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Nara and Osaka in One Day

by Toichi
(4) Reviews
8h $ 186 Price up to 5 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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186.00 USD

Price up to 5 people
FREE cancellation 14 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.

Organized by Toichi

Licensed Guide
(4) Reviews


  • 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).


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.

City Nara

Meeting Point At your hotel in Osaka (It is possible to start the tour from Kyoto or Nara as well.)

Ending Point Flexible

Duration 8 hours

Starting time 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible

Number of people up to 5 people

What‘s included
  • guide fee

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.

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 at least 14 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
  • If you cancel between 2 and 13 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 20% charge.
  • If you cancel within 1 day prior to the meeting date, there is a 40% charge.
  • If you cancel on the meeting date, there is no refund.

About Toichi

Licensed Guide

(4) Reviews

Contact Toichi
Response Time 4 hs

Languages spoken
  • English ( License )

My name is Toichi. Please call me Ichi, which means No.1 in Japanese.

Born and bred in Osaka, I would like to introduce you to this extremely diverse and interesting city.

I have travelled extensively around the globe, and I think one of the greatest pleasure of travelling abroad is meeting people who have different ways of lifestyle and thinking. Japan may not be an easy place for tourists to get to know its people. So, I hope to help you to get closer to meet real Japan and Japanese people.

I would like to show you how ordinary Japanese people live and think. And I am happy if you could have a day of unique cultural experiences which you can look back to in ten years' time! read more

Reviews ( 4 )

1 month ago |   by Mauricio

“ Very good guide ”

Very good guide in Osaka!!!

3 months ago |   by Cristina

“ Kyoto at the start of fall. ”

Toichi picked us up in our Namba hotel at 10 am & took a train ride to Kyoto. I'm really glad we hired him because unlike our 1st trip to Kyoto 2015, we kind of wandered around the city on our own & didn't see much. Aside from his surprisingly great english skills being western educated, knowledge of Japan's history, both friendly & accomodating; with Toichi, we got to see the major attractions like the Inari Shrine, Hojo Rock Garden, Isuien Garden, experienced a traditional Kyoto lunch, saw the ongoing Yayaoi Kusama art exhibit, Gion-geisha town, Imperial Palace and at 4 pm headed off to Bamboo Grove in Arashimaya. Toichi made sure to include my preference for landscapes & art. The cab rides in between sites in Kyoto allowed us to cover much. We headed back to Namba by train at 6pm with a more concrete understanding of Kyoto's importance in Japan's history, aside of course from all the quaint & beautiful visuals unique to Kyoto.

3 months ago |   by Bianca

“ Very accommodating tour guide! ”

Toichi was a very accommodating tour guide. We wanted a personalized and relaxed tour, and he made sure we were able to achieve that. Although it was raining hard when we went out with him, he was still able to make the day extremely enjoyable. From planning the tour, to the end of the tour, Toichi was such a gentleman. Highly recommended!

5 months ago |   by Nemo

“ Incredible Osaka Guide ”

On my first visit to Osaka, my guide Toichi provided excellent insight as well as knowledge only savvy locals would know. He gave me historical background information that made the city come alive. He took me to tiny alleyways with excellent restaurants and we also visited a water god shrine that was not in my guide book! He also explained in a very interesting manner about the various customs and cultural aspects of both traditional and contemporary Osaka. He is incredibly knowledgeable and speaks excellent British English. I would definitely ask him to be my guide again! Thank you, Toichi!

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