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Nara & Osaka 1-day Tour

by Seiko
(28) Reviews
8h $ 244 Price up to 8 people


  • 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

244.40 USD

FREE cancellation 14 days prior

Extras (optional)

Hotel pick-up in the central Osaka/Umeda, Shin Osaka and Kyoto.
$ 9.40
Hotel pick-up in Namba and other areas within JR loop line.
$ 14.10


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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Organized by Seiko

Licensed Guide
(28) Reviews


  • 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


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.

About Seiko

Licensed Guide

(28) Reviews

Contact Seiko
Response Time 9 hs

Languages spoken
  • English ( License )

Hello, I am Seiko! I was born and grew up in Kurashiki (Okayama pref.) until high school, spent my college days in Kyoto, and currently living in Osaka.
I studied Hospitality and Tourism Management at the University of Wisconsin, as well.
I myself am a traveler for life, been to more than 30 countries and all the prefectures in Japan and always excited to help travel planning for my friends/clients coming to Japan. I am also a hiker, kayaker, scuba diver, and snowboarder enjoying myself mostly outdoors in every season.
I would especially love to show you things that are rarely found in your guidebook or difficult to do as tourists from other countries as well as the beauty of the nature and rural areas in Japan.
Besides city tours in Osaka and Kyoto, my tours can stretch to introducing local foods, bar-hopping, sake/beer breweries, visiting secret local spots, excursions to enjoy the nature such as walking/hiking tours, onsen day-out, and more!
Let's have fun time and unique experience with me!

*Please check my original tours in Kyoto and Osaka. These tour rates are more reasonable than booking a custom tour with me!

*Please note below before booking:
1. Transportation fee, entrance fee, and lunch/dinner for you and guide is NOT included in the base rate. (Licensed guides normally get free admission at temples, shrines and certain 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.
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Reviews ( 28 )

1 month ago |   by Sarah

“ Couldn’t have seen as much as we did! ”

Really fantastic tour. My family and I were only here for about 3 days and since there was so much to see and do it was a little overwhelming trying to plan what exactly the best plan of action would be. With Seiko she took care of the entire itinerary and guided us throughout Kyoto easily. By the time the tour ended we knew we wouldn’t have been able to do this on our own. She spoke vey good English and was even there for us via email for the rest of the trip if we had any questions or recommendations! It was almost like we were meeting up with a friend to guide us around the city. Overall we definitely recommend :) thank you Seiko for the wonderful day!

1 month ago |   by Linda

“ Awesome and memorable Kyoto day trip ”

Seiko was very punctual, knowledgeable and caring. We really enjoyed the itinerary she had planned taking into consider our preferences. She also shared many valuable knowledge with us. She was very accommodating in adjusting our itinerary on the day itself. Making sure we cover as much as we could. Seiko also did her best to provide us recommendations for our stay in Osaka. Although there was a lot of walking for us but it was really a fruitful, worthwhile and enjoyable trip. This trip was the best part of my first trip to Japan. We were very thankful and appreciative of Seiko!

2 months ago |   by David

“ Osaka in a Day ”

Seiko was an excellent guide for our all-day tour in Osaka. Prior to our trip, Seiko contacted us to get an idea of where we wanted to visit on our and offered her recommendations as well, since we only mentioned Osaka Castle! We had a packed itinerary and visited many of the popular spots in Osaka/Namba like Dotonbori, Shinsaibashi, Minami, (and also the Castle), etc. Seiko also took the time to plan and take us off the beaten path and through some of the older and more "local" areas of the City which we really enjoyed along with the personal insight that she provided. It really showed her knowledge, passion and love for the City. We also had lunch together and it was great just kicking-back and talking about stuff Japanese! The entire day was a balance of taking as much in, while still being able appreciate the local culture. Without a doubt, Seiko's knowledge, professionalism and desire for us to experience the City, made our day tour of Osaka memorable. We would hire her again the next time we're in town and you should too!

2 months ago |   by J

“ Thank you Seiko! ”

Seiko guided our clients at Himeji Castle and in Osaka's dotonbori district. Our clients enjoyed the tour and we would use her services again in the future.

3 months ago |   by Patricia

“ Amazing day with Seiko ”

We had the good fortune of meeting Seiko during our recent trip to Kyoto. There are 3 of us and we wanted to visit various sights we didn't get to see the day prior from a bike tour. Despite the distant location of each sight and the limited time, Seiko was very helpful and accommodating when putting together our itinerary for us. She even made some terrific suggestions (Sake tasting) and we had a blast spending the day with her. Her English was excellent and she was by far the best tour guide during our 11 day trip inJapan. She offered a lot of history and information at each place we visited. I only wish we could spend more time with her that day. We will definitely have her guide us again when we return to Kyoto and Osaka. Thank you Seiko!!!

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