The shore excursion starts from Kobe or Osaka port delivers you to revel in the alluring and peaceful places in Osaka and Nara. Get a glimpse of Osaka Castle and green space surroundings, take a visit to Kasuga Shrine – the iconic place in Japan, and join in the traditional culture here with the Kehayaza Sumo wrestlers.
 

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Duration: 8 hours
Start/End: Kobe or Osaka port/ Kobe or Osaka port
Highlights: Osaka Castle, Kasuga Shrine, Kehayaza Sumo Wrestler Program
Tour Customizable: Absolutely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)
Tour Category: Osaka shore excursions

 
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Upon arrival at the port, you will meet your local guide and driver to embark on the trip with the first attraction is Osaka Castle. The iconic castle is one of the most famous landmarks in Japan and it plays a major role in the unification of Japan. The castle used to be the largest one at the time it’s constructed, this Osaka Castle was destroyed and rebuilt several times, until the completed work as we saw since 1997.

Osaka Castle Osaka Shore Excursion

The tower is protected by the citadels, impressive gates, steady stone walls, and the moats. Inside of the castle is Nishinomaru garden, one of the most stunning places to see cherry blossom trees in spring. Moreover, the guide will lead you to a traditional tea house and you can relish in a free strolling around splendid Osaka Castle Park where the locals usually gather during the weekend for a picnic.

Osaka Castle Park

Continue to Kasuga Shrine, the most celebrated shrine in Nara. The shrine was built at the same time with the capital and it is dedicated to the deity, who was responsible for the protection of the city. The shrine had been periodically rebuilt every 20 years for many centuries, but the custom was not continued at the end of the Edo Period. Kasuga Taisha is so famous with its lanterns donated by the worshipers. There are hundreds of bronze lanterns hanging on the buildings, and they are only lit twice a year during two Lantern festivals (one in early February and one in mid-August).

Kasuga Shrine Osaka Shore Excursion

The trip will not complete without a truly entertaining Sumo experience at Kehayaza. As the oldest historical record in Japan tells that, the first Sumo was held in Katsuragi city, Nara. Opened in May 1990, the Sumo museum Kehaya-za promotes sumo as a traditional sport in Japan. Kehaya-za offers a unique experience of watching a sumo boat shown by the amateur wrestlers from a balcony seat biting the local Japanese sweets.

Sumo Experience Wrestler Kehayaza

Along with the program, you can try Sumo Costume as getting in a ring, throwing the salt, stamping on the ground to get set, and even rolling on the ground. This unique experience promises a lot of fun!
After that, the driver will transfer you back to the port for the next departure.
Note: At Sumokan (Kehaya-za), there is no sumo wrestlers’ performance, but you are able to enjoy getting in a ring in Sumo Costume and enjoy experience Sumo-wrestling.

What’s included?

  • Round trip transfer from the port in private air-conditioned vehicle
  • English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fee and port fee
  • 1 bottle of water per person per day

What’s excluded?

  • Pre & After accommodation
  • Other drinks
  • Tips
  • Other personal expenses