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Private Tour - Have You Ever Tried? Experience the Skill to Make a Kimono.

Private Tour - Have You Ever Tried? Experience the Skill to Make a Kimono.

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There are still many kimono shops in Kyoto and high-quality kimonos are made there. There are a lot of kimono related shops in a small area in Kyoto because kimono consists of many parts such as cloth, kimono ties, and accessories. You will visit facilities where you can make a kimono cloth yourself on this tour! There are much more techniques in making a cloth than you think like dying. You can experience such techniques originated in Kyoto at specialized shops! Choose your favorite shape, color, and pattern and make your own one of a kind cloth! Don’t forget to book your tour to make your own kimono cloth, with your otomo guide!
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$97.91
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Private Tour - A Tour to Visit Rare Specialized Art Museums Unique to Kyoto

Private Tour - A Tour to Visit Rare Specialized Art Museums Unique to Kyoto

Kyoto is the center of Japanese culture and it used to have many craftsmen. To inherit these techniques and let the world know about these techniques, Kyoto has many specialized art museums. You will visit not so famous but worth visiting spots among those museums on this tour such as an art museum specializing in a special tea kettle essential to the Japanese traditional tea ceremony, one specializing in “Netuske”, a sort of a strap people use when wearing a kimono, one exhibiting work of art made from Japanese dying technique, one specializing in ukiyo-e picture, and so on! Don’t forget to book your tour to appreciate the art and technique of craftsmen, with your otomo guide!
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$132.18
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$132.18
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Private Tour - A Tour Finding Your Favorite Antique or Modern Arts in Osaka

Private Tour - A Tour Finding Your Favorite Antique or Modern Arts in Osaka

Yes, Osaka is a city famous for its energetic vibe as you know, but did you know it also has a district where you can enjoy art in a sophisticated mood? Nakanoshima has many museums supported by major enterprises, which makes it the epicenter of culture and art in Osaka. You will visit many kinds of art spots on this tour, from western to eastern and from medieval to modern. We will start with modern paintings followed by a Japanese style tea ceremony room designated as a cultural property. You will also like the art deeply rooted in daily life such as daily supplies designed by an up-and-coming designing group and beautiful architecture still used as a public facility.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$112.60
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$112.60
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Private Tour - A Walking Tour to Discover the Art in Daily Life, in Osaka

Private Tour - A Walking Tour to Discover the Art in Daily Life, in Osaka

Planned for those who love and remains made from stone and retro imposing buildings Nakanoshima, an area located between two rivers, had flourished as a hub of goods across Japan about 400 years ago. Since then, it has prospered as the central area of business and still has many headquarters of major enterprises and banks. Those major enterprises and investors built many western style buildings made from bricks and stone in the 20th century. Most of them are still used as an office or store. We have only picked worth visiting spots among them! Your otomo guide will take you there and give you some information about the history of those buildings. Don’t forget to book your tour!
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$88.12
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$88.12
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Kyoto: The Poet and the Ox (Private)

Kyoto: The Poet and the Ox (Private)

In this experience you will spend time in some of the most charming spaces in all of Kyoto including The Poet's Hut Temple, The Hermitage of an ex-Samurai, The Garden of the Ox and Dragon, and A Temple of Refined Elegance. In between we will have a tea break at a secret mountain tea house (only available on Wed., Sat. and Sun). We travel to an old, quiet and surprisingly ordinary neighborhood in the northeastern part of Kyoto, tucked into the Higashiyama mountain range. This is not like the busy tourist areas that are scattered around town. The road we follow winds its way through this residential neighborhood and we soon encounter traces of the farm life that existed in this area for hundreds of years. As we approach the cedar forest we can feel that this is like nowhere we have seen in Kyoto up until this point. It is in these surroundings you will have one of your most memorable experiences in Japan.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$254.57
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Kyoto: Descending Arashiyama (Private)

Kyoto: Descending Arashiyama (Private)

Get away from the crowds and spend a wonderful day in Arashiyama which will undoubtedly stand out in your mind as you think back to your time here in Kyoto. We begin with a relaxing morning stroll through the lush garden of one of Japan’s first Zen temples dating back over 1,000 years. We then head into the foothills and as we peacefully stroll back to town we visit twelve hundred stone Buddhas on a hillside, an Edo period cafe, an ancient burial ground, a temple founded by two former geisha, a working pottery studio, the villa of a silent film actor, a majestic bamboo grove, and the "shrine of love'. All this as we browse shops filled with handmade goods and enjoy a delicious traditional lunch. Important Note: Each guest is required to bring an additional 5,500 yen (cash) for admission tickets and lunch.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$461.94
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$461.94
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Kyoto: Zen Garden, Zen Mind (Private)

