Private Guided Tour to Nara

Today you’ll explore Japan’s first permanent capital and one of the country’s most historically insightful destinations. Over the course of a day you’ll tour the ancient capital with a private guide who will be able to tell you tales and give context to the city’s fascinating cultural legacy.

You’ll transfer from your Kyoto hotel to Nara by train, which will take around forty-five minutes and upon arrival you’ll head to the Todai-ji temple. Until the late 90s this UNESCO World Heritage Site was the largest wooden structure in the world. The building is also home to one of Nara’s most revered attractions, the Daibutsu (Great Buddha), which is also the world’s largest bronze statue of the Buddha.

Next up you’ll head on to Nara’s most celebrated shrine, Kasuga Taisha. First founded in the 8th century this UNESCO World Heritage Site was rebuilt every 20 years in line with Shintō tradition. Today it’s renowned for its hundreds of bronze and stone lanterns which line the pathways and decorate the shrine itself. 

You’ll finish up your day with a relaxing wander through Nara Park, nicknamed Deer Park by locals after the thousand or so tame deer that call the park home.

 

Highlights

  • See the largest bronze statue of Buddha in the world

  • Wander through a park home to thousands of tame deer

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I love Japan for its striking contrasts of cities and national parks, and living and teaching in Tokyo was the chance to perfect my Japanese. I’ve now been a Japan travel specialist for 10 years and have explored it top to toe. My next challenge is to cycle the entire island of Shikoku, with its pilgrimage trail of 88 temples!

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