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Impressive Three-Day Tour around Old Capitals (Nara, Kyoto, Osaka) of Japan

by Yoshi
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3 days $ 961 Price up to 15 people

Highlights

  • Todai-ji Temple (東大寺) in Nara: South Big Gate (南大門), Big Buddha (大仏), Several Attached Temples, such as Nigatsu-do (二月堂)
  • Kasuga taisha Shrine (春日大社) in Nara: Well-renowned Power Spot, you have to feel significant power when you go through God’s forest
  • Nara Park (奈良公園) in Nara: Wild dears must say hello to you, asking you give them rice-crackers
  • Kofuku-ji Temple (興福寺) in Nara: Five-storied stupa seen from Sarusawa pond (猿沢池) is the representative scene of the old capital
  • Nara Machi (奈良町) in Nara: Traditional town houses with gratings, together with retrospective Japanese restaurants and cafes
  • Kyoto Station (京都駅): One of the architectural masterpieces, comprising a huge glass façade, a grand staircase, an aerial walkway from where you can see a magnificent vista of Kyoto
  • Nijyo Castle (二条城): Walk down a corridor of the palace to hear a nightingale’s song
  • Kinkaku-ji Temple (金閣寺): A perfect reflection of the Golden Pavilion appears in the mirror-like pond makes you dazzle
  • Daitoku-ji Temple (大徳寺): The old temple consists of more than 10 sub-temples, each of which has a famous history appeared in the school texts
  • Ginkaku-ji Temple (銀閣寺): You must feel a so-called “Wabi Sabi”, a kind of beauty of modesty
  • Nishiki Market (錦市場): The kitchen of the old capital, comprising about 130 shops selling daily Japanese foods
  • Umeda Sky Building (梅田スカイビル): Umeda Sky Building is the 40-story high-rise (173 meters high) twin buildings, the top of which is connected by the observation deck. You can enjoy 360 degree panoramic view, including Awaji Island (more than 70km away) when the sky is clear
  • Osaka-jyo Castle (大阪城): Hideyoshi’s headquarters built in 1598, when the top warlord completed dominating the whole country of Japan
  • Osaka Museum of History (大阪歴史博物館): ou can explore the time travel from the era of Old capital (7th century) to the modern Great Osaka
  • Dotonbori (道頓堀): “Dotonbori River Cruise” is a 20 minutes’ short boat ride along the center of the amusement area. You can fully enjoy a variety of huge neon-billboards and garish but humorous performances as well on the both sides of the old canal
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Price up to 15 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra Hour.
$ 40.05
Extra Person.
$ 8.90
Hotel Pickup (Only in Osaka / Kyoto City).
$ 17.80

Overview

The course is a “Golden Route” around the 3 old capitals. You must feel awe-inspiring atmosphere, being surprised to see the fruits of religion-based cohesive power in Nara. Kyoto used to be the capital for no less than 1,100 years, during when the internationally famous city had nurtured sophisticated Japanese cultures. You have to be welcomed everywhere in the easygoing merchants’ city of Osaka.

What to Expect

1) All the “Must-see” spots in Nara, Kyoto and Osaka are included.
2) The tour is a bit flexible, depending upon the guest’s interest, since it is an excursion-style, taking advantage of walking and public transportations such as city bus and / or subway.
3) Guests can enjoy local cuisines to their hearts’ content in Kyoto and Osaka at a reasonable price, if special requests are informed in advance.

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Highlights

  • Todai-ji Temple (東大寺) in Nara: South Big Gate (南大門), Big Buddha (大仏), Several Attached Temples, such as Nigatsu-do (二月堂)
  • Kasuga taisha Shrine (春日大社) in Nara: Well-renowned Power Spot, you have to feel significant power when you go through God’s forest
  • Nara Park (奈良公園) in Nara: Wild dears must say hello to you, asking you give them rice-crackers
  • Kofuku-ji Temple (興福寺) in Nara: Five-storied stupa seen from Sarusawa pond (猿沢池) is the representative scene of the old capital
  • Nara Machi (奈良町) in Nara: Traditional town houses with gratings, together with retrospective Japanese restaurants and cafes
  • Kyoto Station (京都駅): One of the architectural masterpieces, comprising a huge glass façade, a grand staircase, an aerial walkway from where you can see a magnificent vista of Kyoto
  • Nijyo Castle (二条城): Walk down a corridor of the palace to hear a nightingale’s song
  • Kinkaku-ji Temple (金閣寺): A perfect reflection of the Golden Pavilion appears in the mirror-like pond makes you dazzle
  • Daitoku-ji Temple (大徳寺): The old temple consists of more than 10 sub-temples, each of which has a famous history appeared in the school texts
  • Ginkaku-ji Temple (銀閣寺): You must feel a so-called “Wabi Sabi”, a kind of beauty of modesty
  • Nishiki Market (錦市場): The kitchen of the old capital, comprising about 130 shops selling daily Japanese foods
  • Umeda Sky Building (梅田スカイビル): Umeda Sky Building is the 40-story high-rise (173 meters high) twin buildings, the top of which is connected by the observation deck. You can enjoy 360 degree panoramic view, including Awaji Island (more than 70km away) when the sky is clear
  • Osaka-jyo Castle (大阪城): Hideyoshi’s headquarters built in 1598, when the top warlord completed dominating the whole country of Japan
  • Osaka Museum of History (大阪歴史博物館): ou can explore the time travel from the era of Old capital (7th century) to the modern Great Osaka
  • Dotonbori (道頓堀): “Dotonbori River Cruise” is a 20 minutes’ short boat ride along the center of the amusement area. You can fully enjoy a variety of huge neon-billboards and garish but humorous performances as well on the both sides of the old canal

