Unique Giant Tea Ceremony and Saidaiji Temple Tour in Nara City


Tea ceremony with giant tea cup

At Saidaiji Temple experience a one-of-a-kind tea ceremony using a giant 30 cm cup, and see the rare Aizen Myo-o deity statue in a public presentation ceremony for a true 'only-in-Nara' experience!

  • 西大寺(大茶盛)
  • 西大寺 秘仏愛染明王像
Winter in Nara is a magical time as National Treasures are displayed and sealed shrines are opened to visit. Enjoy a special limited time tour led by a priest or monk of the temple or shrine, and discover the secret side of Japan.
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USD 19.74
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Adult (Age 13 & over)
USD 19.74
USD 19.74
Elementaly school (Age 6-12)
USD 10.86
USD 10.86
Participants in Middle School and above will need an Adult fare
  • Duration: 2 hour(s)
  • Available: Daily
  • Pick-up: Not available
  • Inclusion: Japanese-speaking guide / Guide fee / Temple entry fee
Package detail / Schedule
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  • 13:50 Meet at Saidaiji Temple
  • Check-in at Shioudou Hall
    Please come between 13:30 - 13:50.
  • 14:00 Saidaiji Temple (Approx. 90 min.)
    西大寺(大茶盛) With Todaiji Temple in the East, Saidaiji Temple is known as the temple of the West. See the Aizen Myo-o statue being presented to the public, a rare event. Then, join in on the unique tea ceremony with a giant 30 cm cup that is passed around among the participants!
  • Tour Route
    Shioudou Hall -> National Treasure hall -> Main prayer hall -> Koumyo Hall (Tea ceremony) -> Aizen Hall
  • 15:30 Tour Ends at Saidaiji Temple
Additional Note(s)
    • Guests are asked to refrain from eating, drinking, or taking photographs in designated areas.
    • Please refrain from loud conversations or talking during the tours. Help us maintain a quiet atmosphere during this special tour.
    • No flammable objects may be brought into the temple.
    • This tour will be held only in Japanese.
    • The activity schedule is subject to change or cancellation due to weather or traffic conditions.
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Cancellation Policy
  • Any cancellations made after 17:00 local time, 4 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.
USD 19.74
USD 19.74

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Language Japanese
Pick-up Not available
Duration 2 hour(s)
Availability Daily
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