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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
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$91.50
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$91.50

Nara Half Day Trip Walking Tour

Nara Half Day Trip Walking Tour

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-Time to start the Nara historical walking tour- We will explore a Japanese old town that is extremely different from what we know of metropolitan Tokyo. Walking between the historical buildings, we can go inside a merchant's house and see how the people around here lived. -Continue to walk to a secret spot, which has been hidden for centuries- Welcome to a hidden Japanese pyramid. Let's take a break from walking(or hiking) as you observe this mysterious structure in the middle of a quiet town. -Walk inside Nara park and interact with cute wild deer- Explore the beautiful red shrine housing hundreds of lanterns and go see a huge temple with a great Buddha statue. Around here, you can interact with some wild deers. You will see how "polite" they are! Magical Trip is a local tour operator with the TripAdvisor certificate of excellence that offers various types of small-group tours throughout Japan! Check out our Trip Advisor Page for more tours and our reviews!
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$94.32
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$94.32

Yamato-Koriyama Castle and Goldfish Small-Group Tour from Nara

Yamato-Koriyama Castle and Goldfish Small-Group Tour from Nara

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Discover a town famed for its Edo-style castles and orange goldfish on a half-day tour of Yamato-Koriyama from Nara. In a small group limited to 9, you’ll visit town highlights such as Koriyama Castle and a Goldfish Museum before stopping for a snack at K Coffee, a cafe that features fish tank converted from a phone booth. Plus, you’ll visit a goldfish farm to learn more about the popular pets.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$75.29
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$75.29
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Full-Day Private Guided Tour in a Japanese Mountain: Yoshino, Nara

Full-Day Private Guided Tour in a Japanese Mountain: Yoshino, Nara

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Come with me to discover Yoshino, in the South of Nara prefecture! Surrounded by nature and inside mountains, Yoshino is the place to visit especially during the beautiful sakura season, better between April 13~15. But even out season, Yoshino is a high place of History, mostly with Kukai, Buddhist monk from the 9th century the Southern Imperial Court of Japan (14th century).
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$225.87
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$225.87
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Village to village walk: Japan's oldest road, Yamanobe ancient trail (Private)

Village to village walk: Japan's oldest road, Yamanobe ancient trail (Private)

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Nara's charm is not only deers but also its traditional country lifestyle, which has been inherited from generations to generations.Half a day off-the-beaten walk to an oldest road "Yamanobe no michi" will lead you to deep cultural understanding on satoyama villages. You will come across small farm stands and people's life.
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  • 8 hours
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$147.69
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$147.69
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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
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$90.35
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$90.35
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World Heritage Hiking

World Heritage Hiking

Walking in a World Heritage area ~the Hatenashi Pass on the Koheji route connecting Mount Koya and Kumano Hongu Taisha Grand Shrine. The Koheji, one of the Kumano Kodo routes, has been used for centuries as a path, through steep mountains, connecting Mount Koya and Kumano. Trekking this route from Kumano Hongu to Totsukawa offers an opportunity to fully appreciate nature, with many beautiful sites, including Hatenashi hamlet, the so-called Tenku no Sato (Village in the Sky), and old paved paths. Of course, we wold be happy to advise if you would like us to help you arrange a different course. *This is a 1-night, 2-day trip where you will interact with local people and feel true Japanese culture.
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  • 2 days
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$455.92
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$455.92

Formal Worship and Meditation

Formal Worship and Meditation

Learn about Japanese kami (nature spirits) whilst practicing formal ways in which to worship and meditate. Under the guidance of a priest at Tamaki Shrine, a site included in the World Heritage ‘Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range', you will learn about formal worship. Away from the hustle and bustle of daily life, an experience of meditation will refresh both body and mind. *This is a 1-night, 2-day trip where you will interact with local people and feel true Japanese culture.
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  • 2 days
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$740.86
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$740.86

Romantic Tour In Nara

Romantic Tour In Nara

An exclusive tour for all the romantics of the world! Together with the professional local guide, you will visit the most romantic places in the city. What could be more romantic than exploring Nara’s serene and tranquil parks, temples, and shrines, while beautiful wild deer pass by? You will feel spellbound in a charming atmosphere. What is considered as one of the best places to have a date in the city? You will be surprised how many historical love stories are hidden in the streets, buildings, parks of the city. From heartbreaking and tragic, to the hilarious or spicy ones. Enjoy a hugely romantic getaway in one of the world’s most beautiful, interesting and historic cities of Japan. Tōdai-ji temple is one of the most visited Temple in Nara by people looking for blessings in their marriage or love life. Did you know the Great Buddha Hall in Tōdai-ji Temple is the largest wooden structure in the world? This tour is especially recommended in the Saint Valentine period!
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  • 2 hours
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$471.86
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$471.86
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Full-Day Goldfish Unique Experience in Yamato-Koriyama, Nara

Full-Day Goldfish Unique Experience in Yamato-Koriyama, Nara

I lived three years in Nara and I am a registered Interpreter Guide for Nara Prefecture. I can even close my eyes and guide you there! Hehe. In this tour, we will discover the Yamato-Koriyama, famous city in Japan for its gold fishes. Wonderful! Through this tour, you will know more about Japan and Yamato-Koriyama History.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$231.67
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$231.67
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Kickstart Nara city with local

Kickstart Nara city with local

This is a walking tour with your private tour guide who have lived Nara more than 10 years and have worked at tourist information center before.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$13.90
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$13.90

All must-sees in 3 hours - Nara Park Classic Tour!

All must-sees in 3 hours - Nara Park Classic Tour!

