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The Essence of Nara Cultural Tour: Big Buddha, Bambi and Backstreets provided by Kyoto Urban Adventures

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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Explore the ancient capital of Japan with us and discover a peaceful city, brimming with dazzling temples, shrines, imperial tombs and machiya houses built in the traditional style. We’ll meet divine deer roaming the streets, grab some tasty street food, chat with locals about living and working here and show you our favourite hidden gems in the alleys of the old city. All this at your own pace, without the hassle or the crowds of a typical day in Kyoto. What are you waiting for?!
Know before you go
  • Duration: 210-240 minutes
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 210-240 minutes
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 5263P17
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees for all the sites mentioned
  • Local snacks
  • Entry/Admission - Todai-ji Temple
Exclusions
  • Additional food and drink
  • Gratuities for your guide
Duration
210–240 minutes
Departure details
  • Kintetsu-Nara Station, Japan, 〒630-8215 Nara, Nishimikadochō, 東向中町29 At the fountain in front of the exit at Kintetsu Nara station. From the train platform go through the east gates to street level, via the staircase, where you’ll see the fountain with a statue of a monk, on your right-hand side. Find the exact meeting point with what3words: ///solar.vanilla.book
  • Sanjo dori Street, Sanjo dori St, 1-chōme-4 Shijōōji, Nara, Japan The intersection of Sanjo dori street and Higashimuki Shopping Arcade
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • As we will be visiting religious temples and shrines, modest dress is required.
  • Some of the places we will visit in Nara-machi will vary on each tour as they have irregular opening and closing days. In case of unexpected closure of the Todaiji temple, we will either reschedule or cancel the tour. If we have to cancel for such a reason, you will be refunded in full.
  • Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.
  • We can accommodate some dietary restrictions. Please notify us in the time of the booking if you have any dietary requests. The snacks included on the tour are not substantial so if your dietary requirements cannot be met, we’ll provide a liquid refreshment instead.
  • For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Effective Sept 1, 2021, travellers 18+ must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Children 6-17 must present a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or lateral flow) conducted maximum 72 hours prior, proof of recovery dated up to 9 months or proof of vaccination. View full policy at urbanadventures.com/vaccine.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
Inclusions
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees for all the sites mentioned
  • Local snacks
  • Entry/Admission - Todai-ji Temple
Exclusions
  • Additional food and drink
  • Gratuities for your guide
Departure details
  • Kintetsu-Nara Station, Japan, 〒630-8215 Nara, Nishimikadochō, 東向中町29 At the fountain in front of the exit at Kintetsu Nara station. From the train platform go through the east gates to street level, via the staircase, where you’ll see the fountain with a statue of a monk, on your right-hand side. Find the exact meeting point with what3words: ///solar.vanilla.book
  • Sanjo dori Street, Sanjo dori St, 1-chōme-4 Shijōōji, Nara, Japan The intersection of Sanjo dori street and Higashimuki Shopping Arcade
Duration
210–240 minutes
Return details
  • Sanjo dori Street, Sanjo dori St, 1-chōme-4 Shijōōji, Nara, Japan The intersection of Sanjo dori street and Higashimuki Shopping Arcade
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • As we will be visiting religious temples and shrines, modest dress is required.
  • Some of the places we will visit in Nara-machi will vary on each tour as they have irregular opening and closing days. In case of unexpected closure of the Todaiji temple, we will either reschedule or cancel the tour. If we have to cancel for such a reason, you will be refunded in full.
  • Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.
  • We can accommodate some dietary restrictions. Please notify us in the time of the booking if you have any dietary requests. The snacks included on the tour are not substantial so if your dietary requirements cannot be met, we’ll provide a liquid refreshment instead.
