In this tour we will visit must-see places in Nara and Osaka.
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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At your hotel in Osaka and Kobe areas
Osaka Castle was initially built in the 16th century by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, one of the most powerful/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.
Todaiji Temple, a World Heritage Site in Nara, 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 are out for tasty deer-crackers all the time.:)
Also Nara 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.
Dotombori is a downtown of Osaka. As you may know Osaka has been regarded as a big food city in Japan. Let's stroll around Dotombori and near by Kuromon Market. I suggest you try Osaka's specialties like Tako-yaki or grilled octopus dumplings, Okonomi-yaki or Japanese style pancake, fresh sea food, and you name it.
At your hotel in Osaka and Kobe areas
guide fee, hotel pick-up in Osaka Kobe areas
transportation fee (about 3,000 JPY per person, you and guide), entrance fee (1,200 JPY per person, you only), lunch (you only)
This tour is subject to change due to congestion especially in the tourist season.
We will walk for a couple of hours in this tour. So sneakers might be recommended.
Plus please take out insurance in preparation for an injury.
many thanks Shogo for your fatastic guided tour in Osaka. We thoroughly enjoyed your company.
Dear Somila, I am so much grateful to your wonderful review. You are so nice a family. Also it's amazing that your family are so intrested in Japanese culture and tried exploring things Japanese, like mochi pounding to the fullest. I do hope you enjoyed staying in Japan. Thanks for everything, Somila. Best regards, Shogo
If you're looking for a tour guide then look no further! My husband and I had the pleasure of having Shogo as our guide for 2 days. We have booked other guides on Triplelights in the past, and Shogo is one of the best: he's easy going, flexible, and knowledgeable. We highly recommend and would definitely book him again! Thank you Shogo for the photos, and also for going above and beyond on our Kyoto tour. We had a lot of fun, and hoping to see you again in the near future.
Dear Tami, Thank you for your rave review of our tours for two days. You and your husband were so friendly and lovely a couple to me, looking very much like on your "Honeymoon," that I felt as if I were much younger in my thirties with my old close friends. Actually I found tour guiding real rewarding. Thank you Tami for giving me pleasant days. Best regards, Shogo
We found Shogo to be very knowledgeable, friendly and he made our day trip special. My son especially enjoyed the Sushi, Deer in Narra and the monkeys in Kyoto.
Dear Patrick, I am so much grateful to your nice review of our Kyoto & Nara 1-day-tour. It's always my great pleasure to guide such a nice family trying to explore things Japanese to the fullest. I'm very glad to hear that you enjoyed the sushi at Arashiyama, Kyoto. Maybe you found some differences between Japan's sushi and Kiwi sushi, because fish for the sushi might be a little different. Since all of your family are sport lovers, I sincerely hope you'll visit Japan again. See you, Patrick. Best regards, Shogo
Shogo was our guide for 2 days. He is very good company and his knowledge about all of the sites was interesting. On the trip around Kyoto he took us on local transport including the tram which was a great way to travel around the city. Overall we recommend Shogo as the perfect English speaking guide.
Dear Dermot, Thank you so much for your nice review of our tours. I hope you enjoyed strolling in Kyoto plus Himeji. Also I assume that you had a great time watching Rugby World Cup in Japan. Hopefully you will come back for the next World Cup expected in Japan in future. So again, Go Ireland!!! Best regards, Shogo