Nara Visitors Bureau
Activity location: Nara
Last updated: 2016/03/18
15Activities
  1. 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.

    USD8.90

    Daily
    1.5 hour(s) (afternoon)
  2. Only on Feburary 3rd, the Mantoro Lantern Festival is held with about 2,000 stone lamps and 1,000 hanging lamps, lit with holy fire. Join a magical night at the shrine.

    USD17.80

    Fri
    1.5 hour(s) (evening)
  3. Discover the Wakamiya Shrine with a shrine guide. After the gates close, you may light a lamp in the corridor and wish upon it, then enjoy rare access to a special shrine to say a prayer.

    USD31.14

    Sun, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
    1.5 hour(s) (evening)
  4. 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.

    USD11.57

    Weekend
    2 hour(s) (afternoon)
  5. 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)
  6. 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)
  7. 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.

    USD16.91

    Sun, Mon, Fri, Sat
    2.5 hour(s) (morning)
  8. 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!

    USD17.80

    Weekend
    1.5 hour(s) (morning)
  9. 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.

    USD13.35

    Weekend
    1.5 hour(s) (afternoon)
  10. 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

    USD44.49

    Sat
    5.5 hour(s) (morning)
  11. Head to the 'Tiger Temple' and enter a normally off-limits part of the temple. Join a Buddhist ritual given by one of the monks. Vegetarian Shojin Ryori (Buddhist cuisine) lunches are available too!

    USD11.57

    Weekend
    2 hour(s) (afternoon)
  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.

    USD13.35

    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.

    USD13.35

    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.

    USD11.57

    Weekend
    2 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  15. 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)