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Todai-ji (Eastern Great Temple) Tours and Activities

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Located in Deer Park (Nara Park) in Nara, about 35 minutes from Osaka by train, Todaiji Temple is one of Japan’s most famous and historically significant Buddhist temples. Originally built in the year 752, the temple as it exists today dates back to 1709. The main hall, called Big Buddha Hall (Daibutsuden), is the world’s largest wooden building, even though it’s a third smaller than the original hall from the 700s.

The greatest attraction in the Todaiji Temple complex is the enormous bronze Buddha statue (Japan’s largest) housed with the massive main hall. When the temple was first built, Emperor Shomu planned for Todaiji to serve as the headquarters of Buddhism throughout Japan, and he ordered the casting of the statue as part of that plan. The 50-foot-tall (15-meter-tall) statue required eight castings to complete.

According to local legend, anyone able to squeeze through the hole in the pillar located behind the Big Buddha achieves enlightenment.

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Nara Afternoon Tour - Todaiji Temple and Deer Park from Kyoto

Nara Afternoon Tour - Todaiji Temple and Deer Park from Kyoto

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Discover the historic environs of Nara, ancient capital of Japan, as you explore Buddhist temples, shrines and the famous Nara deer park on this excursion from Kyoto. Visit Todaji Temple, one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Japan and home to the country’s largest Buddha statue, 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 Kyoto hotels, a guide and all entrance fees.
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  • 6 hours
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US$80,69
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US$80,69

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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  • Free Cancellation
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US$90,66
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US$90,66

The Essence of Nara Cultural Tour: Big Buddha, Bambi and Backstreets

The Essence of Nara Cultural Tour: Big Buddha, Bambi and Backstreets

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If you don’t speak Japanese, it can be hard to navigate Japan like a local. This tour of Nara, Japan’s ancient capital, is designed to  help you do just that. Leave the crowds of Kyoto behind and discover the peaceful city of Nara: its temples, shrines, traditional houses and divine deer. Explore the backstreets and alleys of the merchants district, and try authentic street food.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes to 4 hours
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US$91,81
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US$91,81

KYOTO & NARA by Minivan Toyota HIACE 2019 Customize Your Itinerary

KYOTO & NARA by Minivan Toyota HIACE 2019 Customize Your Itinerary

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Private VIP Tour in KYOTO & NARA allows you to “Customize Your Itinerary” to fit your specific travel expectations. You have your own private Minivan Toyota HIACE 2019 and English speaking driver for approximately 8 hours. Our team assists you to manage the tour, give recommendations, make reservations and check information. <<< You customize your own Day Trip in KYOTO & NARA >>> STEP1: We propose list of famous destinations while you share with us your travel desires and special requests. STEP2: With careful communication and planning, we share and exchange our draft detailed itinerary. STEP3: We revise/finalize the itinerary. ***You can always change the itinerary even on the day while traveling on the van. Please feel free to reach our team and driver for recommendation at any time. ***Extra 1 ~ 2 hours will be given for free only in case of heavy traffic jam and unexpected delay(s). ***Extra charges will be applied for over time service.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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US$889,17
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US$889,17
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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
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  • Free Cancellation
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US$94,65
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US$94,65

Nara Private tour with local guide

Nara Private tour with local guide

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In this private tour, you can visit principal attractive sites in Nara using your time the most efficiently. Of course, you can customize the tour as you'd like. For example, if you omit ''Nara-machi, old merchant district '', you can add Fuishimiinari shrine in Kyoto. Visiting both Fushimiinari and Nara in one way would be very convenience and you will have enough time to enjoy both.
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  • 8 hours
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US$323,59
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US$323,59
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Day trip to Nara from Osaka or Kyoto, World Heritage Sites and deer park tour

Day trip to Nara from Osaka or Kyoto, World Heritage Sites and deer park tour

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Visiting the ancient capital of Nara is a must-do on a trip to Japan. Rather than grappling with logistics on your won, book this private tour from Kyoto or Osaka. Your guide will show you the highlights, including the deer-dotted Nara Park, Todai-ji Temple, and any special request you may have, while providing insights into the history of the atmospheric city.
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  • 8 hours
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US$419,00
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US$419,00
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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$316,34
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US$316,34
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Explore Japan Tour: 20-day Small Group

