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From Osaka : Private Full-day Tour to Kyoto

1. From Osaka : Private Full-day Tour to Kyoto

Start the tour with pick up from central Osaka and travel to historic Kyoto. Over the course of the day, you'll be presented with a balanced view of this historic city and its surroundings. The Arashiyama district is the first stop, and it is here where you'll be introduced to Japanese garden and temple design. Tenryu-ji Temple has one of the most outstanding, timeless examples of Japanese gardens surrounding it's simple-but-majestic temple buildings. Then it's time for a walk up through the famous bamboo grove - a photo opportunity not to be missed - before arriving at the entrance to luxurious Okochi Sanso. Here you will try some matcha (Japanese green tea), before exploring the winding paths that connect the buildings, views, and garden areas. Afterwards, you'll enjoy a stroll alongside the river, then have free time for lunch and even a bit of shopping, if you wish. Next, enjoy the atmospheric streets of the Goin district, complete with a gurgling stream and rows of traditional tea house and restaurant buildings.  Not far from the Gion is Fushimi Inari-taisha, arguably the most famous Shinto shrine complex in the entire region. After having a look around you'll end your tour with a visit to the famous Torii gate.

From Osaka: Kyoto Top Highlights Day Trip

2. From Osaka: Kyoto Top Highlights Day Trip

Visit some of Kyoto's most famous cultural sites on this day-long bus tour from Osaka. Hop aboard a comfortable coach and drive to Japan's ancient capital to see the brilliant torii gates of the Fushimi Inari Shrine, the UNESCO-listed Kiyomizu-dera temple, and the golden pavilion of Kinkaku-ji. Kyoto is filled with ancient historic sites dating back to the 6th century. Get dropped off first at the Fushimi Inari Shrine, a Shinto shrine famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates. Spend time wandering the brilliant paths before heading to your next destination. Arrive at Kiyomizu-dera, one of the most iconic temples in Japan. Take ample time to wander through the temple. Walk across the impressive wooden stage, which juts out from the hillside and was constructed without the use of a single nail. Next, stop at Kinkaku-ji, also known as the Golden Pavilion due to the fact that it's covered in gold leaf. Wander through the immaculate gardens surrounding the temple, admiring the original Japanese designs that have been preserved since Ashikaga's time. Finish the day in Arashiyama, which has been a popular nature-viewing destination since the Heian Period. Take a stroll through the cool Sagano Bamboo Forest and listen to the distinct rustle of bamboo leaves as you walk. In the late afternoon, hop on the bus back to Osaka.

Osaka: Guided Walking Tour around Osaka Castle

3. Osaka: Guided Walking Tour around Osaka Castle

Meet your guide at JR Osaka station and then take the train from there to Osaka Castle. First, you will visit the Osaka Museum of History. You'll see a replica of the great council hall of Naniwanomiya Palace and learn about the history of Osaka. Then, visit Nishinomaru Garden. This is a great spot to take some photos with Osaka Castle in the background. Next, you'll head to Otemon, the main gate of Osaka Castle where you'll marvel at the gigantic stones used to build the castle walls. In the main castle area, you will also visit Osaka Castle Tower, see the reconstructed golden traditional tea ceremony room, and admire the amazing view from the observatory. Don't miss the authentic Samurai uniforms that they used to wear into war. After your visit to the castle, have lunch at MIRAIZA OSAKA-JO, and then enjoy a cruise on the castle moat in an traditional boat to view the high stone walls and the gardens from a different perspective.

Osaka: Modern and Antique Art Private Guided Walking Tour

4. Osaka: Modern and Antique Art Private Guided Walking Tour

Discover Osaka’s art scene on a private guided tour, perfect for museum lovers. Meet your guide at Fukushima station and head to the National Museum of Art Osaka, to see incredible modern art exhibits. Continue to Graf, a famous design studio and homeware shop. Next you’ll visit Nakanoshima Kosetsu Museum of Art, to browse their collection of swords, armor, Buddhism art, and Japanese tea ceremony tools. Pass the Osaka Prefectural Nakanoshima Library and Osaka City Central Public Hall, to admire their amazing architecture. Finish your tour at the Museum of Oriental Ceramics, to see beautiful examples of this traditional art form.

From Kyoto or Osaka: Private Walking Tour through Nara

5. From Kyoto or Osaka: Private Walking Tour through Nara

Go on a private city walking tour through Nara and explore the fascinating history, culture, and food scene of this city. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Meet your guide in Kyoto or Osaka and take the train to Nara, the city where Shinto Buddhism was born. See some of Japan’s most significant temples and shrines. Marvel at art and architecture dating back to the 8th-century.   Walk down quiet streets and shaded paths lined with cherry blossom trees and be amazed by Nanto Shichi Daiji, the seven great Buddhist temples. Discover the magical, wood-built architecture overhung with thousands of lanterns at the fairytale Kasuga-Taisha Shrine. At the famous Nara Park, you can see the iconic tame deers that come close enough to greet you. If you are hungry this would be the perfect opportunity to check out the restaurants and cafes at Higashimuki Shopping Street. In this street, you will also find all sorts of souvenirs.  This tour can be fully personalized depending on your preferences. Your guide can provide you with tips and recommendations for the rest of your stay in Nara.

Osaka City: Food Origins Exploration Game

6. Osaka City: Food Origins Exploration Game

Play a 1.5-hour exploration game in the heart of Osaka city and discover the historical changes of the city from the Edo period to the present. Explore food heaven in Osaka, follow the clues, and try delicious and peculiar dishes along the way. Follow each culinary clue on your smartphone and get exact directions to the next location so you will not need a map, GPS, or guide. Unlock the secret story of each place as you solve the problems and guess the answers. Play individually, as a group, and solve the clues together as you walk or split into smaller teams and compete against the others. Download the app, go to the starting point, and begin the adventure!

