Nara Highlight Walking & local Sake tasting tour (Small-Group)

  • ¥ 9,800
  • 4.0 hour (approx.)
  • Minimum 2, Max 10 Guests


Nara is Japan's first permanent capital which was established in the year 710.
That history is older than Kyoto.
There are full of historic treasures, including some of Japan's oldest and largest temples.
Also, Nara is known as the birthplace of Japanese sake.
We'd like to take you to the highlight places like the Kasuga Shrine (which features over 3,000 stone and bronze lanterns), Nigatsudo (Great view spot), Todaiji (largest Buddha statue in Japan),
Kohukuji (five story pagoda), Nara park (many deer) and photogenic Nara town with local sake brewery.
Our tour is small group. It's good to walk and talk with local guide with few people.
You can efficiently explore Nara area for 4 hours.


*This tour can arrange from 2 guests. If you are 1 person, please send us inquiry first.
*If you can't drink Sake, we would like to change other drink or sweets.


【Tour Details】
Begin your afternoon adventure to meet up with your guide at JR Nara Station.
You can directly come there from Osaka (app. 50min.) or Kyoto (app. 70 min.)
From JR Nara Station, you and your guide will take a local bus to the path leading to Kasuga Taisha Shrine, one of the World Heritage Sites in Nara.

To walk on the entrance path with viewing sacred groove, you will arrive at Kasuga Taisha Shrine.
This is one of the must-see place in Nara, you can imagine what Japanese Shintoism is exactly here.
Especially the dark hall with 3,000 latern (Fujinami-no-ya hall) must make you feel mysterious.

After leaving Kasuga Taisha Shrine, your guide take you to Nigatsudo Temple with enjoying the view of native woods and passing by swordsmith.
At the terrace of Nigatsu-do Temple, you can enjoy the breathtaking view of entire Nara city and surrounding mountains.

Your third destination is main hall of Todai-ji Tmeple which is absolutely famous for the giant Buddha statue.
That statue is one of the lagest bronze Buddha statues in Japan, and also that hall is one of the largest wooden buildings in the world.
After you savour it enough, have a small break with deers in the Nara park beside Nandaimon Gate.

Next, your guide will take you to a local sake brewery with more than 130 years history.
When you arrive at the sake brewery, let's taste five different local sake!!
Since Nara is known as the birth palce of Japanese Sake and blessed with natural environment, you may encounter high-quality Sake.
If you could find a good one, it would be a good idea to buy it for a souvenir.

At the end of your tour, you and your guide will head to Kofuluji-Temple by going through the Naramachi.
Enjoy the view of well-preserved townhouses and the unique atmosphere of Naramachi.

After this tour, if you prefer to spend more time around Nara, you can stay there.
If you want to go back to Kyoto or Osaka, you can take a train from Nara Station.
If you have a question about the transportation, your dinner, or your travel plan, do not hesitate to ask your guide.
We will advice you about Nara, Osaka or Kyoto like your local friend!!

13:00-17:00 (4.0 hours)
JR Nara station / Sarusawa pond beside Kofukuji-Temple
Please arrive by 12:45 pm @Ticket gate of JR Nara station
for a prompt departure at 13:00 pm.
PRICE (1 person)
9,800 JPY
Approximately 17:00 PM.
English guide
Entrance fee
Public transportation fee (bus) during the tour
Sake tasting with Nara style pickles
Hotel pick-up
  • ・If you have any allergy or you couldn’t eat anything, please let us know
  • ・This is a group tour
  • ・We will leave at 13:00pm sharp, so please make sure to be there on time!
  • ・Please come with comfortable walking shoes as this tour is mainly a walking tour (There are many steps and much walking more than 6km).
  • ・There could be a delay at when tour ends, if you have an appointment or plan right after this tour, please let us know in advance.
  • ・We defined over 12 years old as adult, 4-12 years old as child.
    Children price is 70% as adults. After booking for adults, we send link to pay for children.
    under 3 years old are free(w/o food).
  • ・All payment is expected before tour.


Customer's Voice (1)

We had the great pleasure of working with Japan Travel on a number of things while in Japan and everything was done to perfection. Our family had used Japan Travel before also with great success. Our tour of Nara with Kazu was phenomenal. First, Japan Travel recommended a visit to Nara while we stayed in Kyoto and I highly recommend a day trip to Nara. Kazu was prompt in picking up our group at the train station and the discussion and guide work was great. Kazu speaks English as well as we do and he is friendly and informative. This is a walking tour and you do a fair amount of walking but Kazu does employ a few shuttle buses to lighten the steps. The final stop for Sake tasting was great and well worth the extra steps. Take this tour.
by Ed Corey (06/06/18)