4 day tour to Nara
Day 1: Departure from home country
Day 2: Arrival / Nara
In the afternoon tourists take super-speed train from Tokyo. It takes 2 hours and half to Kyoto. Then transfer to Nara by train. After arriving Nara they go to hotel at Nara.
Day 3: Nara
After breakfast tourists visit Todai-ji, then Isui-en Garden.
Todai-ji ------Home of the famous Daibutsu (Great Buddha), Todai-ji Temple is a must-see for all visitors to Japan. It’s awe-inspiring and moving. Todai-ji is not just one of Nara’s must-see attractions; it’s one of Japan’s must-see attractions. Its focal point is the Daibutsu-den (Hall of the Great Buddha), which contains the vast grandeur of the Daibutsu, a 16-meter-high Buddha that really does seems to exude some form of spiritual energy. Be sure to check out the Nandai-mon Gate, that lies a few hundred meters east of the Daibutsu-den, and once inside the Daibutsu-den, be sure to circle around the back and check out the pillar with the hole in the middle. Children who can squeeze through it are said to be assured of enlightenment. After visiting they eat lunch.
Isui-en Garden is the best garden in Nara and one of my favorite gardens in Kansai (central Japan). It’s a spacious stroll garden with a pond and plenty of blooming flowers and trees. Isui-en is conveniently located on the way from the train stations to Todai-ji Temple (it’s on maps given away by the tourist information offices) and marked by signs near the pedestrian underpasses that run below Noborioji Street (the main street that leads up from the train stations to Nara-koen Park). While it costs Y650 to enter, it’s well worth it. Take some time to stroll the garden (pathways run all the way to the back of the garden). At any time of year, there is usually be something in bloom, and you can marvel at the genius of the garden designer, who employed the technique of shakkei (borrowed scenery) to incorporate the roof of Todai-ji Temple into the background of the garden. To get the most from a visit, I recommend ordering a cup of matcha (powdered green tea) and a sweet (Y500), which you can enjoy while gazing over the garden. Then they go to hotel.
Day 4: Osaka Castle / Tokyo
After breakfast they move to Osaka by train. Then they go to Osaka Castle by train. The Osaka Castle was built in the end of the 16th century by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a well-known warlord who brought the whole country under his rule in the late 16th century. It has been burned down in a series of battles in the 17th century, and reconstructed later. In the north of Osaka Castle, there is Sakura-no-miya-koen Park at Sakura-no-miya on the east bank of Okawa River.. They enjoy a beautiful view. In the afternoon they return to Osaka station to take super-speed train to Tokyo.
-Accommodation in 3 hotels in Oska, and Nara.
-Transportation and transfers
-English speaking guide
-1 bottle of mineral water per day
Rates do not include:
-Flights (from home country to Japan)
-Meals except described
-Tips and portage