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The Essence of Nara Cultural Tour: Big Buddha, Bambi and Backstreets

The Essence of Nara Cultural Tour: Big Buddha, Bambi and Backstreets

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If you don’t speak Japanese, it can be hard to navigate Japan like a local. This tour of Nara, Japan’s ancient capital, is designed to  help you do just that. Leave the crowds of Kyoto behind and discover the peaceful city of Nara: its temples, shrines, traditional houses and divine deer. Explore the backstreets and alleys of the merchants district, and try authentic street food.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$93.95
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$93.95
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Nara Like a Local: Customized Private Tour

Nara Like a Local: Customized Private Tour

Maximize your time in Nara with a private walking tour that puts you in touch with the real city—via a local who loves it. It’s simple: explain your travel wants, meet your Nara local, and enjoy a tour that puts Nara at your feet. Learn ways to get around, places to see, and hidden local hotspots, and get the info needed to get the most from your visit.
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  • 2 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$35.90
Price varies by group size
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$35.90
Price varies by group size
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Nara Half-day Private Tour Osaka/Kyoto departure with Nationally-Licensed Guide

Nara Half-day Private Tour Osaka/Kyoto departure with Nationally-Licensed Guide

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Explore Nara with a nationally-licensed and experienced multilingual guide! Your guide will help you efficiently enjoy a half-day walking tour of Nara and introduce both modern and traditional sides of this dynamic and ancient Japanese city. Nara's proximity to Kyoto and Osaka, and its rich collection of traditional sites, make it an ideal destination for a day trip from either of its larger neighbors. Your private guide can help you efficiently enjoy a half-day walking tour of this ancient Japanese city. You can start your day at your hotel in Osaka, Kyoto. Let us know what you would like to experience and we will customize a four-hour tour that's best for you! Note*1: Please select your must-see spots from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary. Note*2: The Nationally-licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$92.77
Price varies by group size
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$92.77
Price varies by group size
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Nara Todai-ji Lazy Bird Tour <30mins from Kyoto>

Nara Todai-ji Lazy Bird Tour <30mins from Kyoto>

This tour helps you uncover the best of Japan’s ancient capital—Nara in half a day. Visit multiple temples, including the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Todai-ji Temple, and Kofukuji Temple. Learn about the semi-tame deer that freely roam Nara Park, and visit a sake brewery too. You’ll save hours researching Nara’s highlights by having a guide to lead the way and take you to a shortlist of the city’s best sights.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$63.40
Price varies by group size
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$63.40
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Nara Lazy Bird Tour

Nara Lazy Bird Tour

This is the perfect tour for first-time visitors to Nara who want to get a good overview in a short space of time. You won’t have to worry about navigating as a guide takes you around a shortlist of Nara’s best sights. See the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Todai-ji Temple, and Kasuga Taisha Shrine, visit the traditional houses of Naramachi, and see the city’s many semi-wild deer.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$75.82
Price varies by group size
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$75.82
Price varies by group size
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Nara Private Tour by Public Transportation from Kyoto

Nara Private Tour by Public Transportation from Kyoto

This is a Nara private tour using by public transportation from Kyoto. The guide will pick you up at the hotel. No problem with train and bus transfers, as the guides are with you! The destinations of the tour includes Todai-ji Temple, Kasuga Taisha, deer park, and other UNESCO World Heritage Site temples! For details of the tour, you can look at the what to expect section and inclusions excursions section of this web page.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$191.08
Price varies by group size
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$191.08
Price varies by group size

Nara - Highlights Bike Tour

Nara - Highlights Bike Tour

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Join the highlights Tour at Nara Cycle Tours and meet other travelers, or do it in private and your guide can make this day special for your own group.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$92.77
From
$92.77
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Nara Early Bird Tour

Nara Early Bird Tour

Nara is the ancient capital of Japan prior to Kyoto, and the Japanese dynasty started from this area. In this tour, you will visit representing sightseeing and photo spots in Nara. This tour is designed to enable you to enjoy spots in a completely relaxed way while strolling around early in the morning with fresh air and fewer tourists. Nara is the only place in the world where about 1,300 wild deer roam freely. You can get really close to those cute animals and feed them while they bow begging for deer crackers. Let's experience ancient Japanese culture and enjoy the site of adorable animals.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$141.53
Price varies by group size
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$141.53
Price varies by group size
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E-bike rental- in Nara (JR-Nara shop)

E-bike rental- in Nara (JR-Nara shop)

Nara has many tourist attractions to visit. But surely you have no time? Rental bicycles are the best way to get around the sights efficiently. With a bike you can drop in anywhere you like. You can move around comfortably while looking at the beautiful city, without worrying about traffic jam like a car. â– All bicycles are maintained by mechanic. â– You can rent a bike for up to 24 hours at one day price â– Returnable after closing â– There are also many other types of bicycles, such as regular bike or kids bike. Please check our website for details. â– The number of small e-bikes (22 inches and 24 inches) is limited. If you need small e-bikes, please confirm by email to our shop in advance. â– Child seat is available for free. But please note that only children weighing less than 22 kg can sit in it.
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  • 1 hour to 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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$12.56
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$12.56

