Attend Shunie in Nara and eat 3-Michelin-star kaiseki

No trip to Nara is complete without seeing the famous “Shunie” ritual held at Todaiji Temple in March. Why not come to this ancient capital and feel the history? This collection of Buddhist repentance rituals has been held every year for over 1250 years, making it one of the oldest reoccurring Buddhist events in Japan. There is a 3-star Michelin kaiseki cuisine waiting for you!



  • 2-night stay in the suite room of luxury Noborioji Hotel Nara
  • Witness Nara’s most famous Buddhist ritual with a guide
  • Enjoy a sumptuous kaiseki dinner at Nara’s only 3-star Michelin restaurant Wa Yamamura
  • A special chance to see Buddhist monk training

Only 1 package available



Japan's first permanent capital was established in the year 710 at Heijo, the city now known as Nara. Nara is located less than one hour from Kyoto and Osaka. Due to its past as the first permanent capital, it remains full of historic treasures, including some of Japan's oldest and largest temples.

Omizutori, also called Shunie, has taken place every year for over 1250 years. The festival features large 8m Kago Taimatsu torches raining down sparks of fire in a beautiful and powerful display. The event is held at Nigatsudo Hall, a sub-complex of Todaiji, which is located on a hill slope not far from the temple's main hall. Nigatsudo literally means "second month hall", referring to the second month of the lunar calendar. During this period, an event known as Otaimatsu is really worth seeing. Priests run to and along the corridors of Nigatsudo waving huge pine torches. It is believed that if you are showered with these fire sparks, you will be protected from evil things.

Here is our special plan of 2-night 3-day tour.

On the first day you visit Todaiji Temple and see the Shunie.

On the second day you dine at Wa Yamamura, Nara’s only restaurant with three Michelin stars, a must-visit for gourmets. The appearance of the restaurant is quite humble, though the tableware was created especially for the restaurant by a local ceramicist.

In addition, you stay at the suite room of Noborioji Hotel, a small luxury hotel standing in Nara’s characteristic clear atmosphere.


Tour Itinerary

March 5

15:00                       Noborioji Hotel Check-in

17:00 – 18:20         Dinner

18:30                       Meet up at reception/Walk to Todaiji Temple

19:00                      Otaimatsu

19:30 – 20:30         Witness monks' ascetic training at Nigatsudo

21:00                       Back to Hotel


March 6

Daytime                 Breakfast and free time

19:00                      Dine at Wa Yamamura


March 7

Morning                 Breakfast

By 12:00                 Check-out


Package Price

JPY309,530 (For 2 persons; Based on double occupancy)

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