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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, Himeji, Kinki, 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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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
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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
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US$792.04
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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$130.76
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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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Nara - Highlights Bike Tour

Nara - Highlights Bike Tour

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Join the highlights Tour at Nara Cycle Tours and meet other travelers, or do it in private and your guide can make this day special for your own group.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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US$96.00
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Nara private tour from Osaka (Shore excursion available from Osaka or Kobe port)

Nara private tour from Osaka (Shore excursion available from Osaka or Kobe port)

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Nara was an ancient capital of Japan from 710 to 784. You'll explore peaceful shrines, Great buddha hall in Nara park and amazing Japanese garden called Isuien. Nara has beautiful natural scenery, good traditional food, cultural and historical sites. Several historical sites have been resistered on UNESCO's World Heritage List. One of the most exciting things is deer in the park. They are so tamed and cute. Our professional friendly tour guide will show you the best route and some places that is hard to find for the first time visitors. Why don't you have a great day in Nara with us?
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  • 8 hours
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Nara Day Trip from Osaka with a Local: Private & Personalized

Nara Day Trip from Osaka with a Local: Private & Personalized

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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
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US$332.89
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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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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$321.94
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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
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US$197.72
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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
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Nara Todai-ji Lazy Bird Tour <30mins from Kyoto>

Nara Todai-ji Lazy Bird Tour <30mins from Kyoto>

This tour helps you uncover the best of Japan’s ancient capital—Nara in half a day. Visit multiple temples, including the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Todai-ji Temple, and Kofukuji Temple. Learn about the semi-tame deer that freely roam Nara Park, and visit a sake brewery too. You’ll save hours researching Nara’s highlights by having a guide to lead the way and take you to a shortlist of the city’s best sights.
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  • 4 hours
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US$65.60
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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
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US$78.46
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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$110.40
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