Explore Japan Tour: 20-day Small Group

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See the real Japan and experience its culture beyond the typical tourist sites. You'll walk through busy streets, ride the bullet train, and enjoy local foods. Each tour is customized to fit the preferences of the group.
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  • 20 days
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US$13 498,00
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US$13 498,00
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Nara Half-day Private Tour Osaka/Kyoto departure with Nationally-Licensed Guide

Nara Half-day Private Tour Osaka/Kyoto departure with Nationally-Licensed Guide

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Explore Nara with a nationally-licensed and experienced multilingual guide! Your guide will help you efficiently enjoy a half-day walking tour of Nara and introduce both modern and traditional sides of this dynamic and ancient Japanese city. Nara's proximity to Kyoto and Osaka, and its rich collection of traditional sites, make it an ideal destination for a day trip from either of its larger neighbors. Your private guide can help you efficiently enjoy a half-day walking tour of this ancient Japanese city. You can start your day at your hotel in Osaka, Kyoto. Let us know what you would like to experience and we will customize a four-hour tour that's best for you! Note*1: Please select your must-see spots from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary. Note*2: The Nationally-licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.
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  • 4 hours
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US$90,66
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US$90,66
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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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US$131,46
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US$131,46

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
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US$304,04
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US$304,04
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Full-Day Private Guided Tour to Nara Temples

Full-Day Private Guided Tour to Nara Temples

Nothing better than to discover Nara by the explanations from an -almost-local person! The first fixed capital of Japan, a high city of tradition and history, you will learn more about the history of this city and Japan. I lived in Nara for 3 years and it is my favorite place in Japan. You will discover an ancient capital which became a calm countryside city. Nothing to hurry, nothing to worry!
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  • 8 hours
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US$226,65
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US$226,65
per group

Nara Custom Half Day Tour

Nara Custom Half Day Tour

This private and customizable tour for Nara is perfect for guests who would like to have their own itinerary planned based on their interests and preferences, allowing guests to experience the city at their own pace.
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  • 4 hours
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US$137,62
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US$137,62
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OSAKA & NARA by Minivan Toyota COMMUTER Customize Your Itinerary

OSAKA & NARA by Minivan Toyota COMMUTER Customize Your Itinerary

Private VIP Tour in OSAKA & NARA allows you to “Customize Your Itinerary” to fit your specific travel expectations. You have your own private Minivan Toyota Commuter and English speaking driver for approximately 8 hours. Our team assists you to manage the tour, give recommendations, make reservations and check information. <<< You customize your own Day Trip in OSAKA & NARA >>> STEP1: We propose list of famous destinations while you share with us your travel desires and special requests. STEP2: With careful communication and planning, we share and exchange our draft detailed itinerary. STEP3: We revise/finalize the itinerary. ***You can always change the itinerary even on the day while traveling on the van. Please feel free to reach our team and driver for recommendation at any time. ***Extra 1 ~ 2 hours will be given for free only in case of heavy traffic jam and unexpected delay(s). ***Extra charges will be applied for over time service.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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  • Free Cancellation
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US$1 048,41
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US$1 048,41
per group

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
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  • Free Cancellation
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US$114,37
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US$114,37

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
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US$123,49
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US$123,49
Price varies by group size

Half Day NARA Custom Tour by Private Car and Driver

Half Day NARA Custom Tour by Private Car and Driver

Private VIP Tour in NARA allows you to “Customize Your Itinerary” to fit your specific travel expectations. You have your own private car and driver who can speak English for approximately 5 hours. Our team assists you to manage the tour, give recommendations, make reservations and check information. <<< You customize your own Half Day Trip in NARA>>> STEP1: We propose list of famous destinations while you share with us your travel desires and special requests. STEP2: With careful communication and planning, we share and exchange our draft detailed itinerary. STEP3: We revise/finalize the itinerary. ***You can always change the itinerary even on the day while traveling on the van. Please feel free to reach our team and driver for recommendation at any time. ***1 FREE pocket wi-fi to be used on board. ***Extra charges will be applied for over time service.
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  • 5 hours
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  • Free Cancellation
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US$619,52
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US$619,52
per group

