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

Kyoto, Japan
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6 hours (Approx.)
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Offered in: English


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
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.

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, Apr 2019
Great day out to see Nara and feed the deer. I think this tour really went up a level because of our tour guide Yuki, she was lovely and very informative, she kept us updated the whole time, and explained a lot for us on the way. The success of the tour was down to Yuki. Thanks so much!
Anna B
, Apr 2018
WHEELCHAIR USERS BE AWARE THAT THIS TOUR IS NOT FULLY ACCESSIBLE This tour was great Nara deer park and Todaiji temple is fully accessible good paths everywhere and ramps on side of buildings. Kasuga Shrine is accessible but the path is thickly gravelled.and a bit steep I passed on this.
Federico R
, Apr 2018
If you go to Kyoto and do NOT do this, you are missing out. This afternoon is well worth it.
Michael S
, Apr 2018
The Nara Afternoon tour was good, but too crowded. The guide seemed annoyed with us at times and her explanations when we were at the temple area were too difficult to hear. So, a lot of the group just wondered off. The Temple, Shrine and souvenir shop made for a good day out of Kyoto. Perhaps the tour guide could explain a little more on the bus before we get to the places.
Cliff S
, Apr 2018
This tour was just ok as it could have been so much better. First of all it's a huge bus tour so be prepared. The good news is that they do start on time and stick to a schedule, the bad news is that it takes 1 hour to get there and back so after they walk you through Nara to see the Temple, they give you literally 20 minutes of free time, which is crazy as that also includes the time it takes to walk back to the bus. So basically you traveled around the world, drove 1 hour all the way to Nara and back and only get 20 minutes with the Deer? This is unacceptable as they should give people a full 1 hour. They are in such a rush to get to drive to the next Shrine and turn around and get back home that there is no free time. If anything they really need to start 1 hour earlier to give people some free time to roam and interact with the Deer. I spoke to many people who were upset and 1 couple who took off on their own as they wanted more free time. My recommendation is to take the train and go there on your own.
Sumudu A
, Apr 2018
The tour guide (Tammy) was very knowledgeable and entertaining but the tour itself was very rushed. There was little time to see any of the sights properly - didn't even get time to feed the deer at Nara. Having been to Nara before, I know there was so much more to explore.
, Mar 2018
This tour was very enjoyable. Saw a lot of deer. Temple looked very nice. Enjoyable.
Jean L
, Feb 2018
This tour was amazing!
Monique A
, Jan 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.
Xandie J
, Jan 2018
This tour was amazing!

Product code: 2142KYO_N310

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