Only-in-Japan Experiences
Dive deep into the traditions of Japan while visiting Nara. Enjoy a cup of fragrant matcha tea, or try zazen meditation with one of the Buddhist monks. Make sure not to miss special seasonal tours, such as tours to see the cherry blossoms of Mt. Yoshino, or sake tasting!
  1. 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.


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


    Sun, Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat
    (morning, afternoon)
  3. 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)
  4. 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)
  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 USD71.16

  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!


    2 hour(s) (afternoon)
  7. Visit majestic Todaiji Temple, Kofukuji Temple, and Kasuga Taisha Shrine, where you can meet Shinto priests or priestesses. Enjoy a lovely lunch, time to explore the town and a sake tasting too!
    English Available
    Meal Provided


    Mon, Thu
    8.5 - 9 hour(s) (morning)