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Nara & Osaka 1-day Tour

by Seiko
(51) Reviews
8h $ 255

Highlights

  • 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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254.80 USD

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1 ~ 5 people 254.80 USD
6 ~ 8 people 263.90 USD
FREE cancelation 30 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

Overview

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 45 minutes from Namba (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 an 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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Highlights

  • 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

Important

*Please contact me first for availability and note below before booking: 1. My schedule on Triplelights site is open for the next 3 month only. 2. Please read through my profile including "Important Notes" at the end.

***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 1,500- 2,200 yen per person from Kyoto to Osaka via Nara without JR pass. With JR pass, it will be about 500 yen, but please note that you still have to cover guide's transportation fee which is 1,700-2,200 yen
It varies depending on your choice of using bus/subway or walking at certain points and tour-end point.
If we meet at Kintetsu Namba or Nipponbashi Station, additional transportation fee of 500 yen have to be covered for the guide's transportation fee.

3. If you'd like to enjoy the illuminated Dotonbori during April-October, I recommend starting the tour at 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/Namba station or at your hotel (extra fee)
Ending Point
Namba area or Osaka/Umeda station
Duration
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 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 ( 51 )
Jacinta Jacinta Australia ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Seiko was amazing ”

Seiko was the highlight of our Japan holiday. We were 4 Australians in our late 40s cruising around Japan and had never used a private guide before. We decided to give in a go as an alternative to a cruise booked tour. So pleased we did. She met us at the cruise terminal and help us change our JR Voucher into tickets. We then spent 8 hours touring Osaka & Kobe. Including the Castle, Shinsekai, Nipponbashi (subculture street) and Kuromon Ichiba Market. We walked, used subway and trains. She took us into restaurants we would never of entered on our own, introduced us to street food, she explained the culture and history in easy simple language that explained so much from our previous days in Tokyo and set us up for the rest of our time in Japan. Seiko even helped us plan our next day to ... read more

Seiko:

Thank you, Jacinta! Yes, we walked a lot and I really like to do that because you can see more of our real life and scenes as you walk. You were all so fit and interested in checking things out that I wished we'd had more time to show you more! I'd be so happy if my tour helped you all experience and understand our country and culture a bit more. It was also easy and fun for me to spend a day with you as chatting about lots of things. I hope you also had a great time in Hiroshima. Thanks again to all of you!!! Seiko

Kwee Lin Kwee Singapore ( Family with kids )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Wonderful Day in Kyoto ”

I was going to visit Kyoto for the first time with my family and my sister's family. We had a party of 8 persons. I contacted Seiko a week before my arrival and requested for a day tour of Kyoto and also some specific spots which I wanted to visit. Seiko responded quickly with an itinerary. She made some good suggestions which I didn't think of. During the tour, Seiko gave us many good snippets of information about the history and significance of the places we visited. We were particularly happy to visit the Fushimi Sake District to experience the sake culture and taste the local sake. We would not be able to see so many places in a day without her capable guidance. I would strongly recommend her services to those who intend to tour the Kyoto area.

Seiko:

What a wonderful day with you too!!!! Thanks to you taking my advice and all of you being so patient with lots of walking, it was full of special things packed in one day. In the end it turned to be a long day visiting different places for 8 of you with different interests and ages, I was very grateful that nobody complained but took care of each other, so that the tour went so smoothly. I myself enjoyed the tour as much as (or maybe more than) you did. Lucky me! I was also happy to see you guys were enjoying sake & whisy Lol (& thanks for my sake too!) Thanks again and hope to see you again when you come back (PLEASE!) Seiko

Nancy Nancy United States ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ A Great Day in Kyoto ”

We contacted Seiko the day before our tour, with our request of guiding our family of six through multiple destinations in Kyoto. She responded quickly and was quite flexible with our all of our different requests. Most importantly, she added an element of practicality in terms of which destinations would combine most conveniently so that we could enjoy them to their fullest.We visited the Kinkaku-hi golden temple and Kitano Tenmangu shrine to see the amazing Fall colors.The highlight was our Riverboat tour down the Hozu- Gawa river where the charismatic guides used a single paddle and a bamboo pole to guide us down 10 miles of river while pointing out rocks which looked like Snoopy, a seal and a lion, as well as historical sites , all the while providing an fun element of comedy. Se... read more

Seiko:

Thank you for choosing me and your kind comments on the review, Nancy. I also very much appreciated that you took all my advice of alternatives/recommendations for fall colors and am so glad to hear you all liked the places we visited! Kitano Tenmangu is particularly a special place for me as I spent my college days living behind the temple, so is Hozugawa kudari where I did many training runs for rafting races (so I always knew how beautiful and fun the river boat ride is in every season:). You were also lucky in terms of timing for fall colors and we could spot a real Geiko-san by the beautiful bridge. It was definitely my lucky and special day as well especially with a wonderful family of yours! Thank you and your family again and hope you had a great time in other cities (and onsen... read more

JV JV Philippines ( Family )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Unforgettable Experience in Osaka, Kyoto and Nara! ”

Seiko meaning Holy Child. She’s cheerful, active, resourceful and very knowledgeable of Japan’s hidden gems. If you’re looking for the best experience in Japan then look no further than with Seiko. Seiko will help you find the beautiful unknown parts of Japan! If you want a tour that doesn’t have a lot of other tourists around then Seiko is the right tour guide for you. We had given her a list of activities that we wanted to do prior to our visit but she also made her own suggestions which we agreed on, her suggestions became the highlights of our trip. The next time we visit I think we’ll just let her decide because we really loved the places she took us to. We would not have known about those spots and restaurants if not for her. Two of my friends had already asked me for her conta... read more

Seiko:

Thank you so much for your thoughtful and rewarding review, JV. I was very moved by reading your kind comments and appreciate your time in writing this up despite your busy schedule. As we carefully planned an itinerary for your family of three generations together, I was ready for a bit challenging experience for me, but it turned out to be great experience and easy-going tour, and I had a wonderful time with you. Thanks for connecting me with your family (very interesting!), and I was so happy to see you liked the places I picked! Hope to see you again in the Philippines or Japan, someday soon! Seiko P.S. We actually made it to the restaurant I originally booked, as they said it was okay to be a bit late.... Glad you liked it too^^

Bernie Bernie United Kingdom ( Couple )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Kyoto highlight ”

Seiko was a last minute replacement guide but was superb - very knowledgable, caring and spoke fluent English We had a wonderful day in Kyoto with her and enjoyed the sights of the Old Capitol + the market & Geisha area. We would not have seen as much without her - thank you Seiko

Seiko:

Thank you Bernie & Rosemary! It was a nice surprise to have a chance to guide you in Kyoto. I'm glad to hear you had a wonderful day, and certainly the long train ride was worthwhile! Pizza lunch was another surprise but shifted us into high gear thanks to a glass of wine! Thanks again and hope you continue a memorable journey. Seiko

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