Discover the secrets of Great Buddha with a knowledgeable local guide.
If you have more than 8 hours to spend for shore excursion from Osaka cruise ship terminal and want to see historical Japan, Nara would be the right place to go. During this amazing full day tour you will see and experience the beautiful Nara park with wild but tamed deer and Great Buddha. I will take you there via subway + local train system, instead of taxi or sightseeing bus. Why ? Because they are the time dependable and safety without traffic jam, while you have a strict deadline for your return to the ship.
Only one hour and 15 minutes trip via public transportation with one transit point takes you there.
As your private tour guide, I can adjust the schedule, duration and activities to meet your needs. Please let me know of any special requests you have.
We will meet at the cruise ship terminal of Osaka harbor in the morning. From the terminal only 5 minutes walk takes you to the nearest subway station. Riding on a subway plus local train system with one transit point for only one hour and 15 minutes will take you to Nara. Light lunch might be taken at Nara park, for we can save on time. Or we have a decent lunch at 1, 500 to 2, 500 J. Yen per person at an authentic Japanese restaurant. Visit Todaiji temple that houses Geat Buddha. Subject to your preference and schedule, we will visit Kasuga shrine with the corridor of thousands of stone lanterns, or stroll around beautiful ponds at the old town. Shopping Japanese handicrafts and souveniors is available on your way back to Nara station.
Our start time is flexible, but the admission for most facilities will not be allowed after 15:00, so starting by 10:00 am will be ideal for 7 hours trip. Just let me know how I can accommodate your schedule and interests.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Cruise Ship Port, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building
Duration: 8 hours
We will take a subway and a local train for two hours and 30 minutes per round trip. A seated trip is expected for most of the time, subject to the time and season. You can enjoy walking through Nara park with deer for 1.5 hours per round trip. The walking distance will be as long as 8 kilometers (5 miles) including inside stations and facilities, subject to the route. If you have problems with walking for long time, please let me know, so that I could adjust the route.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
5000 Japanese Yen - This is an expense per person. Including a subway and local train fare (1,660 J.Yen per round trip), admissions for two facilities (1,000 J.Yen) , and a decent lunch at authentic Japanese restaurant (1,500 to 2,500 J.Yen) . Please keep it
in mind that local restaurants basically do not accept a credit card, but cash only.
I have no license for driving a commercial car that carries passengers.
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Great tour! Ken was very prompt in meeting us as we got off our ship. I had previously communicated to Ken as to what I wanted to see in Kyoto since we only had the one day to see so much. He was very accommodating and gave us a lot of insight into Japan and Kyoto. We were very happy with all that we saw and experienced. I would definitely recommend Ken to anyone visiting Osaka, especially if they want to visit Kyoto!