Nara Half-day Tour - Excursion in Japan - Japanspecialist

Nara Half-day Tour

Half day (7 hours), EUR 80,-

  • Excursion tour
  • Half day (7 hours)
  • Kyoto
  • Todai-ji Temple, Nara Park, Kasuga Taisha Shrine

Experience Nara's highlights on this wonderful half-day tour.

On this tour, you'll get to know Nara, Japan's first capital established 1,300 years ago. You'll explore the city's ancient temples, two World Heritage Sites: the Todai-ji Temple and the Kasuga Taisha Shrine, and enjoy a relaxed afternoon in Nara Park, meeting Nara's friendly roaming deer.



You'll meet your guide at Avanti's Sunrise Tours Desk. Please arrive 10 minutes early. Transportation is generally by bus, but depending on the number of participants, it may be by a sedan, or taxi van.

Head to Nara via the Keinawa Expressway.

The first location you'll visit is the World Heritage site Todai-ji Temple. This Buddhist temple is the symbol of the Nara period, and its Great Buddha Hall houses the world's largest bronze statue of the Buddha Vairocana. 

Kasuga Grand Shrine is Nara's most celebrated Shinto shrine, established at the same time as the capital in Nara, and was built by the Fujiwara family. The interior is famous for its many bronze lanterns and the stone lanterns that lead up the shrine.

Visit Nara's largest gift shop to find the perfect souvenir. Nara Nagomikan may be left off the itinerary if it is closed on the day of the tour or due to traffic congestion.

Return to Kyoto. Check the most convenient drop off location with your guide.

Incorporate this excursion into a tailor-made itinerary

We believe that every trip to Japan should be unique and full of memories that last a lifetime. With our Online Consultancy Service, our experts are will create a custom itinerary incorporating not only this excursion, but all the others you wish to experience during your time in Japan.

The price of this service is EUR 50,- and fully reimbursable if you book your tour with us.

What is covered during the consultation?

Trip budget
Travel dates
Your questions
Final bookings

Experience Japan your way with our experts

We are part of JTB, the largest travel company in Japan and one of the biggest in the world, with over 100 years of experience. We are passionate about this wonderful country, having spent decades designing adventurous itineraries for our clients.

Your tailor-made holiday in four simple steps

Book your online travel consultation
Discuss your requirements and preferences
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Finalise your booking and enjoy your trip

The price of this service is EUR 50,- and fully reimbursable if you book your tour with us.


Length: Half day (7 hours)
Visiting places: Todai-ji Temple, Nara Park, Kasuga Taisha Shrine
Departing from: Kyoto
Price: EUR 80,-

Important information
- The tour may be cancelled if the minimum number of participants (1) is not achieved 4 days before the scheduled start date.
- Due to traffic constraints, drop-off service to Karasuma Kyoto Hotel and Hotel Nikko Princess Kyoto will be unavailable during the Gion Festival (Sakimatsuri, July 15-16).
- From the parking area, participants will walk to Todai-ji Temple (about 15 min one-way).
- If someone in your group uses crutches or a wheelchair or has a persistent ailment that makes walking long distances problematic, please let us know when making your reservation.
- The tour at Kasuga Taisha Shrine does not include access to sections that need admission.
- If Nara Nagomikan is closed on the day of the tour or inaccessible due to road congestion, it may be excluded from the itinerary.
- Depending on road conditions and traffic congestion, the order of activities and arrival times may vary.
- Seats may not include reservations.
- A sedan or taxi van may be used instead of a bus, depending on the amount of attendees.
- Guests can be dropped off at the following locations: Kyoto Hotel Okura, Hotel Nikko Princess Kyoto (limited to staying guests), Karasuma Kyoto Hotel, Sunrise Tours Desk in Avanti (across from Kyoto Station Hachijo Exit), Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto, Kyoto Hotel Tokyu, ANA Crowne Plaza Kyoto, Kyoto Tower (Kyoto Station Karasuma Exit)
What’s included
- National government licensed English guide and interpreter 
- Transportation costs mentioned within the tour 
What isn’t included
- Accommodation pick-up service

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