When in Japan, don't miss the chance to experience the traditions of this fascinating country. Choose from a variety of classes in tea ceremony, calligraphy or zen meditation. Dress like a geisha, or stroll through town wearing a colorful kimono. Fans of Japan's martial arts can learn about the skills of the legendary ninja and samurai from masters. Book the best activities and read other travelers reviews on Veltra.
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  1. Enjoy the taste of green matcha tea, and take a moment to relax while sightseeing! Learn the basics of tea ceremony from the friendly owner.

    From USD8.78

    Sun, Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat
    (morning, afternoon, evening)
  2. Experience an afternoon of culture and tradition in Nara with a moment of Zen in a Buddhist Image Copying session at Taimadera Temple and a tour around the Sumo hall with an English-speaking guide.
    English Available

    USD62.36

    Thu
    4.5 hour(s) (afternoon)
  3. Visit Jikoin Temple to savor a cup of matcha green tea in the largest tea room of Japan. Discover a seasonal view of Nara through historical buildings and gardens with an English guide.
    English Available

    USD58.74

    Tue
    4.5 hour(s) (afternoon)
  4. Tour around the celebratory temporary shrine and the hanging lanterns of Kasuga Taisha with a priest guide. Enjoy a special udon noodle lunch available only for a limited time.

    USD9.04

    Daily
    1.5 hour(s) (afternoon)
  5. See Nara's most beautiful sights in one day, from ancient Horyuji Temple to the temples of Ikaruga and Nishinokyo! Stroll through Horuiji , Yakushiji and Toshodaiji. Enjoy matcha tea at Jikoin Temple.
    English Available
    Pick-up Provided

    From USD65.07

    Daily
    (morning)
  6. Enjoy rare glimpse into the daily life of the monks of Todaiji Temple, where you can either join morning prayers in the Great Buddha Hall or tour the living space of monks in the afternoon.

    USD11.75

    Weekend
    2 hour(s) (afternoon)
  7. 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!

    USD18.08

    Daily
    2 hour(s) (afternoon)
  8. Enter the serene enclosed prayer halls of Toshodaiji Temple, normally not open to the public. Discover the beauty of the historic structures of ancient Nara, and get a sneak peak into hidden halls.

    USD11.75

    Weekend
    1.5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  9. Explore ancient Horyuji Temple, built in the seventh century, with a monk guide. Once one of the most powerful Buddhist temples, discover the history of this dramatic World Heritage site in Nara.

    USD17.17

    Sun, Mon, Fri, Sat
    2.5 hour(s) (morning)
  10. Visit one of the Seven Great Buddhist Temples and discover the history and culture of Nara. A great opportunity to also experience Zazen meditation with your monk guide!

    USD18.08

    Weekend
    1.5 hour(s) (morning)
  11. Become an ascetic monk for a day at Kimpusenji Temple. Join a monk in prayer, purification, and an austere meal, as well as walking a meditative route before ending with tea and sweets.
    Meal Provided

    USD45.19

    Sat
    5.5 hour(s) (morning)
  12. Enjoy special access to the normally closed Kondo (Main hall), a National Treasure of Japan, and pay your respects at the 11 faced statue of Kannon on a rare tour led by one of the temple monks.

    USD13.56

    Weekend
    1.5 hour(s) (afternoon)
  13. Walk with a monk and enter halls normally closed to the public. You will even able to offer a prayer to the golden statue of the 11 faced goddess of Mercy Kannon during this special tour.

    USD13.56

    Weekend
    1.5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  14. Step into the history of Nara Prefecture with a monk-led tour of Omiwa Shrine, home to a rare triple torii gate. Visit shrines that are usually closed to the public and stunning cultural treasures.

    USD11.75

    Weekend
    2 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  15. The Saigoku 33 Kannon Pilgrimage is the oldest such route in Japan. Travel part of the historic route in a comfortable taxi and visit Tsubosakadera, Okadera, Hasedera, Hokiin, and Nanendo Temples.
    Pick-up Provided

    From USD321.29

    Daily
    7 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  16. Ideal for sado (tea ceremony) lovers, create your own Chasen (tea whisk) for green tea. Use local Takayama bamboo, and learn the secrets of this traditional craft.

    USD31.63

    Daily
    1.5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  17. Chashaku (tea scoop) is an essential tool in Japanese tea ceremonies. Ideal for sado practitioners, make your own bamboo tea spoon with the famous local bamboo.

    USD42.48

    Daily
    2 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  18. Learn the basic manners and understand the elegant tradition of sado, the Japanese tea ceremony. Discover a new world of hospitality and tradition.

    USD27.11

    Sun, Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat
    (morning, afternoon)
  19. Soothe your mind with an elegant and peaceful tea ceremony in historic Nara, a short walk from Todaiji Temple. Located in a Showa era building, this tea ceremony takes you back to a quieter time.

    USD27.11

    Sun, Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat
    1 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  20. Enjoy a traditional Japanese tea ceremony in a relaxing atmosphere. Sip a cup of matcha tea, and learn about this elegant art of hospitality.

    From USD14.64

    Sun, Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat
    1 hour(s) (morning, afternoon, evening)