JR West Official: Kansai WIDE Area 5 Day Pass

JR West Official: Kansai WIDE Area 5 Day Pass

Kansai WIDE Area Pass is valid for unlimited travel in the valid area on the map ・ Valid trains are below; - Non-reserved seats on Bullet Train "SANYO SHINKANSEN" (Shin-Osaka⇔Okayama) ・ The pass can be used for non-reserved seats on the "Hello Kitty Shinkansen". - Non-reserved seats on Express Trains HARUKA, KUROSHIO, THUNDERBIRD, KOUNOTORI, SUPER HAKUTO, SUPER INABA, etc. - Special Rapid Services, Rapid Services, and Local trains on JR-WEST Conventional lines * For reserved seats, please purchase a Limited Express Reserved Seat Ticket from a JR-WEST Ticket Office or other location before boarding.
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  • 5 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$92.77
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$92.77
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Nara Custom Half Day Tour

Nara Custom Half Day Tour

This private and customizable tour for Nara is perfect for guests who would like to have their own itinerary planned based on their interests and preferences, allowing guests to experience the city at their own pace.
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  • 4 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$140.83
Price varies by group size
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$140.83
Price varies by group size
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Kimono rental

Kimono rental

We have everything from cute kimonos to trendy kimonos. Everything you need is available here. Please come home with me. Japanese-style bags and slippers are included in the rental fee. You can also add a hair set as an option.
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  • 15 to 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$35.72
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$35.72

Kimono rental in Nara Park ( Deer Park) On the town course

Kimono rental in Nara Park ( Deer Park) On the town course

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Kimono Rental Leisurely Stroll in Nara in Kimono. Kimono rental service. You can rent Kimono and take a leisurely stroll in Nara. Please come as you are , there is no preparation necessary.  
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$33.90
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$33.90

Private Tour - A Tour to Discover the Modern Nara to Your Fullest in a Day!

Private Tour - A Tour to Discover the Modern Nara to Your Fullest in a Day!

Nara has flourished as a central city of Japan more than 1,000 years ago so it still has many remains and streets with ancient atmosphere! You will visit those streets on this tour, but also a café where you can play with owls and a spot where you can make your own plastic food model! You will also rent a “kimono”! Imagine the pictures you will take on historical streets wearing a “kimono”. No doubt that it will be the best souvenir for yourself of this tour! Talking about souvenirs for yourself, you will also make an Incense and an accessory made from deer horn! Don’t forget to book your tour to discover Nara and walk around the city in a “kimono”, with your otomo guide!
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$97.53
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$97.53
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Hiking Adventure in Mt. Kasuga Primeval Forest

Hiking Adventure in Mt. Kasuga Primeval Forest

Hiking tour in Mt. Kasuga Primeval Forest, surrounded by beautiful nature, various plants and animals, and amazing picturesque views. Mt. Kasuga Primeval Forest is located in the main area of Nara City and very close to Nara Park. It has remained untouched for thousands of years and has been carefully protected as the sacred forest of the Kasugataisha Shrine. There are over 800 types of trees, wild animals, rare birds and insects. Takisaka-no-Michi path, one of the famous hiking courses in the forest, passes a waterfall and small caves carved with Buddha figures. It is said to be a training path for monks in Nara and you can see the objects of faith along the way. The path leads to Yagyu Village known as the birthplace of the Yagyu Shinkage School of swordsmanship. The statue of Kubikiri Jizo appears along the way. It has been sliced at the neck by a sword. According to folklore, it was used by the master swordsman to test his blade.
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  • 6 hours
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$165.80
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$165.80

Nara - Private Family Bike Tour

Nara - Private Family Bike Tour

This bike tour is based on our most popular tour, Nara Highlights, but without Yoshikien Garden and reserved for families with kids. Either your children can ride a bike or not, we are here for you. Explore Nara, the park, visit Kasuga Taisha Shrine and its thousand lanterns, the Kikuichi traditional Japanese knife shop With a guide who will keep you safe and will show you the city in a very unique way. Welcome to Nara with our Family Bike Tour. As it is a private family tour, you can be sure that your guide will take extra care of your group, adjust and adapt the tour based on your preferences.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$417.48
per group
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$417.48
per group
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JR West Official: Kansai-Hiroshima Area 5 Day Pass

