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Rural Japan Holidays

Spiritual experience in the countryside of Nara

Price per person based on twin share
minimum participant : 1 persons
Days: 4
from £420

Price Includes:

* 3 nights’ accommodation as specified
* Meals as specified
* Round trip transfer service by car
* Luggage transfer from Asuka village to accommodation in Osaka or Kyoto
* An English-speaking local guide
* Bike rental in Asuka village and Kashihara city

Tour Detail

Nara city was the first fixed capital of the country in Nara period (710-784). However, the village of Asuka, located 20km south of the historic center of Nara city, was the most important capital of Japan before the capital changed frequently. This period is marked as the arrival of Buddhism in the archipelago, the most significant influence of foreign culture and much of Japanese culture developed at that time. Therefore, a large number of national treasures, such as Buddhist temples and Shinto sanctuaries in particular, were concentrated in the Nara region. This tour is partially guided with an English-speaking local guide for 4 days and 3 nights in the Nara area offering unique spiritual and authentic experiences. Nara is a region with full of cultural as well as spiritual charm and there are still little known places that remain to be discovered. You will enjoy the beautiful and peaceful Japanese countryside, too!

Itinerary - 4 Days

  1. Day 1

    Location
    Kyoto or Osaka > Nara
    Self-guided day
    Travel to Nara from Kyoto or Osaka by train.
    Train fare info. 710 jpy between Kyoto Station and Nara Station (JR / 70 min.) // 800 jpy between Osaka Station and Nara Station (JR / 60 min.)

    Explore the city center of Nara
    Recommendable places to visit: Todaiji Temple (known for Grand Buddha), Kasuga Taisha (Shinto Shrine) and Kofukuji Temple listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO as part of the historical monuments of ancient Nara.
    A stroll in Naramachi, the old quarter of Nara.
  2. Day 2

    Location
    Nara > Asuka village
    Meal
    Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    Partially guided day
    Breakfast at the hotel

    09:00 Travel to Asuka village from Kintetsu Nara train station (Kintetsu line) on your own
    Train fare info 490 jpy between Kintetsu Nara station and Kashiharajingu-mae station with one change (Kintetsu line / 40 min.)

    10:00 Meet an English-speaking local guide at Kashiharajingu-mae and transfer to the Minshuku by a private car (approx. 15 min. / 1 luggage per person)
    Tour of Asuka village by electric bike with the English-speaking local guide.
    Experience the peaceful landscape of the Japanese countryside by cycling!
    Recommended places to Visit: Asuka temple, Okadera temple, Tachibana temple, Inabuchi ‘TANADA (shelf rice
    paddies)’, several ‘KOFUNs (tumuli)’ such as Ishibutai Kofun and Kitora Kofun etc.
    * The tour will be organized by your guide according to your preference on places to visit (required to pay admission on the spot where applicable)
    *Japanese Lunch at the Café Kotodama (very charming traditional country house style cafe) is included.

    17:15 end of tour at the Minshuku

    If you wish, you can continue your bike ride on your own until dinner time.
    Dinner at the Minshuku
  3. Day 3

    Location
    Asuka village > Mt. Shigi
    Meal
    Breakfast and Dinner
    Partially guided day
    Japanese breakfast at the Minshuku

    Luggage transfer service from the Minshuku to your hotel in Kyoto or Osaka for the 4th night (1 luggage per person) will be arranged.
    After check-out the Minshuku, a transfer service to Kashiharajingu-mae station will be provided

    10:00 Meet an English-speaking local guide at the station and explore the region of Kashihara by bike
    To visit: Shrine Kashihara Jingu (the first sanctuary built by the State to honor Emperor Jimmu) and stroll to Imai-cho (preserved area with traditional buildings of the Edo period)
    Option: Visit of a Sake brewery (admission 500 jpy per person)

    13:00 end of the bike tour with a guide

    13:00-14:00 have a lunch on your own around the Kashiharajingu-mae station

    14:00 Transfer to Mt Shigi by train and bus on your own
    Train fare info 350 yen between Kashiharajingu-mae station and Shin-Oji station with one change (Kintetsu line / 40 min.)
    e.g. 14:09 Kashiharajingu-mae > 14:21 Tawaramoto by train(Kintetsu Kashihara Line)
    4 min. walk to Nishi-tawaramoto station

    14:27 Nishi-tawaramoto > 14:49 Shin-Oji by train (Kintetsu Tawaramoto Line)

    15:18 / 16:20 Departure by bus No 32/42 or 43 from the north exit of JR Oji station (5 min. walk from Shin-Oji station) to Shigi Ohashi stop (approx. 20 min. / 360 yen)
    *As the number of buses is limited, please check the timetable in advance. Tourist Information is located a 3 min. walk from Kashiharajingu-mae station (East exit).
    Approx. 10 min. walk by passing the Torii (gate) from the Shigi Ohashi bus stop to Gyokuzoin temple
    Explore of Mt. Shigi until dinner

    18:30 Dinner (Shojin ryori)

    After dinner, you can enjoy a night stroll within the temple.
  4. Day 4

    Location
    Mt. Shigi > Kyoto or Nara
    Meal
    Breakfast
    Self-guided day

    05:00-5:45 Fire ceremony (Goma) at the Gyokuzoin (check the schedule on site)
    Morning stroll to breakfast (for example, stroll to the Kuhatsugohou-do on the hill)
    Option: Tantric Buddhism ceremony (Daohannya prayer) in the main hall of Mt. Shigi (advance reservation and extra charge is required)

    07:30 Breakfast (Shojin Ryori)

    10:00 Check-out and make your own way to your next destination
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Price includes:

* Accommodation as specified in the itinerary, based on standard hotel in Nara, in a Minshuku in Asuka village and in the Shukubo (temple lodging)
* Meals as specified in the itinerary (3 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners)
* Round trip transfer service between the station and a Minshuku at the Asuka village as specified in the itinerary
* One luggage transfer per person from a minshuku in Asuka village to a hotel in Osaka or Kyoto
(The size of luggage: the total of 3 dimensions must not exceed 160cm and maximum weight 23kg.)
* An English-speaking local guide in Asuka village and Kashihara city (7 hours on Day 2 and 3 hours on the Day 3)
* Rental fee for an electric bike at Asuka village and a bike at Kashihara city per person

Not included:

* Any meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
* Transportation by train and bus
* Any admission fees
* Expenses of a personal nature
* Travel insurance

Conditions:

* The price is per person based on twin occupancy.
* Prices are subject to availability and may vary depending on departure date
* The cancellation policy applies once the reservation is confirmed

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