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Nara Tours from Kyoto

By Viator, December 2017

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The ancient Japanese capital of Nara has lots to offer visitors, including a range of UNESCO-listed sites like Todaiji Temple and a collection of gardens and parks. Here are some options to visit Nara on either a half- or full-day trip from Kyoto.

Half-Day Tours
See more of Nara in less time on a half-day trip covering highlights such as Nara’s Shinto-inspired Kasuga Shrine, the thousands of deer at the famous Nara Park, and the iconic Todaiji Temple with its “Daibutsuden” (Great Buddha Hall). 

Full-Day Tours
Full-day excursions offer a more leisurely opportunity to get to know the ancient Japanese culture and numerous landmarks in Nara. During your all-day visit, you’ll likely get to explore many of the sights mentioned above, plus other landmarks like Kofuku-ji Temple and Nijo Castle. Some full-day trips even offer optional side visits to Kyoto, or upgrades like a private tour or luxury transport. 

Things to Know
  • Nara is situated 26 miles (42 kilometers) from Kyoto, and is easily accessible by either train or bus.
  • Trains leave Kyoto twice an hour, and the journey to Nara takes 35 minutes.
  • Guests with time for independent exploration should consider stops at other Nara highlights including Yakushiji Temple, Isuien Garden, and “Naramachi,” the city’s traditional merchant district.
  • Nara lies in a temperate climate zone, with hot summers and chilly winter temperate. Make sure to bring comfortable walking shoes and dress appropriately for the season.

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Kyoto and Nara Day Trip from Kyoto including Nijo Castle, Kyoto, null
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Kyoto and Nara Day Trip from Kyoto including Nijo Castle

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Explore the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara on this full-day tour from Kyoto. In the morning, visit UNESCO World Heritage sites Nijo Castle and ...  Read more

Location: Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $136.20
Nara Afternoon Tour of Todaiji Temple, Deer Park and Kasuga Shrine from Kyoto, Kyoto, Day Trips
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Nara Afternoon Tour of Todaiji Temple, Deer Park and Kasuga Shrine from Kyoto

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Venture to Nara from Kyoto for the afternoon. Due to its past as the first permanent capital of Japan, Nara remains full of historic treasures, including some ...  Read more

Location: Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $69.01
Kyoto and Nara Tour and Photo Shoot, Kyoto, Day Trips
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Kyoto and Nara Tour and Photo Shoot

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Get ready for 12 full hours of incredible sites in two of Japan’s most ancient and revered cities! Be photographed by a professional photographer! This packed ...  Read more

Location: Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $726.22
Private Kyoto and Nara Tour with a Professional Photographer, Kyoto, Day Trips
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Private Kyoto and Nara Tour with a Professional Photographer

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The Tour begins at the incredible Fushimi Inari Shrine, then we will go south to Nara and visit Todaiji Temple and also we will see the world’s largest Buddha ...  Read more

Location: Nara, Japan
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $1,025.85

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