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Cycling in Uda

Cycling in Uda - Nara, Japan

Duration: 6 hours
Location: Nara, Japan

From USD
$209.58

Let's cycle around the old castle town of Uda in the back country of Nara prefecture.

Located about an hour by train from Osaka, Uda city lies on a 300-meter-high plateau. From ancient times it had strong ties to the sacred places of Kumano and Yoshino, and to the former capitals in Japan ... More info ›

Let's cycle around the old castle town of Uda in the back country of Nara prefecture.

Located about an hour by train from Osaka, Uda city lies on a 300-meter-high plateau. From ancient times it had strong ties to the sacred places of Kumano and Yoshino, and to the former capitals in Japan. In the Middle Ages the Matsuyama district flourished as a castle town with a vivid merchants’ quarter. The streets lined with their shops look just as they did in the Edo period, 200-250 years ago, and it would be no surprise to see Samurai walking about. It has been designated as Conservation District of Traditional Buildings by the Japanese government.

Cycling through the satoyama landscape, experiencing calligraphy, one of Japan’s traditional arts, and getting a glimpse of how people lived 200 years ago are all part of this tour

Experience traditional Japan with all your five senses in Uda!

We look forward to welcoming you!

Let's get started!

After renting an e-bike at Haibara station on the Kintetsu Line we enjoy a leisurely one-hour-ride along rivers and paddy fields where the nobles once might have taken a stroll.


Time for Lunch!

The water in Uda used to be considered ‘blessed water’ and was specially delivered to the Imperial Court in the old days. Its pureness is one reason why sake breweries came into existence in this region.  Let's sit down to a nice lunch cooked with this special spring water!


Strolling through the Picturesque Old Town

The old merchant buildings lining the streets in the Matsuyama district  have very impressive latticed windows. Find out what kind of shops they were and why the buildings and lattices differ slightly!


Try your Hand at Calligraphy

Writing with a brush and Indian ink is how the Japanese people have been expressing themselves for ages. Even now the children are being taught calligraphy at school or in private lessons, also as a way to learn manners. In this tour we will visit an actual calligraphy school, and experienced Midori sensei will give you an enjoyable lesson in writing Japanese characters. Take home a special souvenir afterwards!


Got a Sweet Tooth?

From traditional Japanese sweets to Western style cakes, Matsuyama district has it all: Just the thing we need to get some energy.


Museum of Medicine

A visit of the former home of a wealthy medicine merchant shows us how the inside of a house back then looked like. The old furniture, the huge earthen cooking stove, the servants’ quarters, two different baths, and the gorgeous Japanese-style warehouse let us imagine how people lived here 200 years ago. Can you find out what the rocks in the garden are representing?

Back to the Present

Before heading back to the city we pass one more time through the satoyama landscape on a slightly different route. Nobles, merchants, and also immigrants from the continent used the road that takes us back to Haibara Station. This is where our tour ends.

We hope that through this tour you will be able to enjoy the Japanese countryside and perceive how people lived now and then while also getting a deeper understanding of Japan and its culture. We will strive to make this day a memorable one for you.

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Todai-ji Temple Early Bird Tour

Todai-ji Temple Early Bird Tour - Nara, Japan

Duration: 3 hours
Location: Nara, Japan

From USD
$68.34

~Explore numerous national treasures with a local guide in the early but quiet morning ~

Our certified guide who lives in Nara will take you to all the highlights. Be an early bird and
take advantage of fewer tourists and the fresh air on a placid morning in the ancient capital.

It is a great pleasure for us to take you to our beloved Nara and its highlights.

Nara was the capital of Japan about 1,300 years ago (from 710 to 784) before it was
transferred to Kyoto ... More info ›

~Explore numerous national treasures with a local guide in the early but quiet morning ~

Our certified guide who lives in Nara will take you to all the highlights. Be an early bird and
take advantage of fewer tourists and the fresh air on a placid morning in the ancient capital.

It is a great pleasure for us to take you to our beloved Nara and its highlights.

