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Nara Afternoon Tour - Todaiji Temple and Deer Park from Kyoto

Nara Afternoon Tour - Todaiji Temple and Deer Park from Kyoto

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Kyoto, Japan
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Discover the historic environs of Nara, ancient capital of Japan, as you explore Buddhist temples, shrines and the famous Nara deer park on this excursion from Kyoto. Visit Todaji Temple, one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Japan and home to the country’s largest Buddha statue, before seeing Kasuga Shrine, which features over 3,000 stone and bronze lanterns. Then stop by Nara Park, a 1,250-acre reserve that’s home to more than 1,000 free-roaming deer. Your Nara excursion also includes pickup from select Kyoto hotels, a guide and all entrance fees.
  • Travel by return vehicle from Kyoto to Nara
  • Enjoy the afternoon touring the sights of Nara
  • Visit Todaiji Temple, one of Japan's most famous and historically significant temples
  • See over 1,000 tame deer roam freely in the verdant 1,250 acres peaceful park
  • Explore Kasuga Shrine, featuring some 3,000 antique stone and bronze lanterns
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Professional guide
Air-conditioned vehicle
Hotel drop-off (select locations in Kyoto only)
Gratuities
Food and drinks
Entrance to Treasures Hall and Manyo Botanical Gardens at Kasuga Shrine
Hotel pick-up
JTB SUNRISE TOURS DESK KYOTO , Japan, 〒601-8003 Kyoto, Minami Ward, Higashikujō Nishisannōchō, 31 B1F AVANTI

Kyoto Avanti B1F(Sunrise Tour desk) for 13:45. http://www.jtb.co.jp/shop/itdw/info/e/desk/kyoto.asp Please be ready 10 minutes prior to the pick-up time.

1:30 PM
This activity will end right where it started.
Immerse yourself in Japanese history and culture, during this exploration of the temples, shrines, and attractions found in the country’s former capital city of Nara. Spend a few hours discovering this historically significant capital, first established in the 8th century, as you admire its wealth of important religious sites and a one-of-a-kind deer park nearby.

Start your Nara trip in the afternoon with a pickup at Kyoto Handicraft Center or Avanti Tour Desk near Kyoto Station. After your pickup, proceed by vehicle on your Nara excursion. The city of Nara was founded in 710, when it was designated as the country’s first permanent capital. Nara, or Heijo as it was then known, was home to many of the most important Buddhist monasteries in the then-nascent Japanese empire, which made it a key center of political and religious power. As Nara’s power and influence grew, the city became a threat to the government, leading the country’s rulers to move the capital to Nagaoka in 784. Despite this shift in fortunes, Nara retains a wealth of important historical sites, including some of Japan’s most important Buddhist temples.

Stop by Nara’s Todaji Temple to start your trip. This magnificent edifice, constructed in the 8th century, is among the country’s most important religious buildings. Explore the temple’s Daibutsuden (Great Buddha Hall), one of the largest wooden buildings in the world, along with its immense bronze Buddha statue, which are just some of the treasures to be found in this incredible attraction.

Continue your Nara trip with a visit to its famous deer park, a unique 1,250-acre preserve where more than 1,000 deer freely roam. Admire these gentle creatures as they graze and wander the park, and stop to purchase special deer food, which the animals will gladly eat from your hand, if you wish.