Osaka: Shinsekai and Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine Photoshoot Tour

7. Osaka: Shinsekai and Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine Photoshoot Tour

After arrival at the meeting point, the photographer-guide will take you on an unforgettable adventure through Shinsekai and Tsutenkaku. Explore the local spots, and pose for photos in front of Tsutenkaku. Then, walk around the most photogenic places in Shinsekai recommended by photographers. After taking photos in Shinsekai, stroll along the local shopping street to a local tram station. At the station, take photos with a colorful tram. If there are not so many passengers, you can also have photos taken inside the tram carriage. About 15 minutes later, you will arrive at the Torii gate of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, one of the most historical buildings in Osaka. In the shrine, have photos taken with the famous bridge and lanterns at sunset.

Osaka: Night Photography Tour

8. Osaka: Night Photography Tour

As the sun sets, the night breaths life into the Osaka metropolis. After dusk, the city is bathed in a colorful blend of incandescent and tungsten light. Capture the dreamscape of people, traffic, and city lights with your camera. Learn how to photograph the hordes of people against a backdrop of bustling traffic. Begin in the bustling heart of the city at Osaka station. After exploring its labyrinthine walkways and passages, venture out into the Umeda district, the nightlife capital of the city. Decipher your camera’s manual settings and capture long exposures in the city. Choose the tripod add-on option to snap steady shots and use the traffic’s constant motion to create breathtaking compositions of light trails. Switch to handheld photography and work on low-light street photography to capture the essence of Osaka at night. Round things off with an exploration of the Kitashinchi entertainment district, known for its glitzy bars and extravagant neon signage.

From Osaka: Himeji Castle and Arima Onsen Private Tour

9. From Osaka: Himeji Castle and Arima Onsen Private Tour

Venture out from Osaka on day trip that gives you history, relaxation, and fun, all with the comfort and luxury of a private vehicle, tour guide, and door-to-door transportation. Customize your itinerary to your preferences and discover the gems of the Kansai region. Discover the mysteries of Himeji Castle, a feat of engineering and one of Japan's most elegant castles still standing today. Let your English-speaking guide take you into the castle buildings, providing you with stories and facts that make for a much richer experience than could be obtained on your own. Learn what rooms were used for what, all about defensive strategies, the role of concubines, and of course how the castle was designed to thwart invasion. Leave Himeji Castle and take a lunch break before heading off to Arima Onsen or central Kobe for some afternoon sights and relaxation. Feel restored by the therapeutic, mineral rich waters of Arima Onsen as others have done for over 1,300 years. Sense how your mind becomes more at ease and your skin smoother after the experience. Then, take a lovely stroll around the town, with shops and food vendors pleasantly scattered about. For those not quite so interested in hot springs, opt instead to explore the coastal areas of Kobe City at no additional cost. Choose from a number of local highlights according to your interests, including a well-known sake (Japanese rice wine) producer, where you can learn how the product is made and get some free samples. See the Western-style area of Kyu Kyoryuchi with its well-preserved houses dating back to the late 1800s.

Osaka: Local Food Beyond Dotonbori Small Group Tour

10. Osaka: Local Food Beyond Dotonbori Small Group Tour

Taste the big city, bright lights energy in the famous Dotonbori and Namba districts, then immerse yourself in local food and culture as you explore the areas where the locals play, and visitors almost never do. With dinner and drinks included and a group size of no more than six, it's going to be more like a night out with friends than one of those assembly line-style tours. All guides speak excellent or native English, have lived in Osaka forever or at least many years, and absolutely love the city. Your evening starts in the heart of Dotonbori, right on Ebisu Bridge, best known as the perfect vantage point to see the "Running Man" gargantuan LCD sign, plus all the other giant signs and screens that wallpaper this area. Think Times Square in New York, with all the buzz but none of the cars. Pass all the big highlights, then duck into some narrow side streets steeped in history. Hundreds upon hundreds of restaurants and bars line these streets. Along the stroll, you'll be provided with a painless cultural primer to help you better to understand the sense of place, allowing for a richer, more complete idea of what Osaka's all about. Osaka people are known for "kuidaore," which means eating to the point of your demise; along these lines, you can expect a teeming cavalcade of goodies passing your eyes and into your mouth at each of the three different tachinomi visited. It is at these restaurants that people eat and drink while standing at bars or counters, similar to how tapas are often enjoyed in Spain. Look forward to being welcomed like a local first in Namba and later, after a short train ride, in Amagasaki. Technically not a part of Osaka but rather a separate city, Amagasaki has an industrial past and a vibrant food scene bursting at the seams with friendly, animated locals who honestly enjoy speaking with visitors and are thrilled to have you in their neighborhood.  Over the course of the evening, expect to enjoy Japanese treats like kushi katsu (fried food on sticks), nikomi (slow cooked meats in a miso sauce), some fish dishes, and a host of other items. There is no fixed menu, so the tour can be customized based on your needs and desires. And then there's the alcohol — taste great sake, shochu (a distilled wheat or sweet potato drink), and of course beer and other things.

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Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 96 reviews

The experience was good. Mariko our guide was very kind. This trip was a good way to spend one day in Kyoto without having to worry about logistics. I wish though that some areas we would have more time but it's understandable given the time we've received as it's about 40-50 minutes between each site. Overall, I'm glad we did this tour. It made everything so much easier.

Great experience....Very comfortable trip. Our guide Rika was very sweet and well informed. Would like to visit Kyoto again for sure...!!!

Our lady guide was caring and helpful to the old age as my sister and I had this visit with our mum, who is 83.

The game in Osaka was an amazing experience to do with kids. We enjoyed it a lot.

I enjoyed everything, the trip went perfectly for me.