temple worshippers, hang within the buildings of the complex. 
 
The Shinto shrine complex is part of the UNESCO-listed Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara, and the path leading up to it winds through Nara Park, where it’s sometimes possible to spot deer roaming freely.

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Kasuga Taisha (Kasuga Grand Shrine) is located on the eastern end of Nara Park, about 30 minutes on foot from Kintetsu Nara Station. You can also catch a bus from JR Nara Station.
Address: Nara Park, Japan
Hours: 6 a.m.-6 p.m. April to September, 6 a.m.-5:30 p.m. October to March
Admission: Free (outer area), 500 yen (inner area)
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3-Day Mt Fuji, Kyoto and Nara Rail Tour from Tokyo

3-Day Mt Fuji, Kyoto and Nara Rail Tour from Tokyo

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If you want to get the most out of your time in Japan—this is the way to do it. Your 3-day tour takes you to Mt. Fuji, experience the thrill of a bullet train, see multiple UNESCO-listed sites in Kyoto, visit the deer park in Nara, and much more. You have a stress-free experience with accommodation and transport organized for you, and a guide to navigate. 
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  • 3 days
  • Taking safety measures
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US$659.43
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US$659.43
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3-Day Kyoto and Nara Rail Tour by Bullet Train from Tokyo

3-Day Kyoto and Nara Rail Tour by Bullet Train from Tokyo

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Immerse yourself in the historical highlights and cultural delights of Kyoto and Nara on a 2- or 3-day guided tour from Tokyo. Leave Tokyo on a super-speed bullet train and begin your excursion in Nara, a city replete with sacred shrines and holy temples. Luxuriate in comfortable accommodation then spend the following day discovering the legendary landmarks of Kyoto with your accomplished guide. Opt for the 3-day option to experience a day of independent exploration in Kyoto and enjoy round-trip transportation from your hotel on both tours.
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  • 3 days
  • Taking safety measures
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US$670.18
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2-Day Kyoto and Nara Rail Tour by Bullet Train from Tokyo

2-Day Kyoto and Nara Rail Tour by Bullet Train from Tokyo

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Immerse yourself in Japan’s captivating culture on a two-day trip to Nara and Kyoto from Tokyo. Board a high velocity bullet train to discover five UNESCO World Heritage-listed highlights with an accomplished guide as you venture to Kyoto’s Nijo Castle and Kiyomizu Temple. Marvel at the sacred majesty of the Todaijii Temple and Kasuga Shrine in Nara and see all of Kyoto’s spectacular sights on a guided tour of the Helan Shrine and Imperial Palace. Accommodation, transportation, entrance fees and selected meals are all included in this tour.
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  • 2 days
  • Taking safety measures
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US$611.56
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Kyoto and Nara 1 Day Trip - Golden Pavilion and Todai-ji Temple from Osaka

Kyoto and Nara 1 Day Trip - Golden Pavilion and Todai-ji Temple from Osaka

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See Kyoto and Nara’s spectacular sights on a full-day sightseeing tour of the cities from Osaka. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, gain fascinating insight into the rich historical heritage of the region’s legendary landmarks. Begin your cultural excursion with a guided tour of the ancient Nijo Castle, and then absorb the aesthetic majesty of both Kyoto Imperial Palace and Kinkaku-ji Temple. Revitalize with a traditional Japanese and western-style buffet lunch then explore nearby Nara, home to majestic monuments like the Great Buddha of Tadoi-ji Temple and Kasuga Shrine.
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  • 11 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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US$182.69
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(Day Time) Fushimi Inari & Nara Highlights Tour

(Day Time) Fushimi Inari & Nara Highlights Tour

Together with the No.1 sightseeing spot of Japan, Fushimi Inari Taisha in the fresh morning air, you can enjoy visiting representative spots of Nara as well. This tour offers you a glimpse at the highlights of both the two ancient capitals!
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$112.35
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Amazing Tour of 8th Century Capital Nara

