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Nara & Osaka 1-day Tour

Seiko T.

4.97(79) reviews
English, Japanese (Native)
8 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 8 people

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.

Meeting Point

JR Kyoto station, Osaka station (exact location to be sent by email), Kintetsu Nipponbashi/Namba station or at your hotel (extra fee)

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

Ending Point

Namba area or Osaka/Umeda station

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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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee, hotel meet-up in Kyoto and Osaka

What‘s not included

Transportation fee (you and guide), lunch/dinner (you and guide), entrance fee

Important Information

Please note below before booking and contact me first for availability:

1. My schedule on GoWithGuide site is open for the next 3-month only. For further dates, please message me about my availability (multi-day tours only)

2. All my listed tours include hotel pick-up fee and guide fee. Please ask for quote for custom tours.

3. For tours in the peak season, I am currently prioritizing mult-day tour requests (at least two "full-day" tours per group), but also accept one-day request between the booked tours etc.

***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 station to Osaka via Nara without JR pass. With JR pass, it will be about 500-1,000 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

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 8 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 3 to 7 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 2 day(s) prior to meeting time



Chiho I.

Dec 7, 2022

Great one day tour with Seiko!

Our tour in Osaka started off exploring the markets and streets learning about the history. We visited Osaka Castle and Seiko took us to many great photo spots to get the best pictures! We also got to check out Umeda where there was many places to eat. Seiko is fluent in English and Japanese and was great with translating. We would definitely book another tour with Seiko in the future in another region of Japan!

Seiko T.

Thanks for having me as your guide for two days! Osaka is my second home town and I am glad you liked my style of Osaka tour. It was also nice to visit Osaka castle when most of tourists were gone and you took lots of great photos there. I really hope you can come back to Japan and look forward to showing more of my favorite parts of the city and surroundings. Have a great time for the rest of your days in Japan! Seiko


Chiho I.

Dec 7, 2022

Many sites to see in just one day!

We had an amazing tour with Seiko, visiting 7 different sites and areas where we learned about the history and culture of Kyoto. Seiko is very knowledgeable and took to us to many great locations that included various shrines, temples, neighborhoods, and more. One of our favorite spots was getting a tour of the Nijo Jinya House! Would definitely recommend having Seiko guide you around Kyoto to get the best experience. She is also fluent in Japanese and English and was a great translator for us.

Seiko T.

Thank you for your review! I always try to be efficient and flexible as much as possible to maximize tour time as trying to understand different needs by different people. We could visit all the sites very smoothly thanks to your fitness level and trusting me as your guide. Glad you liked the house because it is also one of my favorite places to take my customers, as well! It was a great day together!!! Seiko


Courtney M.

Nov 27, 2022

Highly Recommend!!!

My 12 yo son, sister and I had the pleasure of spending 2 days in Kyoto with Seiko this fall. We had an absolutely wonderful time! At first we were nervous about spending 2 full days with a "stranger" while on vacation. However, as soon as Seiko met us in the lobby of our hotel, we knew we had made an excellent choice. It felt like traveling with a friend! And at the end of our two days we were sad to say goodbye. It was an absolute treat to let Seiko be in charge while I relaxed and enjoyed our surroundings. No worrying about trains or schedules or where to go next. Seiko was relaxed, knowledgable, funny, super efficient in getting us to all our must see sites and has impeccable English. My 12 yo son enjoyed hanging out with her too! I will recommend Seiko to friends traveling to Japan, and will absolutely book with her when we return to Japan.

Seiko T.

Thank you, Courtney! It was totally my pleasure to spend 2 days with you and your family. I sometimes feel nervous when I have multi-day tours as well thinking if I can meet their needs and expectations knowing it's once in lifetime experience for them. However, ever since I started communicating with you, I didn't have that kind of fear as it was clear to know what you want to see, etc. I especially feel honored to be a guide when I see children like your son giveing many quesions and trying to see and learn lots in a country with different culture. Hope you'll have a chance to come back someday and see you again!!!!!! Seiko


Anita G.

Nov 23, 2022

Great day in Osaka

Seiko is a great city guide. She planned a perfect, tailor-made tour and also continuously adapted it to my wishes and opportunities that arose. For example, this weekend there was a ramen festival in the castle park. Seiko found out about it on TV that morning and spontaneously planned our tour so that we could have our lunch there. She is funny, can tell interesting stories and speaks very good English. I would travel with her again anytime.

Seiko T.

Thanks Anita for your kind review! For me, it was just like having a great time walking around my favorite part of Osaka with my friend, rather than doing my job as your tour guide. The ramen event was special and lucky you were in Osaka that day! Hope you enjoyed other areas of Japan and see you again when you come back to Japan! Seiko

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