In the morning, we will be visiting Nara, the ancient capital city of Japan before Kyoto. In the afternoon, we will move to Osaka, the vibrant center of Western Japan.
You can feel two different faces of Japan, old and new in one day. Experience ancient history during the day and enjoy vibrant commercial atomosphere of the urban life in the late afternoon / early evening.
Feel free to personalize this offer with Toichi.
We will visit one major Buddhist Temple(Todaiji) and Shinto Shrine(Kasuga Taisha), so you can understand two different religions in Japan living in harmony for 1,500 years. You have a lot of time feeding deer, messengers of Kasuga Shrine in Nara Park. We can also visit Isuien Garden or Yoshigien Garden provided we have enough time.
In Osaka, we stroll around the labyrinth of shops and arcades filled with busy noise of people and pachinko parlours. You can nibble grilled scallops and octopus balls or dine at okonomiyaki or kobe beef restaurant with a nice glass of craft beer.
guide fee, guide's transportation
transportation fee (you and guide), lunch, entrance fee
The entrance fee of Todaiji Temple is ￥600 per person.
If you have a JR Pass, it is possible to use it from Osaka to Nara. But I would advise you we take Kintetsu Line from Namba Station especially if you are staying in the southern part of Osaka. It will cost ￥560, but much more convenient.
I will try to meet your needs and requirements as much as possible. Please let me know if you have special requests. I specialize in tours in Osaka, but I can also do day tours in Kyoto, Nara, Kobe, Hiroshima and Koyasan. I can do shopping tour and eating tour. I am very flexible with time and can also do tours at late in the evening.
It will at least require 8 hours to visit both Nara and Osaka. (I can do the tour in two separate days if you prefer.)
It will involve a lot of walking. Please let me know if that is a problem, so I can make other plans.
Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email
After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.
After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.
The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.
Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.
No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.
Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.
Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.
We have just returned from a 12 day trip to Japan. This was our first trip to Japan so I hired 4 different guides in 4 different cities. Toichi was by far the best guide our entire trip. By the time we got to him in Osaka we had done 2 tours and were exhausted. It seems Japanese culture is very structured and keeping to the structure and on time is a priority. While I can appreciate that, it is also a vacation so it must be enjoyable and allow for some flexibility. Ichi first recommended the hotel we stayed in which was a big help. When he met us there he was so friendly and enthusiastic. He took us to Nara and Osaka. He always took our needs into consideration, even taking us to a book store and helping our daughter find the Anime she had been looking for. He made the train ride... read more
Dear Janet, Thank you very much for taking a time to write a long review while you must be busy after returning to the States. I try to be my clients’ first friend in Japan, but I am sometimes not sure whether I am doing the right thing. So, your overwhelming comments make me assure that I can continue to keep on working as a professional guide. Thank you very much. I hope you will be interested in Japan more now, and maybe you decide to visit Japan again in the future. best regards, Toichi Nakata (Ichi) your guide and your friend in Japan
Ichi was a joy to have as a guide. He was super organized and friendly, and an excellent communicator in English. We had told him about our interest in seeing a Bunraku Puppet performance at the National Bunraku Theater and I had bought tickets online ahead of time for us and him to attend a performance. In messages back and forth, he helped us figure out the train schedule and logistics of train stations to make sure we arrived in time at our hotel to meet him and get to the performance on time. Ichi was very organized about the schedule and set of neighborhoods, fish market, shopping areas and historic sites that we could see during the day. At the same time, he was flexible about adjusting the schedule when needed, and catering to our interests. When we let him know of our interest in c... read more
Dear Susan, Thank you very very much for your detailed overwhelming review of the tour! I had also enjoyed every minute of a day with you, and I am glad to hear the rest of your trip in Japan also went well. By the way, in a way you were lucky with the weather because Japan became excruciatingly hot after you left. I was walking all day under the screamingly hot sun today, and I thought I was going to pass out. You are a lovely family, and I sincerely hope we as the world can provide the great future for such a lovely son you have. Keep smiling and Good Luck!!!
Toichi surpassed expectations! Beyond a guide, he taught us history, currently culture, and language. Not an easy task while covering miles of ground and thousands of years of history. I can not recommend him highly enough.
Dear Evan, Thank you very much for your exceptional review. We had a lot to move from Kyoto to Himeji and then walking around Osaka. Thanks very much for putting up with my fast walk, and I hope your legs are OK today. It is going to be very hot for the next few days, so try to drink a lot of water not to dehydrate yourself. Hope you can make a lot of good memories you can share with Zoe and some stories to tell to your wife back home.
One word describes Ichi. Excellent. As we were stopping off at Himeji on our way to Kyoto, I thought it would be good to book a guide to get us to the Castle and back in quickest time and with minimum fuss, but what we got from Ichi was 100 times more than that. He was waiting on us right at the door of our train, helped us find lockers for our suitcases. We got a lesson in how to count in Japanese, he gave us the history of the Castle along with a history lesson of Japan. We got an origami lesson to make a paper crane. We also managed to visit the Gardens next door. He was informative, funny, friendly and we just had the best experience. He actually had a bad cold, but that did not hold him back in way. We bought some food eat to on the train and Ichi ran off, came back and surpri... read more
Dear David, Thank you very much for your overwhelming review. I am sorry I kept on coughing during the tour, but I am glad you had a good few hours in Himeji under the glittering sun. Thank you very much for a nice card and a present from Scotland as well. Please tell my regards to Audrey and Kieran and hope your trip will give you wonderful memories and experiences to last for a long time. best regards, Ichi
Ichi was an amazing guide. He really went above and beyond for our family of 8, including my elderly father. We truly enjoyed our time with Ichi. His English is excellent and his guidance through Kyoto and Monkey Park/Bamboo Forest was great. We threw him a lot of curve balls with schedule and sites to visit, but he was so accommodating and kind about it all. We had kids traveling with us ranging from aged 12-15 and he was fun and kind communicating with them (even showing some Japanese writing while the parents shopped a bit). I would highly recommend Ichi - he's personable, kind and welcoming.
Dear Julie, 안녕하십니까? Thank you very much for your overwhelming review. Hope you had a good trip in Korea and China. I wanted to speak more about Korea with you and your father. I am now a Pokémon friend with your daughter/niece, so every time I open Pokémon, I think of your family. Hope you continue to have a great journey in Korea and in the States, and moreover, with your life!