Nara Afternoon Tour from Osaka: Boasting eight World Heritage Sites, Nara is a focal point for Japanese culture and history located a short distance away from Osaka.
* Spend the afternoon sightseeing in Nara
* See two World Heritage Sites: Todai-ji Temple and Kasuga Taisha Shrine
* Rare up close encounter with wild deer in Nara Park
Departing from Osaka we travel by JR Special Rapid Service or Rapid Service to Kyoto from where we continue the journey by bus taking the Nara Keinawa Expressway. We kick-start our sightseeing tour by visiting the star of the show: Nara Park and Todai-ji Temple, also known as the Great Buddha. This is the largest wooden structure in the world which houses the largest bronze figure in the world is truly awe-inspiring. Absorb the scale of this Unesco World Heritage Site, and as you wander through Nara Park come closer than ever to wild deer; thought to be the shrine messengers.
We continue our afternoon in Nara by seeing one of the most celebrated shrines in the city: Kasuga Taisha. Founded in the 8th century, the shrine is famous for its bronze lanterns that adorn the buildings where you are free to stroll through the areas not requiring admission. To round off the tour we go to Nara Nagomikan, the largest souvenir shop in Nara where you can stock up on local souvenirs to remember your time.
Meeting point: Depart from Hotel Granvia Osaka.
Duration: 6 hours and 50 minutes.
Start/opening time: At 12:30pm.
End/closing time: At 7:30pm.
Opening days/period: From January 5th to March 11th tour operates on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. From Mach 14th to December 30th tour operates daily.
Not included: At Kasuga Taisha Shrine, the tour does not include entrance to areas requiring admission.
Drop off location: Osaka Namba Station. Please head to your next destination on your own after the tour.
Others: Depending on the number of participants, the tour will use JR train or a bus from Osaka to Kyoto, and Kintetsu train or bus from Nara to Osaka. Please note that seating is non-reserved for the trip from Osaka to Kyoto and the trip from Nara to Osaka if using public transportation. Please note that seating is not guaranteed.
Nara Nagomikan: this location may be omitted from the itinerary due to business hours or traffic congestion.