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Nara Afternoon Tour from Osaka

Spend time among the deer and tranquil nature of Nara

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Encounter the ancient and ornate temples and expansive grassy park, home to the famed Nara nodding deer, on this day trip to Nara from Osaka

  • Enjoy a convenient afternoon tour of Nara from Osaka

  • Walk the grounds of Nara Park and meet the famous deer, hundreds of which roam freely

  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of ancient Todai-ji Temple and Kasuga Taisha Shrine

  • Shop for mementos at Nara Nagomikan, the largest souvenir shop in Nara

What We Love:

Providing travelers with the perfect excursion from the big city, the beautiful city of Nara (once Japan's capital) is an ideal nature escape in all seasons. Famed for the thousands of deer that graze and roam freely in the park as well as the significant temples dating from the eighth century. Once inside the park you'll visit two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Todai-ji Temple is an iconic symbol of the Nara Period and one of the world's largest wooden structures. The huge 15-meter bronze Great Buddha is truly a sight to behold. Kasuga Taisha Shrine, built in 768 AD, is famed for its stone and bronze lanterns. Making your way to the shrine, you'll encounter a number of deer, thought to be the shrine messengers. Eternally hungry, you can purchase food to feed the deer who will thank you with their characteristic nodding!

Activity Details

6 Hours


Min 1

Pick Up

24 Hours



  • You will receive a confirmation email and your e-voucher within 1 business day

Inclusive Of:

  • Hotel pick up
  • English speaking guide
  • Admission fees
  • Transportation

Not Inclusive Of:

  • Return hotel drop offs
  • Entrance to areas of Kasuga Taisha Shrine requiring admission fees


  • 12:10-12:40 Hotel pick ups
  • 12:40 Meet up at Hotel Granvia Osaka and walk to Osaka Station
  • Travel by JR Rapid Service to Kyoto Station
  • 13:40 New Miyako Hotel and travel to Nara by bus (70 min)
  • Nara Park & Todai-ji Temple (Great Buddha) (60 min)
  • Kasuga Taisha Shrine (40 min)
  • Nara Nagomikan (20 min)
  • Depart from Kintetsu Nara Station and return to Osaka Namba Station
  • 18:30-19:30 Tour ends at Osaka Namba Station

Additional Information:

  • Child ticket: Age 6-11
  • The tour is subject to change depending on weather conditions and seasonal schedule changes
  • Please Note that this tour uses public transportation with non-reserved seating. Seating is not guaranteed

Insider Tips:

  • Look out for the Buddha hole in a supporting post of Todai-ji Temple. The hole is said to be the same size as one of the Buddha's nostrils. Crawl through it and legend says that you will receive enlightenment in your next life!

How To Use

  • You can present either a printed or a mobile voucher for this activity
  • Meet up: 12:40 at Hotel Granvia Osaka (unless hotel pick up arranged in advance)
  • The hotel is located next to Osaka and Umeda Stations
  • For hotel pick ups, please arrive in the hotel lobby 10 minutes before scheduled departure
  • Tour ends at Osaka Namba Station


  • A 70% refund will be issued for cancelations made at least 7 days prior to the tour

Reviews (3)


Interesting tour of several sites in Nara. Especially enjoyed seeing the tame deer.


The visits were interesting and the tour guide was not only knowledgeable in the history of the sites, but he also paced the tour well to make sure we get enough satisfaction at each site. His dialogue was clear and he took good care of us.


The trip from Osaka to Nara via Kyoto was a bit unexpected and cumbersome. We had a fun time on the bus ride from Kyoto. The guide was knowledgeable and very entertaining.

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