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Nara & Osaka 1-day Tour

by Seiko
(48) Reviews
8h $ 246

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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246.40 USD

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1 ~ 5 people 246.40 USD
6 ~ 8 people 255.20 USD
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Hotel pick-up in the central Osaka/Umeda, Shin Osaka and Kyoto central....
$ 8.80
Hotel pick-up in Namba and other areas within JR loop line in Osaka, K....
$ 13.20

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. 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, except for facilities like aquarium, zoo, amusement parks, etc.)
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 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 ( 48 )
JV JV Philippines ( Family )
Excellent
3 days 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

Bernie Bernie United Kingdom ( Couple )
Excellent
2 weeks 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

Philip Philip Australia ( Couple )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Kyoto, without the hustle ”

What a great way to start a holiday in Kyoto! Seiko showed us some beautiful sights and gave us so much information about their history and cultural significance. After planning our initial tour with her, she was very responsive to our late requests for changes which demonstrated her understanding of our needs. After visiting Tokyo for a week we were trying to get away from the crowds and Seiko suggested a visit to Uji, including a tea ceremony, followed by an early evening visit to the Fushimi Inari shrine which allowed us to experience these wonderful places calmly. She is very friendly, easy to talk to and has excellent English skills. Thanks so much from Phil and Linda.

Seiko:

Thank you Phili and Linda!! I'm glad you liked Uji for a change as it's also one of my favorite areas in Kyoto. I hope it helped you get to know Kyoto on your first day, and you could explore the city and surrounding area at your pace on the following days in Kyoto. I also enjoyed hearing about Australia and your travel experience, and love the picture with Linda by Uji bridge in the sunset! Thanks again for the memorable day:) Seiko

Damir Damir Canada ( Couple )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Very friendly and knowledgeable. ”

Seiko was especially friendly and heartwarming and we enjoyed spending time with her in Kyoto. She explained everything we asked her and was very knowledgeable about Japan’s history, culture and customs. We can definitely recommend her as an excellent guide.

Seiko:

Thank you Damir!! I just laughed so much that day!! Such a fun day with you all so that I almost forgot I was on duty.... hahaha! Sorry about all the food traps too. Hope you didn't miss the ship's departure and had more fun days at each port of call. Please send my regards to Elena, Kevin and June as well! Seiko

Elise Elise Australia ( Family with kids )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Amazing Day in Kyoto! ”

Seiko is an excellent tour guide who showed us the amazing sights in Kyoto. She carefully planned out our day taking into consideration our needs and requests. We enjoyed a fantastic mini-kaiseki lunch in the most beautiful part of Kyoto. Seiko speaks excellent English and is extremely knowledgeable. We will be recommending her to our friends and family.

Seiko:

Thank you for the amazing day too, Elise! I'm so honored to have been part of your birthday celebration! I really appreciated that you always asked me how to be polite and proper in Japanese customs and tried anything offered in the truly authentic Japanese lunch, which might have been sometimes challenging... :) On top of that, you guys liked walking everywhere!! Hope you, your sister and Vivi chan enjoyed the day and the whole experience in Japan! Seiko

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