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Nara Afternoon Tour - Todaiji Temple & Deer Park from Kyoto

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    What to Expect
    Immerse yourself in Japanese history and culture, during this 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 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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    Departure Point
    JTB SUNRISE TOURS DESK KYOTO, Japan, 〒601-8003 Kyoto, Minami-ku, Higashikujō Nishisannōchō, 町南区東九条西山王町31番地 KYOTO AVANTI B1F
    Departure Time
    1:45 PM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Professional guide
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • Hotel drop-off (select locations in Kyoto only)
    • Entry/Admission - Todai-ji Temple
    • Entry/Admission - Kasuga Shrine
    • Gratuities
    • Food and drinks
    • Entrance to Treasures Hall and Manyo Botanical Gardens at Kasuga Shrine
    • Hotel pick-up
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Some parts of road on this tour are gravel and steep inclines
    • During the Gion Festival (July 15-16), drop-off service to Karasuma Kyoto Hotel is not available due to traffic regulations
    • The tour may not visit Nara Nagomikan if it is closed or due to traffic conditions
    • Near public transportation
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Nara Nagomikan may be omitted from the itinerary if it is closed on the day of the tour, or as a result of traffic congestion
    • Participants will walk from the parking lot to Todai-ji Temple (about 15 min one-way).
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 44 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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    Reviewed 1 week ago

    Honestly we booked for the deer, but the temple and shrine were amazing and worth the trip even without cute four legged cracker missiles. Our tour guide Seiko was the best. Kind, funny, knowledgeable. Ask for her tour if you can get on it. Shes...More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank Narelle G
    Reviewed 4 weeks ago

    the afternoon i took the tour it was very hot and humid so made the trip a little more taxing than what it normally is, you ned to have a moderate level of fitness as a lot of walking involved on reasonable level ground. The...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank stephen2912
    Reviewed 4 August 2019 via mobile

    The guide was mediocre. He didn't give us enough interesting info on the subjects, but instead tried to be cute. The tour hit the highlights so that was good.

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank John Z
    Reviewed 15 July 2019

    When booking this, I was hesitant at first thinking that it's going to be hot and it's in the afternoon. Fortunately for us, the weather was quite bearable. Our family (older teens) met the tour guide at Hotel Granvia in Osaka. She was punctual and...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank L3Mom2twins
    Reviewed 8 July 2019

    We arrived to Kyoto by bullet train and wanted to see Nara (the famous temples and deer park)--traveling with two teenagers. . this was most efficient way. Our guide was so funny and nice. Fast paced tour but enough time to see the deer park...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank D H
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