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Nara & Osaka 1-day Tour

by Seiko
(36) Reviews
8h $ 250


  • Nara Park - dear deer!
  • Todaiji Temple - Great Buddha (500 yen or 600 yen from 2018)
  • Option: Kasuga Taisha Shrine (500 yen)
  • Naramachi - have a quick local lunch and visit the famous mochi maker
  • Osaka Castle (museum: 600 yen)
  • Dotonbori and Namba area - explore the area for the night!
  • Option: Umeda Sky Building for the night view
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Select Date and Travelers

250.25 USD

People People
1 ~ 5 people 250.25 USD
6 ~ 8 people 263.90 USD
FREE cancellation 14 days prior

Extras (optional)

Hotel pick-up in the central Osaka/Umeda, Shin Osaka and Kyoto central....
$ 9.10
Hotel pick-up in Namba and other areas within JR loop line in Osaka, K....
$ 13.65


Visit Nara and Osaka must-see sites in one day including Nara "deer" park, Great Buddha at Todaiji Temple, Osaka Castle, and Dotonbori for the evening. Tour itinerary is flexible so you can focus on one of the two areas. Good for those who have a limited time and start to feel you've seen too many shrines and temples in Kyoto.

What to Expect

Nara is about 1 hour from Kyoto and 40 minutes from Osaka by train which provides a rich history and a lot of greenery. You will visit Nara "deer" park, Todaiji Temple with Great Buddga, and Kasuga Shrine (as per your preference). Depending on how fast we can move and your preferred itinerary, you can also visit the old town called Naramachi for more strolling.
In Osaka, we will visit Osaka Castle and Namba area (pick a few places from Kuromon market, Nipponbashi, Doguyasuji, Shinsekai, Shinsaibashi, etc). The tour will be finished around Dotonbori area where you can continue to enjoy the night life of Osaka, or I can take you to the floating garden of Umeda Sky Building (one of the Top 20 Building around the World) for the night view.

This tour is particularly recommended if you're staying only in Kyoto but would like to take a side trip to Nara and Osaka in one day for a change.

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  • Nara Park - dear deer!
  • Todaiji Temple - Great Buddha (500 yen or 600 yen from 2018)
  • Option: Kasuga Taisha Shrine (500 yen)
  • Naramachi - have a quick local lunch and visit the famous mochi maker
  • Osaka Castle (museum: 600 yen)
  • Dotonbori and Namba area - explore the area for the night!
  • Option: Umeda Sky Building for the night view


*Please contact me first for availability and note below before booking:
1. Transportation fee, entrance fee, and lunch/dinner for you and guide during the tour are NOT INCLUDED in the guide fee. Please bring enough cash to separately pay them during the tour. (Licensed guides get free admission at temples/shrines/castles and most tourist attractions.)
2. Hotel pick-up is optional for custom booking tours. It is 1,000 - 1,500 yen depending on your hotel and tour location, and hotel drop-off after the tour is not included.

***Excursions ***
I can guide you in Okayama (including Naoshima and Kurashiki), Hiroshima (Onomichi, Shimanami islands cycling, Miyajima, etc.) and Shikoku (Iya valley etc.) if you pay for my transportation. The above areas can be visited from Osaka/Kyoto in one or two days.

1. You will be walking a lot during the tour, so please wear comfortable walking shoes and clothes and bring an umbrella or poncho in case of rain.

2. Transportation fee and lunch/dinner for you and guide is not included. Even if you have a JR pass or IC card, you'll be asked to purchase tickets for the guide in cash. With the standard itinerary, the total transportation cost for this tour per person will be around 2,500 yen per person from Kyoto without JR pass. With JR pass, it will be about 500 yen. If we meet at Kintetsu Namba or Nipponbashi Station, additional transportation fee of 500 yen for the guide.