Finish your discovery of Nara at the Shinto shrine of Kasuga, a serene site that features a collection of more than 3,000 stone and bronze lanterns. After leaving Kasuga, return by vehicle for a drop-off at select hotels in Kyoto.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Todai-ji Temple
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Kasuga Shrine
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Nara Park
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • At reception, please show your reservation confirmation sheet, a printout of the reservation confirmation e-mail, or show the e-mail on your mobile device screen to staff.
  • If the minimum number of participants (1) is not met by 4 days before the scheduled date, the tour on that date may be canceled.
  • To prevent infection, please participate wearing face masks.
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • On the day of the tour, a health check and temperature screening will be conducted. Those with a temperature of 37.5 and above as well as those who do not feel well may not be allowed to participate.
  • Participants will walk from the parking lot to Todai-ji Temple (about 15 min one-way). Thank you for your understanding.
  • Please inform us at the time of booking if any person in your group is using crutches or a wheelchair, or has a chronic illness that makes it difficult to walk for long distances.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • At Kasuga Taisha Shrine, the tour does not include entrance to areas requiring admission.
  • Connection to the Kyoto Night Tour or Kyoto Maiko Dinner is not possible.
  • The order of activities and arrival times may differ depending on road conditions and congestion at destinations.
  • Seats may not be designated.
  • Depending on the number of tour participants, transportation to be used may be other than a large bus (mid-size bus, small bus), a hired car (van, minivan - MK Co., Ltd. or Yasaka Group), or a taxi.
  • This tour promotes Environment(Eco)-friendly efforts and Cross-cultural Understanding as stated under Sunrise Tours' Sustainable Development Goals. Please check the following page for details. http://jtbgmt.com/en/g-web/sdgs
  • This is a carbon offset product where a portion of the tour booking charge is spent on renewable energy. By converting some CO2 emissions during the tour to green energy, it's possible to contribute to activities protecting the planet's future.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 44 travelers
  • OPERATED BY JTB Global Marketing & Travel Inc.
You can cancel up to 7 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 7 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • Any changes made less than 6 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • For a 50% refund, you must cancel 3–6 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Nara Afternoon Tour - Todaiji Temple and Deer Park from Kyoto?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Nara Afternoon Tour - Todaiji Temple and Deer Park from Kyoto?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Nara Afternoon Tour - Todaiji Temple and Deer Park from Kyoto?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Nara Afternoon Tour - Todaiji Temple and Deer Park from Kyoto.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Nara Afternoon Tour - Todaiji Temple and Deer Park from Kyoto?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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  • "You get on the bus at the designated time (very punctual), you go to the pre-determined destination, take photos, then get back on the bus to do it over again until you get back to your starting point." See review
  • "This is a good tour for anyone who has never been to Nara before We visit 1 Buddhist temple and 1 Shinto shrine which are 2 dominant religions in Japan" See review

