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

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

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icon3 hours 30 minutes to 4 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

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.
  • Knowledgeable, English-speaking guide will help you navigate and feel like a local
  • Local snacks are included in the price; your tour guide will accommodate dietary restrictions
  • Entrance fees for all locations on the tour are included in the cost
  • Insider tips: your tour guide will take you to local vendors and merchants you wouldn’t find on your own
  • Convenient drop-off and pickup locations: your guide will help you find your next destination
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Local English-speaking guide
Entrance fees for all the sites mentioned
Local snacks
Additional food and drink
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Departure Point

Japan, 〒630-8215 Nara, Nishimikadochō, 東向中町29

At the fountain in front of the exit at Kintetsu Nara station. From the train platform go through the east gates to street level, via the staircase, where you’ll see the fountain with a statue of a monk, on your right-hand side. Find the exact meeting point with what3words: ///solar.vanilla.book

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Sanjo dori St, 1-chōme-4 Shijōōji, Nara, Japan

The intersection of Sanjo dori street and Higashimuki Shopping Arcade

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • As we will be visiting religious temples and shrines, modest dress is required.
  • Some of the places we will visit in Nara-machi will vary on each tour as they have irregular opening and closing days. In case of unexpected closure of the Todaiji temple, we will either reschedule or cancel the tour. If we have to cancel for such a reason, you will be refunded in full.
  • Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.
  • We can accommodate some dietary restrictions. Please notify us in the time of the booking if you have any dietary requests. The snacks included on the tour are not substantial so if your dietary requirements cannot be met, we’ll provide a liquid refreshment instead.
  • For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • As the Delta variant of COVID-19 has proven to be highly transmissible and poses significant increased safety risk, effective September 1, 2021, travellers aged 18+ must produce proof of COVID-19 vaccination on Intrepid Urban Adventures tours. Children aged 6-17 must present a negative COVID-19 test, proof of recovery, or proof of vaccination.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Urban Adventures - Japan

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during The Essence of Nara Cultural Tour: Big Buddha, Bambi and Backstreets?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by The Essence of Nara Cultural Tour: Big Buddha, Bambi and Backstreets.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during The Essence of Nara Cultural Tour: Big Buddha, Bambi and Backstreets?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by The Essence of Nara Cultural Tour: Big Buddha, Bambi and Backstreets.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during The Essence of Nara Cultural Tour: Big Buddha, Bambi and Backstreets?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by The Essence of Nara Cultural Tour: Big Buddha, Bambi and Backstreets.

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Enjoyable Nara
E5956TFfionar
, Oct 2019
A lot of walking and climbing steps, but worth it for the magnificent temples and shrines, the giant Buddha, the entertaining deer, and lovely park. My guide was very informative.
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The tour was fun and our guides are...
Nindya
, Apr 2018
The tour was fun and our guides are very expert in history. We've learned a lot of things and experienced new things. Because of my mother health issue, she couldn't walk that long and far but our guides were very helpful and slowed down the pace just in case my mother need a rest. Unfortunately we skipped a few places because of my mother's health issue so we needed to go back to Kyoto soon but we really had a great time in Nara!
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