Savor Four Amazing Spots of Kyoto & Nara in One Day Tour

Savor Four Amazing Spots of Kyoto & Nara in One Day Tour

Japan with its gentle people has a long and rich history, but at the same time it is famous for its new technologies. To better understand this unique country and enjoy your trip much more,knowing Japanese history and culture is essential. Kyoto and Nara, the glorious former two capital cities, are the best places to touch and learn cultural things in Japan. This tour is a luxurious one in which you will experience four amazing spots that represent Kyoto and Nara in one day! Our knowledgeable and passionate local guide will accompany you and enhance your unparalleled experience. At the end of this tour, your understanding of Japan will be a far cry deeper so that you will be able to enjoy your trip to Japan much more than expected. One more thing. As you start early in the morning, you will enjoy quiet inspiring Bamboo Forest before other tourists rush in!
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  • 9 hours
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  • Free Cancellation
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US$167,72
Price varies by group size
From
US$167,72
Price varies by group size

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$748,01
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US$748,01
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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
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  • Free Cancellation
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US$154,12
Price varies by group size
From
US$154,12
Price varies by group size

KYOTO & NARA by Coaster/Microbus Customize Your Itinerary

KYOTO & NARA by Coaster/Microbus Customize Your Itinerary

Private VIP Tour in KYOTO & NARA allows you to “Customize Your Itinerary” to fit your specific travel expectations. You have your own private Toyota Coaster/Microbus and English speaking driver for approximately 8 hours. Our team assists you to manage the tour, give recommendations, make reservations and check information. <<< You customize your own Day Trip in KYOTO & NARA >>> STEP1: We propose list of famous destinations while you share with us your travel desires and special requests. STEP2: With careful communication and planning, we share and exchange our draft detailed itinerary. STEP3: We revise/finalize the itinerary. ***You can always change the itinerary even on the day while traveling on the van. Please feel free to reach our team and driver for recommendation at any time. ***Extra 1 ~ 2 hours will be given for free only in case of heavy traffic jam and unexpected delay(s). ***Extra charges will be applied for over time service.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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  • Free Cancellation
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US$1 524,96
per group
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US$1 524,96
per group

NARA Walking Tour [Customize Your Itinerary]

NARA Walking Tour [Customize Your Itinerary]

Private VIP Tour in NARA allows you to “Customize Your Itinerary” to fit your specific travel expectations. You have your own private tour guide for approximately 8 hours. Our team assists you to manage the tour, give recommendations, make reservations and check information. <<< You customize your own Day Trip in NARA >>> STEP1: We propose list of famous destinations while you share with us your travel desires and special requests. STEP2: With careful communication and planning, we share and exchange our draft detailed itinerary. STEP3: We revise/finalize the itinerary. ***You can always change the itinerary even on the day while traveling with the tour guide. Please feel free to reach our team and tour guide for recommendation at any time. ***Extra charges will be applied for over time service.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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  • Free Cancellation
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US$395,19
per group
From
US$395,19
per group

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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  • Free Cancellation
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US$186,73
Price varies by group size
From
US$186,73
Price varies by group size

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What are Todai-ji (Eastern Great Temple) hours of operation?
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Todai-ji (Eastern Great Temple) hours of operation: November-February 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; March & October 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; April-September 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.. 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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Should I book Todai-ji (Eastern Great Temple) tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Todai-ji (Eastern Great Temple) can get crowded. 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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How much does it cost to visit Todai-ji (Eastern Great Temple) 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Todai-ji (Eastern Great Temple) costs USD 11.97. Guided Todai-ji (Eastern Great Temple) tours start around USD 11.97 per person.
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