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.