Do you miss school trips? Now adults can also go on a “school trip” with a new plan at Nara Hotel
With lots of tour-like features and educational experiences, you’ll learn a lot and have fun too!
You may already know that in Japan, schools hold a “shugaku ryokofor their students: a long-term trip to historic places like Kyoto or Nara. On these school trips, classes as a whole travel together, stay in hotels, and visit local temples and monuments as part of their school curriculum.
School trips are a great opportunity for students to bond and create great memories, but unfortunately many of those memories don’t involve the actual visits they took. That’s why we’re delighted that Nara Hostel Waqoo Horyuji offers a new hotel plan called the “Adult School Trip Plan”which not only includes a stay just outside Horyuji Temple, one of Nara’s most famous temples and a place everyone should visit once before they die, but also a host of educational opportunities.
This plan is different from other tour packages in that it includes one of the inn’s famous storytellers who will guide you through Horyuji Temple, whose main hall is considered one of the oldest buildings in the world. Through stories like “The Battle of Minds Between Buddha and Humans” and “The Suffering of the Statue of Asura”, they can offer a whole new perspective on Nara and Buddhist history that you won’t find in a textbook or guidebook.
They can also point out places on the ground that you might normally miss. With a wealth of knowledge and stories about the Buddha and Buddhist statues as well as the sites within the temple grounds, the storytellers will provide you with a more interesting experience of Horyuji Temple that you may not be able to find on your own. -even – or that you might be able to remember your childhood.
Of course, the plan too includes a stay in one of Waqoo Horyuji’s rooms, which are luxurious spaces rooted in Japanese culture. With a blend of Japanese leisure and Western comfortthese rooms offer a pleasant place to relax, unwind and sleep away from exhaustion.
In the lobby there is also a nice Souvenir shop to browse which stores and displays local souvenirs as well as Buddhist statues.
The hostel itself also offers various activities. Included with your meals is a tasting of three kinds of local sakethat the chef carefully selects to accompany your meal.
Dinner also includes kaiseki ryoria Japanese-style multi-course meal, which gives you plenty of time to savor the alcohol.
Moreover, every night “debates” are organized in the bar of the gallery of the inn, where guests can learn about the history and culture of Nara while enjoying sake or other beverages.
Plus, the hostel’s prime location, just a 30-second walk from the Horyuji Temple gate, means you can step out to explore the temple anytime you want. If you’re lucky, you might be able to snap an Instagram-worthy shot of the temple pagoda at sunset!
Adult school trip plan is available now until July 15, and prices start at 25,200 yen (195 USD) per person for a double room. Reservations can be made on the official website of Waqoo Horyuji. Even if you’ve been to Nara before or remember everything you saw when you went there as a child, this trip offers a different perspective and new experiences, so why not book an adult school trip for you -same ? Plus, you’ll never get tired of the polite deer that roam the area!