3. If you'd like to enjoy the illuminated Dotonbori during April-October, I recommend starting the tour at 9:00 am or 10:00 am read more

What‘s included
Guide fee
What‘s not included
Transportation fee (you and guide), lunch/dinner (you and guide), entrance fee
* My transportation fee to Nara is 1080 yen if we meet at Nara station.
Depart From
Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe, Nara
Meeting Point
JR Kyoto station, Osaka station (exact location to be sent by email), Kintetsu Nipponbashi or Namba station or at your hotel (extra fee)
Ending Point
Namba area or Osaka/Umeda station
8 hours
Starting time
08:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 8 people   Flexible

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 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.

Reviews ( 36 )

4 days ago |   by Dan

“ The best decision we made for our first trip to Japan! ”

My girlfriend and I did a 6 hour tour with Seiko in Kyoto. It was, without exaggeration, the best decision we made by far. She is incredibly knowledgeable and professional, and her English is near native speaker level. But what really impressed us was her ability to connect with us and the positive energy she brought to the time we spent together. By the second hour, it felt more like a good friend was showing us around her home town than a paid guide doing her job. We talked about all kinds of things, beyond just the factoids expected from a tour. I think we had the most fun chatting about her experiences living in the US, and the cultural idiosyncrasies of Japanese people. And when we said goodbye, we felt sad that she couldn’t come with us to Tokyo. After she got to know us, she also gave us restaurant recommendations for Osaka that she thought we would enjoy, and she was on point! I would highly, highly recommend anyone visiting either Osaka or Kyoto to hire Seiko for a day. You THINK you can just follow recommendations on TripAdvisor and follow google map here and there, but trust me - having a great guide like Seiko makes your experience 10 times more amazing and efficient. You will not regret it!

1 week ago |   by Lee

“ Could not have been better , Seiko is AWESOME! ”

Seiko is a wonderful guide and person. Planning the tour was effortless. This is our third trip to Kyoto, but we are traveling with my brother in law and his wife, and it is their first time, so we visited some places we've been before. Seiko was able to provide information and insights that made it all seem new again. Even getting from place to place was better, easier with Seiko. She took us down smaller streets, and pointed out the details we would have missed without her. We requested a specific type of lunch so she took us to a small restaurant that specializes in exactly what we wanted, we never could have found that perfect of restaurant without her. In fact if we did find it we could not have ordered without her. She learned what each of us likes and made an effort to make sure we all had the best experience possible. I only wish would have planned ahead so she was going to be with us today. We hope she can be a part of all of our future trips. Lee and Wanda

1 week ago |   by Brandon

“ Excellent Guide! ”

Seiko took care of us for 2 days(Kyoto & Kobe tour) and she made sure everything was well-planned. She was willing to answer to every question my children asked her and was kind, cheery, and helpful in every way. Couldn’t ask for more... Thank you so much for everything Seiko!

3 weeks ago |   by Jo

“ Fantastic! ”

Seiko led us through Osaka on our last day in Japan, taking us through areas of the city we would never have discovered on our own. She was a wealth of knowledge (I wish we'd booked Seiko for our first day - our entire Japan experience would have been more detailed and nuanced), friendly and funny. She was happy to alter the tour on the move as our small group made snap decisions about what we wanted to see. She took us to an awesome hole-in-the-wall for lunch (the kind of place that looked too 'different' from the outside for us to have been brave enough to check out by ourselves, but which was, of course, convivial, genuine and delicious.) She made sure we were confident with our transport arrangements for the final stage of our holiday... Seiko went well above and beyond what I expected when I booked the tour. I whole-heartedly recommend her and her Osaka Grand Tour to any visitor to Japan. (We were a group of four, aged 70 x 2, 45 and 11.)

3 weeks ago |   by Chris

“ Wonderful, day exploring Kyoto with Seiko ”

Seiko was charming and chatty, our time went too quickly. We gained deeper insights into Japanese culture, religion and daily life exploring Kyoto's famed sites with Seiko. She made these sites richer and more meaningful by her local knowledge, commentary and by asking the numerous questions we had about life in Kyoto and behind the scenes, living in Japan.

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