Amazing Tour of 8th Century Capital Nara

Nara was the capital of Japan in the 8th century prior to Kyoto and is located within an hour’s train ride from Osaka or Kyoto. In this tour we will stroll around a 19th century town area in the morning, and then visit a solemn shrine hidden in the forest and a huge temple, both of which were founded in the 8th century. In addition to that, we will have interesting encounters with the wild but friendly deer roaming around Nara Park. In this tour you will be able to appreciate the difference between Nara and Kyoto, the development of culture, architecture and lifestyles in these two periods in Japanese history. We will pick you up at Osaka or Kyoto so there will be no problems with the transfer to Nara.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$133.07
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US$133.07
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Day Trip To Nara From Osaka

Day Trip To Nara From Osaka

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Hire a personal guide to show you the highlights of Nara, with entrance fees included to the Kasuga Grand Shrine, Todai-ji Temple, and Isuien Garden. This private tour picks you up at your hotel in Osaka and organizes rail tickets (own expense) for you. Take a peaceful stroll along forest paths, and benefit from local knowledge.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$311.65
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Private Tour - All You Visit Are Cultural Properties on This Tour in Nara!

Private Tour - All You Visit Are Cultural Properties on This Tour in Nara!

Don’t miss the famous Buddhist image of Todai-Ji temple and the three thousand bamboo lamps at “Kasuga-Taisha” if you come to Nara! We will take you there and give detail explanation about them on this tour. You will first visit the popular hall of the great Buddha which is a national treasure and world cultural heritage. “Nigatsu-do” which is located behind Todai-Ji temple is not so popular, but the view of the whole city from there is superb! After hiking through a forest with wild deer and visiting a famous Japanese sword shop, we will get to “Kasuga Taisha”. The three thousand bamboo lamps there is beyond description! Don’t forget to book your photogenic tour!
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$117.23
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Deer City Nara Walking & Izakaya Hopping Tour

Deer City Nara Walking & Izakaya Hopping Tour

Nara was the capital of Japan in the 8th century prior to Kyoto and is located within an hour’s train ride from Osaka or Kyoto. Though it’s not so popular and busy comparing to Kyoto, there are several things you can’t miss while you are in Japan such as friendly wild deer, huge Buddha and a shrine with thousands of lanterns. In addition, as Nara is a home of present-day sake, you can try variety of Japanese sake with nibbles.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$166.08
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Exploring Nara

Exploring Nara

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Nara is the perfect place for history and nature lovers alike. As well as being the home of multiple UNESCO World Heritage Sites, it’s also loved for its freely roaming semi-tame deer. Enjoy the ultimate day of convenience by having hotel pickup and drop-off included, as well as a guide to navigate so you don’t get lost. Visit Nara Park to see its deer, Kofuku-ji Temple, Todai-ji Temple, Isui-en Japanese garden, and Kasuga Grand Shrine too.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$327.62
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Nara Private Tour by Public Transportation from Osaka

Nara Private Tour by Public Transportation from Osaka

This is a Nara private tour using by public transportation from Osaka. The guide will pick you up at the hotel. No problem with train and bus transfers, as the guides are with you! The destinations of the tour includes Todai-ji Temple, Kasuga Taisha, deer park, and other UNESCO World Heritage Site temples! For details of the tour, you can look at the what to expect section and inclusions excursions section of this web page.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$201.21
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Nara Lazy Bird Tour

Nara Lazy Bird Tour

This is the perfect tour for first-time visitors to Nara who want to get a good overview in a short space of time. You won’t have to worry about navigating as a guide takes you around a shortlist of Nara’s best sights. See the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Todai-ji Temple, and Kasuga Taisha Shrine, visit the traditional houses of Naramachi, and see the city’s many semi-wild deer.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$79.84
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Private Nara Deer and Sake Adventure - Easy Day Trip from Kyoto or Osaka!

Private Nara Deer and Sake Adventure - Easy Day Trip from Kyoto or Osaka!

