Nara became the capital of Japan in 710 A. D. and is regarded as the birthplace of Japanese civilization.
Some temples and works of art have survived to this day.
This great temple was founded in 745 by Emperor Shomu, which is still the world's largest wooden building.
It houses Japan's largest bronze statue, the Great Buddha.
Nara deer park
Kofuku-ji temple was founded in 669 A. D. and moved to its present location in 710.
This temple is famous for the fine collection of Buddhist statues and Five-story pagoda.
Nara deer park
Todaiji Temple(Great Buddha's Hall, Nigatsudo Hall, Sangatsudo Hall, Tamukeyama Hachimangu Shrine)
Kasuga Grand Shrine
---these three sites are World Heritage sites
Higashimuki Shopping mall (lunch time)
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Your hotel in Nara or Osaka city
Your hotel in Kyoto city (JPY1,600 is needed for guide's round-trip ticket)
※air B&B is unacceptable because it's not a public place and there's no place to wait for you. We can meet at the closest hotel or station.
Tourist Information OSAKA located Central concourse(1F) of JR Osaka Station (not ShinOsaka station, Bullet train St.)
I'm waiting for you with your name on a board.
End location: The same as the meeting location or the final destination with my instruction to get back to your hotel
Duration: 9 hours
Price of half day tours for busy tourists, skipping some destinations
within 7 hours: JPY37,900.
If you're interested in these shorter tours, please let me know and I'll send you customized tour through Toursbylocals.
We will take train and bus to the nearest stops to the sites, and enjoy walking through the sites.
If you would like to save the time for transportation and your group is less than four people, we can take taxis for moving from site to site because not many buses run on some routes
Then you can visit traditional streets in Naramachi Area more leisurely.
The estimated taxi fare is around 5,000JPY per day.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
1100 JPY per person - Transportation fare 500JPY & Todaiji temple admission 600 JPY.
Lunch depends on your choice
Local facilities sometimes do not accept a credit card, but cash only.
If you start from other cities, you need transportation fare from there.
No special qualification to drive a car or a bus for tourists. Isurance is not included.
Please check my availability before you ask me in order to save your precious time.
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Yoshiro was really a fantastic guide. He came to our hotel to meet us and he was so prepared and explained the entire tour to us. As we toured with him he was very knowledgeable and we learned so much from him about Nara and about Japanese culture more generally. He was very gracious and helpful and his English was really perfect ! I have been on many tours in the world and I was really impressed by him. We would recommend him for any area of Japan as a tour guide.