Introduced to Japan in the 6th century, Buddhism is one of Japan's main religions, and many of the most famous sights throughout the country are Buddhist temples. There are different options for visiting these temples, including basic tours, overnight temple stays, zen meditation classes, and more!
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  1. 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


    4.5 hour(s) (afternoon)
  2. 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


    4.5 hour(s) (afternoon)
  3. 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.


    2 hour(s) (afternoon)
  4. 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.


    1.5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  5. 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.


    Sun, Mon, Fri, Sat
    2.5 hour(s) (morning)
  6. 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!


    1.5 hour(s) (morning)
  7. 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


    5.5 hour(s) (morning)
  8. 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.


    Sun, Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat
    1 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)