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  • Get up close to the fabled, holy deer of Nara
  • Explore Buddhist temples that once held enough power to influence the emperor himself
  • Stroll the beautiful backstreets of old town and discover handicraft havens, quirky shops and traditional machiya houses
  • Watch the turtles going about their daily lives at picturesque Sarusawa pond
The Essence of Nara: Big Buddha, Bambi and Backstreets tour starts and ends in Kyoto. The Essence of Nara: Big Buddha, Bambi and Backstreets is a Walking Tour that takes 4 hours.

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?!
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Itinerary
After meeting your tour guide, we’ll head straight to one of Nara’s top historical sites and one of the largest wooden buildings in the world, the Todaiji temple. Its famous centerpiece is the 15-metre bronze statue of the Great Buddha, Vairocana. 

On our way to and from the temple you will be greeted by the super-friendly deer of Nara. The deer are seen as heavenly animals and as such are the divine protectors of the ancient capital, living in perfect harmony with the local population. 

Our next stop is the second of the seven great temples of Nara, Kofukuji. Although much has been lost throughout the ages, this proud and powerful temple has stood against the tides of time and kept a great degree of its power, even after the capital of Japan moved to Kyoto and most of its contemporaries lost their influence. 

The path then takes us south towards the heart of the old town but we’ll make a brief stop at the Sarusawa pond first. A tranquil stretch of water, well known for its turtles and the pretty scenery surrounding it, if you are staying in Nara for longer, this is a perfect spot for a romantic evening walk. 

Finally, our journey will take us into the quiet alleys and backstreets of Nara-machi, the well preserved former merchants district where we will be able to see and experience traditional arts and crafts unique to Nara. 

We always say that the best way to experience a city is through its food, so our penultimate stop will be to sample some of our favourite local delights, giving you a flavour of our beloved city. 

The last stop on our journey will take us to a shopping street beset with an exciting array of colourful and diverse shops, perfect for souvenir hunting and that exceptional gift for someone special back home. 

Both the JR Nara station and the Kintetsu station are within comfortable walking distance from the finishing point of the tour. Your guide will be happy to help you with directions to your hotel or to provide a restaurant recommendation for lunch. Don’t forget to ask for more hints and tips on what else there is to do in Nara during your time here. 
what’s included
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  • Local English-speaking guide
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  • Additional food and drink
  • Souvenirs and personal shopping
  • Tips/gratuities for your guide
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Duration 4 hours
Tour Type Group Tour - Max 12 participants
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Guide Language English
Starts/Ends Kyoto, Japan/ Kyoto, Japan
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Full payment of 79 USD is required to confirm this tour.

Other Practical InformationMeeting start point : 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. Meeting end point : The intersection of Sanjo dori street and Higashimuki Shopping Arcade.
CancellationCancellation for this The Essence of Nara: Big Buddha, Bambi and Backstreets tour is free up to 48 hours before the chosen start date - full refund will be given. If cancellation is made less than 48 hours before the chosen start date, no refund applies.
Trip Details
  • Your Trip

    For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.

  • Dress Standard

    As we will be visiting religious temples and shrines, modest dress is required. 

  • Tipping

    If you are happy with the services provided by your local guides a tip — though not compulsory — is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid Urban Adventures destinations. Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses on this tour.

  • Closure

    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.  

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