• Location: Kyoto, Japan
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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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 5.5-hour 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.


  • Travel by return motorcoach from Kyoto to Nara
  • Enjoy the afternoon touring the sights of Nara
  • Visit Todaiji Temple, one of Japan's most famous and historically significant temples
  • See over 1,000 tame deer roam freely in the verdant 1,250 acres peaceful park
  • Explore Kasuga Shrine, featuring some 3,000 antique stone and bronze lanterns

What You Can Expect

Nara Afternoon Tour of Todaiji Temple, Deer Park and Kasuga Shrine from Kyoto

Todaiji Temple, Nara

Immerse yourself in Japanese history and culture, during this 5.5-hour exploration of the temples, shrines and attractions found in the country’s former capital city of Nara. Spend a few hours discovering this historically significant capital, first established in the 8th century, as you admire its wealth of important religious sites and a one-of-a-kind deer park nearby.

Start your Nara trip in the afternoon with a pickup at Kyoto Handicraft Center or Avanti Tour Desk near Kyoto Station. After your pickup, proceed by coach on your Nara excursion. The city of Nara was founded in 710, when it was designated as the country’s first permanent capital. Nara, or Heijo as it was then known, was home to many of the most important Buddhist monasteries in the then-nascent Japanese empire, which made it a key center of political and religious power. As Nara’s power and influence grew, the city became a threat to the government, leading the country’s rulers to move the capital to Nagaoka in 784. Despite this shift in fortunes, Nara retains a wealth of important historical sites, including some of Japan’s most important Buddhist temples.

Stop by Nara’s Todaji Temple to start your trip. This magnificent edifice, constructed in the 8th century, is among the country’s most important religious buildings. Explore the temple’s Daibutsuden (Great Buddha Hall), one of the largest wooden buildings in the world, along with its immense bronze Buddha statue, which are just some of the treasures to be found in this incredible attraction.

Continue your Nara trip with a visit to its famous deer park, a unique 1,250-acre preserve where more than 1,000 tame deer freely roam. Admire these gentle creatures as they graze and wander the park, and stop to purchase special deer food, which the animals will gladly eat from your hand, if you wish.

Finish your discovery of Nara at the Shinto shrine of Kasuga, a serene site that features a collection of more than 3,000 stone and bronze lanterns. After leaving Kasuga, return by coach for a drop-off at select hotels in Kyoto.

Customer Reviews

Federico R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

If you go to Kyoto and do NOT do this, you are missing out. This afternoon is well worth it.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

This tour was very enjoyable.
Saw a lot of deer. Temple looked very nice.

Jean L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

This tour was amazing!

Monique A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

It was wonderful being able to get to all of these sites in one afternoon and not have to worry about finding my own transportation. Deer Park is absolutely a must! Our tour guide was knowledgeable and made the experience very worth it.

Daniel V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

The tour was excellent and I highly recommend it.

Thomas L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Fun day.

Arthur L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Very good guide, lots of explanation and commentary

Maria Andrea A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

This tour was amazing!

Joanne P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Must do tour for a visit and background to a Buddhist temple and Shinto shrine


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Great tour! Tour guide and employees speaks very good english and very friendly.

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