This is a guided walking tour covering all must-sees of Nara Park area. Instead of looking down at your smartphones or guidebooks for information, look up and around to enjoy the city. Our guide is sure to tell you history, picture spots, about deer and so on. The tour usually ends around 1 pm; you have enough time to explore the city on your own afterwards.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$32.53
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$32.53

Nara Custom Full Day Tour

Nara Custom Full 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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  • 8 hours
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$238.52
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$238.52
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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
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$73.84
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$73.84
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Authentic Experience in the Local Community

Authentic Experience in the Local Community

Enjoy meeting the local folk living in Totsukawa Village. Experience the Bon Odori Musashi O-Odori dance which has been held for more than 300 years. The Musashi O-Odori is a dance which has been passed down from generation to generation, and has been designated an Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property. You can wear the actual Bon Odori costumes for the traditional dance, and hear lectures given by locals. A great opportunity to meet and enjoy the company of the friendly locals in Totsukawa.
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  • 2 days
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$664.88
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$664.88

Private Tour - A Cycling Tour to Visit the Oldest World Heritage in Japan!

Private Tour - A Cycling Tour to Visit the Oldest World Heritage in Japan!

How about visiting the oldest five-storied pagoda in the world and world heritage, Horyuji Temple with your otomo guide? Horyuji Temple has brought the dawn of Japanese Buddhism and is the oldest world heritage in Japan. There are many historical Buddhist image and structures that will make you excited and overwhelmed! The five-storied pagoda there is the oldest one in the world, but its quake-proof technique of the structure is the same as used in TOKYO SKYTREE! You will also visit an ancient tomb, a unique temple, the countryside with fields and rice fields, and a café peculiar to a historical city! Don’t forget to book your tour to visit the oldest world heritage in Japan!
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$128.23
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$128.23

Private Tour - A Motor-Assisted Bike Tour to a Huge Remain Made from Stone!

Private Tour - A Motor-Assisted Bike Tour to a Huge Remain Made from Stone!

Have you ever heard of Asukamura? It is a historical area which has many remains and is even more mysterious than the famous Nara area! You will discover this area on this tour and visit many rare spots such as an ape and a turtle made from stone, a remain which is said that a demon used to live at, and a huge remain maid from stone. Once you see those remains, you will be overwhelmed and can't stop thinking who made it for what sake! You will ride a motor-assisted bike to visit all those spots through the countryside with fields and rice fields which will make you feel you are in Japan! Don’t forget to book your tour to visit mysterious remains, with your otomo guide!
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$104.48
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$104.48
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Private Tour - Explore the History and Industry in Goldfish Town

Private Tour - Explore the History and Industry in Goldfish Town

Have you heard of Yamatokoriyama city? Although it is not really famous in Japan, It has many tasteful areas remaining from the Edo period and also traditional industry such as indigo dyeing and Japanese sweets. The ruin of Koriyama castle which was built more than 400 years ago still has the stone wall used back then. The view you see there might be the same as samurais saw 400 years ago. Not those samurais itself but their side business that make this city special. They started to cultivate goldfish and Yamatokoriyama is now one of the largest producing areas of goldfish in Japan! Don’t forget to book your tour to visit the town of goldfish and explore the traditional culture!
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$99.73
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$99.73

Relax in Nara: Deer Park, Todai-ji Temple and Merchants' Town

Relax in Nara: Deer Park, Todai-ji Temple and Merchants' Town

Nara city is rapidly gaining popularity as a tourist destination. As the capital of Japan in the 8th century, it can offer a variety of old temples and shrines, but also the charm of its former merchants’ quarter with quaint old houses serving as shops or restaurants. In this tour we will visit the biggest and most famous temple and shrine dating back to the 8th century as well as the old townscape.
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  • 6 hours
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$137.72
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$137.72
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Authentic experience in the local community

Authentic experience in the local community

"Experience Nature" Totsukawa special experience Totsukawa is the largest of Japan's 183 village districts. No less than 96% of the district is covered by forest. We have created a program which offers the chance to see what life is like for the local people who live so close to nature in this little visited corner of Japan. You are certain to be given the warmest of welcomes by the local folk, and to gain insights into the ways in which they live in harmony with nature. This is a special plan that allows you to enjoy traditional dishes like meharizushi and the Totsukawa Oh-odori dance (a registered intangible important folk cultural property) with local people. *This is a 1-night, 2-day trip where you will interact with local people and feel true Japanese culture. *We are offering a ticket to enjoy some of the onsen hot spring baths in Totsukawa Village, as a present just for people who apply in 2020. (first come first serve, limited availability)
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  • 2 days
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$693.37
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$693.37

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
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$137.84
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$137.84
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Let's take a kimono walk in a traditional town with a 500 year history ~

Let's take a kimono walk in a traditional town with a 500 year history ~

Wearing a kimono is hard and moving is cramped. But that has nurtured “Japanese beauty” and “Japanese heart”. Wear such a traditional and colorful Japanese kimono and leave a beautiful picture of yourself as a wonderful memory of Japan.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$45.17
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$45.17

Full-Day Private Guided Tour to Kashihara

Full-Day Private Guided Tour to Kashihara

Kashihara-jingu shrine is quite new (1889) and was built during Meiji imperial restauration. The emperor wanted his power to be reaffirmed and so built this shrine, even giving some buildings from Kyoto imperial palace, in the very place where were held the first imperial government (660 BC). Emperor Jinmu is enshrined in this place. After visiting Kashihara-jingu, we go to Imai-cho, Japanese traditionnal city. At first, temple town, it became a trade city during Edo period. Its architecture did not change and now, we still can visit this town as it was during Edo. Visiting Kashihara, we can know more about Japanese History while having a great time outside.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$225.87
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$225.87
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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
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$113.98
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