Nara Afternoon Tour of Todaiji Temple, Deer Park & Kasuga Shrine with Guide

5 hours 30 mins
Sightseeing Tours
Cultural Tours
Day Outs from Kyoto


Take a day trip to the city of Nara where you shall visit popular attractions such as the Todai-ji Temple, Nara Park (Deer Park) and the Kasuga Shrine. A city of heritage and also once the capital of Japan, your guide shall show you around this land of historical treasures.

Why to buy

  • Visit the city of Nara and three of its famous spots
  • All entrance fees, taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included
  • Friendly and informative guide to show you around


Japan's first permanent capital, Nara is located one hour from both Kyoto and Osaka. It is home to some of Japan's most prominent temples and shrines and continues to attract visitors.

For this afternoon tour, you shall meet your guide at JTB Sunrise Tours Desk Kyoto at 1:45 PM. Meet your friendly guide and interact as you head to the Todaiji Temple in Nara. Constructed in 752, the main hall (Big Buddha Hall) is the largest wooden building in the world and houses a 15-meters tall, seated Buddha. His open hand itself is as big as a human being! A fun fact - the temple has a pillar with a hole in it, the same size as the Buddha's nostril. A person who can fit through this opening is said to gain enlightenment in their next life. Spend 30 minutes at the temple before moving on to the next stop - Nara Park.

An expansive park situated in Central Nara, this park is also known as the Deer Park due to hundreds of deer roaming freely within. Considered a messenger of the Gods, over 1200 deer of Nara are treated as sacred and said to be a national treasure. Some deers have even learned to bow to visitors as a way to ask for food. Deer crackers are available at the park if you wish to try feeding them.

Finally, visit Nara's most celebrated shrine - the Kasuga Shrine. As you enter the shrine, you will find many, many bronze lanterns hanging as ornate decorations while stone lanterns shall line your vision below. These are lit only twice a year, during the lantern festival in early-February and mid-August, and have been donated by worshippers.

Take your time to explore these treasured sights as your guide shall explain to you the cultural aspect behind the places and answer any queries you may have. After almost 6 hours, head back to your original departure point in Kyoto.

English-speaking Guide
Air-conditioned Vehicle
Entry Fee to Todai-ji Temple & Kasuga Shrine
Taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included
Food & Beverages
Entrance to Treasures Hall and Manyo Botanical Gardens at Kasuga Shrine


5 hours 30 mins
Monday 1:30 PM Tuesday 1:30 PM Wednesday 1:30 PM Thursday 1:30 PM Friday 1:30 PM Saturday 1:30 PM Sunday 1:30 PM 
Language used
Type of Guide/Tour
Driver Guide
Child allowed age
0 - 12 years
Meeting point
JTB Sunrise Tours Desk Kyoto
End point
Same as the departure point

Good to know

  • This tour is wheelchair accessible.
  • Please ensure that you are wearing comfortable walking shoes as some parts of the road are gravel and may have steep inclines.

Additional Information

  • Infants must sit on laps.
  • During the Gion Festival (July 14-16), drop-off service to Karasuma Kyoto Hotel is not available due to traffic regulations.
  • The tour may not visit Nara Nagomikan if it is closed or due to traffic conditions.
  • Hotel pick-up and drop is offered for select hotels in Kyoto. Kindly provide the name of your hotel to check if this is applicable for your area.

Cancellation policy

  • Please refer to your booking for the cancellation policy.


Japan, 601-8003 Kyoto, Minami-ku, Higashikuj Nishisannch, 31 KYOTO AVANTI B1F
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