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nara Culture

Experience 1 day Tour

A spectacular picturesque city for its richness history of temples, shrines & gardens

8 hrs | ¥50,000 **


Nara, a landlocked prefecture in the Kansai Region, is the cradle of the Japanese civilization. Many of the early emperors built their palaces in Nara Prefecture, formerly known as Yamato. In 710, Nara was selected as the location of Japan's first permanent capital, Heijo (today's Nara City). Previously, the capital was moved with the ascension of each new emperor.

Besides the artifacts, Nara is also well known for its Samurai , flower arrangement and tea ceremony culture.  

You can see the different aspect of Japan between the Tokyo city and hiostoric town Nara.


■ This tour is conducted by 1 National Licensed Guide and/or Licensed Native English Speaking Driver 
■ All experience course and lunch fee are excluded in this package
 [Experience course separate and lunch fee]
 * SPOT 1 Iai Japanese sword experience 

 * SPOT 2 Lunch Kaiseki Dish (Lunch costs exclude)

    * SPOT 3 Flower arrangemeent + tea ceremony 

    * SPOT 4 Nara Park

■ Minimum : 2 pax, Maximum : 9 pax

■ Special requests are subject to availability and discussion beforehand

 Customisation of plans is subject to additional fees range from 10,000 to 20,000 yen **
■ Timing will adjust to suit the plan and routes.

■ Places may change subject to weather, traffic, punctuality and seasonal change

Culture experience model course

spot 1

Iai Japanese sword experience

Iaijutsu is a combative quick-draw sword technique. This art of drawing the Japanese sword, katana, is one of the Japanese koryu martial art disciplines in the education of the classical warrior (bushi). You will get to train and understand the true Japanese swordmanship in this tour.

Admission fees apply 

spot 2

lunch - Kaiseki Dish

Kaiseki has since evolved to include an appetizer, sashimi, a simmered dish, a grilled dish and a steamed course, in addition to other dishes at the discretion of the chef. Sakizuke : an appetizer similar to the French amuse-bouche. Typically one kind of sushi and several smaller side dishes. This is where you experience the true Japanese traditional food.

Lunch : Depends on your consumption

spot 3

(Flower arrangemeent)

Kado, which literally means “The Way of Flowers,” is the Japanese art of arranging flowers. Kyoto is the home of Kado, and there are many flower arrangement schools with their heads actively supporting this traditional art. Flower arranging is not just for women but traditionally for the training of educated samurai and monks too.

Admission fee apply

spot 4

Tea Ceremony

The Japanese tea ceremony, also called the Way of Tea, is a Japanese cultural activity involving the ceremonial preparation and presentation of matcha powdered green tea in a traditional tea room with tatami floor. 

Admission fees apply 

spot 5

Nara Park

Nara Park is a large park in central Nara. Established in 1880, it is the location of many of Nara's main attractions including Todaiji, Kasuga Taisha, Kofukuji and the Nara National Museum. It is also home to hundreds of freely roaming deer. Considered the messengers of the gods, Nara's over 1000 deer have become a symbol of the city.  
Admiission fees apply


price guideline

■ Additional 15,000 yen (to the base costs) in peak season, public holidays (PH), PH eve, post PH and weekends

 Customisation of plans is subject to additional fees range from 10,000 to 20,000 yen **

■ These are the guide fees for private transport used.

■ Please note that Japan cars are compact and different from other countries vehicles.

■ Type of vehicles are subject to availability (brand, model and size cannot choose) and additional fees may apply.

■ All passengers will sit in the middle and rear seats, no passenger sit beside driver seat for safety reasons.

■ For 9 seater vehicle or specific brand car, please specify to us and additional fees may apply

■ This price table is subject to 5% PAYPAL fees

booking/payment Information

■ The above price list is a guideline (For Private Transport and Private Transport)

■ By 1 National Licensed Guide and/or Native Japanese English Speaking Driver 

■ Either by public transport or private transport
■ Public transport guide use trains, buses and cabs (Nara)
■ Price exclude guide public transport and shinkansen costs between Tokyo, Kyoto and Nara

■ Travelers to self-purchase JR Pass or Shinkansen ticket in advance

■ Tour participants to self-purchase comprehensive travel insurance against COVID and injuries

■ Tour participants to declare personal medical conditions before the tour starts

■ Tour participants to exercise self-initiative and responsibility on site safety together with guide

■ All bookings are based on first-come-first serve basis with full payment received

■ All meal costs, hotel costs and admission fees are excluded in this package. 
■ Self-booking of hotel accommodations in Nara and Kyoto
■ Admission tickets can buy on actual day or Day 1 

■ Price includes all taxes and fees (Toll and fuel/Highway fees) 

■ All special needs or requests are subject to discussion beforehand

■ Full payment reservation needed for all advance tour dates booking for all seasons

■ All sales are final with no cancellation and refund for all bookings 

■ Cancellation will only allow due to natural disaster and extreme weather condition (snow and earthquake)

■ HM Tour management reserves the right to cancel the tour with no refund due to unreasonable demand from client

 HM Tour management will not be liable or responsible against all medical expenses incurred due to injuries, chronic illness or non-disclosure of medical conditions happen during the tour

■ HM Tour is not authorised agent for attractions booking hence guests have to do self booking of popular attractions

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tour Information

■ Duration : 8 hrs

■ Guide hours : Either 0900 or 1000 start

■ Wait at hotel lobby by 0850 or 0950

■ Hotel pick-up is limited to hotels in Nara city.

■ For pickup at other places, must inform and check with us first.

■ All public transportation costs, car rental , attractions entrance fees are not included in the guide fee.

■ Have your breakfast first before tour start

■ This tour is conducted by 1 National Licensed Guide and/or Licensed Native English Speaking Driver 

■ All special needs or requests are subject to discussion beforehand

■ Places to visit may change subject to weather and traffic condition

■ Advance bookings are needed for all seasons

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