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Explore Nara's scenic beauty and sake on this all inclusive, private tour. A convenient day trip from either Kyoto or Osaka, Nara is a must see on any traveler's list. From the numerous wild deer that roam free in the streets to multiple UNESCO world heritage sites like the giant Buddha at Todaiji, explore both the famous sites and the places that lie just a little off the beaten path. End your day with a one of a kind Japanese sake rice wine brewery tour and tasting in Nara's old town merchant quarters surrounded by medieval townhouses and storefronts. All entrance fees, the sake tasting, and a snack are included in the price so no need to fret about any hidden fees.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$146.54
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US$146.54
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[Virtual Tour] Enjoy Japanese Ancient City (Nara) with Friendly Deer

[Virtual Tour] Enjoy Japanese Ancient City (Nara) with Friendly Deer

Have you heard about friendly free-roaming deer? Or, have you heard about the giant buddha statue? These are in Nara city which is small but rich in the photogenic & cultural treagers. Also, it will be a nice opportunity to feel the atmosphere of local countryside of Japan. Since Nara is close to Osaka city and Kyoto city, it is the best for someone who consider to stay in Osaka or Kyoto some day but also good for just thinking to travel Japan, too. *It’s NOT a real tour, but online virtual tour. *The time is Japan Standard Time(GMT +9:00). Please exchange to your time. HIGHLIGHTS ・Basic information to travel Japanese ancient capital, Nara & enjoy deer Park virtually ・Local stories you can enjoy Japan more ・Introduction of unfamous but very nice sites to visit around Nara (Local sake brewery, photogenic spot, local nice restaurants)
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  • 45 minutes to 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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US$9.00
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US$9.00
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Nara Private Tour by Public Transportation from Kyoto

Nara Private Tour by Public Transportation from Kyoto

This is a Nara private tour using by public transportation from Kyoto. The guide will pick you up at the hotel. No problem with train and bus transfers, as the guides are with you! The destinations of the tour includes Todai-ji Temple, Kasuga Taisha, deer park, and other UNESCO World Heritage Site temples! For details of the tour, you can look at the what to expect section and inclusions excursions section of this web page.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$201.21
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1-Day Nara and Uji Private Custom Tour from Osaka by Chartered Vehicle

1-Day Nara and Uji Private Custom Tour from Osaka by Chartered Vehicle

This is a full-day custom tour ideal for small group. After selecting your preferred choice of transportation from an alphard, van or bus, your group will explore the the city of Nara and Uji, and visit the must-see sights at your own pace, and customise the day to see only what you want to, all with the help of a guide/driver. Design your own itinerary and experience the region’s nature and culture.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$764.27
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Nara - Private Family Bike Tour

Nara - Private Family Bike Tour

This bike tour is based on our most popular tour, Nara Highlights, but without Yoshikien Garden and reserved for families with kids. Either your children can ride a bike or not, we are here for you. Explore Nara, the park, visit Kasuga Taisha Shrine and its thousand lanterns, the Kikuichi traditional Japanese knife shop With a guide who will keep you safe and will show you the city in a very unique way. Welcome to Nara with our Family Bike Tour. As it is a private family tour, you can be sure that your guide will take extra care of your group, adjust and adapt the tour based on your preferences.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$439.62
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US$439.62
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Relax in Nara: Deer Park, Todai-ji Temple and Merchants' Town

Relax in Nara: Deer Park, Todai-ji Temple and Merchants' Town

Nara city is rapidly gaining popularity as a tourist destination. As the capital of Japan in the 8th century, it can offer a variety of old temples and shrines, but also the charm of its former merchants’ quarter with quaint old houses serving as shops or restaurants. In this tour we will visit the biggest and most famous temple and shrine dating back to the 8th century as well as the old townscape.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$148.91
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Nara Half Day Trip Walking Tour

Nara Half Day Trip Walking Tour

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-Time to start the Nara historical walking tour- We will explore a Japanese old town that is extremely different from what we know of metropolitan Tokyo. Walking between the historical buildings, we can go inside a merchant's house and see how the people around here lived. -Continue to walk to a secret spot, which has been hidden for centuries- Welcome to a hidden Japanese pyramid. Let's take a break from walking(or hiking) as you observe this mysterious structure in the middle of a quiet town. -Walk inside Nara park and interact with cute wild deer- Explore the beautiful red shrine housing hundreds of lanterns and go see a huge temple with a great Buddha statue. Around here, you can interact with some wild deers. You will see how "polite" they are! Magical Trip is a local tour operator with the TripAdvisor certificate of excellence that offers various types of small-group tours throughout Japan! Check out our Trip Advisor Page for more tours and our reviews!
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$101.99
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US$101.99
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E-bike rental- in Nara (JR-Nara shop)

