This 1-day tour City of Osaka and Nara is a combination of two city Nara and Osaka specially designed for cruise passengers stop at Osaka port. The full-day trip offers us a depth look at Japan’s first capital Nara and former imperial capital Osaka include their highlights such as Todaiji Temple with its Great Buddha and Kasuga Shrine as well as see the symbolic Osaka Tower.

Tour Code: JSO02
Duration: 8 hours
Start/End: Osaka port/Osaka port
Highlights: Koriyama Castle Ruins, Todaiji Temple, Kasuga shrine, Osaka Castle
Tour Customizable: Absolutely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)
Tour Category: Osaka Shore Excursions

  • Full Itinerary
  • Inclusion & Exclusion

Osaka - Nara shore excursions - The City of Osaka and NaraPicked up from the cruise terminal, you will be directly transferred to Nara city, located about 1 hour from Osaka city to learn about 8th-century capital with its rich history and culture. The capital still remains some precious historic treasures, explore one of its most famous castles Kōriyama, built by a feudal lord Daiymo.

Kōriyama CastleContinuing on to visit Todaiji Temple also known as the Great Eastern Temple is one of the most important and famous temples in Japan and a must-visit in Nara. The temple was built in 752 became the head temple and had such a big influence that threat to the government and then the capital was moved to Nagaoka in 784 to reduce the influence of the temple on government affairs. Then we see the Daibutsuden – Todaiji main hall which is considered as one of the largest wooden buildings in the world which house Japan’s largest bronze Buddha statue.

Osaka - Todaiji TempleAfter lunch in local Japanese restaurant, we will head on Kasuga Taisha Shrine to see the unique structure and hundreds of bronze lanterns donated by worshipers before heading on to Osaka to explore one of the most iconic castles in Japan – Osaka Castle with its ancient war weapons and artifacts inside, learn about it heroic history and enjoy the scenic view from top floors of the castle.

Kasuga Taisha ShrineThen we will drive back to cruise terminal. Trip ends.

What’s included?

  • Round trip transfer from the port in private air-conditioned vehicle
  • English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fee: Osaka Castle, Floating Garden Observatory

What’s excluded?

  • Pre & After accommodation
  • Meals & drinks
  • Tips for Guide and Driver
  • Other personal expenses