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  • From Kyoto: Day Trip to Nara and Osaka By Private Vehicle

    1. From Kyoto: Day Trip to Nara and Osaka By Private Vehicle

    Explore the most popular sights of Nara and Osaka in just one day on this tour from Kyoto. Starting with visits to the Todai-ji temple and Kasuga Taisha Shrine, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Todai-ji temple, one of Nara’s top historical sites and one of the largest wooden buildings in the world, houses a 15-meter bronze statue of the Great Buddha, Vairocana. Learn about the unique Japanese religious culture inside the Kasuga Taisha Shrine and discover the magical, wood-built architecture and the thousands of lanterns that decorate the inside. Along the way, walk through Nara Park and meet some of the local deer. Here, deer are divine protectors of the ancient capital who live in harmony with the locals. Experience the unique traditional arts and crafts of Naramachi street, a well-preserved merchant's district. Next, visit the famous Namba and Dotonbori districts in Osaka, where you...

  • Kyoto: Nishiki Market and Gion Cultural Walking Food Tour

    2. Kyoto: Nishiki Market and Gion Cultural Walking Food Tour

    Start at the vast 400-year-old Nishiki Market, nicknamed 'Kyoto's Kitchen,' where over 130 food shops and stalls will beckon your taste buds. Stroll through the Market and learn about its history and taste the various dishes unique to Kyoto including: Tofu Skin, Sesame Cracker, Japanese Pike Conger Eel, Sake, and etc. Then, rest your appetite by visiting a nearby shrine dedicated to the God of Education. Head for Pontocho Street by crossing through Teramachi Street, Shijo Street, and Kiyamachi Street- all of which will enable you to immerse yourself in modern Japanese culture. Pontocho street is very special, even for locals, because it is one out of the five Geisha districts in Kyoto. From here, you will walk across the majestic Kamo river and taste local sweets. The final section of the tour will lead you to Gion district (which is also another Geisha district). The guide will take y...

    My guides have been excellent- warm, gives wonderful insights into Kyoto culture and cuisine, very polite and excellent service!

  • Kyoto: 4-Hour Arashiyama Walking Tour

    3. Kyoto: 4-Hour Arashiyama Walking Tour

    Start the tour from the JR Saga-Arashiyama station North Exit. Skip the regular and crowded route which leads directly to the bamboo forest, and make your way to the lesser-known Saga-Toriimoto area.  Visit the local gift shops and beautiful local temples and shrines. Learn about the local stories and legends of the area from your guide. Enjoy the beauty of the bamboo forest and learn about its significance for the locals.  Next, visit Tenryu-Ji temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, famous its beautiful Sogenchi pond and garden which was once owned by local aristocrats. Walk towards Arashiyama's iconic Togetsukyo bridge. Then, enjoy a traditional lunch with typical Kyoto cuisine. Enjoy the views over the Togetsukyo bridge from the restaurant while you are eating.

  • Kansai-Hiroshima JR & Bus Pass

    4. Kansai-Hiroshima JR & Bus Pass

    Explore the Kansai region, the spiritual heart of Japan which is home to some of the country's most interesting cities. Once you’ve picked up your pass, you’ll be able to ride the JR West railways and buses throughout the Kansai region down to Hiroshima.  Discover the vibrant city of Osaka and its amazing food scene. Visit the ancient temples and shrines of Kyoto. See Nara's natural beauty, try the beef in Kobe, visit Himeji castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or connect with nature in the forests and waterfalls of Wakayama. Walk the UNESCO Kumano Kodo in Kishi, admire the best dunes in Tottori, relax in the Kinosaki Onsen's hot spring, or take amazing photos in the top Japanese garden of Okayama's Korakuen.  Visit UNESCO World Heritage Site Atomic Bomb Dome and Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima by ferry. Take the road-less traveled and use the JR West bus network to see cities such as ...

  • Kyoto: Arashiyama Bamboo Forest Walking Food Tour

    5. Kyoto: Arashiyama Bamboo Forest Walking Food Tour

    Start the tour from the JR Saga Arashiyama station. The Arashiyama district, located west of the Kyoto city center, has long been a scenic leisure spot. Many ancient aristocrats had their villas here 1000 years ago and enjoyed writing literature and poetry. Today, the area is one of the most popular tourist sites in Kyoto.  First, explore the Bamboo Forest and quiet Sagano District, a peaceful neighborhood known for its beautiful maple trees. Then, visit Tenryu-ji temple which was built in 1339 by the Shogun Ashikaga in memory of the Emperor Go-Daigo and was a complex of more than 100 buildings. They were mostly destroyed by fires and civil wars over the years, but the traditional garden remains in its original form, designed by the monk Muso. Enjoy walking in the landscaped garden. After walking, taste Japanese croquette, leek pancakes, and sweet potato. Then, head over to the Togetsu...

