Nara Spiritual Full Day Tour

Visit various temples and shrines in Nara and learn more about Japanese culture and history

Explore Yamato, the birth place of Japan as a nation, guided by a licensed English-speaking guide who is knowledgeable about history and spirituality. Visit the oldest shrine and temples full of legends and tradition!

We will meet at the JR Nara Station and take the local JR “Manyo Mahoroba” line that runs only 1 or 2 "one-man" trains every hour for about 30 minutes and get off at Miwa Station. The railway runs along the Yamanobe-no-michi, said to be the oldest road of Japan, where many historical sites and monuments can be found, and you can enjoy the view of Japan's countryside with its rice fields.

From Miwa Station we will arrive to the Shinto "torii" gateway of Omiwa Shrine after about a 10 minutes’ walk. During the trip, the guide will tell you about the history of Japan, about Shinto, origin and legends of Omiwa Shrine, as well as the basic manners related to worshipping Shinto gods in shrines. Please feel free to ask any questions about anything.

itinerary: JR Line Nara Station ➡Omiwa Shrine➡Hasedera Temple➡Murouji Temple➡Murou Ryuketsu Temple➡ Kintetsu Line Nara station 

Omiwa Shrine

It is also called “Miwa myojin”, and is said to be the oldest shrine in Japan. Miwa mountain is an object of worship and is believed to to be sacred as the deity Omononushi no Kami placed his soul in it. He has been worshiped as the guardian of people’s lives in general; prosperity and development of agriculture, industries and commerce, healing and medicine, safety, safe traveling, successful marriages, as well as happiness in the world.

Many legends and stories have been written and passed down many generations throughout the centuries, and many dedicated believers across the nation visit this shrine on various occasions. Plenty of rituals and prayers, annual events, marriage ceremonies in traditional styles are held here. Recently, Miwa mountain has been gaining popularity as one of the leading power energy spots in Japan. It has a waterfall, old Japanese cedars and sacred rocks calle “iwakura” where gods are said to dwell. In Sai Shrine, 5 minutes’ walk from the Omiwa shrine, you can drink pure spring water, which is believed to cure all kinds of diseases, and anyone can drink from the well.

From the nearby observatory, you can have a great view of Yamato area, including Yamato's three mountains, the “Hashihaka tumulus” which is said to be Japan’s oldest, and believed to be the tomb of Himiko, a legendary shaman queen of Yamato.

After leaving the Omiwa Shrine, we will visit Hasedera Temple by Kintestu railway, 2 stops away from Sakurai Station.

From the train station, we will walk through the old Pilgrimage routes now filled with with traditional inns and souvenir shops until we reach Niou gate, the entrance of Hasedera Temple. Along the way, we will taste the popular "kusa mochi", a traditional Japanese sweet made from mochi rice with leaves of Japanese Mugwort (yomogi), filled with sweet red bean paste.

Hasedera Temple

Surrounded by mountains in all directions, Hasedera Temple is especially popular due to its seasonal beauty. The best time of the year is in spring, when sakura (cherry blossoms) and Chinese peonies are fully blooming. Autumn is another beautiful time with many maple trees turning to stunning red. As the temples is located on the slope of mountain, we will climb up the trail to get to the main hall.

Some of the many important cultural properties include the main hall and the main statue, the Eleven Faced Kannnon, or the Goddess of Mercy of 9.3 meters, said to be the largest wooden statue in Japan. The stage of the main hall is similar to that of the famous Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto, and has an amazing view! Why don’t you get a beautiful Shuin (朱印), or a seal stamp of the temple, hand written by a priest or special staff with an ink brush just in front of you.

Murouji Temple

This temple is a Buddhist temple of Shingon school, located between Nara and Mie prefectures deep in the nature. Murouji has been called “Nyonin-Koya” (Mt Koya for women), since it has allowed women to enter, while the famous Mount Koya in Wakayama Prefecture never permitted women to visit and become nuns. You will walk up many stone steps to reach the symbolic, charming five-storey pagoda. Many old Buddhist statues are also featured in this temple.

Murou Ryuketsu Temple

It is close to Murouji Temple, but further up the mountain. This temple worships Ryujin, or Dragon god, who's in charge of water and rain. From ancient times Imperial envoys were sent to this sacred site to do special rituals and prayers for rain. You will see many tall old Japanese cedars powerfully standing in the temple grounds. You will also have access to a rocky mountain with a cave, believed to be the Dragon god's dwelling. This is a power energy spot to which not everyone has access.


2 Working Days
Full Day
Voucher Type
No Amendments
No Refunds

What You Get

Nara Spiritual Full Day Tour


  • Guide fee
  • Personal expenses and meals
  • Transportation costs
  • Admission fees
Additional information:
  • As we will be walking around the temples and shrines please join the tour with comfortable shoes and clothing.
  • Many dedicate believers from all over Japan also visit these sacred sites. Therefore, please be careful not to talk too loudly and avoid taking photos in certain areas or occasions.
  • Please your own bottle if you would like to get holy spring water to bring back

Terms and Conditions

  • Changi Recommends and the appointed operator will not be responsible for any accidents, loss of property or damaged caused by individual negligence
  • The e-ticket/e-voucher cannot be exchanged for cash or used on more than one occasion
  • Any alteration(s) on the e-ticket/e-voucher will not be accepted by Changi Recommends and the appointed merchant
  • In the event of unforeseen circumstances that affects tour departure or ticket/voucher invalidity, customers will be notified and be advised accordingly

Cancellation Policy:

  • No refunds will be entertained for cancellations
  • There will be no refunds even if included items are not utilised by the visitor
  • In the event of late comers/no show, it would be considered as cancellation and no refund will be given

Upon purchase of the ticket, you will receive an email confirmation with e-ticket/e-voucher within two days. Tours and tickets are subjected to availability and are not confirmed until a second confirmation email is received.

How to Get There

Meeting point: JR Nara station

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