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- Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
- All entrance fees included
- Get up-close to native wildlife
- Rail Tour
- Informative, friendly and professional guide
- Hotel pickup included
Japan's first permanent capital was established in the year 710 at Heijo, the city now known as Nara. As the influence and political ambitions of the city's powerful Buddhist monasteries grew to become a serious threat to the government, the capital was moved to Nagaoka in 784.
Visit the 8th-century Todaiji Temple, one of Japan's most famous and historically significant temples. In its huge precincts you’ll find various national treasures of Japan. The Daibutsuden (Great Buddha Hall) is one of the world's largest wooden buildings, which enshrines a gigantic bronze statue of Buddha — a wonder of religious architecture! Exploring the grounds during any season will showcases the most impressive displays of nature, from vivid fall colors to Japanese cherry blossoms in full bloom.
See more than 1,000 tame deer roaming freely in the verdant Deer Park, which comprises 1,250 acres (505 hectares). If you wish to feed the deer, they will gladly eat from your hand. (Special deer food is available for sale in the park grounds.)
Your last stop is Kasuga Shrine, the most famous and beautiful Shinto shrine in Nara. Part of the historic monuments of ancient Nara, it features some 3,000 antique stone and bronze lanterns. Walk along the outdoor pathway as you listen to commentary from your guide about the shrine’s influence on Japanese culture.
Afterward, travel by return rail directly to Osaka Station, where you’ll make your own way back to your hotel.
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Pickup is available at select Osaka hotels (Hotel Granvia Osaka, Hilton Osaka, Swissotel Nankai Osaka)
12:20pm - Hilton Osaka Hotel
12:00pm - Swissotel Nankai Osaka
Tour concludes upon arrival at Kintestu Namba Station (in Osaka) between 6:30pm and 7:30pm
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Nara Afternoon Tour of Todaiji Temple, Deer Park and Kasuga Shrine from Osaka
- Hotel pickup (select Osaka hotels only)
- JR rail one-way from Osaka to Kyoto
- JR rail one-way from Nara to Osaka
- Admission fees
- English-speaking guide
- Treasures Hall entrance fee
- Manyo Botanical Gardens at Kasuga Shrine entrance fee
- Food and drinks
- Hotel drop-off
- Gratuities (optional)
- Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
- Wheelchair Access: This tour is wheelchair accessible, however passengers who require assistance must provide their own carer
- Pickup is only available from select locations in Tokyo. Please refer to “Departure Point” for listed locations
- Please note: Make sure you select the correct pickup location at checkout, as failure to appear at the pickup location at the scheduled time and location may result in a cancellation of your reservation with no refund
- Please note that the train journey from Osaka to Kyoto and vice versa are non-reserved local trains. Some parts of pathway on this tour are gravel
- At Kasuga Shrine, the tour does not include entrance to areas requiring admission
- The tour may not visit Nara Nagomikan if it is closed or due to traffic conditions
If you cancel between 3 and 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Reviewed by: Mattheos K, July 2016
Very pleasant tour.
Reviewed by: gwapocat, Philippines, October 2015
Breathtaking Nara! It was great. Make sure you don't book on a holiday, to avoid the crowds and heavy traffic.