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Nara and Osaka in One Day

by Toichi
(31) Reviews
8h $ 303 Price up to 4 people


  • In Nara, Todaiji Temple, Kasuga Taisha Shrine and Nara Park (We can also go up to February Hall or Nara Prefecture Office for the view of the city.).
  • In Osaka, Kuromon Fish Market, Doguya-suji Kitchen Utensil Street, Hozenji Alley and Dotombori (We can peek through the Street of Nerds and Pachinko Parlours if you wish).

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302.60 USD

Price up to 4 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior


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.

What to Expect

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.

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  • In Nara, Todaiji Temple, Kasuga Taisha Shrine and Nara Park (We can also go up to February Hall or Nara Prefecture Office for the view of the city.).
  • In Osaka, Kuromon Fish Market, Doguya-suji Kitchen Utensil Street, Hozenji Alley and Dotombori (We can peek through the Street of Nerds and Pachinko Parlours if you wish).


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.

What‘s included
guide fee, guide's transportation
What‘s not included
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.
Meeting Point
At your hotel in Osaka (It is possible to start the tour from Kyoto or Nara as well.)
Ending Point
8 hours
Starting time
09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 4 people

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make changes after I book?

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

Starting and ending points of the tour.

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.

What happens after I book a tour?

After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.

Is the price per person or per group?

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.

Can I add more people to my booking?

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.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

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.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

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.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel in the first 14 day(s) before the meeting date ,there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting date ,there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 31 )
Miracle Miracle United States ( Family with kids )
3 days ago

“ Ichi was fabulous! ”

Ichi was so attentive and made my family feel so very cared for. He listened to what we wanted to do and then made our dreams come true. He was fantastic. We highly recommend Ichi!!


Hello Miracle, Thanks very much for your wonderful review. I was happy to be able to take part in making your son’s dream come true. I hope he would be able to return to Japan in the future! It was also great to meet you and your lovely parents. With the special name you have, I would never forget you, and I hope all the miracles you wish for in your life would come true some day! All the best, Ichi

Carol Carol United States ( Couple )
1 week ago

“ How Lucky Was I in Choosing Toichi With no Personal Knowledge - I just followed a hunch! ”

I am a travel agent who was asked by my clients to get them a private guide for Kyoto. I had no personal knowledge of Kyoto guides and my usual destination guides were horribly expensive and perhaps not great either! I read Toichi's "profile" and decided he sounded like a good choice. What a treasure! I've heard from my clients at the end of their first day with him and they said he was great! The second day was also terrific. From my end, I liked him because he responded to anything I asked him (or told him about) almost instantly and always with what I could tell was good advice. From his written notes, he sounded as though he had a nice sense of humor and knowledge of the Kyoto area.


Dear Carol, Thank you very much for your review. I had a good time talking and getting to know Laurie and Bob during our two days in Kyoto. They told me great things about you, too! I hope they will be in OK in Nara and in Himeji on their own today and tomorrow. Thank you for choosing me.

Victor Victor United States ( Couple )
1 week ago

“ Very personable ”

Friendly, funny, engaging, knowledgeable


Buenos dias, Victor. Gracias por your review. Hope the rest of your trip will be great and more than anything, have a great life. Adios. !Nos vemos de nuevo! Ichi

Don Don United States ( Solo )
2 weeks ago

“ Excellent guide with great energy and personality! ”

I booked tours with Toichi for 5 days while I was staying in Osaka and was so happy I hired him as my guide. He's very conversational in English, so communicating with him was always easy. His service was beyond exceptional and he went out of his way to meet any of my needs. He's funny and full of energy and really adds to your experience of Japan. Don't over-look Osaka when you're selecting cities in Japan to tour. His home city is full of wonderful sites and he really loves guiding people around town.


Dear Don, Thanks very much for your overwhelming comments on my tour. Yes, it was 5 days I would never forget until I die. Especially your karaoke singing and cherry blossom viewing on rainy night still make me smile. Hope you will continue to enjoy your adventure around the globe.

Lisa Lisa United States ( Family with kids )
2 weeks ago

“ Most Helpful Guide ever ”

Toichi is so thoughtful in helping prepare for your excursion. I messaged him quite a bit to make sure we would do all of the things we needed to see. Seeing the cherry blossoms was very important and he kept me posted on if they would be in bloom. He was flexible with schedule changes and even arranged dinner reservations. I highly recommend Toichi.


Dear Lisa, Thank you very much for your thoughtful review. I too did enjoyed the day. Especially Sarah kept me laughing and made my day! I feel sorry I couldn’t take them to Monkey Mountain in Arashiyama because it started raining just before we were getting there. Kids would had had enjoyed it very much. Hope the rest of the family’s trip will be as wonderful. Thank you for giving me an opportunity to work with you.

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