Exploring Japan's most important world heritage sites
Kyoto was the capital of Japan between 800 and 1870.
Before Kyoto, Nara prospered as the capital for 300 years.
Why did they change the capital from Nara to Kyoto?
If you find the answer to the mystery, you may come to understand Japan's spiritual backbone.
This tour starts at Kyoto Station.
Our first destination is Arashiyama Bamboo Forest and Tenryuji Temple.
Next we move to Fushimi Inari Shrine by train.
Then we go to Japan's first capital, Nara.
Nara Park is our third destination.
Finally, we go to Todaiji Temple.
If you wish, you dine at a very popular restaurant.
This restaurant is small with seating capacity of 20.
Very popular with locals.
Delicious in taste, friendly in atmosphere, and very reasonable in price
Booking is indispensable.
You can also make customized tours according to your wishes.
Please let me know If you wish to visit other destinations.
- Arashiyama Bamboo Forest
- Fushimi Inari Shrine
- Nara Park
- Todaiji Temple
Dinner (if you wish)
The itinerary can be changed according to your wishes.
Please let me know if you have any other ideas about your Kyoto/Nara tour.
I can meet you at the cruise ship terminal of Kobe or Osaka Port. Please note that it takes about 90 minutes to reach Nara from Kobe, and 60 minutes from Osaka, so this will reduce out time to tour in Nara.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: JR Kyoto Station, or your hotel.
I can meet you at the cruise ship terminal of Kobe or Osaka Port. Please note that it takes about 80 minutes to reach Nara from Kobe, and 50 minutes from Osaka, so this will reduce out time to tour in Nara.
End location: JR Nara Station or Kintetsu Nara Station
Duration: 9 hours
Tour duration is 8 hours. In case of having dinner with locals, 10 hours.
Public transportation: train, subway, bus.
Depending on the traffic conditions, we may use a taxi.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
4000 yen - transportation fares : 2500 yen
JR Kyoto Station - Arashiyama - Fushimi Inari Shrine - Nara Park - Todaiji Temple
Admission fees : Tenryuji (500 yen) Todaiji (600 yen)
I am not a driver. I can accompany you in your vehicle or I can arrange for a separate car and driver.
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What a great experience! Masaki San was the perfect guide and helpful in every way from guiding me thru the tours with an abundance of historical knowledge on every topic along the way and taking the time to explain the historical significance at each site as well as it's importance in today's society. Not only was he extremely knowledgeable about each subject but he went out of his way to ensure that I would be able to find my way around Nara and Kyoto by providing all the train and bus info I required.