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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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$94.16
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$94.16
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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
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$35.90
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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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$92.98
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$92.98
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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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$63.53
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$63.53
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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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$75.99
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$75.99
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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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$191.50
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$191.50
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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$232.45
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$232.45
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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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$12.59
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$12.59

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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$141.85
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$141.85
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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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$92.98
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$92.98
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Historic and Natural Guided Hike in Yoshino

Historic and Natural Guided Hike in Yoshino

Located in the southern part of Nara Prefecture, "Yoshinoyama" is known as one of the most famous cherry blossom areas in Japan. Yoshino mountain is covered with 30,000 cherry trees blooming in the spring. Its elegant and elegant landscape continues to attract many people, from ancient times to the present age. From ancient times, Yoshino cherries held a special place, even as a sacred ground for an examination of the path connecting God and nature. In the old days, it was written numerous Japanese texts how beautiful a sight it was that the Emperor of that time and all cultural people loved. This tour is about 5 hours of walking along the mountain path of Yoshino while thinking about the history of eternity. There are no steep slopes, but the entire journey will be about 8 km, so it's a tour for those who are ok with walking. Follow along with the local guide that lives in Nara, learning the way the people of the Asuka and Nara period went about Yoshino exploration.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$119.21
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$119.21
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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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$92.98
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$92.98
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 KIX Airport to / from Nara (7 Seater)

 KIX Airport to / from Nara (7 Seater)

Private Hassle Free Transfer. Professional Drivers with Greeting Sign. Free Cancellation --24Hours Notice. Have a Flexible Private Ride to Highlight Your Journey 24hours Customer Support Team to help you through the jounary
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  • 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$204.56
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$204.56
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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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$469.19
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$469.19

Private Tour - Explore Origins of Japanese Buddhism on a Cycling Tour!

Private Tour - Explore Origins of Japanese Buddhism on a Cycling Tour!

Many regard Japan with temples and Buddhism, so why not visit the places regarded as the origin of Japanese Buddhism? We will visit Asaka, Nara. Asaka was the first place where Buddhism was introduced from China around the 7th century, there are temples with over 1000 years of history. Every temple is full of charm, rich in nature, and somewhere the Buddha is older than the Great Buddha of Nara. Which temple will you like the most? Your otomo tour guide will explain the sights one-by-one to you! Don't forget the electric bike! You can enjoy the scenery of a Japanese hometown by a paddy field. Cycling around the former capital by bike, maybe the start of a historic tour!
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$102.64
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$102.64
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Relaxing Water Activities

Relaxing Water Activities

Being refreshed and comforted in the cobalt colored pool fed by the waters of a river in an unspoiled gorge. Dorokyo Gorge in the Yoshino Kumano National Park. The river gorge with its cobalt blue pools, created by natural forces over many thousands of years, is a sublime sight. You'll have a special trip down to the beautiful Dorokyo George on the Kawasemi riverboat. Passengers are usually not allowed to get off the boat, but this plan will allow you to land on the bank where you can have a bento lunch box featuring local delicacies.
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  • 2 days
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$781.98
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$781.98

Understand the spirit of Japanese martial arts, Aikido, and learn how to protect yourself.

Understand the spirit of Japanese martial arts, Aikido, and learn how to protect yourself.

, where the spiritual aspect is important, It is a martial art that nurtures the spirit of nature, human reason, social justice, and values the spirit of peace and harmony. This martial art is not intended to defeat the enemy. Instead of competing with the opponent by power, it is not a skill of leaving power, but rather a technique that uses the opponent's power reasonably. The quick and reflexive movement that avoids personal dangers will bounce off the thugs that suddenly attack you, and it will also exert its power for self-protection. Learn the Aikido self-defense technique that can be recommended as a self-defense technique for weak women, and experience a wonderful experience that teaches your spirit and skills to your friends. Why don't you drop your mind, feel confident in your power and feel calm?
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$30.99
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$30.99

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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$684.24
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$684.24

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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$762.44
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$762.44

Full-Day Private Guided Tour to Nara Temples

Full-Day Private Guided Tour to Nara Temples

Nothing better than to discover Nara by the explanations from an -almost-local person! The first fixed capital of Japan, a high city of tradition and history, you will learn more about the history of this city and Japan. I lived in Nara for 3 years and it is my favorite place in Japan. You will discover an ancient capital which became a calm countryside city. Nothing to hurry, nothing to worry!
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$232.45
per group
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$232.45
per group
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Japanese Calligraphy Experience in Nara

Japanese Calligraphy Experience in Nara

You can enjoy Japanese Calligraphy experience. We will give you a small lecture on how to use calligraphy tools and how to write Japanese words with those tools.Your Calligraphy lesson will be in a traditional Japanese tatami room where you can enjoy a view of a Japanese garden and historic atmosphere. After you complete it, you can take it home in a frame. It must be a memorable souvenir for you.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$33.38
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$33.38

Learn How to Make Sushi! Light class- Nara School

Learn How to Make Sushi! Light class- Nara School

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Learn to make sushi, one of Japan’s most popular foods, with a hands-on sushi lesson from a cooking instructor. Put on a traditional Happi, and look like a sushi chef as you shape your own beautiful sushi rolls. Then sit down for a delicious meal of sushi and udon you prepared yourself.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$64.51
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$64.51

Ninja costume experience

Ninja costume experience

Why don't you transform yourself into a ninja who was 1400 years ago? Rent ninja clothes and tools to become a ninja and enjoy a town where Japanese history and culture are inherited. Imaicho in Kashihara City, which preserves Japan's unique cityscape, It is a very precious place in Japan that has been designated as an important traditional building preservation district. Take pictures that will be memorable in a nice place.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$30.99
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$30.99

JR West Official: Kansai-Hokuriku Area 7 Day Pass

JR West Official: Kansai-Hokuriku Area 7 Day Pass

・ Kansai-Hokuriku 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 Bullet Train "HOKURIKU SHINKANSEN" (Kanazawa⇔Joetsu-Myoko) - Non-reserved seats on Express Trains 'HARUKA, THUNDERBIRD, KUROSHIO, 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 * 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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  • 7 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$158.07
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$158.07
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