Kyoto: Zen Garden, Zen Mind (Private)

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“When a garden is used as a place to pause for thought, that is when a Zen garden comes to life. When you contemplate a garden like this it will form a lasting impression on your heart.” — Muso Soseki, 13th c. Zen master The Japanese garden defies quick and easy understanding. As we move in awe through one of these masterpieces we can feel that there is something deeper than just the physical beauty that surrounds us. This experience is designed to go to the heart of that "something deeper". While occupying 3 temples of the Nanzen-ji Monastery, you will hear in-depth explanations and insights into the world of Japanese gardens that you would never learn about otherwise. The Japanese garden will be revealed to you as an expression of profound art. As you will undoubtly visit at least several temples and gardens while you are here, this experience will equip you with all the tools you need to help make your experience in Kyoto one that will form a lasting impression on your heart.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$319.09
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$319.09
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Kyoto: The Path Less Traveled (Private)

Kyoto: The Path Less Traveled (Private)

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Get away from the crowded tourist sites and indulge on a private tour of some of Kyoto's most enchanting spaces. In a town whose history spans over 1,300 years, there are far more than just the "Top 10" that are worth visiting! Quiet Zen gardens, high ranking shrines, a local traditional lunch, a folk art museum and 1,001 Golden Buddha statues. This experience will introduce you to a world far away from the busy tourist sites, where you will spend peaceful moments getting to know the true nature of Kyoto. Note: Depending on our pace, all of the sites on this route may not be able to be visited. If the situation arises where we have to eliminate one or more of the sites the guest will determine what is eliminated.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$461.93
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$461.93
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Kyoto: Descending Arashiyama (Small Group)

Kyoto: Descending Arashiyama (Small Group)

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Get away from the crowds and spend a wonderful day in Arashiyama which will undoubtedly stand out in your mind as you think back to your time here in Kyoto. With a small group of 7 members or less you are ensured an authentic and intimate experience. We begin with a morning stroll through the lush garden of one of Japan’s first Zen temples dating back over 1,000 years. We then head into the foothills and as we peacefully stroll back to town we visit twelve hundred stone Buddhas on a hillside, an Edo period cafe, an ancient burial ground, a temple founded by two former geisha, a working pottery studio, the villa of a silent film actor, a majestic bamboo grove, and the "shrine of love'. All this as we browse shops filled with handmade goods and enjoy a delicious traditional lunch. Important Note: Each guest is required to bring an additional 5,500 yen (cash) for admission tickets and lunch.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$78.33
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$78.33

Kyoto: Zen Garden, Zen Mind (Small Group)

Kyoto: Zen Garden, Zen Mind (Small Group)

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This is a perfect pick for nature lovers, and those interested in Japanese spirituality. Put away the guidebook and follow the lead of a landscape designer with over 15 years’ experience. It’s a great way to discover secret local spots that you wouldn’t discover otherwise, and to understand more about the meaning behind zen gardens.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$66.58
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$66.58

Calligraphy and Make your own Kanji T-shirt in Kyoto

Calligraphy and Make your own Kanji T-shirt in Kyoto

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You can get your own Kanji t-shirt in 2 hours. You will have 3 kinds of FUN! 1. Fun of Learning, 2. Fun of Making, 3. Fun of Wearing 1st Fun is learning about Japanese calligraphy. You will learn about Kanji history and Japanese calligraphy tools. We practice how to make black ink, how to use a brush, how to write basic lines. Then, practice the kanji you chose. You can choose specific kanji you want to write, or just tell me the images you want to write in English, or you can find it from our Kanji List. We tell you the tips for writing the kanji. 2nd Fun is making your own t-shirt. First, we make a silkscreen to print the ink to a t-shirt. Next, choose the color of t-shirt and the color of ink. Then, print the ink to the t-shirt through the silkscreen. Finally, press the t-shirt with heat by a machine so that the ink will not disappear. 3rd Fun is wearing your own Kanji t-shirt. Please wear your own t-shirt with the Kanji you actually wrote. It is the one and only t-shirt.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$50.91
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$50.91

Official Street Go-Kart Tour - Osaka Shop

Official Street Go-Kart Tour - Osaka Shop

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Get behind the wheel of a custom-made street go-kart dressed up in your favorite Japanese-inspired character on this tour. After a briefing on how to operate the karts, safely ride around the streets of Osaka with guides on a set course. The tour includes a drive to either the Osaka Castle or Nakanoshima, then through Namba, Nodahanshin Station, and Umeda in center of Osaka.
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  • 2 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$73.43
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$73.43
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Street Osaka GoKart Tour with Funny Costume Rental

