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Nara Tours from Osaka

Nara Tours from Osaka

Nara, established in Japan’s Kansai region in 710 AD, was the country’s first permanent capital city. Today the abundance of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, atmospheric gardens, and some of Japan’s oldest Buddhist temples make this compact city a must-see attraction, easily accessible from Osaka. Here’s how to visit.

Nara Day Tours

It’s easy to reach Nara from Osaka via either high-speed train or bus, and it’s well worth the effort, especially if you’re returning to Osaka in the same day. A typical day trip to Nara lets you experience Todai-ji, a spectacular ancient Buddhist temple—and the world’s largest wooden building—that houses Japan’s largest Buddha statue, the Daibutsu (Great Buddha). During your visit, admire the 3,000 stone and bronze lanterns of Kasuga Shrine and the free-roaming deer of Nara Park (Nara-koen, also called Deer Park).

Combo Tours

Nara is close enough to Osaka that it’s possible to combine your Nara tour with stops at other points of interest in the area, like Kyoto or Kobe. Depending on the option you choose, you might find yourself walking through the UNESCO-listed Sagano Bamboo Forest, snapping photos of Kinkaku-ji temple (the Golden Pavilion), touring the Kyoto Imperial Palace, or sinking your teeth into Kobe’s world-famous beef.

Things to Know

  • Spend a day delving into the history and culture of Nara, or combine your visit with trips to Kyoto and Kobe as well.

  • Travel from Osaka to Nara by bus, private car, or high-speed train.

  • Day trips can last anywhere from seven to 13 hours, depending on the option you choose.

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Private Full-Day Nara Custom Tour from Osaka by Chartered Vehicle

Private Full-Day Nara Custom Tour from Osaka by Chartered Vehicle

Immerse yourself in the ancient Buddhist traditions and elegant temples of Nara during this private, fully-customizable, tour from Osaka. This one-time Japanese imperial capital offers a wealth of rich history, fascinating Japanese architecture and a beautiful urban setting. Pick from among attractions like the important Buddhist site, Todai Temple, idyllic Nara Park or the 7th-century Yakushi Temple, plus much more. A charted bus, limo or van will help simplify your transport, as well as an included driver and round-trip hotel transport.
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  • 8 hours
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Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto and Nara from Osaka/Kyoto

Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto and Nara from Osaka/Kyoto

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Take a deep dive into traditional Japanese culture and history during this full-day trip to Kyoto and Nara from the center of Kyoto or Osaka. Enjoy the atmosphere of Kyoto’s Arashiyama district and admire the beautiful grounds of the Kinkaku-ji temple. Then head to Nara and see the wild deer of Nara Park. Multiple pickup points and lunch upgrade options are available.
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  • 9 hours
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$72.31
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Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto, Nara and Kobe from Osaka/Kyoto

Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto, Nara and Kobe from Osaka/Kyoto

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Spend a day exploring historic neighborhoods, visiting temples, and shopping on a full-day tour from Osaka to Kyoto, Nara, and Kobe. Explore the Arashiyama district, tour the Kinkaku-ji Temple and Nara Park, and take in the stores at Kobe MOSAIC. This tour includes Kinkaku-ji entrance fee, as well as pickup from Kyoto Station, Umeda, Nippombashi or Namba. Opt for a buffet or shabu shabu lunch and/or a Kobe steak or an all-you-can-eat shabu shabu dinner.
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  • 12 hours
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$92.98
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$92.98

12-Hour Sightseeing Trip from Osaka/Kyoto to Kyoto, Nara, and Kobe

12-Hour Sightseeing Trip from Osaka/Kyoto to Kyoto, Nara, and Kobe

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A guided sightseeing trip to Kyoto, Nara, and Kobe makes it easy to see the highlights of each location, like the Kyoto Arashiyama, Nara Park, and Kobe Mosaic. Board a comfortable bus for this day trip from Osaka to make the most of a day away from the city. Opt for an upgrade to a buffet or set lunch and shabu-shabu dinner.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$92.98
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$92.98