Forget the bustle of everyday life and soak yourself in the 8th century religious world. Historical, refreshing and fascinating!
In this tour you visit less touristy and quiet Nishinokyo area. It is the place that attracts people with its unique fascinations. Inviting you are the 8th century original architectures and Buddhist statues. They silently convey people’s firm religious beliefs in a setting of serene atmosphere gently wrapping the compounds with their long history. Our guides know how to close their mouths for you so you can converse with centuries old masterpiece statues or take a moment of peace or pictures.
Standing in the compound of Yakushiji Temple, coming into view are the twin pagodas – the 8th century original pagoda in centuries-old faded colors and the 20th century reconstructed pagoda in bright red and green colors. Compare the twin pagodas and you will gain deep insight into an architectural history and Japanese aesthetic sensibility. For a sculpture fan, the 7th century statues in elegant postures must be a perfect fascination. Walking 10 minutes along the historical path, you will jump into a completely different world where ancient structures and nature harmoniously create the world of monochrome. Its peaceful and solemn compound surrounded by lush greenery will surely present you with refreshing and relaxing pastime .This tour is recommended for all -sculpture lovers, architectural lovers and quietness lovers.
The tour takes approx. 3 hours. Past guests have said they like these temples better than major temples crowded with tourists. Visit them before you are “templed out”.
☑ Toshodaiji Temple - holds the original 8th century building and statues.
☑ Yakushiji Temple - enshrines the masterpiece 7th century statues.
☑ Heijyokyo Palace Site (from a train window)
All the above are World Heritage Sites.
Walkability: The places we go are mostly flat grounds and easy to walk around.
After the tour food experience: We stop at Yamato-Saidaiji station for a transfer. Inside the station you can find popular Japanese fast food such as Taiyaki and Takoyaki, ready-made traditional Japanese food, Nara’s local food such as Kakinoha-sushi and Nara pickles, and even a Sake bar run by a local brewery in Nara. After the tour is over, you will transfer here again, so you may enjoy the food experience on your own. The Sake bar opens at 16:00 just about time when we finish the tour.
from 3/1 - 11/30!
*Reservation is required. (Min. 2 people)
*Between 12/1 to the end of February, please book a private tour.
*We can accept your reservation until 6 p.m. of the day before the tour date.
At 1:30 p.m.
In front of Tourist Information Center in Kintetsu Nara Station.
*Information center is on the ground floor of the station building. Kintetsu Nara Station's ticket gates are on B1 floor.
Duration: approx. 3 hours
☑ Admission to Yakushiji Temple (800~1100 yen)
☑ Admission to Toshodaiji Temple (600 yen)
☑ Train fare from meeting place to the destination (one-way)
Free for children 12 and under with parents.
*Admission fee and transportation fee are required.