  • For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Effective Sept 1, 2021, travellers 18+ must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Children 6-17 must present a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or lateral flow) conducted maximum 72 hours prior, proof of recovery dated up to 9 months or proof of vaccination. View full policy at urbanadventures.com/vaccine.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: Oct 12, 2021
A note from The Essence of Nara Cultural Tour: Big Buddha, Bambi and Backstreets
Effective Sept 1, 2021, travellers 18+ must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Children 6-17 must present a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or lateral flow) conducted maximum 72 hours prior, proof of recovery dated up to 9 months or proof of vaccination.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
What you can expect during your visit
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Kintetsu-Nara Station
    Japan, 〒630-8215 Nara, Nishimikadochō, 東向中町29
    At the fountain in front of the exit at Kintetsu Nara station. From the train platform go through the east gates to street level, via the staircase, where you’ll see the fountain with a statue of a monk, on your right-hand side. Find the exact meeting point with what3words: ///solar.vanilla.book
    See address & details
  • 1
    Kofuku-ji Temple
    Stop: 20 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Nara Park
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Todai-ji Temple
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 4
    Nara Machi Center
    Stop: 45 minutes
    See details
  • You'll end at
    Sanjo dori Street
    Sanjo dori St, 1-chōme-4 Shijōōji, Nara, Japan
    The intersection of Sanjo dori street and Higashimuki Shopping Arcade
    See address & details
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Suzanne Garrett
36 contributions
Nara Morning - great guide!
Oct 2020
Honestly my guide, Miyake Nobumasa was the best part of the tour. He had so much knowledge of the area and Japan history I learned so much! And he clarified some history details I had heard from others, but his explanations made much more sense. Ask him about the jizo's. The whole morning was great. We walked at a good pace. And Miyake was patient as I continually hunted for goshuin. Thanks!
Written October 5, 2020
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Allison E
Melbourne, Australia7 contributions
Essence of Nara Tour
Feb 2020 • Friends
We really enjoyed this tour. Our guide Naoko Okada was excellent she gave us lots of information and was great company. We learnt a lot and did things we wouldn’t do if we were by ourselves would recommend if you are visiting Nara.
Written February 21, 2020
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Thank you for your review, allisone942! Hope you had an awesome time with our lovely guide, Naoko! Yes, Nara is not only the place for the iconic temples and shrines. There're several cultural and historical assets that even you would't be able to find them on by yourself. We hope to see you again when you visit to Nara or Kyoto! We will be waiting for you! Once again, thank you for booking our tour! Kinya
Written February 23, 2020
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Reuben H
4 contributions
Essence of Nara walking tour
Feb 2020 • Friends
My mom and I had the pleasure of attending this tour with Naoko as our guide. Coincidently it was just the 2 of us on the tour! Naoko was the perfect guide for Nara. She knew so much about the area, the culture, and took us to experiences we just wouldn’t have had otherwise. Not only did she have an incredible level of knowledge to share, but she is so down to earth and easy to talk to that it made the tour a highlight of our trip. Nara itself is so beautiful and has so much to offer (we had a Sake tasting, looked at a Japanese Toy Museum which was so cool, and of course the incredible temples and shrines). If you have Naoko as your guide we guarantee it will be the perfect experience!!
Written February 8, 2020
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Thank you for a comment and review, reubenh1996. We are grateful that you had an awesome tour in Nara with our knowledgeable guide, Naoko. We will deliver your comment to Naoko and She would also be happy to hear that you had a wonderful time with her! Hope your Nara trip will be engraving in a memory of your stay in Japan! If you are coming to Kyoto and Osaka next time, please let us know! We will show you around the another cultural gems here! Once again, thank you for booking our tour and enjoy for the rest of your trip! Kinya
Written February 9, 2020
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Darren L
5 contributions
Great Tour of Nara
Jan 2020 • Family
Naoko Okada, thank you so much for the wonderful tour of Nara, the whole family thoroughly enjoyed every moment even though conditions were a little damp. Your knowledge and kind manner were standout features of the tour and we really appreciated the extra effort you you made in showing us some of your personal favourite places. Highly recommended.