E-bike rental- in Nara (JR-Nara shop)

Nara has many tourist attractions to visit. But surely you have no time? Rental bicycles are the best way to get around the sights efficiently. With a bike you can drop in anywhere you like. You can move around comfortably while looking at the beautiful city, without worrying about traffic jam like a car. ■All bicycles are maintained by mechanic. ■You can rent a bike for up to 24 hours at one day price ■Returnable after closing ■There are also many other types of bicycles, such as regular bike or kids bike. Please check our website for details. ■The number of small e-bikes (22 inches and 24 inches) is limited. If you need small e-bikes, please confirm by email to our shop in advance. ■Child seat is available for free. But please note that only children weighing less than 22 kg can sit in it.
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  • 1 hour to 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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US$13.23
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US$13.23

E-bike rental- in Nara (Kintetsu-Nara shop)

E-bike rental- in Nara (Kintetsu-Nara shop)

Nara has many tourist attractions to visit. But surely you have no time? Rental bicycles are the best way to get around the sights efficiently. With a bike you can drop in anywhere you like. You can move around comfortably while looking at the beautiful city, without worrying about traffic jam like a car. ■All bicycles are maintained by mechanic. ■You can rent a bike for up to 24 hours at one day price ■Returnable after closing ■There are also many other types of bicycles, such as city bike or kids bike. Please check our website for details. ■Child seat is available for free. But please note that children weighing less than 22 kg can sit in it. ■There are only a few small electric bicycles (22-inch), so if you need a smaller size please email us in advance.
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  • 1 hour to 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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US$12.90
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US$12.90

Private Full-Day Nara Custom Tour from Osaka by Chartered Vehicle

Private Full-Day Nara Custom Tour from Osaka by Chartered Vehicle

Immerse yourself in the ancient Buddhist traditions and elegant temples of Nara during this private, fully-customizable, tour from Osaka. This one-time Japanese imperial capital offers a wealth of rich history, fascinating Japanese architecture and a beautiful urban setting. Pick from among attractions like the important Buddhist site, Todai Temple, idyllic Nara Park or the 7th-century Yakushi Temple, plus much more. A charted bus, limo or van will help simplify your transport, as well as an included driver and round-trip hotel transport.
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  • 8 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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US$806.03
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US$806.03
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Discover Traditional Nara Walking Tour (Full day)

Discover Traditional Nara Walking Tour (Full day)

How about walking around Nara must-see spots with a highly experienced guide?This tour visits three must-see spots in deer park area, Nara. Kasuga-taisha shrine - praised for its beautiful vermilion constructions and three thousand of stone lanterns and hanging lanterns, Todai-ji temple - renowned for its Great Buddha originally created in the eighth century, and Kofuku-ji temple - closely related to Fujiwara family, a noble family once at the summit of its prosperity. Along the way, other scenic spots of Nara, such as Mt. Kasuga, Tobihino hill, Ukimi-do gazebo, and Suikinkutsu (a buried pot that makes harp-like sound with water drops) will also attract your eyes and ears. At the end of the tour, we will take the time to experience Japanese cultures such as origami or kumihimo braiding. This tour is recommended not only for first-time visitors to Nara but also for repeat visitors to discover new charms of Nara.
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  • 7 hours
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US$117.11
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US$117.11

Discover Traditional Nara Walking Tour (Half day)

Discover Traditional Nara Walking Tour (Half day)

Stroll through 3 of historic Nara’s most iconic landmarks with a professional, English-speaking guide. Get to know the temples and scenic gardens of Nara. Meet your guide at the JR Nara Station, and walk at a relaxed pace to visit Kasuga-Taisha Shrine, the Great Buddha in Todaiji Temple, and Kofuku-ji Temple. Meet the divine deer of Nara along your way.
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  • 4 hours
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US$90.49
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US$90.49

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What are Kasuga Taisha (Kasuga Grand Shrine) hours of operation?
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Kasuga Taisha (Kasuga Grand Shrine) hours of operation: 6 a.m.-6 p.m. April to September, 6 a.m.-5:30 p.m. October to March. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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