JR West Official: Kansai-Hiroshima Area 5 Day Pass

・ Kansai-Hiroshima Area pass is valid for unlimited travel in the valid area on the map ・ Valid trains are below; - Non-reserved seats on Bullet Train "SANYO SHINKANSEN" (Shin-Osaka⇔Hiroshima) ・ The pass can be used for non-reserved seats on the "Hello Kitty Shinkansen". - Non-reserved seats on Express Trains 'HARUKA, KUROSHIO, THUNDERBIRD, KOUNOTORI, SUPER HAKUTO (Kyoto⇔Kamigori) etc.' * A separate fare is required for traveling on SUPER HAKUTO (Kamigori⇔Tottori) and SUPER INABA (Kamigori⇔Tottori) - Special Rapid Services, Rapid Services, and Local trains on JR-WEST Conventional lines - JR WEST MIYAJIMA FERRY (Miyajimaguchi⇔Miyajima) * For reserved seats, please purchase a Limited Express Reserved Seat Ticket from a JR-WEST Ticket Office or other location before boarding.
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  • 5 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$139.16
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$139.16
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Gigantic Todai-ji Temple Early Bird Tour

Gigantic Todai-ji Temple Early Bird Tour

~Explore numerous national treasures with a local guide in the early but quiet morning ~ Our certified guide who lives in Nara will take you to all the highlights. Be an early bird and take advantage of fewer tourists and the fresh air on a placid morning in the ancient capital. It is a great pleasure for us to take you to our beloved Nara and its highlights.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$90.98
Price varies by group size
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$90.98
Price varies by group size
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Deer City Nara Walking & Izakaya Hopping Tour

Deer City Nara Walking & Izakaya Hopping Tour

Nara was the capital of Japan in the 8th century prior to Kyoto and is located within an hour’s train ride from Osaka or Kyoto. Though it’s not so popular and busy comparing to Kyoto, there are several things you can’t miss while you are in Japan such as friendly wild deer, huge Buddha and a shrine with thousands of lanterns. In addition, as Nara is a home of present-day sake, you can try variety of Japanese sake with nibbles.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$157.71
Price varies by group size
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$157.71
Price varies by group size
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Tea ceremony in a Japanese style room in Nara

Tea ceremony in a Japanese style room in Nara

We will explain about Chado (the way of tea) and you will then learn how to behave yourself as a guest by drinking and how to make Matcha (green tea). Tea Ceremony will be in a traditional Japanese tatami room. You can enjoy Japanese historic atmosphere.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$33.30
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$33.30

E-bike rental- in Nara (Kintetsu-Nara shop)

E-bike rental- in Nara (Kintetsu-Nara shop)

Nara has many tourist attractions to visit. But surely you have no time? Rental bicycles are the best way to get around the sights efficiently. With a bike you can drop in anywhere you like. You can move around comfortably while looking at the beautiful city, without worrying about traffic jam like a car. â– All bicycles are maintained by mechanic. â– You can rent a bike for up to 24 hours at one day price â– Returnable after closing â– There are also many other types of bicycles, such as city bike or kids bike. Please check our website for details. â– Child seat is available for free. But please note that children weighing less than 22 kg can sit in it. â– There are only a few small electric bicycles (22-inch), so if you need a smaller size please email us in advance.
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  • 1 hour to 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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$12.25
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$12.25

Nara Photoshoot Service by Professional Photographer

Nara Photoshoot Service by Professional Photographer

- Nara has various collection of traditional sites of Japan - Visit this town to explore the history sides of Japan - While enjoying the views of incredible traditional sites, you have to capture those moments - Hire a photo service in Nara taken by special photographer who can speak English - This photography service lets you to choose the sites to take your photo shoot
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  • 1 hour
From
$235.90
per group
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$235.90
per group

Private Tour - A Tour for Tower Lovers to Visit Famous Towers in Nara!

Private Tour - A Tour for Tower Lovers to Visit Famous Towers in Nara!

You will visit three world heritages of the eight in Nara on this tour! If you like Japanese architecture, history or art you better book this tour right now! Each of the spots you will visit has interesting features such as a three-storied pagoda which looks like to have six stories and a small five-storied pagoda stored in a room. If you are lucky, you can take pictures of the illuminated five-storied pagoda with deer around it! To visit all those spots, you will have to use public transportation which is troublesome in a foreign country, but you have your otomo guide on this tour who will take you around! Don’t forget to book your tour to visit the world heritage with your otomo guide!
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$126.79
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$126.79
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Private Tour - All You Visit Are Cultural Properties on This Tour in Nara!

Private Tour - All You Visit Are Cultural Properties on This Tour in Nara!

Don’t miss the famous Buddhist image of Todai-Ji temple and the three thousand bamboo lamps at “Kasuga-Taisha” if you come to Nara! We will take you there and give detail explanation about them on this tour. You will first visit the popular hall of the great Buddha which is a national treasure and world cultural heritage. “Nigatsu-do” which is located behind Todai-Ji temple is not so popular, but the view of the whole city from there is superb! After hiking through a forest with wild deer and visiting a famous Japanese sword shop, we will get to “Kasuga Taisha”. The three thousand bamboo lamps there is beyond description! Don’t forget to book your photogenic tour!
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$117.04
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$117.04
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