Street Osaka GoKart Tour with Funny Costume Rental

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Discover Osaka’s highlights on this quirky Go Kart tour. Be photo-ready, as there are plenty of funny character costumes to choose from. It’s a hassle-free tour as Go Kart rental, costume rental, insurance, and fuel are included. See lots of Osaka’s top sites like Tsutenkaku Tower, and Kitashinchi area, and you won’t have to worry about losing your group, as it’s a small-group tour. A valid driving license and international license with Japanese translation is required.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$73.43
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$73.43

Ikebana Workshop in a 200 Year Old Ryokan

Ikebana Workshop in a 200 Year Old Ryokan

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Immerse yourself in Japanese culture and escape the rush of Kyoto with this relaxing, hands-on flower arranging class, held in the historic Kinse Ryokan building. During the class, learn about the history of ikebana from your professional ikebana instructor guide and with the group capped at a maximum of four people, you’re guaranteed personalized attention throughout.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$56.42
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$56.42

Kyo-arashi Shibori Scarf Class

Kyo-arashi Shibori Scarf Class

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Traditional Japanese crafts are tricky for outsiders to try their hand at. This class at the Kyoto Shibori Museum guides you through the technique of how to dye a silk scarf using the kyo-arashi shibori method. You can customize your scarf to your own color preferences and leave with an elegant scarf to serve as a souvenir of your trip to Kyoto. While your fabric is drying, you are free to browse the museum displays and try on a shibori kimono.
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  • 30 minutes to 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$56.61
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$56.61

Kasamaki and Nuishime Shibori Wrapping Cloth Class

Kasamaki and Nuishime Shibori Wrapping Cloth Class

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Steep yourself in the arts of kasamaki and nuishime shibori during this 60- to 90-minute cloth-wrapping class in Kyoto. Try your hand at this intriguing Japanese art, with the help of an expert local craftsman. Learn tricks to do these techniques at home and bring a memento home with you. You’ll also get to see many prime samples of classic kasamaki and nuishime shibori dyeing displayed and in the museum shop. 
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  • 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$56.61
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$56.61

Itajime Shibori Scarf Class

Itajime Shibori Scarf Class

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Discover the art of ‘shibori’ during this 30 to 60-minute scarf-making class in Kyoto. Learn about Japanese culture from your knowledgable guide and become versed in one of the country’s many art forms. Use traditional tools and fabrics to make your scarf, then take this memorable handmade souvenir home with you to show your friends and family.
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  • 30 minutes to 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$45.29
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$45.29

Chopstick Making Workshop in Kyoto

Chopstick Making Workshop in Kyoto

Many people have eaten with chopsticks, but very few people can claim to have made their own. During this unique, fun-filled crafts workshop, you’ll learn how to whittle Japanese utensils from local soot bamboo. Get hands-on instruction while you participate in a time-honored tradition, passed down from generations. You’ll learn about the importance of bamboo to Kyoto crafts, and will even get to take home your new creation.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$78.33
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$78.33

“KOUSEI-IN” Sukiya-zukuri architecture & Japanese Garden-Aesthetic Sense

“KOUSEI-IN” Sukiya-zukuri architecture & Japanese Garden-Aesthetic Sense

Kosei-in is located in the center of Kyoto. This is private and not very well known as a tourist spot. Kosei-in was built in the Choshu clan residence in 1873 by a businessman from Izumin Kanesu, a native of Satsuma, and later became a temple of the Rinzai sect. We will show you special visits to valuable buildings (Kyoto City designated tangible cultural properties) and gardens (Kyoto City designated scenic spots) as the remains of the excellent Sukiya mansion in the Meiji period. ① Garden of Ijuin, which was described as Kobori Enshu in the modern era ② A pioneer in modern landscaping where buildings and gardens harmonize ③ Water surface reflected on a shoji Please enjoy the aesthetic sense of wabi sabi of Sukiya architecture & Japanese garden technique to entertain what you see.
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  • 2 hours
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$293.73
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$293.73

“Tairyu-sanso” The best masterwork of aesthetics in Kyoto

“Tairyu-sanso” The best masterwork of aesthetics in Kyoto

This pair dragon mountain cottage is private. The technique and design of this Sukiya architecture and Japanese garden are so valuable that they are used when building the Kyoto State Guest House. Normally, tourists are not allowed to make arrangements through travel agencies, but we can make arrangements. Recommended for those interested in Sukiya architecture and Japanese gardens.
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  • 2 hours
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$307.11
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$307.11

