Visit Kofukuji temple, Nara park, Great Buddha hall, and Kasuga shrine.
During this amazing full day tour, you will visit Nara city, the first permanent capital of Japan, and experience the beautiful Nara park with wild but tamed deer and Great Buddha. If we have time, we will extend our visit to Kasuga Shrine, with thousands of stone lanterns along the pilgrimage road. I will take you there via Kintetsu railway, where you can have a quick window view of the ancient Heijyo (Nara) Palace, which was restored in 2011. In Nara, we stroll around from Kofukuji temple with five storied pagoda, to Great Buddha hall at Todaiji temple through Nara park. On your way back to Kyoto via JR train, we may drop by at Fushimi-Inari shrine with thousands of Torii gates, subject to the time schedule.
We will meet at the lobby of your hotel in Kyoto at 8:30 am. We take a subway or a bus and switch to the local train Kintetsu at Kyoto station. About one hour ride on Kintetsu train takes us to Nara. There, we will walk from Kofukuji temple to Todaiji temple, all the way through Nara Park. A lunch is taken at a restaurant located on the way back to the station. Shopping Japanese handicrafts and souveniors is available on your way back to Nara station. Leaving Nara around 14:00 We drop by at Fushimi-Inari shrine around 15:00. Leaving Fushimi Inari before 16:00 we will be back to your hotel around 16:30.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Hotel
Duration: 8 hours
Transportation Method: We will take a subway/a bus/a local train for three hours per round trip. A seated trip is expected for most of the time, subject to the time and season. Walking through Nara park with deer, and stepping up and down through Fushimi-Inari shrine takes 4.0 hours in the entire trip.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
5000 J.Yen - This is an expense per person. Including a subway and local train fare, admissions, and a lunch at a local restaurant(1,500 to 2,000 J.Yen) . Please keep it in mind that local restaurants basically do not accept a credit card, but cash only.
I have no license for driving a commercial car that carries passengers.
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Ken S was our guide in Kyoto on October 27-29. We give him 5 stars. Ken was very knowledgeable and very considerate. One person in our party had some disability and Ken was especially sensitive to his needs, which we appreciated. We enjoyed the sites Ken took us to. He taught us how to use the subways and trains. His English was good. He spent a lot of time with us. We highly recommend him.