Discover the secrets of Great Buddha with a knowledgeable local guide.
If you have more than 9 hours to spend for shore excursion from Kobe cruise ship terminal and want to see historical Japan, Nara would be the right place to go. During this amazing full day tour you will see and experience the beautiful Nara park with wild but tamed deer and Great Buddha. I will take you there via a subway + local train system, instead of taxi or sightseeing bus. Why ? Because they are time dependable and safety without traffic jam, while you have a strict deadline for your return to the ship.
Only one hour and 15 minutes one way trip via public transportation with one transit point takes you there.
As your private tour guide, I can adjust the schedule, duration and activities to meet your needs. Please let me know of any special requests you have.
We will meet at the cruise ship terminal of Kobe harbor in the morning. From the terminal only 15 minutes monorail ride takes you to the Hanshin railway station. Riding on Hanshin-Kintetsu train system with one transit point for only one hour and 15 minutes will take you to Nara. Light lunch might be taken at Nara park, for we can save on time. Or we have a decent lunch at 1, 500 to 2, 500 J. Yen per person at an authentic Japanese restaurant. Visit Todaiji temple that houses Geat Buddha. Subject to your preference and schedule, we will visit Kasuga shrine with the corridor of thousands of stone lanterns, or stroll around beautiful ponds at the old town. Shopping Japanese handicrafts and souveniors is available on your way back to Nara station.
Our start time is flexible, but the admission for most facilities will not be allowed after 15:00, so starting by 8:00 am will be ideal for 9 hours trip with the return to the pier by 17:00. Just let me know how I can accommodate your schedule and interests
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Cruise Ship Port
Duration: 9 hours
This is planned based on and subject to the schedule of your cruise ship with the arrival at Kobe port.
We will take Hanshin-Kintetsu railway for 3 hours per round trip. A seated trip is expected for most of the time, subject to the time and season. You can enjoy walking through Nara park with deer for 1.5 hours per round trip. The walking distance will be as long as 8 kilometers (5 miles) including inside stations and facilities, subject to the route. If you have problems with walking for long time, please let me know, so that I could adjust the route.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
6000 Japanese Yen - This is an expense per person. Including a subway and local train fare (2,500 J.Yen per round trip), admissions for two facilities (1,000 J.Yen) , and a decent lunch at authentic Japanese restaurant (1,500 to 2,500 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.