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Nara and Osaka Highlights 1-Day Private Tour

8 hours
up to 6 people
English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
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Nara was an ancient capital of Japan in the 8th century. We'll visit Todaiji Temple, housing the gigantic Great Statue of Buddha, and Kasuga Grand Shrine. Let's go to a nearby nice sake brewery, if you love sake.
Osaka Castle was built in the 16th century. Let's go up to the top of the castle tower. You will feel as if you were a shogun. We also visit bustling Dotombori Downtown Osaka.


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  • Osaka Castle famous for its huge rock walls brought by boats from far away in the 16th century
  • Nara Todaiji Temple housing the Great Statue of Buddha, the largest in Japan
  • Visiting nearby Kasuga Grand Shrine
  • Sake tasting at a nearby sake brewery
  • Dotombori Downtown Osaka, regarded as a center of its food city

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What to Expect

This private one day tour includes must-see tourist spots in Nara and Osaka.
You will visit Todaiji Temple, a World Heritage Site in Nara, which was built in the mid 8th century. Its main hall is regarded as one of the largest wooden buildings in the world, and houses the Great Statue of Buddha, the largest in Japan. You will also walk about in Nara Park nearby, which still keeps the very Japanese quiet and elegant atmosphere. If you feed the wild deer in the park, you will make good friends with them. They love you with deer-crackers all the time. Sara has good underground water for sake. Let's go to Kasuga Grand Shrine or a sake brewery to try a little sake, if you wish.
Osaka Castle and Dotombori are located in the center of Osaka. Osaka Castle was build in the 16th century by Hideyoshi Toyotomi, one of the strongest and most popular feudal lords in Japan. From the top of the castle tower, you will be able to enjoy a magnificent view. I bet you will feel as if you were a lord. You will see what a Japanese castle was like by looking at a variety of displays in the tower.
Dotombori has been a downtown of Osaka. As you might know Osaka is regaded as a food city in Japan. Let's stroll around. I suggest you try Osaka foods like Takoyaki and the like.

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Departure & Return

Starting time 08:30 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point At your hotel in Osaka and Kobe areas
Ending Point At your hotel in Osaka and Kobe areas

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee, hotel pick-up in Osaka Kobe areas

What‘s not included

transportation fee (about 3,000 JPY per person, you and guide), entrance fee (1,200 JPY per person, you only), lunch (you only)


I can also guide you in Hiroshima (Peace Memorial Park, Miyajima), 1-day tour. My transportation fees to/from Hiroshima cost about 20,000 JPY, return.

This tour is subject to change due to congestion especially in the tourist season.
You will walk for several hours on this tour. So sneakers might be recommended. Plus pllease take out insurance in preparation for an injury.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting date
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting date
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting date

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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Reviews ( 22 )
4.8 (22) Reviews
Very Good
Polly Polly United States ( Family )
1 week ago

“ Thank you! ”

Great experience, Shogo is a lovely and very accommodating guide!


Dear Polly, Thank you very much for your nice feedback of our tour in Himeji, including Himeji Castle, Kokoen Japanese Garden and Shoshazan Engyoji Temple. I sincerely hope that you all have got nice and long-lasting memories from Japan. Of course please keep enjoying Rugby World Cup 2019 to the fullest.!!:) Many thanks to you, Polly and your lovely family. From Shogo

Angelina & Nick Angelina United States ( Family )
3 months ago

“ Quiet Nara and Kobe Tour ”

Shogo is the best Tour Guide we had during our Circle To Japan 13-day Cruise. Shogo is highly organized and he planned our trip real well. He handed each and everyone one of us the JR pass, the timeline of our trip, and the other relevant information of our tour. We had a very memorable tour and enjoyed Shogo ‘s patience with us. I will highly recommend Shogo to everyone. All the best to sn excellent guide!


Dear Angelina, I am so much grateful to your hearty review. Your tour group of 3 couples from Kobe cruise ship pier were so warm-hearted and cheerful that our 1-day-Nara & Kobe tour was super memorable. I'm like "You all are "Gone With the Ship!" Anyway, time flies. So please remain to be lovely Tourmates forever. Thanks for everthing, Angelina. You are a super tour leader. Best regards, Shogo

Tracy Tracy Singapore ( Couple )
4 months ago

“ Very knowledgeable and affable ”

Our day trip in Nara and Osaka was great thanks to Shogo san, he was very kind and knowledgeable about the places we wanted to visit which allowed efficient time usage in each place. Shogo was also very efficient in replying every time before the trip about any questions we had, which was superb and helped us take nice pictures at the beautiful attractions. We thoroughly enjoyed our time and if we need a guide in the area again, will definitely look for Shogo.


Dear Tracy, Thank you so much for your wonderful review of our tour in Nara & Osaka. Indeed it's always my great pleasure being a guide for such a lovely couple so interested in Japnanese culture, such as sake and mochi pounding (rice cake pounding) in Nara. Just amazing! I learned about beautiful Singalore from you, which renewed, my awareness of the importance of diversity. By the way I asked you to wave on your way from Osaka to Awaji Island following day. And in myself I did see you waving onboard a train, I might be still a little drunk, though. So another Kampai!! Thanks for everything, Tracy. Best regards, Shogo

Rachel Rachel Australia ( Friends )
4 months ago

“ Great Tour ”

Shogo was a great tour guide! Highly recommended!


Dear Rachel, Thank you very much for your nice review of our tour. I hope you enjoyed strolling in Gion, Kyoto's most popular Maiko/Geiko area. Also I'm happy that it was not so warm for this time of the year. Quite comfortable in the evening with a nice breeze blowing over a Kawayuka, riverside summer terrace. Indeed chatting over a glass of wine was great fun. Let me try beer, Rachel Special, next time. So Kampai!!:) Best regards, Shogo

Daniel Daniel United States ( Family with kids )
4 months ago

“ Best tour guide! ”

Shogo was very informative, communicated very clearly and timely and was even better in person as our guide. He puts in extra effort to make sure we had an excellent time! He even sent us pictures after. Highly recommend Shogo!


Dear Dan, Thank you very much for your wonderful review. It was my pleasure showing you and your nice family in Kyoto and Osaka, including Kyoto's Iwatayama Monkey Park in Arashiyam and Osaka's Kaiyukan Aquarium. Very glad to hear it was great fun for you. Please give my best regards to your kids full of energy. Hope their dreams will come true. I'll be checking out a piano concert and a surfing competition televisied on TV. Thank you very much, Dan. From Shogo.

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