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Nara and Osaka in One Day

by Toichi
(14) Reviews
8h $ 178 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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178.00 USD

Price up to 5 people
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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
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 5 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 ( 14 )
Sanjay Sanjay India ( Family with kids )
3 months ago

“ Mesmerising 3 days at Kyoto ”

Toichi is witty, humorous, energetic, excited guide.He is an encyclopaedia on Japan and has exceptional story telling skills. His jokes are real funny. He knows Kyoto like back of his hand and knows nice nooks and corners which are not touristy. He is exceptional. He had kept all background info at the hotel before our arrival. He already had a word with the bus driver and worked out the plan. I cannot imagine Kyoto without Toichi. I wish we had more time with him. We were extended family of 9 persons and by the end of second day, he had become the 10th member.


Dear Sanjay, Thank you very much for your overwhelmingly favorable comments. In fact, I feel as if I do not know Kyoto as much as I should as I am from Osaka, but I am glad to hear that your family enjoyed your trip. One of the best moment I had was drinking six different kinds of sake with your daughter and talked about ‘life.’ Yes, she had a lot to say! Maybe next time you come, I can show you around Osaka, the city I was born and grew up.

Nicolas Nicolas United States ( Couple )
3 months ago

“ Amazing day in Nara and Osaka! ”

Spending the day visiting Nara and Osaka from Kyoto with Toichi was one of the highlights of our trip. We started by feeding some cute deer, went to some amazing shrines and temples in Nara, had some delicious Okonomiyaki, visited Osaka castle and tried our hand at throwing stars, and ended with exploring the busy Osaka shopping streets! Throughout, Toichi was a great and knowledgeable guide. He was flexible with our schedule and very quick to adapt. He was also super thoughtful and wanted us to have the best experience possible, even leaving some guides and information at our hotel before we arrived in Kyoto. As an ex-Japanese and English teacher, he was also able to help with my basic Japanese language learning, and I had a fun impromptu lesson on the ride between Nara-Osaka! Overall an ... read more


Dear Nicholas, Thank you very much for your beautiful comments! I too enjoyed spending a day with you and Sarah. I particularly enjoyed reading a Japanese newspaper together on the train between Nara and Osaka. You were such a great patient learner, I seriously thought I could make you fluent in Japanese if we had a week together. Keep up with your study and good luck! Love, Toichi

Valeria Valeria United States ( Couple )
4 months ago

“ Excellent one day tour of Kyoto ”

Toichi was a great tour guide for us. We highly reccomend him for a personalized tour. He was helpful, informative, flexible and speaks very good English. He has great communication with his clients before, during and after the tour.


Thanks very much for the wonderful review, Valeria. Hope you had a great cruise around Japan afterwards. Please say hello to your lovely husband Jim.

Jim and Marilyn Jim United States ( Couple )
4 months ago

“ Best day in Japan ”

My husband and I took a cruise around Japan and we decided the ships tour would not suit our interests in Kyoto. Toichi met us at our ship in Kobe, then we took the train and metro to Kyoto. He provided a perfect day of seeing the sites on our agenda as well as some he recommended. We went to a beautiful zen garden that I am sure no group tour would include. He recommended a great restaurant , again not a tourist spot. Toichi was fun, informative,and has fantastic English so we had no communication concerns. With only 1 day in Kyoto, hiring Toichi was a very efficient way to see a lot in one day, without the hassle of figuring out the train system, or having the huge expense of a ships excursion. We even made at stop in Gion district and he knew the best spots for Geisha siting. ... read more


Dear Jim and Marilyn, Thank you very much for your lovely comments! Your comments make me believe that I am in the right profession! To be honest with you, as I am not from Kyoto, I am not necessarily knowlegable about the city. So, whenever I guide my guests in Kyoto, I am not totally confident. Therefore, you comments are very helpful to me and I feel I need to know the city more! If you ever have another chance to visit Kansai region in the future, please find me again. I would love to show you Osaka, a unique, vibrant city I was born and grew up in. Thank you for finding me again.

Geoff Geoff Australia ( Couple )
5 months ago

“ Couldn't have have asked for more ”

Toichi was very easy to deal with over the e-mail as he planned our walk. I suggested what we would like to see and Toichi used this as the basis of his suggested walk, as well as suggesting his own ideas taking in to account the number of hours available and our age (we are both 74). As we came out of immigration he was waiting for us - the very entertaining day had started.. Nothing was too much trouble and he even showed my wife where a particular shop was located and helped her as she bought certain items. We visited cherry blossom near the mint, the castle, Dotonbori area and had lunch in a non- tourist Japanese restaurant, couldn't have asked for more. He then escorted us back to our cruise ship and waited until we boarded. I highly recommend Toichi as a guide.


Dear Geoff, Thank you very much for your lovely comments. i couldn't have had asked you a better comment! Hope the rest of your cruise will be as exciting, and you and Maureen have a wonderful life together. And happy, happy birthday to you again.

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