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  • Nara Like a Local: Customized Guided Tour

    6. Nara Like a Local: Customized Guided Tour

    Your guide will meet you at your accommodation and help you get familiar with the neighborhood, show you the best places to eat and shop and tell you about the easiest ways to get around. Choose a 2, 3 or 4-hour tour, and by the end you’ll have all the information you need to make the most of your stay. After booking you’ll be sent some questions so that you’re paired with a local guide based on your interests. The tour is completely customized so you can choose the meeting location and the starting time. During the walking tour you’ll have the option of taking public transportation or a taxi to get around the city (at your expense). Hear what it’s like to live in Nara, learn about cultural differences, local events and politics and get to know your guide on a personal level.

  • From Kyoto: Nara Heritage Half-Day Tour

    7. From Kyoto: Nara Heritage Half-Day Tour

    Immerse yourself in the tranquility and history of Nara. Stroll around UNESCO-listed temples, deer-filled parks, and Buddhist statues. Along the way, listen to your guide share insights into the area's spiritual heritage and cultural significance. Meet up with your guide at Kyoto station and hop on a train for the quick ride out to Nara, the first capital of Japan. Take a 30-minute stroll to reach Todaiji Temple, famous for housing one of the world's largest bronze Buddha statues. From there, wander over to serene Nara Park, home to 1,000 tame deer. Learn about the spiritual meaning of deer in the Shinto religion as you take in the peaceful surroundings. Walk until you reach Kofukuji Temple, which was moved to its current location from Kyoto in 710 AD. Admire the striking architecture of the temple's 5-story pagoda, the second tallest in Japan, before heading back to the train for you...

  • Himeji: Private Guided Walking Tour

    8. Himeji: Private Guided Walking Tour

    Meet your expert private guide at JR Himeji station to begin the tour. With your guide, learn more about some of Japan's most significant historical sites. First, stop by the Castle View Deck and enjoy fantastic views of Himeji Castle from afar. Continue by walking down Otemae Street before arriving at the foot of Himeji Castle, a renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest and most visited castle in Japan. After some time to admire its exterior, wander through the tranquil Koko-en gardens located beside the castle. Take a bus to the Mount Shosha Ropeway which brings you to Engyo-Ji Temple Complex. Discover a serene place of pilgrimage for those of the Tendai Mahayana Buddhist faith. Enjoy the serene atmosphere and scenic views of the city from the summit of Mount Shosha.

  • Himeji: Private Customized Tour with Licensed Guide

    9. Himeji: Private Customized Tour with Licensed Guide

    Explore Himeji in your own way with a private licensed guide. Choose the 6 or 4-hour option depending on what fits with your schedule. Let the guide know what special requests you have for the day and they will tailor your itinerary accordingly. All guides hold the nationally-licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification. It is issued by the Japanese government and requires a good understanding of Japanese culture and history. This tour features a morning pickup at your hotel in Himeji, then a visit to any number of possible sites. You can customize your itinerary according to the places you want to visit. See a suggested itinerary below: First stop is Himeji Castle, registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Himeji Castle dates back to 1333, and has survived natural disasters, WWII bombing, and the effects of the weather. In 2015, it underwent restoration works, which helped return i...

  • Nara: Half-Day UNESCO Heritage & Local Culture Walking Tour

    10. Nara: Half-Day UNESCO Heritage & Local Culture Walking Tour

    Meet your knowledgeable guide at the meeting point and begin your cultural half-day walking tour of Japan's first historical capital. As you walk by the shopping arcade, explore a Japanese old town extremely different from a metropolis like Tokyo. Walk between the historical buildings, and go inside a traditional merchant's house to see how people around here live in the past. Next, take a break from walking to observe the mysterious pyramid-shaped structure in the middle of the quiet town. Admire the view of the city of Nara from the hill, then visit Todai-ji Temple and Kasuga Taisha Shrine, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Learn about the distinct Japanese religious culture as you see a huge temple with a great Buddha statue, then explore a beautiful shrine housing hundreds of lanterns. In this area, meet and feed the wild deer living in Nara Park. For over 1,200 years, locals have ...

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What people are saying about Kansai

It was an absolute splendid few hours!! Nia did an incredible job at showing me around, showing me the most interesting and beautiful parts of Nara. She had interesting tidbits and information about everything and clearly knows her way around the city! This was absolutely with its money and I'm so glad I did this tour.

Mimi was amazing! She was punctual when she met us and so sweet. It was a small group of us (only four people, not including Mimi, our guide) so we were able to ask a ton of questions and take our time. She’s got some great suggestions for additional things to see and do while in Kyoto as well.

Nice short tour around Nara Park

Paul was a great guide, took us around Nara park to see the deers and temples. He even went out of his way to help us find a mochi maker there. Cheers!

My guides have been excellent- warm, gives wonderful insights into Kyoto culture and cuisine, very polite and excellent service!

We enjoyed the tour so much that we returned to the market after with more confidence to try new things!