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Nara and Osaka in One Day

by Toichi
(38) Reviews
8h $ 316 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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316.20 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.

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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 ( 38 )
martin Martin United Kingdom ( Couple )
5 days ago

“ great day with wine food and learning from a fantastic guide ”

we had a fantastic day with Itchy ( number 1 ) he picked us up at the port in Kobe and took us on a great sight seeing and tasting experience and taught us to count in japanese with the help of a great story. we got on so well and found out that he used to make short films very close to where we are from in the UK also teaching us to write our own names in japanese was a great touch ( he had a lot of prepared things to do ) which made the whole day fun and memorable would highly recommend Itchy Thank you very much Martin & Jane and Neal & Rhonda


Dear Martin & Jane and Neal & Rhonda, Thank you very much for your kind review. You brought me back some good memories of England. I believe you must be safely back in the UK by now. Enjoy your short, but lovely summer!

Prema Prema Singapore ( Family )
1 month ago

“ More than just a Guide ”

Toichi made our first trip to Osaka a very memorable and special one. He went out of the way to ensure we got to see the sights the best way possible and peppered the journey with elements of Japanese culture and history. He was also very thoughtful trying to look out for lifts and escalators when my knee started giving problems. He customised everything from the route, sights right up to the lunch to meet our needs and was upbeat and full of energy throughout. We are grateful to have picked Toichi as our Guide and recommend him highly 👌🏽


Dear Prema, Good morning. Thanks very much for your overwhelming comments on my tour. Hope your knee is feeling better, and you find the way to your hotel in Kyoto all right. Try to visit two of my favorite places in Kyoto I mentioned to you. Ask for the direction at your hotel or just get onto the cab. They are both located on the same side of Kyoto you will be staying. I appreciated the way Andre laughed with my sometimes bad jokes! Hope you return to Singapore with some good memories.

Larry Larry United States ( Couple )
1 month ago

“ A knowledgeable and entertaining guide ”

We did a 5 hour tour of Nara with Toichi. He took us to several of the top sights - Todaji Temple, Isuien Garden, Kofukuji Temple and the top of the Nara Prefecture building. We finished the tour with a sake tasting.


Dear Larry, Thanks very much for taking a time to write a review. Hope you and Becky are having a good time in Kobe. Hope the rest of your trip in Japan and in South Korea will be wonderful and I hope you will return to California with some good memories. all the best, Ichi

LARISA LARISA United States ( Family )
1 month ago

“ Very knowledgeable and great English ”

I booked Ichi for 3 days tour for me, my husband and my 21 months old baby. He was great at creating an amazing itinerary based on what we wanted to visit, also he found vegan restaurants for us and the best part was the he was flexible and was able to change things as we went on with the kid.


Dear Larisa, Thank you very much for taking your time to write a review. Hope you had a wonderful time in Beijing as well and your husband had found enough good foods to eat there. Good luck to your life back in Southern California, and I wish this world would be able to give your adorable son a great future, too.

Susan Susan United States ( Family )
1 month ago


We consider ourselves so fortunate to have had 3 days with Toichi in Kyoto and Nara. The most organized tour guide I think we have ever had ( and I consider ourselves to be some of the most well travelled people in the world) Toichi communicated with us prior to our arrival and even dropped off helpful materials at our hotel before we arrived. He planned an amazing 3 days for us in Kyoto and Nara, including some “hidden gems” completely u def the radar. Even in the midst of Platinum Week, he kept us away from the crowds and we covered more ground and saw more of these beautiful cities than I could have imagined. He knows every inch of the city and took us to the very best places. No request was too difficult or unreasonable- he found us the best option for each and every request. He did e... read more


Dear Susan, Thank you very very much for your overwhelming comments. I had a fabulous and interesting time with you and your son for the last three days, too. You were open and energetic from the start and easy to have fun and joke with. If you enjoyed the tour with me, the half of the success comes from you and your son. It is the chemistry of the clients and the guide which brings the outcome. Thank you very much for walking a long distance with me without complaining and putting up with my sometimes unsophisticated jokes. Hope you had a great soak at the Arima Hot Spring and have a wonderful day at Himeji Castle today. Love, Ichi

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