Nara was the capital of Japan about 1,300 years ago (from 710 to 784) before it was
transferred to Kyoto. The best-known attraction here is Todai-ji Temple, renowned for the
Great Buddha Hall (national treasure) which is the largest wooden structure in Japan. The
Great Buddha statue, the world’s largest bronze Buddha, is housed in it. The temple was
founded under a national project directed by Emperor Shomu who was eager to re-
establish Japan’s security and stability after pandemic and insurgency.
Upon visiting Todaiji Temple, you will be overwhelmed by its scale and its majestic
atmosphere. In addition to the Great Buddha, you will see numerous national treasures that
tourists do not usually visit.
In no other place except Nara can you see 1,200 wild deer roaming about right in front of
you. Feeding them deer crackers and taking photos with them is an especially precious
experience.
On the way back to the station, we can see another icon of Nara, the second tallest
wooden pagoda in Japan. This pagoda belonging to Kofuku-ji Temple was last rebuilt about
600 years ago. How could it have survived disasters and fires for such a long time?!

◆ Meeting point
✓ 07: 00 Kintetsu Nara Station East Ticket Gate, JR Nara Station Ticket Gate
◇ Bus
✓ 07: 15 ~ 07: 25 Get off at Todai-ji Temple bus stop. The fare is 100 yen
◇ walk
✓ 07: 25 ~ 07: 40 Bus stop ~ Nigatsu-do
◆ Nigatsu-do (National Treasure)
✓ 07: 40-08: 00
You can overlook the Nara Basin from the venerated wooden terrace of Nigatsu-do. While enjoying the view, let’s find out why Nara was chosen to be the capital.
◆ Hokke-Do (National Treasure)
✓ 08: 00-08: 30
It is said to be the oldest building on the Todaiji Temple grounds. Many old Buddhist statue masterpieces are enshrined here.
◇ Move
✓ 08: 30-08: 45 Hokke-do – Great Buddha
◆ Great Buddha (national treasure)
✓ 08: 45-09: 15
Entering into the corridor, you will be surprised at the size of the Great Buddha Hall and will feel something awe-inspiring. Let's face up to the Great Buddha after purifying yourself at the ablution fountain. Get captivated by the atmosphere of wisdom and compassion of the
Great Buddha.
◇ Nara Park
✓ 09: 15 - 09: 30 Todai-ji Temple – Kofuku-ji Temple
Nara park is also known as Deer Park. Deer roam freely in the park and bow when they greet you, especially if you hold deer crackers in your hand.
◆ Kofuku-ji Temple Five-storied Pagoda (National Treasure)
✓ 09: 30-09: 40

This symbol of Nara was built about 600 years ago. It is constructed out of thick logs joined together in a splendid and dynamic way.
◇ Move
✓ 09: 40-10: 00 Kintetsu Nara Station (on foot)
✓ 09: 40-10: 30 JR Nara station (bus) 

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Yamato-Koriyama Castle and Goldfish Small-Group Tour from Nara

Yamato-Koriyama Castle and Goldfish Small-Group Tour from Nara - Nara, Japan

Duration: 3 hours
Location: Nara, Japan

From USD
$74.04

Yamato-Koriyama is located in the northern part of Nara Prefecture and flourished as a castle town since ancient times. Nowadays, it is a city rich in historic vibe and also known as one of the best producers of goldfish in Japan ... More info ›

Yamato-Koriyama is located in the northern part of Nara Prefecture and flourished as a castle town since ancient times. Nowadays, it is a city rich in historic vibe and also known as one of the best producers of goldfish in Japan. Here we offer a walking tour which shows you the spots unique to Yamato-Koriyama including the symbolic Koriyama Castle, the"K Coffee" featuring an one-of-a-kind fish tank converted from a phone booth, a goldfish production facility "Kingyoda", and the Goldfish Museum.

After meeting up with your local guide at Yamato-Koriyama Station located in Nara Prefecture, first visit Koriyama Castle, a proud symbol of the city.