Important

1. Basically 7 days a week
2. Basically Specific to KOHOKU (Northernmost) district in Shiga Pref.
Shizugatake Old Battlefield, Lake Yogo, Woody Pal Yogo, Tojyuin temple, Kanzan-ji temple, Zencho-ji temple, Kaizu Osaki for Cherry Blossom Viewing, Keisoku-ji temple for Autumnal Leaves, Throughout Central Kinomoto area, Odani Jyo Castle, Sugatani Hot Spring Resort, Chikubu-shima island, Doganji-temple (A National Treasure), Takatsuki Museum of Ethnic and Historical Materials, Throughout Central Nagahama city, etc.

1) Tour's Course:
The tour consists of three consecutive days, in principle. The destination is, Nara, Kyoto and Osaka on the 1st day, the 2nd day and the 3rd day, respectively.
2) Each Day Course Time Schedule:
8:30 AM at your staying hotel: Start
5:00 PM at your staying hotel: Arrive (Tour end)
3) Peak Season: The destination spots may sllightly change, after getting an approval from the guests
4) One day or Two-day tour is also available for Nara, Kyoto or Osaka, on request.

What‘s included
Guide Fee
What‘s not included
Admission / Entrance Fee (For Tourists): Approximately 2,500 (Two Thousand and Five Hundred) JPY Each at a Maximum for One Day.
Transportation (For Tourists and the Guide): Less than 2,500 (Two Thousand and Five Hundred) JPY Each at a Maximum for One Day.
Lunch and/or Dinner (For Tourists): Less than 2,500 (Two Thousand and Five Hundred) JPY Each at a Maximum.
Any Unexpected Cost (For Tourists): Less than 1,000 (One Thousand) JPY Each at a Maximum.
Depart From
Osaka or Kyoto
Meeting Point
At your staying hotel in Osaka or Kyoto
Ending Point
At your staying hotel in Osaka or Kyoto
Duration
3 days
Starting time
08:30 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 15 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 ( 3 )
Julie Julie United States ( Couple )
Excellent
16 hours ago

“ Excellent guide! ”

Yoshi is an excellent guide! He is a hard-working and wonderful ambassador for his country. Yoshi takes his work seriously and is scrupulously prepared. His care for his clients really shows. He went above and beyond for us. Yoshi is very well-informed about so much, including Japanese history, current Japanese affairs, and the flowers and trees of Japan. He is interesting, energetic, kind, and hospitable. Our only wish was that we had more time with Yoshi! We are grateful we met him.

Yoshi:

Dear Julie san and Ron san. Thank you very much for your nice feedback. As our mission as a tour guide is, of course, to insure our customers' satisfaction, I've believed (as a former Quality Engineer) that we have to do our maximum effort, sacrificing our short lunch and rest time. I'm so glad to know that you kindly felt a touch of it. Again, I was extremely happy to be able to have an opportunity to go around the best spots with you and Ron san yesterday. Thank you, PS: I will try not to be a "Crybaby" any more. From Yoshi Apr., 19 (Fri.), 2019; 22:23

Siti Siti Malaysia ( Family )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Nara Kyoto Osaka revisited ”

Very lucky to have Yoshi san as our guide who took care of us from the time he picked us up from the hotel until he send us back to the hotel. I'm very impressed and appreciative when he accomodate to our slow movement. He planned well according to what we wanted even at the short notice of visiting Nara Womens University. Really love the Kimono experience and picnic under cherry blossoms at Osaka castle. Our family especially my daughter had a lovely and wonderful time. Thank you Yoshi san for understanding and being an amazing tour guide for us. - Siti, Malaysia.

Yoshi:

Siti san, Zainal san, alias sweet Sumo wrestler, and a promising No.1 journalist in Malaysia, Farah san, I thank you very much for selecting such an amateurish tour guide like me for your memorable tour tripping around Kansai district, Japan. I was relieved that the weather on the days during your trip was relatively good (not so cold and not so warm), and we could make it in time when the cherry blossoms that all of you must have eagerly anticipated started. You were able to dabble at OHANAMI (Cherry viewing) at Osaka Jyo park, eating Takoyaki, weren't we? The gift that charming Farah san surprisingly gave me must have become one of my most important treasuries. Thank you so much. PS : As I promised so, I'm going to send all the photos that I took for your wonderful family through e... read more

Sheila Sheila Singapore ( Family )
Excellent
3 months ago

“ Amazing Guide Yoshi san ”

Yoshi was very knowledgeable on all the places he took us for the two days we were in Osaka. He picked us up at our hotel. Planned the day according to what we wanted to see and the activities we were interested in. I have a bad knee and stairs were a problem, he made a lot of effort to accommodate this. For this I am very impressed. He definitely went over and beyond. Our family had a great time and will be beyond. Thank you Yoshi San! -- Sheila Cemer Houston Texas

Yoshi:

Sheila san and your handsome family members: Thank you very much for your lavish word to this amateurish tour guide. I have to appreciate you, giving me the opportunity to go around here and there in the merchants' city under brisk winter sky. I'll never forget the fantastic memory with you and your family. PS: Have you successfully been able to open all the pictures that I took for your family?