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Osaka is a perfect base from which to explore other parts of Japan. All of the country's major cities are accessible within a few hours by high-speed train, and a handful of desirable destinations make for great day trips. Here are a few not to miss.

Nara – 20 miles (32 km) away
Wild deer roam free in the ancient city of Nara, Japan’s first capital city. Today, historical treasures like temples, shrines, and pagodas can still be seen all around the small city. The best things to do on a day trip include walking through Nara Park, laying eyes on the giant Buddha statue in Todaiji Temple, and enjoying the laid-back atmosphere in the city’s quaint backstreets.

Kobe – 21 miles (34 km) away
Known for the world’s most tender beef, Kobe sits on the seaside a short bullet train ride away from Osaka Station. Kobe’s long history as an international seaport can still be felt today in the bustling, foreigner-friendly city. Don’t miss the views from the giant Ferris wheel at Kobe Harborland or from the Shin-Kobe aerial tramway.

Kyoto – 35 miles (56 km) away
Japan’s former imperial capital, Kyoto, can be reached from Osaka by train in 30 minutes. A typical day trip to this historic city might include visits to multiple famous temples, such as the Golden and Silver Pavilions, as well as a walk through the storied geisha district. Due to its close proximity to Osaka, Kyoto can be visited in conjunction with nearby Nara and Kobe.

Himeji Castle – 59 miles (95 km) away
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is Japan’s most famous and traditional castle. It has survived wars and natural disasters, and remains a beautiful relic of another era. Visitors can explore the grounds, as well as the interior on a day trip from Osaka.

Hiroshima – 206 miles (331 km) away
Internationally known for being one of the two sites targeted with a nuclear bomb during World War II, Hiroshima’s history is complex, rich, and represented in beautiful ways through museums and memorials in the city. The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park commemorates the lives lost in the bombing and represents a future of peace and cooperation to avoid international conflicts.

Miyajima – 222 miles (357 km) away
Often visited in combination with Hiroshima, Miyajima Island is home to the iconic Itsukushima Shrine with its orange torii gate standing guard. The island ranks among Japan’s most scenic places and is well worth the travel time it takes to get there.
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1-Day Hiroshima & Miyajima Tour (Round-trip from Osaka)

1-Day Hiroshima & Miyajima Tour (Round-trip from Osaka)

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See the historical highlights of Hiroshima on a comprehensive full-day tour from Osaka. Ride on the super-speed bullet train to Hiroshima then board a boat to the idyllic Miyajima Island, home to the splendid Itsukushima Shrine. Return to Hiroshima to feel emotionally stirred by the magnificent Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Museum, in which intriguing exhibitions speak eloquently of the atomic bomb dropped on the city in 1945. Fully immerse yourself in Japan’s fascinating culture during this enriching excursion. Enjoy convenient transportation from a central Osaka location on this tour.
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  • 12 hours 35 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$371.85
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Sagano Romantic Train & Arashiyama, Kiyomizudera, Fushimi Inari Taisha Day Tour

Sagano Romantic Train & Arashiyama, Kiyomizudera, Fushimi Inari Taisha Day Tour

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Osaka is a convenient base from which to explore the rest of Japan. Explore two UNESCO World Heritage sites of Kyoto with ease on a hassle-free day trip from Osaka, the ideal choice for first-time visitors with limited time. You’ll experience a romantic train ride to Sagano, home to Arashiyama Park, and tick off the vivid Fushimi Inari Shrine without the hassle of traveling between landmarks alone.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$75.46
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World Heritage of Himeji Castle and Akashi Kaikyo Bridge walking tour from Osaka

World Heritage of Himeji Castle and Akashi Kaikyo Bridge walking tour from Osaka

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Depart from Osaka by train for a full-day walking tour that visits Himeji in Hyogo prefecture. Visit its top attraction, Himeji Castle, then enjoy a lunch buffet that features both Japanese and Western cuisines. Afterward, continue to Akashi Kaikyo Bridge—the longest suspension bridge in the world. Walk along Maiko Marine Promenade, a passageway underneath the bridge's roadway on the Kobe side. Experience an in-depth introduction to these Japanese treasures as travel with your expert guide on foot and by train.
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  • 8 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$167.24
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Kyoto Highlights 1 Day Trip - Golden Pavilion & Kiyomizu temple from Osaka

