If you join this tour, see Todaiji temple and the surrounding park, then return to Naramachi for dinner (equipped with recommendations from the tour), your day trip to Nara will be perfect. As luck had it, we were the only ones to join Yoshiko for the morning. She had perfect English, was extremely knowledgeable about Nara and the roots of Japanese culture in general, and is clearly enthusiastic about Naramachi and all that is has to offer. She pointed out local shops offering many items in which we were interested but would never have discovered otherwise, and acted as translator to help us find exactly what we were looking for. The visit to a traditional merchant house was interesting and very relaxing. She left us with plenty of recommendations that helped us flesh out our entire day in Nara.