The castle was built in the 16th century, and is known as one of the most famous cherry blossoms viewing spots in Japan in the spring, as noted in the definitive "Japan Cherry Blossom Hundred Picks" list. Depending on the season, here you can enjoy cherry blossoms (spring) or vivid fall colors (autumn). Spending approx. 45 minutes at Koriyama Castle will wow you because not only the stunning stone walls and architecture, but also its glorious harmony with nature as well as splendid exterior gate that was relocated from Negoriji in Wakayama Prefecture. You cannot miss the breathtaking view from the top that overlooks the town of Yamato-Koriyama.

Next, you will have the opportunity to explore Yanagi-cho shopping street, where the old castle town streets remain to this day. Highlights include Kazuki Inari Shrine with its elegant atmosphere, a Japanese sweet shop "Kikuya" that boasts a history of more than 400 years, and the cafe "K Coffee" featuring the one-of-a-kind fish tank converted from a phone booth. At "K Coffee" you can take a break and take some interesting photos of the goldfish swimming in the phone booth while sipping freshly roasted coffee. Your total time in the Yanagimachi shopping street area will be about 60 minutes.

At the final stop on the tour, explore the goldfish production center known as "Kingyoda" located just outside the center of the city. Yamato-Koriyama City hosts one of Japan's leading goldfish production sites, distributing approximately 60 million goldfish nationwide, or about 40% of the national share. Here on the outskirts of the city, the "Kingyoda" facility maintains about 50 hectares of goldfish culturing ponds, and the visuals of seeing great numbers of goldfish swimming about such a large area is something unforgettable. You’ll also visit Koriyama Goldfish Museum to learn more about the history and photograph various kinds of goldfish. Altogether, you will have around 50 minutes to enjoy the museum before heading back to the Yamato-Koriyama Station when the tour concludes.

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Historic and Natural Guided Hike in Yoshino

Historic and Natural Guided Hike in Yoshino - Yoshino, Japan

Duration: 5 hours
Location: Yoshino, Japan

From USD
$113.90

Located in the southern part of Nara Prefecture, "Yoshinoyama" is known as one of the most famous cherry blossom areas in Japan. Yoshino mountain is covered with 30,000 cherry trees blooming in the spring ... More info ›

Located in the southern part of Nara Prefecture, "Yoshinoyama" is known as one of the most famous cherry blossom areas in Japan. Yoshino mountain is covered with 30,000 cherry trees blooming in the spring. Its elegant and elegant landscape continues to attract many people, from ancient times to the present age. From ancient times, Yoshino cherries held a special place, even as a sacred ground for an examination of the path connecting God and nature. In the old days, it was written numerous Japanese texts how beautiful a sight it was that the Emperor of that time and all cultural people loved.
This tour is about 5 hours of walking along the mountain path of Yoshino while thinking about the history of eternity. There are no steep slopes, but the entire journey will be about 8 km, so it's a tour for those who are ok with walking. Follow along with the local guide that lives in Nara, learning the way the people of the Asuka and Nara period went about Yoshino exploration.

You will join the guide at Yamato Kamiichi Station and head for Miyaki Falls by bus. You will then leave Miyataki, where the remains of Yoshino Palace called Yoshino Rikyu was discovered, and continue walking while listening to the stream of the elephant (kisa) stream that was also written about in the ancient Manyoshu (Collection of Ten Thousand Leaves). You can also see the elegant appearance of the Sakuragi Shrine and the Yae Bridge on your left. In front of you, you can feel the comfort of negative ions in Takataki 's clear stream where a well - cultivated beautiful forest spreads and falls from among the trees.
The field of vision spreads from the vicinity of a lovely pond and we arrive at Yoshino Mountain with a beautiful landscape expanding beneath the eyes. From the end of March to the middle of April, beautiful cherry blossoms will spread out to form a wonderful scenery unique to this world heritage site that covers historic buildings and mountains. It is at the main mountain where "Kimpusenji Temple / Zao-do Hall" of the Shugendo simply stops at the hill of a ridge road. The national treasure Zao-do Hall is a 14th-century reconstruction, about 34 m in height, about 36 m in depth, with gloriously extended eaves, a large-scale architectural style for the Great Buddha of Todaiji Temple. After worshiping, we take time for a lunch break. Please try the special regional delicacy of persimmon leaf sushi by all means. After lunch we will walk for about 30 minutes, go down the mountain, and the tour ends at Yoshino Station. Listen carefully to the great nature and enjoy the day together with all things natural while feeling the past cultural peoples and warlords who have followed the same path.

