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

Available from Thursday

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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  • 2 hours 35 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$98.28
From
$98.28
Taking safety measures

Hand Painted Yuzen Dyeing Experience

Available from Friday

Hand Painted Yuzen Dyeing Experience

Kyo Yuzen is one of the Japanese traditional dyeing technique. You will use the Kyo Yuzen sketch technique to illustrate a pattern on a 100% dyed silk stole. Several colors will be layered on top of each other making for a colorful design, soft feel and high-quality texture. Why not try making a one-of-a-kind original stole using this traditional Japanese method. The instructor has been recognized from among the artisans engaged in creating traditional crafts, as designated by METI (Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry), as a “Traditional Craftsman” because of her commitment to maintaining a high level of quality. She will carefully explain the process in simple terms so that even the beginner can understand.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$378.23
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$378.23

Japanese Calligraphy Experience in Nara

Available from Friday

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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$34.84
From
$34.84

[Virtual Tour] Enjoy Japanese Ancient City (Nara) with Friendly Deer

Available tomorrow

[Virtual Tour] Enjoy Japanese Ancient City (Nara) with Friendly Deer

Have you heard about friendly free-roaming deer? Or, have you heard about the giant buddha statue? These are in Nara city which is small but rich in the photogenic & cultural treagers. Also, it will be a nice opportunity to feel the atmosphere of local countryside of Japan. Since Nara is close to Osaka city and Kyoto city, it is the best for someone who consider to stay in Osaka or Kyoto some day but also good for just thinking to travel Japan, too. *It’s NOT a real tour, but online virtual tour. *The time is Japan Standard Time(GMT +9:00). Please exchange to your time. HIGHLIGHTS ・Basic information to travel Japanese ancient capital, Nara & enjoy deer Park virtually ・Local stories you can enjoy Japan more ・Introduction of unfamous but very nice sites to visit around Nara (Local sake brewery, photogenic spot, local nice restaurants)
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  • 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$9.00
Price varies by group size
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$9.00
Price varies by group size

Costume Photoshoot in Nara

Available from Thursday

Costume Photoshoot in Nara

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Return from Osaka with fun-filled memories after a costumed photo shoot in Nara, an extra-special experience that comes with multiple souvenir photos. A hair and make up stylist creates an authentic Japanese look before you don the costume of an Edo-style samurai, princess, or courtesan. You'll receive a USB stick with your photographs on so you don't have to carry photos around for the rest of your vacation.
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  • 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$60.96
From
$60.96

Nara Private Tour by Public Transportation from Kyoto

Available from Wednesday

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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$199.88
Price varies by group size
From
$199.88
Price varies by group size

Tea Ceremony at High-class Japanese Restaurant

Available from Friday

Tea Ceremony at High-class Japanese Restaurant

Tea Ceremony Experience at Hyakurakusou, a high-class Japanese restaurant with the beautiful garden view. The program offers tea ceremony experience at Japanese traditional room. In the beginning, an instructor will explain about tea ceremony history and a set of instruments. After that, you can watch the demonstration and experience making Japanese green tea on your own. Hyakurakusou provide you a unique opportunity to experience Japanese hospitality and enjoy beautiful culture.Traditional Japanese garden is also one of the main points to visit here. Please feel real Japanese seasons and its beauty of nature.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$79.32
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$79.32

 Romantic Tour In Nara

Available from Friday

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
From
$475.30
per group
From
$475.30
per group

Nara - Highlights Bike Tour

Available from Wednesday

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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  • 1 hour 50 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$97.05
From
$97.05
Taking safety measures

[Virtual Tour] Viewing Breathtakingly Beautiful Autumn Leaves in Japan

Available from Wednesday

[Virtual Tour] Viewing Breathtakingly Beautiful Autumn Leaves in Japan

Have you ever seen the picture of autumn leaves in Japan? Or did you plan to travel Japan in autumn? If so, this online tour fits you to enjoy the adventure to find natural beauty of Japan on your sofa!! It includes both typical spots & hidden spots with amazing autumc colored leaves. You can also get the instruction to make a trip plan to enjoy autumn leaves!! HIGHLIGHTS ・Virtual experience to explore in nature with scenic autumn leaves ・Get the impotant information to make a plan to go Japan from local Japanese ・You could ask anything you want *All times specified are in Japan Standard Time(GMT +9:00). Please check your time zone*
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  • 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$9.00
Price varies by group size
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$9.00
Price varies by group size

Discover Traditional Nara Walking Tour (Full day)

