Discover the secrets of Great Buddha with a knowledgeable local guide.
If you have more than 7 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 Buddah. I will take you there via a subway + local train system, instead of taxi or sightseeing bus. Why ? Because they are 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 Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I will meet you at the cruise ship terminal or other location, i.e. train station, hotel, and intersection.
End location: I will see you off at the cruise ship terminal or the same location we started the tour.
Duration: 7 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.
My services as your personal tour guide during your trip and management on your schedule. General consultancy on your sightseeing in Japan. My transport expenses, meals, and admissions to facilities are also included.
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.
Your transportation, your admissions to facilities, and your meals, are not included in the tour price.(It is as stipulated in Estimated Local Cash Needed section.)
Also, your purchasing any items of a personal nature related to shopping, souvenirs, and snacks are extra.
I have no license for driving a commercial car that carries passengers.
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Instead of taking a ship's tour to Kyoto, we opted for a private trip and didn't regret a moment of it! Punctual, knowledgeable, efficient and speedy (!), Ken-san guided us, informed us, amused us and delighted us with his charm and openness! Highly recommended on all levels! Thank you and drink a sake to purify yourself further! ;-)