We booked Van transportation for a day trip to Nara from Osaka, as well as a transfer/tour from Osaka to Kyoto. For our day trip to Nara, the transportation comes with an English speaking guide and she was very helpful with coordinating all our need. We had a very pleasant first day. For the second tour from Osaka to Kyoto, the transportation was only the driver who does not speak English. It was definitely a lot more challenging to communicate with him, and we had a couple miscommunication on pick up time, and where to go, etc as we made some changes to our itinerary. Not driver's fault, but generally it was quite challenging to communicate with him. Overall I would recommend van transportation, but I would also recommend hiring a translator/guide - the extra cost would be fully justified to provide for a more seamless experience.