Our popular 1-day and multi-day custom day tours from Osaka let you experience the best of Japan including popular Kyoto Nara, Horyu-ji Temple, Himeiji Castle & Kurashiki, Hiroshima & Miyajima, Shiga & the Miho Museum, Mount Hiei & Enryaku-ji Temple. Experience the amazing worlds old worlds of Japan that are just next door to or a few hours from Osaka. You choose what you want and we create the design you need. Osaka and its surroundings are exceptionally rich in high-value destinations if you know what to do and what not to do. We know what you need to know to have a really great time in and around Osaka from start to finish.
Our guided private Osaka tours, Osaka area day trips, and tour itineraries are flexible and focused on three travel advantages: 1) Personalized itineraries designed by a Japan travel specialist (since 1990). 2) High value tours at competitive prices for independent private or small group travel. 3) Helpful logistical and cultural guidance by a local Osaka private guide (in English, Spanish or Chinese).
Our most popular day trips and 1-day tours from Osaka
#1 The Wonders of Nara: This very popular tour includes the very best of world famous Nara Park and, if of interest, the oldest wooden buildings in the world in the Horyu-ji Temple complex. #2 Himeij & Kurashiki Splendors: The White Egret Castle of Himeiji is considered to be the finest in Japan for good reason and the museum and kura storehouse lined canals of Kurashiki are stunning and relaxing. #3 North Kyoto Countryside Village Hike: This 3-village hike (Ohara, Shizuhara, Kurama | Kibune) is a real adventure at any time of year and can be designed to include outdoor hot spring bathing and incredible lunch locations.#4 Hiroshima WWII History & Seaside Miyajima Shrine: If you are interested in WWII, then Hiroshima is the place to go. The Peace Museum and surrounding park are excellent places to learn about the explosive end of WWII. Nearby Miyajima and its stunning seaside shrine leads you into an ancient world that always amazes. #5 Shiga Old Edo & Modern Miho Museum Tour: Shiga is just east of Kyoto and offers 18th century Tokaido highway structures, Shigaraki ceramics and the world class Miho Museum designed by I.M. Pei. #6 Mount Hiei Hiking & Spiritual Tour: Mount Hiei guards the northeast corner of Kyoto. The northeast is known as the Devil’s Gate and the sprawling Enryaku-ji Temple complexes were built to repel evil entering from the northeast. There is so much to see here: history, nature, spiritual wonder.
Please enquire for other day trips (nearby hot spring towns full of spas, the Tango Peninsula & Amanohashidate, Northwest Lake Biwa Boat Cruise & Hiking Tour) and other themes of interest (handicrafts, tea ceremony, old street markets and affordable and not so affordable luxury settings). We love to help our clients experience the Japan they have been dreaming of . . .
We offer Osaka local private day trips & tours that begin very early in the morning (2-hour Dawn Picnics; usually self-guided; please inquire) and really creative 4-hour guided night tours that introduce tourists and visitors to the interesting (family safe) after dark worlds of Osaka (Dotonburi, Kita Shinchi, Abeno) & Kyoto (Gion, Fushimi Inari Grand Shrine) featuring street food, shrines and stunning night views.
Are you and your family or small group short on time? Great planning requires great effort. We do all that but the options are all yours. Our guided and self-guided Osaka private tours, city or day trip, can be designed to suit your pace: really relaxing and slow or fairly fast and busy . . . The options are all yours! And all of our private Osaka tours can be tailored to your very specific and personal interests such as walking or focused shopping, art or theatre culture, cuisine, gardens & nature, manga & anime, handicrafts & antiques . . . And any guided tour can also be self-guided tour (a great cost savings & for ideal family or small group time).
Our Osaka tour guides are knowledgeable, friendly, flexible and trained to follow the final itinerary approved by you and your family or group. Our local bilingual Osaka guides add value to your trip through their personal insights and interesting cultural knowledge. They are also great introductory teachers and can teach you important logistical information (how to use the ticket machines and the almost-perfect Osaka public transportation system) and answer any important questions you may have.
If you don’t want to be with a local Tokyo tour guide every day or just want to save money but still be in control don’t forget our very popular self-guided or digital tours.. Self-guided tours, ideal for independent travelers of any kind, are all customized to your individual or group needs and designed for good time flow, flexibility, and ease of travel. Digital tours are a great way to see and experience Tokyo or Mount Fuji or Kamakura on your own. They are also great for traveling to remote areas of Japan. With these smart, compact PDFs (downloaded to your smartphone), complete with maps, historical and cultural summaries, you can see and do a lot on a flexible tour schedule, and save between 58% and 76% compared with our private guided day and city tour rates.