Nara Car Tour

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PRIVATE 8 HOUR NARA CAR TOUR (DAILY)

  • THE 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 must-see places in Nara in a private car.
  • Pick-up and drop-off services are available.

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.)

  • Horyu-ji temple
  • Todai-ji Temple
  • Kofuku-ji Temple
  • Kasuga Shrine
  • Nara Park

Note: The tour begins at your hotel in Nara or Kyoto. The sequence of the tour depends on the location of your hotel.

Horyuji temple is one of the oldest temples in Japan. It was said to have been founded in the early 7th century, but reconstructed in the early 8th century after being burned down. This temple was designated as a World Heritage Site, the first in Japan in 1993.
There are two wooden structures which are thought to be the oldest wooden structures in the world: the Five Storied Pagoda and the Kondo, or Main Hall.
This temple consists of three sections: the West section, East section, and Treasure Hall. The West section includes the pagoda and main hall. The Main hall houses the Shakyamuni Triad which is designated as a national treasure. The Treasure Hall includes statues, sculptures, and Buddhist religious articles.
The East section is called Yumedono, literally Hall of Dreams, which houses the image of Kuze Kannon, believed to be the incarnation of Prince Shotoku.
Although the temple is believed to have been founded by Prince Shotoku, it is controversial as to whether or not Prince Shotoku historically existed according to recent research. For centuries he was one of the most important historical figures in Japanese history. He is also believed to have promoted Buddhism as the national religion. It was Prince Shotoku who first put emphasis on wa or harmony in the early 7th century. Even today keeping harmony is a very important Japanese virtue.
The corridors use entasis in columns introduced from Greece through the Silk Road in the 6th century. Japan was the eastern finish of Silk Road. The columns are similar to those of the Parthenon in Greece.

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.

Kofukuji Temple was first founded in Kyoto in 669, and moved to its present site when Nara became Japan's capital in 710. It is a tutelary temple of the Fujiwara clan, one of the influential clans in Japan's ancient times.
The Five Storied Pagoda, 50 meters tall and second tallest after Toji Temple in Kyoto, is designated as a national treasure. The Great Eastern Hall (Tokondo) houses Yakushi Nyorai (Physician of the Soul), the Four Heavenly Kings and the Twelve Heavenly Generals.
Kokuhokan or the National Treasure Hall includes various types of images of Buddha including the Ashura statue, with three heads and six arms; one of the most popular statues in Japan.

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.

8 HOUR CAR TOUR RATES

Number of guests 8 hour Tour charge
(per person)
8 hour Tour charge
(Total Charge)
Type of private transport
1 person 85,000 85,000 Sedan
2 persons 45,000 90,000
3 persons 35,000 105,000 Mini-van
4 persons 27,500 110,000
5 persons 23,000 115,000
  • Tour price may change depending on number of guests.
  • Included: English speaking tour guide; Admission fees; Tolls and Parking
  • 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.

PRIVATE 6 HOUR NARA CAR TOUR (DAILY)

  • THE 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 must-see places in Nara in a private car.
  • Pick-up and drop-off services are available.

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:8:00‐14:00

Duration:6 hours (Approx.)

  • Todai-ji Temple
  • Kofuku-ji Temple
  • Kasuga Shrine
  • Nara Park

Note: The tour begins at your hotel in Nara or Kyoto. The sequence of the tour depends on the location of your hotel.

6 HOUR CAR TOUR RATES

Number of guests 6 hour tour charge
(per person)
6 hour tour charge
(Total Charge)
Type of private transport
1 person 75,000 75,000 Sedan
2 persons 40,000 80,000
3 persons 30,000 90,000 Mini-van
4 persons 23,750 95,000
5 persons 20,000 100,000
  • Tour price may change depending on number of guests.
  • Included: English speaking tour guide; Admission fees; Tolls and Parking
  • 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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0120 289276
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