Available from Wednesday

Discover Traditional Nara Walking Tour (Full day)

How about walking around Nara must-see spots with a highly experienced guide?This tour visits three must-see spots in deer park area, Nara. Kasuga-taisha shrine - praised for its beautiful vermilion constructions and three thousand of stone lanterns and hanging lanterns, Todai-ji temple - renowned for its Great Buddha originally created in the eighth century, and Kofuku-ji temple - closely related to Fujiwara family, a noble family once at the summit of its prosperity. Along the way, other scenic spots of Nara, such as Mt. Kasuga, Tobihino hill, Ukimi-do gazebo, and Suikinkutsu (a buried pot that makes harp-like sound with water drops) will also attract your eyes and ears. At the end of the tour, we will take the time to experience Japanese cultures such as origami or kumihimo braiding. This tour is recommended not only for first-time visitors to Nara but also for repeat visitors to discover new charms of Nara.
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  • 7 hours
From
$116.33
From
$116.33

Private Tour - Visit a Famous Remain with more than 1000 years History!

Available tomorrow

Private Tour - Visit a Famous Remain with more than 1000 years History!

Are you excited to hear there is a 1300 years old remain under reconstruction? If yes there is no way to skip this tour! Its been more than 60 years since a research team started digging and reconstructing Heijo Palace but it is said that only one-third of it is revealed so far. But in 2018 a memorial park was built where you can visit reproduced huge buildings by bikes and Segway! You will also a dynamic video showing the ancient days on a five dimension screen in a VR theater. You can enjoy the thousand-year-old remain and the latest technology at the same time on this tour! Don’t forget to book your tour to visit a famous remain, with your otomo guide!
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  • 3 hours 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$92.19
From
$92.19
Taking safety measures

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

Available from Wednesday

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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$158.63
Price varies by group size
From
$158.63
Price varies by group size

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

Available from Thursday

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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  • Free Cancellation
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$35.46
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$35.46

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

Available from Oct 26

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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  • 3 hours 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$97.05
From
$97.05
Taking safety measures

 The best of Nara walking tour

Available from Friday

The best of Nara walking tour

Together with the professional guide, you will visit the most charming places in the city. Well known for its roaming deer, the ancient capital of Japan is a wonderful place to visit, filled with history, nature, and fresh air aplenty. With a great combination of shrines, temples, parks, and amazing views, it makes for a stress-free wandering experience. Where is the largest bronze Buddha statue in the world found in Nara? You will have a chance to explore the city while hearing fascinating facts and legends. Did you know deers found on Nara Deer Park are believed to be the messengers of the gods in the Shinto religion? If you bow to the deer (with senbei in hand), they might just bow back! You will be surprised how many stories are hidden in the streets, buildings, and corners of Nara. Your charming guide will tell you what is special and unique about living in this city. Perfect for those who are visiting the city for the first time and want to get the most of it!
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  • 2 hours
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$475.30
per group
From
$475.30
per group

Making a Bamboo Tea Whisk (Chasen) & Japanese Garden

Available from Friday

Making a Bamboo Tea Whisk (Chasen) & Japanese Garden

Have a precious experience in the birthplace of tea ceremony and tea whisks! This is very rare opportunity to watch master craftsman Tango Tanimura's fascinating techniques in person. During the program, you can watch the demonstration by Mr Tanimura and try the last step of making a tea whisk under his guidance. Please take it home with you as a original souvenir after completing your tea whisk. The program is held at Hyakurakusou, a high-class Japanese restaurant located in the west of Nara city. There are 10 elaborately designed Japanese houses and a traditional wide garden. Please feel real Japanese seasons and its beauty of nature there.
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  • 2 hours
From
$105.75
From
$105.75

Nara Lazy Bird Tour

Available from Wednesday

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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$79.32
Price varies by group size
From
$79.32
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

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

Available from Oct 26

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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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$126.16
From
$126.16
Taking safety measures

Nara Early Bird Tour

Available from Wednesday

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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$148.05
Price varies by group size
From
$148.05
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Nara Like a Local: Customized Private Tour

Available from Thursday

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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  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$35.90
Price varies by group size
From
$35.90
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Full-Day Private Guided Tour to Nara Temples

Available from Wednesday

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
From
$242.61
per group
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$242.61
per group
Taking safety measures

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

Available from Friday

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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  • 3 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$116.45
From
$116.45
Taking safety measures

Kimono rental

Available from Wednesday

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 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$37.36
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$37.36

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