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star-4
Very enjoyable
Lester_W
, Mar 2020
The tour guide was very good . She did her best with the time allowed and seemed very knowledgeable . Could have done with slightly longer.
star-4
Easy going Tour
lethuhangta
, Feb 2020
This is a good tour for anyone who has never been to Nara before We visit 1 Buddhist temple and 1 Shinto shrine which are 2 dominant religions in Japan
star-5
Great trip
Jess W
, Jan 2020
Guide was really knowledgeable about the 2 temples we went to. Overall, a great cultural experience.
star-3
Was a little rushed
chinds2018
, Dec 2019
This tour was great except for the fact that it was a little rushed. Our guide was fantastic and very informative on the bus ride there and back. At the great Buddah it was really amazing to see and the amount of time there was good - but when it was time to go to the next shrine due to a lot of traffic and then the sun going down I felt we were really rushed through and didn't get to enjoy it as much as I would have liked. My thought is maybe the tour could have started a bit earlier to give us some more time - but in saying that there is no way they can control the traffic so I don't think its the tour company's fault, just unfortunate for us. All in all a good tour though.
star-5
Wonderful tour
Virginia_M
, Nov 2019
The Nara afternoon tour was wonderful. The deer, the Buddha, the statues and the stone lanterns were great.
star-5
Deer park
Maria_K
, Nov 2019
An excellent tour. The meeting point want as easy to find because of all the different exits from the train station but when we finally found it, the tour was great.
star-3
Engaging Guide
angqiyi
, Nov 2019
Guide was very engaging, however, as the first stop was Todaiji temple, we were waiting for a couple of people and was late behind our schedule for the next stop at Kasuaga temple. When we reached Kasuga temple, it was closed as the temple closes in autumn. However, please do check if there was any events around Nara as traffic was insane due to a exhibition held around the area. One of the main reasons why i didnt really enjoy was that the tour had a lot of waiting around, actual site was rushed and mainly traffic was bad which was beyond the hands of our tour guide. Wish our tour guide actually had provided us ear piece and speak into a microphone so we dont really need to rush and find her as well.
star-5
Worth the trip
Jeff D
, Sep 2019
Easy half-day trip. Nice to get out of the city, pleasant diversion. Can't believe the focus in Nara on the deer despite the other attractions.
star-5
Review Nara Tour
Eric_J
, Aug 2019
Excellent, charming and amusing guide. Learned more about Buddhism and Shinto than I knew before but with an amusing twist. The meal was also excellent.
star-4
Good to check things off a list
bernuptials
, Jul 2019
The bus tour is pretty much like any other one you can book. You get on the bus at the designated time (very punctual), you go to the pre-determined destination, take photos, then get back on the bus to do it over again until you get back to your starting point. For us, it was good enough because we didn't want to think about how to get to Nara from Kyoto (The trains in Japan are easy enough to navigate! We were just particularly lazy for this part of our trip). Overall, it served its purpose, but not something you should get if you want to take your time to look at the sights and really soak in the environment.
star-5
Great an interesting time
Cruiser20399450851
, Jun 2019
Our guide was perfect and structured and showed and explained eberything. Only the free time-it was only 10 minutes- could be more...
star-5
Yuki is the reason for this Great Tour!
Navaid_R
, Apr 2019
Great day out to see Nara and feed the deer. I think this tour really went up a level because of our tour guide Yuki, she was lovely and very informative, she kept us updated the whole time, and explained a lot for us on the way. The success of the tour was down to Yuki. Thanks so much!
star-5
Very fun tour!
Daniel_W
, Aug 2018
Great sights! Jun the tour guide was very nice and full of information. Loved the temple and all the hungry deer! Beautiful!
star-4
WHEELCHAIR USERS BE AWARE THAT THIS...
Anna B
, Apr 2018
WHEELCHAIR USERS BE AWARE THAT THIS TOUR IS NOT FULLY ACCESSIBLE This tour was great Nara deer park and Todaiji temple is fully accessible good paths everywhere and ramps on side of buildings. Kasuga Shrine is accessible but the path is thickly gravelled.and a bit steep I passed on this.
star-5
If you go to Kyoto and do NOT do this...
Federico R
, Apr 2018
If you go to Kyoto and do NOT do this, you are missing out. This afternoon is well worth it.
star-4
The Nara Afternoon tour was good...
Michael S
, Apr 2018
The Nara Afternoon tour was good, but too crowded. The guide seemed annoyed with us at times and her explanations when we were at the temple area were too difficult to hear. So, a lot of the group just wondered off. The Temple, Shrine and souvenir shop made for a good day out of Kyoto. Perhaps the tour guide could explain a little more on the bus before we get to the places.
star-3
The tour guide (Tammy) was very...
Sumudu A
, Apr 2018
The tour guide (Tammy) was very knowledgeable and entertaining but the tour itself was very rushed. There was little time to see any of the sights properly - didn't even get time to feed the deer at Nara. Having been to Nara before, I know there was so much more to explore.
star-5
This tour was very...
Amir_A
, Mar 2018
This tour was very enjoyable. Saw a lot of deer. Temple looked very nice. Enjoyable.
star-5
It was wonderful being able to get...
Monique A
, Jan 2018
It was wonderful being able to get to all of these sites in one afternoon and not have to worry about finding my own transportation. Deer Park is absolutely a must! Our tour guide was knowledgeable and made the experience very worth it.
star-3
It wasn't bad considering you get to...
Mahen M
, Dec 2017
It wasn't bad considering you get to see some amazing places on the tour.

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