Learn about Japan's ancient history and tradition first hand with tours and activities focusing on the country's fascinating past. Explore centenary shrines and temples, or re-visit modern history with passionate guides. Discover local folklore and more.
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  1. Take a comfortable bus ride to explore one of the most famous temples of Nara, ancient Horyuji. Trace the history of the Ikaruga area all the way to Prince Shotoku, dating back to the sixth century.
    Pick-up Provided

    USD31.17

    Daily
    (morning)
  2. Explore the World Heritage Sites of the western Seinokyo area of Nara. Discover the differences in architectural styles and learn the history behind the classic temples of Toshodaiji and Yakushiji .
    English Available
    Pick-up Provided

    From USD24.05

    Daily
    (afternoon)
  3. Visit 3 of Nara's World Heritage sites: Todaiji Temple, home to the Great Buddha Statue, Kasuga Taisha Shrine, and Kofukuji Temple. Enjoy views of Wakakusayama and forest of Kasuga from the bus.
    English Available
    Pick-up Provided

    USD35.63

    Daily
    (morning)
  4. 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 USD64.13

    Daily
    (morning)
  5. 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.

    USD11.58

    Weekend
    2 hour(s) (afternoon)
  6. 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!

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    Daily
    2 hour(s) (afternoon)
  7. 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.

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    Weekend
    1.5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  8. 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.

    USD16.92

    Sun, Mon, Fri, Sat
    2.5 hour(s) (morning)
  9. 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!

    USD17.81

    Weekend
    1.5 hour(s) (morning)
  10. Enter the normally closed off section of Kashihara Shrine for a special chance to worship and see ancient treasures of Nara with a shrine priest leading your group.

    USD13.36

    Weekend
    1.5 hour(s) (afternoon)
  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

    USD44.54

    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.

    USD13.36

    Weekend
    1.5 hour(s) (afternoon)
  13. Take this special opportunity to view the enshrined area of the Isonokami Shrine. Let a monk guide you around with in-depth explanations of the historical highlights in the area.

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    Weekend
    1.5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  14. Visit the historic temples and castle ruins of Nara on a full morning taxi tour. Let the professional driver whisk you between destinations for the best use of time.
    Pick-up Provided

    From USD211.10

    Daily
    5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  15. Visit an old samurai residence of the former Yagyu feudal clan before paying a visit to a number of ancient temples, living monuments to Japanese history.
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    From USD232.21

    Daily
    5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  16. Triple the cultural learning with a special temple visit taxi ride. From the flwoing Kizu River see National Treasures, then wander the three temples.
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    From USD126.66

    Daily
    3 hour(s) (morning, afternoon, evening)
  17. Visit spots of ancient history including Asuka Historical Museum, Asukadera Temple, and the Ishibutai Tumulus, a barrow from the 6th or 7th century.
    Pick-up Provided

    From USD274.42

    Daily
    6 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  18. Step into history with visits to ancient temples including the storied Hasedera Temple. See the Mirokumagaibutsu, a Buddha sculpted into natural rock, a marvel of work.
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    From USD295.53

    Daily
    6.5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  19. Make your from Nara to Kyoto, stopping along the way to visit World Heritage sites and classic shrines and temples as you travel. Convenient drop-off at Kyoto Station.
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    From USD274.42

    Daily
    6 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  20. Visit temples from Houryuji to Nishinokyou, then take a look around Chuguji, Hourinji, Hokkiji, Jikouin, Yakushiji, and Toshoudaiji Temples. on a full course.
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    From USD189.99

    Daily
    4.5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon, evening)