Written January 26, 2020
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Thank you dlux65 again for your comment and review. Yes, Nara is something different from Kyoto. Hope you had a wonderful time in Nara with our endearing and knowledgeable guide, Naoko! It is still very enjoyable journey even if its a heavy rain because Nara is also a full of the historical places and other cultural assets and also the deer would have been entertaining you throughout the tour! We hope that you will have an awesome time for the rest of your stay in Japan! All the best and take care. Thank you, Kinya
Written January 27, 2020
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Eindra
4 contributions
5 STARS The essence of Nara tour
Jan 2020 • Family
Naoko, our tour guide is very nice and very friendly. She covers a lot of information about the places and able to answer anything we'd like to know. She can speak good English and able to understand without any problem. Would like to recommend this tour to anyone that wants to learn about Nara old city from a good tourist guide. Very fascinating tour.
Written January 16, 2020
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Thank you eindralwin for your review. We are happy to learn that you enjoyed the tour. Yes, Naoko knows almost everything about Nara! Hope to see you again when you come back to Kansai. Have a great time! Thanks, Hiroko
Written January 16, 2020
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Daniella Sansone
1 contribution
Amazing tour with amazing guide
Jan 2020 • Family
Junko was amazing tour guide who went above and beyond. She waited for us even when we arrived 30 minutes late (after missing trains and getting on the wrong one). She was very informative and engaging, protecting us from hungry deers multiple times. Her English was impeccable and she even took us to a Sake tasting which wasn’t apart of the tour. Would definitely recommend. Thankyou Junko
Written January 15, 2020
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Thank you Daniellasansone for your great review. We are so glad to hear that you loved the tour with Junko. We will pass your comment on to her. Yes, some deer are greedy! Hope you enjoy the rest of your stay in Japan. Thanks, Hiroko
Written January 16, 2020
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Bronny A
Adelaide, Australia4 contributions
Essence of Nara
Dec 2019
My tour guide Junko was awesome! She was extremely knowledgeable on the history of this magical place. Lots of friendly deer. My favourite part of the tour apart from Junko was the the Todaiji Temple and the Great Buddha over 15 metres high. The old town backstreet walk was interesting with lots of culture. We then finished the tour sampling food and wandering through the shopping district. I highly recommend this tour and Junko my tour guide
Written December 29, 2019
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Thank you bronnyarbon for your wonderful comment and review. Junko and Kyoto tear are very glad to hear that you enjoyed our tour. Arigato! Kohei
Written January 2, 2020
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Brynjar Solheim
5 contributions
Great tour and guide
We did this tour with Naoko as our guide.

The route takes you through all the must see spots in Nara while still beeing short enough for you to continue to explore the area on your own afterwards.

Our guide was a blast to be with and we had a really great time during this tour.
Written November 20, 2019
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Thank you, Brynjar S for your review. Naoko and our team are very happy to know you had enjoyed our tour in Nara. We hope you will come back to us joining other tours. Best regards. Miyake
Written November 21, 2019
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Mathew R
1 contribution
Excellent Tour! Lots to see and excellent guide.
Oct 2019
Tour of Nara was amazing. The path chosen was one of the best - we were in and out of temples and walked through a number of amazing nature scenes. We were greeted by many deer! The guide and his trainee took time to explain things to us and made sure to mention all of the cultural references.
Written October 31, 2019
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Thank you Mathew R for your review. Our team and the guides, Miyake/Hiroko are very happy to know that you two had enjoyed our Nara tour. Best regards. Miyake
Written November 2, 2019
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Kimberly
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Kimberly
Sep 2019 • Couples
Myself and my partner went on The Essence of Nara tour. We had the most amazing time all because of our great tour guide Masayo! She guided us through a great day with great knowledge of all temples and shrines. Would highly recommend if you’re thinking about doing this tour. So much fun!
Written September 26, 2019
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Thank you Kimberlymikulas for your comment. Masayo and Kyoto team are simply happy to hear that you enjoyed the tour. Please have a good time in Kansai. Best regards, Kohei Tamaki
Written September 26, 2019
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