Make friends with wild deer in Japan’s first permanent capital city, ancient and tranquil Nara! We begin by exploring the stone lantern-studded forests around Kasuga Taisha, pray for love and a happy marriage at Meoto Shrine, and come with us to the beautiful inner sanctuary. This is also where you’re most likely to spot a stag in its full glory, with complete set of horns; the other deer in Nara Park are rounded up every October and their horns are cut off for safety.
We then have lunch at a nice little chaya (teahouse): try their Buddha Udon and wild boar dumplings! Their seasonal flavor soft serve ice creams are also good. We then walk to Nara’s signature sights, the sprawling Todaiji complex and Kofukuji, with a stop along the way to for the view of Ukimido, the Floating Pavilion on Saga Pond. Our last stop is a lovely three-in-one Japanese garden that’s off the tourist track. Recommended for families, nature lovers and photographers.
|Availability||November 14-December 9,2018||1-2||135.00|
|Starts from||Kyoto Station||7-8||108.00|
|Inclusions||facilitator, all transport, lunch, admission fees||9-10||102.00|
|Accessibility||Mostly level, extensive walking|
Add USD 40.00 to turn this into a photography tour. Photo tour version starts earlier and includes a climb to the top of Mount Wakakusa.