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Private Excursion to Nara

Private Excursion to Nara - Nara, Japan

Duration: 4 hours
Location: Nara, Japan

From USD
$100.23

Nara Park can be compared to Hyde Park in London or Central Park in New York as the most visited park with the world famous historic sites located inside and were coincidentally established in the same century. During the guided tour in Nara Park, you will visit two major spots built in the 9th century, which are registered as UNESCO World Heritage sites ... More info ›

Nara Park can be compared to Hyde Park in London or Central Park in New York as the most visited park with the world famous historic sites located inside and were coincidentally established in the same century. During the guided tour in Nara Park, you will visit two major spots built in the 9th century, which are registered as UNESCO World Heritage sites. One is the world’s largest bronze statue of Buddha seated in the Great Buddha Hall, the largest wooden construction in the world. The other is Kasuga Taisha Shrine. This is the round-trip excursion program starting at Kyoto Station including comfortable transfer by the limited express with reserved seats.

For this private round-trip excursion, you will meet the guide at 8:15am at the lobby of Hotel Granvia Kyoto in the Kyoto Station building for early start to feel fresh air. Then, transfer to Nara by the limited express with reserved seats. Out of total 4-hour tour, you will have enough time to walk in Nara Park while covering two of the World Heritage sites such as Todaiji Temple (Great Buddha Hall) and Kasuga Taisha Shrine. The tour finishes after returning back to Kyoto at 12:16pm, and you will still have a plenty of time in the afternoon on the day!

Itinerary:
08:15am Meeting at the lobby of Hotel Granvia Kyoto at Kyoto Station
08:15am-09:05am Transfer to Nara by the limited express (reserved seat)
09:05am-11:35am Guided tour in Nara Park
11:35am-12:16pm Return to Kyoto by the limited express (reserved seat)
12:16pm Tour ends at Kyoto Station

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Private Tour: Nara Photoshoot and Sightseeing with Photographer Guide

Private Tour: Nara Photoshoot and Sightseeing with Photographer Guide - Nara, Japan

Duration: 4 hours
Location: Nara, Japan

From USD
$546.54

The tour begins at the incredible Todaiji Temple where you will see the world’s largest Buddha statue at approximately 50 feet. You will then head to the famous Nara Park nearby where thousands of very friendly deer interact with visitors ... More info ›

The tour begins at the incredible Todaiji Temple where you will see the world’s largest Buddha statue at approximately 50 feet. You will then head to the famous Nara Park nearby where thousands of very friendly deer interact with visitors. Then you will head to the Wakamiya Shrine and finally end the tour at the National Treasure Museum at Kofukuji. On this private tour, you will also have photos taken of you while being guided.

This half-day tour will start at the famous Todaiji Temple, which houses the world's largest bronze Buddha statue. Then head to the Tahouzan Jippoji before going to the Wakamiya Shrine. Your tour will end at the National Treasure Museum at Kofukuji.

This tour includes a photography service from a professional photographer with 10 years of experience in the industry. Your experienced guides/photographers will guide you around the sights and photograph you along the way, both casually and posed. This service is for any group of people from friends, individuals, couples and families, as well as for engagement photos/ceremonies. 

Your Native English-speaking and/or Arabic-speaking photographers/guides will preserve your unforgettable memories. At the end of your tour, unedited JPEG photo data on an SD Card will be handed to you. This way, you'll be able to document your exciting trip than with beautiful photographs that will last a lifetime!

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