After docking at Kobe port, hop on this shore excursion to explore the cities of Nara and Osaka. Witness the huge bronze Buddha statue at Todaiji Temple, feeding the adorable deer in Nara Deer Park, and be mesmerizing at the spectacular architecture of Osaka Castle.


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Duration: 8 hours
Start/End: Kobe port/ Kobe port
Highlights: Koriyama Castle Ruins, Kasuga Taisha Shrine, Todaiji Temple (Daibutsuden), Nara Deer Park, Osaka Castle
Tour Customizable: Absolutely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)
Tour Category: Kobe shore excursions

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Nara Deer Park Osaka shore excursionsUpon arrival at the port, meet your guide and driver and proceed to Nara city. Head to Koriyama Castle Ruins and then Kasuga Taisha Shrine to get a glimpse of the traditional rituals of Nara. After that, visit Todaiji Temple which is one of the most famous and important religious sites in the city with remarkable historical meaning. Welcomed by the Nandaimon Gate overlooking two fierce statues considered as national treasures. The highlight of this temple is Daibutsuden – the Big Buddha Hall. The hall is the world largest building made from wood and is home to the biggest Buddha bronze statues.

Todaiji Temple-Osaka-shore-excursionsThen, enjoy a scenic walk to Nara Deer Park. As its name telling, the park is the habitat for hundreds of lovely deer freely roaming. Deer is considered as the symbol of Nara city who are totally tame and friendly. Even though the first touch can make them be aggressive, don’t quickly give up. Purchase some deer crackers to feed these adorable animals, some of them will make you surprise by bowing to ask to be fed.

Nara Deer Park in Todaiji TempleContinue on by heading to Osaka Castle – the iconic landmark in Osaka cultural city. Used to be the largest castle at the time it originally constructed, the castle was destroyed and rebuilt several times until the total repair works in 1997. Its tower is protected by citadels, impressive gates, steady stone walls, and moats surrounding. Inside the castle’s ground is the Nishinomaru Garden which is one of the most beautiful places to view cherry blossom trees in spring. Moreover, visit a traditional tea house and enjoy a free strolling around Osaka Castle Park where locals usually gather during the weekend for a picnic. Trip ends when your driver transfers you back to port.

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What’s included?

  • English-Speaking-Guide (licensed)
  • Chartered car/coach including high-way and parking fee
  • Entrance: Todaiji Temple, Osaka Castle

What’s excluded?

  • Drinks
  • Tips for Guide and Driver