Nara: Big Buddha, Bambi and Backstreets Cultural Tour
- Explore Buddhist temples that once held enough power to influence the emperor himself
- Stroll the beautiful backstreets of the old town and discover handcraft havens, quirky shops and traditional machiya houses
- Watch the turtles at the picturesque Sarusawa pond
- Go close to the fabled, holy deer of Nara
- Taste some of the best street food delights in the city
Make a brief stop at the Sarusawa pond, well known for its turtles and the pretty scenery surrounding it; this is considered a perfect spot for a romantic evening walk in Nara. Move forward into the quiet alleys and backstreets of Nara-machi, the well preserved former merchant's district, where you will be able to see and experience unique traditional arts and crafts.
As the best way to experience a city is through its food, you will get the chance to test some of our favorite local delights. The last stop of your journey will take you to a shopping street, where you can find colorful and diverse shops, perfect for souvenir hunting. Both the JR Nara station and the Kintetsu station are within comfortable walking distance from the finishing point of the tour. Your guide will be happy to help you with directions to your hotel or to provide a restaurant recommendation for lunch. Do not forget to ask for more hints and tips on what else there is to do in Nara during your time here.
- Local English-speaking guide
- Local snacks
- Entrance fees for all the sites mentioned
- Additional food and drinks
- Souvenirs and personal shopping
- Tips or gratuities
Prepare for the activity
At the fountain in front of the exit at Kintetsu Nara station. From the train platform go through the east gates to street level, via the staircase, where you will see the fountain with a statue of a monk, on your right-hand side.Open in Google Maps ⟶
- Comfortable shoes
Only children between the ages of 6 and 11 are allowed on this tour.
Some dietary restrictions can be accommodated. Please notify us in advance if you have any dietary requests. The snacks included on the tour are not substantial so if your dietary requirements cannot be met, a liquid refreshment will instead be provided.
The tour group can include a maximum of 12 people.