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Visit Nara from Kyoto
The capital of Japan in ancient times, Nara is within easy reach of Kyoto and home to several majestic temples, which collectively form the Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which this half-day tour will explore.
This morning you will be met at your hotel by your local guide, and taken on the train for the short (45m) journey to Nara. Nara was the capital of Japan as far back as the 8th Century, which spawned the Nara period, from which many temples and shrines remain in wonderful condition.
Your guide will first take you to Todaiji Temple, one of the world’s largest wooden structures, also home to the worlds’ largest bronze statue of Buddha. The origins of the temple can be traced all the way back to 728, and despite being a Buddhist temple, Deer, revered in Shintoism, still roam the grounds.
These deer have more significance at the Shinto Shrine of Kasuga Taisha, where your guide will show you the hundreds of bronze lanterns that fill the interior, while over 3,000 stone lanterns donated by worshipers lead up to the exterior of the shrine.
The deer at Kasuga Taisha are well placed, as the shrine passes through Nara Deer park, and to end the tour, your guide will escort you into the park, to witness the thousands of tame deer living there. After you have visited the park, your guide will accompany you back on the train to Kyoto Station, where you can make your way back to your hotel.
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