Kyoto Highlights 1 Day Trip - Golden Pavilion & Kiyomizu temple from Osaka

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See all of Kyoto’s spectacular sights on a comprehensive full-day tour from Osaka. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, absorb the imperial majesty of legendary landmarks like Nijo Castle, Kiyomizu Temple, and the Golden Pavillion. Marvel at more than 1,000 Bodhisattva statues at Sanjusangendo Hall; stroll the manicured gardens surrounding Fushimi Inari Taisha; and discover the opulent chambers of the Kyoto Imperial Palace on a guided tour. Enjoy the convenience of round-trip transportation from central Osaka and a traditional Japanese lunch on this comprehensive cultural tour.
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  • 12 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$165.37
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Private Car Day Trip to the Kobe Mountains, Gardens and Hot Springs from Osaka

Private Car Day Trip to the Kobe Mountains, Gardens and Hot Springs from Osaka

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Escape the noise and stress of Osaka with this relaxing private day trip exploring the mountains and hot springs near Kobe. Ride in your private luxury vehicle into this mountain escape, enjoying the views from on top of Mount Rokko, visiting the nearby Kobe Botanical Gardens, and soaking your worries away at Arima Onsen hot springs.
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  • 7 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$430.00
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Private Car Full Day Tour of Osaka Temples, Gardens and Kofun Tombs

Private Car Full Day Tour of Osaka Temples, Gardens and Kofun Tombs

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Create your own itinerary during this full-day private tour of Osaka. Skip the hassle of traveling in a large tour group—your guide is dedicated to just you and your private party. Visit the kofun tombs, the south of the city, as well as temples and gardens. Private round-trip hotel transportation in a luxury vehicle included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$445.00
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Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto from Osaka/Kyoto

Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto from Osaka/Kyoto

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Enrich yourself with the fascinating history of Kyoto’s numerous UNESCO-listed temples and shrines during this day trip from Osaka. Explore the seemingly endless ‘torii’ gates at Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine, visit Kiyomizu-dera temple, and explore Kinkaku-ji temple. Customize your trip by adding on a deluxe or standard Japanese style lunch, and select from four pickup points.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$75.46
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Mt Koya 1 Day Trip - Okunoin Temple & Danjo Garan Temples from Osaka

Mt Koya 1 Day Trip - Okunoin Temple & Danjo Garan Temples from Osaka

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See two of Japan's most revered temples, Okunoin and Danjo Garan, on a full-day journey from Osaka. In ancient times, traveling to sacred Mt Koya could take several days on foot. Now you can see these UNESCO World Heritage sites on a day trip by rail, cable car and bus. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, learn about the famous center of Shingon Buddhism as you walk through Okunoin and Danjo Garan, along with surrounding pagodas, Buddha statues and monuments. Your tour includes lunch, transportation and entrance fees.
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  • 9 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$230.77
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Kyoto from Osaka: Immersive Arashiyama and Fushimi Inari by Private Vehicle

Kyoto from Osaka: Immersive Arashiyama and Fushimi Inari by Private Vehicle

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Explore the sights of Arashiyama and Fushimi Inari on this full-day, private minivan tour based out of Osaka. In Arashiyama, you'll visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Tenryuji, known for its beautiful architecture, gorgeous classic gardens, and lovely vistas. Then it's on to the world famous bamboo grove. Picture time! Afterwards, we slip away to the quiet, rarefied environs of the Okochi Sanso estate for gardens, architecture, and a matcha tea break too. Much more to see and stroll about in Arashimaya before we head to the awe-inspiring, ever-popular Fushimi Inari, where thousands of red gates ("torii") snake up the mountain. We'll talk about the significance and sites as we make our way up the holy pathway, but it's a private tour, so we only go as high as you want! While not included, we are happy to suggest a lunch stop along the way. This tour can be customized, so do feel free to consult with us if you've something special in mind that we don't cover on the standard tour.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$475.00
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Mt. Koya Full-Day Private Tour (Osaka departure) with Nationally-Licensed Guide

