Kyoto & Nara Walking Tour

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PRIVATE 8 HOUR KYOTO & NARA WALKING TOUR(DAILY)

  • THE KYOTO & NARA WALKING TOUR is an exclusive tour operated solely for you and your party.
  • We will accommodate your needs, requests and interests. If necessary, your itinerary can be changed to accommodate your existing schedule.
  • A licensed English speaking tour guide will take you to Kyoto & Nara.
  • This tour is a walking tour that also uses public transportation when needed.
  • Pick-up and drop-off services are available.

KYOTO is located nearly 500 kilometers south west of Tokyo, and bounded by mountains to the west, north, and east. Kyoto became Japan's capital in 794 when Emperor Kanmu moved Heijo-kyo Palace in Nara, south of Kyoto, to Heian-kyo Palace (meaning "Capital of Peace") in Kyoto.
Since Heian-kyo Place was modeled on Chang'an (now Xi'an) of the Chinese Tang Dynasty, as in Hejo-kyo Place in Nara, Heian-kyo Palace was laid out in a checkerboard. As a result, unlike today's Tokyo, Kyoto is also arranged on a grid like layout.
Kyoto was Japan's capital for more than 1000 years till the middle of the 19th century. After the political revolution known as the Meiji Restoration in 1868, political power was returned to the emperors from the military head of state; shoguns. Then, Japan's capital was moved to Tokyo from Kyoto by Emperor Meiji. Tokyo has been Japan's capital since then.
More than 1600 temples and 400 shrines are located in Kyoto. 17 temples and shrines are registered as World Cultural Heritage sites. Kyoto boasts of its rich culture, refined cuisine, many dry gardens, works of art, and traditional handcrafts. The Golden and Silver Pavilions are especially popular for their historical significance. Kyoto's three biggest festivals, Gion, Jidai, and Aoi draw the attention of a lot of people every year.

NARA is the original capital of Japan, and the cradle of Japanese civilization from around the 3rd century to the late 8th century. Nara prefecture is roughly divided into three areas; the central part of Nara, present Nara City; the south west area; and the southern part. Each area boasts its own historical remains. The Central part of Nara, for example, has two popular temples, Kofukuji, and Todaiji Temple where the Great Buddha in Nara is enshrined and one shrine, Kasuga Grand Shrine and the Nara Park, where more than 1000 dear roam around shrines and temples.
The South West of Nara has Horyuji Temple, the first World Heritage Site in Japan and some of the buildings there are well known as the oldest wooden structures in the world.
The Southern part of Nara, known as the Asuka district, is the birthplace of Japan's civilization.
Nara is located south west of Tokyo, about 600 kilometers away from Tokyo. One of the earliest palaces called Heijokyo, "Citadel of Peace" used to be there as Japan's capital building. It was Empress Genmei who moved the capital to Heijokyo in 710 from Fujiwarakyo, located in the southern part of Heijokyo. It lasted 74 years before Heiankyo in Kyoto became Japan's capital.
Heijokyo Palace was based on the Chinese city of Ch'ang-an, and has checkerboard streets just like Kyoto city.
In the earlier stages of Japanese civilization, Japan was greatly influenced by China and Korea in terms of ideas on law and administration, Buddhism, technology, architecture, art and culture.

Recommended Itinerary

Time:8:00‐16:00

Duration:8 hours (Approx.)

  • Kiyomizu, Buddhist temple(Kyoto)
  • Sanneizaka Slope(Kyoto)
  • Ginkakuji, Silver Pavilion(Kyoto)
  • Todai-ji Temple(Nara)
  • Kasuga Shrine(Nara)
  • Nara Park(Nara)

Note: The tour begins at your hotel. The sequence of the tour depends on the location of your hotel.

KYOTO

Kiyomizu-dera, Buddhist temple, officially called Otowasan, belongs to the Hosso sect. It is designated as a World Heritage Site, and dedicated to the 11-headed Kannon (goddess of mercy) who can bring about easy childbirth. The temple was reportedly founded by warlord Sakanoueno Tamuramaro who was dispatched by the Imperial court in the Heian period to conquer the Emishi race in northern Japan. It is also famous for its stage referred to as the "Stage of Kiyomizu." The veranda was constructed without any nails. 139 giant pillars are dovetailed together. Because this veranda stands on a steep hillside, it commands superb views of Kyoto city. "To jump off Kiyomizu's veranda" is often used when one starts a new venture. It is the Japanese equivalent of "to take the plunge". The Otowa Waterfalls are another landmark, and are considered sacred waters, falling down from three channels of water. In fact, Kiyomizu literally means "clear water" in Japanese.

Sanneizaka or Sannenzaka Slope consists of narrow alleys with a traditional atmosphere, packed with souvenir shops selling local sweets, Kiyomizu porcelain, lacquer ware, folding fans, Japanese dolls, etc. You can enjoy strolling through these tiny alleys.

Ginkakuji Silver Pavilion used to be a villa of the 8th shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa, but it became a temple after his death in accordance with Yoshimasa's wishes. The temple has a beautiful strolling garden with a dry garden, consisting of rocks and raked gravel representing oceans. Conical shaped sand called Kogetudai represents Mt. Fuji.
The room Togudo Dojinsai is said to be the origin of the traditional Japanese tatami matted room and has tatami rush mats, an alcove, and a hanging scroll and flower arrangement. These originated in this period. This temple is also registered as a World Heritage Site.

NARA

Todaiji Temple, literally Eastern Great Temple, was commissioned by Emperor Shomu , completed in 745, , dedicated to the Great Buddha, and is the most popular sight in Nara. The main hall of the temple (Daibutsuden) is 47.5 m. in height and 57m.in width, and thought to be the largest wooden structure in the world.
The bronze statue of Buddha is 18 meters tall, its ear is 2.5 meters, its eye is 1 meter and 300 tons of bronze was used for construction.
The Emperor Shomu had the statue of Buddha cast in order to pray for the stability of the nation. Buddhism became a national religion in the Nara period, although it was originally introduced to Japan from China through Korea in the 6th century. This temple has an impressive gate called Nandaimon or the Great Southern Gate. The gate contains a pair of huge Deva Kings, guardian gods for the Great Buddha, sculptured by two master sculptors, Unkei and Kaikei.

Kasuga Shinto Shrine was founded in 768 as a tutelary shrine of the influential ancient clan, the Fujiwaras. This shrine is also designated as a World Heritage Site. This temple is famous for its around 2000 stone lanterns, which line the approach to the main hall. There are nearly 1000 hanging bronze lanterns. Most of them were donated by worshippers. These lanterns are lit both in February and August every year to grant the wishes of people and to ensure their health and safety. The family crest of the Fujiwaras is a wisteria flower.
You will find a lot of deer in the Nara Park. The deer are believed to be sacred messengers because the Shinto gods of Kasuga Shrine came to this site riding on the backs of a deer.

8HOUR WALKING TOUR RATES

Number of guests Tour charge-8 hours
(per person)
Tour charge-8 hours
(Total Charge)
1 person 48,000 48,000
2 persons 26,500 53,000
3 persons 19,000 57,000
4 persons 15,750 63,000
5 persons 13,600 68,000
6 persons 12,000 72,000
  • Tour charge may change depending on number of guests.
  • Included: English speaking tour guide; Public transportation fares (including train, subway and taxi fares); Admission fees
  • Not included: Lunch (Although lunch is not included in the package, your tour guide will be happy to help you find a suitable restaurant).
  • Your tour guide will meet you at your hotel and take you back once the tour concludes.

If you are interested in the tour please book it through the booking form on our Website.

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