If you have three or four days in Kyoto, we strongly suggest making a daytrip to Nara. Only 30 minutes from Kyoto by comfortable express trains, Nara has some of the most impressive sights in all Japan, including the famed Great Buddha (Daibutsu) at Todai-ji Temple.
We offer six- and eight-hour walking tours of Nara. Our guide will meet you at your accommodations in Kyoto and escort you to Kyoto Station where you’ll catch an express train to Nara (if you have a JR Rail Pass, you will go by JR trains, otherwise, you’ll go by the Kintetsu Line). Of course, if you’re staying in Nara, our guide will meet you at your accommodations in Nara. Upon completion of the tour, our guide will escort you back to Kyoto or your lodgings in Nara.
Starting in downtown Nara, our route takes you to Issui-en Garden, one of the most beautiful gardens in Japan. From there, you’ll visit Todai-ji Temple to see the Great Buddha. Next, you’ll take a secret back route that most tours overlook to get to Nigatsu-do and Sangatus-do halls. After a break for lunch, you’ll walk through atmospheric woods to visit Kasuga Taisha Grand Shrine, one of the most important shrines in Japan. If you’re taking the eight-hour tour, you’ll also visit Naramachi, Nara’s preserved historic district.
As with all our tours, this tour is totally private — you’ll enjoy the incredible sights of Nara in the company of your family and friends and no one else. This is the intelligent way to enjoy one of Japan’s richest historical cities.
Our Eight-hour Nara walk costs ¥44,000, while our six-hour Nara walk costs ¥36,000. Expenses on either tour (lunch for yourselves and the guide, entry fees and transport) average ¥4,650 per person.