Mt. Koya Full-Day Private Tour (Osaka departure) with Nationally-Licensed Guide

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Our nationally-licensed and experienced multilingual guides will help you efficiently enjoy a one-day tour of UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site, Mt. Koya. Go on a full-day guided walking tour of Mt. Koya and learn about the modern and traditional aspects of one of the world’s most sacred mountains! If you are staying in Osaka but would like to take some time out to enjoy some sights outside the big city, then this tour of Mount Koya in Wakayama Prefecture is for you! Meet your guide at your hotel (in Osaka, Kyoto, Wakayama, or around the Kansai area), then head to Mount Koya. Your guide will customize your full-day tour in detail according to your interests. Note*1: Please select your must-see spots from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary. Note*2: The Nationally-licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$137.51
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Osaka's Best and Brightest by Private Vehicle

Osaka's Best and Brightest by Private Vehicle

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This an ideal choice for travelers with limited time in Osaka. Save hours researching where to visit in Osaka, and instead have an action-packed itinerary created for you. Traveling between sites in a private vehicle means avoiding the crowds on public transport, and fitting more into your day. You also don't worry about getting lost. Highlights include Dotonbori, Osaka Castle, Shinsekai, Shitenoji, and Harukas. Your tour is enhanced with entertaining stories along the way, and useful tips from your guide.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$435.00
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Kyoto private tour from Osaka(Shore excurtion available from Osaka or Kobe port)

Kyoto private tour from Osaka(Shore excurtion available from Osaka or Kobe port)

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With just one day to experience Kyoto, this private day trip from Osaka ensures that you maximize your time. Opt to travel by private vehicle or public transport, and explore Kyoto at your own pace with a customized itinerary. Visit popular sights such as Fushimi Inari shrine, the Golden Pavilion, and Arashiyama bamboo forest; explore the atmospheric Geisha district.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$135.47
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Osaka Full-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

Osaka Full-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

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Enjoy an efficient, full-day walking tour of Osaka accompanied by a nationally-licensed, experienced multilingual guide! Your guide will help you explore Japan's second-largest city while introducing both modern and traditional sides of this colorful, dynamic metropolis. Start your day with a morning pickup at your hotel, then it's off to the races! Let us know what you would like to experience and we will customize a six-hour tour that's best for you! Note*1: Please select your must-see spots from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary. Note*2: The Nationally-licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$122.78
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Private Osaka Tour with a Local, Highlights & Hidden Gems 100% Personalised

Private Osaka Tour with a Local, Highlights & Hidden Gems 100% Personalised

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Spend the day with one of our hosts to discover the true nature of Osaka - head’s up, it’s got a wild sense of humor and is obsessed with food. Explorer (not tourist) is what we’re aiming for here, and in that spirit, you could explore neighborhoods like the fashionable Shinsaibashi or crazy Dotonbori and maybe you’ll discover hidden gems like the smaller shrines and historic streets. Grab a quick bite to eat and see why Osaka is known as the ‘Nation’s Kitchen’ before continuing your adventure through the neon streets of this enigmatic port city. Within 24 hours after booking you'll receive a short questionnaire about your personality and interests. Based on your responses, you'll be assigned a like-minded host. Your host will communicate with you directly to suggest an itinerary to help you discover what makes the city unique. You'll also agree on a meeting time and place. Your itinerary is flexible, so during the experience, you can always change your mind about what you want to do
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  • 3 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$83.82
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Muslim-Friendly Private Tour of Osaka

Muslim-Friendly Private Tour of Osaka

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Get acquainted with the highlights of Osaka on a Muslim-friendly walking tour, a great way for first-time visitors to orient themselves in the bustling city. In a small group limited to eight, you’ll visit Osaka Castle (Osaka-jo), Dontonburi, and Kuromon Ichiba Market. Convenient hotel pickup and a Halal lunch are included.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$131.76
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