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Nara & Osaka 1-day Tour

by Seiko
(42) Reviews
8h $ 249

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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249.20 USD

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1 ~ 5 people 249.20 USD
6 ~ 8 people 258.10 USD
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Hotel pick-up in the central Osaka/Umeda, Shin Osaka and Kyoto central....
$ 8.90
Hotel pick-up in Namba and other areas within JR loop line in Osaka, K....
$ 13.35

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 ( 42 )
Marcio Marcio United States ( Family )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Fantastic introduction to Kyoto! ”

This was our first trip to Japan and we chose Seiko to introduce us to Kyoto in our very first day. She was the PERFECT tour guide: calm, flexible, thorough, knowledgeable, and fun. We visited some of the main attractions in one day and she even taught us how to use the public transportation by ourselves. Overall, an extremely good experience.

Seiko:

Thank you for your kind comment, Marcio. I had a PERFECT day with you all!! Thank you for asking me lots of interesting questions as well. I enjoyed not just showing the sites, our culture and food etc. but also hearing about your connections to Japan and Japanese culture before you actually visited here. I wish I could have taught your sons more Japanese words, but hope at least "Sumimasen" was useful :) Thanks again!!!! Seiko

Gary Gary United States ( Family )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Great Informative Guide and Excellent English Speaker!!! ”

Seiko was wonderful! She worked to adjust our itinerary at the last minute due to the excessive heat/humidity in Kyoto/Uji. We walked through Uji (learned how to make matcha), visited Byodo-In Temple and Fushimi-Inari in Kyoto. She made the most of our time with how efficient she planned everything. If you enjoy hearing interesting facts about the various places you visit I would highly recommend Seiko! You will not be disappointed!

Seiko:

Thank you Gary for the positive and thoughtful review. One of the things I care most for planning a tour is efficiency to maximize the limited time together, so I am very glad to hear your comment about it! I hope you had a great time despite the heat in Kyoto (& glad you barely missed the typhoon!) and are now enjoying the maccha from Uji at home! Seiko

Llyswen Llyswen United States ( Family )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Fantastic guide! ”

Seiko was a fantastic guide, she showed us a great selection of sites to give us a good feel for Kyoto. My husband and I and our kids (11 and 13) learned a lot and she’s really nice. We all enjoyed the tour!

Seiko:

Thanks for the fun and easy-going tour! Your family were so lively and approachable from the moment we met, and chatting with your kids who are cheerful and curious was a bonus! Hope your son got better soon, and you could see and enjoy more for the rest of your days in Kyoto. Seiko

Delly Delly United States
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Beyond my expectation!!!!! ”

The best guide I’ve ever had!!!! Seiko made me feel like a sister that I left here in Japan☺️. She arranged our itinerary base on our interest as we were haft way trough our day. She is very knowledgeable about where to go and the rich history of each places. She took us to a very nice local lunch witch we would never find on our own or on TripAdvisor. She not only took us to popular places, but also the places that only local know. She is so flexible with her time, her 8hrs doesn’t just ended at the exact time, she made sure we have a good time till the end. If you want to experience Kyoto with a high energy, loving and feel like one of the local Seiko is A MUST!!! Thank again Seiko for keeping with our pace ☺️. It should be the other way around. Delly

Seiko:

Thank you Delly for the wonderful time! You help me break the record with my pedometer!! I was lucky to be picked by you guys, so fit and fun to walk with, and absolutely enjoyed walking from the corner to corner in Uji and even to the top of Fushimi Inari! You could see a lot more of our real and everyday life in Japan. I was sad to say good-bye in the bus after such a great time of walking, cycling, and chatting with you all about everything especially about anime and football with your son:). Hope you'll come back to Japan to see more some day, maybe in a different season. Thanks again!! Seiko

Karen Karen United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
3 months ago

“ ?saka day trip ”

We had a fabulous day in Osaka with Seiko. We met her at Kobe port and she expertly navigated us through the trains to Osaka. We saw the highlights by foot and boat as Seiko gave us the history of the city. We had lunch at a local sushi restaurant which was wonderful (it was tiny but worth the wait). Our two college aged children had a great time as Seiko was so easy to get along with and made our day fun. This was far better than taking the tours offered by our cruise ship.

Seiko:

Thank you Karen and everyone! I'm very relieved to hear that you had a good time despite the hustle and bustle for the boat and train ride at the end....: ) I think we covered a lot within the limited time which cannot be done with the cruise ship tour, thanks to you all giving a clear picture of what you want to see/eat/buy before and during the tour. Please cheer for Hanshin Tigers from the States and say hi to the people at the United Noodles for me!! Seiko

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