Miho Museum Admission with Private Transport from Kyoto

Miho Museum Admission with Private Transport from Kyoto

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Leave Kyoto and travel by private vehicle to the Miho Museum in a tranquil area of the Shiga Prefecture. The museum has two claims to fame: first, its striking I.M. Pei–designed architecture and second, its hoard of Japanese artwork. The portfolio of art was amassed by Koyama Mihoko, the head of the Shinki Shumeikai faith, and includes Japanese porcelain, textiles and relics alongside ancient Egyptian antiquities and more. Learn all about the art and its owner as you explore independently.
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  • 5 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$194.84
Price varies by group size
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$194.84
Price varies by group size
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Kiyomizu-yaki Pottery Workshop in Kyoto (optional Wheel Throwing)

Kiyomizu-yaki Pottery Workshop in Kyoto (optional Wheel Throwing)

Kiyomiuzu-yaki (Kiyomizu-ware) is one of great traditional crafts in Kyoto. Kiyomizu-yaki has developed from the Japanese tea ceremony and has supported Kyoto's tradition in various ways. This program allows you to observe Kiyomizu-yaki making process by master craftsmen. You'll visit a pottery workshop located in Kiyomizu-yaki Danchi in Kyoto's Yamashina area, a region known for its Kiyomizu-yaki and Kyo-yaki ceramics. This house is well known for its kiln as it has extraordinary earthenware’s color which deepens over time. Their ceramics are acknowledged and beloved around the world. You'll be guided carefully by one of pottery masters. Have fun while being guided whole process at one of the foremost producer of Kiyomizu-yaki. After the visit, you'll have a chance to see many beautiful Kiyomizuyaki wares and you can enjoy shopping. If you wish, you can try wheel throwing after having detailed explanations from the master (different price).
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  • 2 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$365.43
Price varies by group size
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$365.43
Price varies by group size
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Naoshima private tour from Osaka (Limited tour for who own the JR pass only )

Naoshima private tour from Osaka (Limited tour for who own the JR pass only )

Schedule : 6:30 Meet guide at Shin-Osaka station 7:15 Departure from Shin-Osaka station Sakura 545 Shin-Osaka ⇒ Okayama 8:24 Departure from Okayama Marine liner 11 Okayma ⇒ Chayamachi 8:41 Departure from Chayamachi Local line to Uno Station 9:10 Arrival Uno Station 9:22 Depature from Uno port to Naoshima (Ferry) 9:42 Arrival Miyaura port 10:00 Rental bicycle at Ougiya (If customer can not drive bicycle , will change to use local bus) 10:30 Departure from Ougiya ~ Chichu Museum (Buy ticket from 11:00 ~ 11:30 ) ~ Liyuhuan Museum ~ Benesse House Museum ~ Stroll around the Benesse outdoor exhibition area 16:00 Return bicycle at Ougiya 16:35 Departure from Miyaura port to Uno Port 16:55 Arrival Uno port 17:06 Departure from Uno station to Okayama station Local line to Okayama station 18:32 Departure from Okayama to Shin-Osaka station Sakura 564 Okayama to Shin-Osaka 19:24 Arrival Shin-Osaka station
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  • 13 hours
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$419.06
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$419.06
Price varies by group size

Naoshima One-day tour from Osaka

Naoshima One-day tour from Osaka

Schedule: 6:30 Meet guide at Shin-Osaka station (Shinkansen central gate) 7:15 Departure from Shin-Osaka station Sakura 545 Shin-Osaka ⇒ Okayama 8:24 Departure from Okayama Marine liner 11 Okayma ⇒ Chayamachi 8:41 Departure from Chayamachi Local line to Uno Station 9:10 Arrival Uno Station 9:22 Depature from Uno port to Naoshima (Ferry) 9:42 Arrival Miyaura port 10:00 Rental bicycle at Ougiya 10:30 Departure from Ougiya (*If customer can not drive bicycle , we will use local bus ) ~ Chichu Museum (Ticket buy from 11:00~) ~ Liyuhuan Museum (Ticket excluded) ~ Benesse House Museum (Ticket excluded) ~ Stroll around the Benesse outdoor exhibition area 16:00 Return bicycle at Ougiya 16:35 Departure from Miyaura port to Uno Port 16:55 Arrival Uno station 17:06 Departure from Uno station to Okayama station Local line to Okayama station 18:32 Departure from Okayama to Shin-Osaka station Sakura 564 Okayama to Shin-Osaka 19:24 Arrival Shin-Osaka station (End off tour)
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  • 12 to 13 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$624.67
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$624.67
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