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Top Day Trips from Osaka

By Viator, March 2018

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Osaka is a perfect base from which to explore other parts of Japan. All of the country's major cities are accessible within a few hours by high-speed train, and a handful of desirable destinations make for great day trips. Here are a few not to miss.

Nara – 20 miles (32 km) away
Wild deer roam free in the ancient city of Nara, Japan’s first capital city. Today, historical treasures like temples, shrines, and pagodas can still be seen all around the small city. The best things to do on a day trip include walking through Nara Park, laying eyes on the giant Buddha statue in Todaiji Temple, and enjoying the laid-back atmosphere in the city’s quaint backstreets.

Kobe – 21 miles (34 km) away
Known for the world’s most tender beef, Kobe sits on the seaside a short bullet train ride away from Osaka Station. Kobe’s long history as an international seaport can still be felt today in the bustling, foreigner-friendly city. Don’t miss the views from the giant Ferris wheel at Kobe Harborland or from the Shin-Kobe aerial tramway.

Kyoto – 35 miles (56 km) away
Japan’s former imperial capital, Kyoto, can be reached from Osaka by train in 30 minutes. A typical day trip to this historic city might include visits to multiple famous temples, such as the Golden and Silver Pavilions, as well as a walk through the storied geisha district. Due to its close proximity to Osaka, Kyoto can be visited in conjunction with nearby Nara and Kobe.

Himeji Castle – 59 miles (95 km) away
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is Japan’s most famous and traditional castle. It has survived wars and natural disasters, and remains a beautiful relic of another era. Visitors can explore the grounds, as well as the interior on a day trip from Osaka.

Hiroshima – 206 miles (331 km) away
Internationally known for being one of the two sites targeted with a nuclear bomb during World War II, Hiroshima’s history is complex, rich, and represented in beautiful ways through museums and memorials in the city. The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park commemorates the lives lost in the bombing and represents a future of peace and cooperation to avoid international conflicts.

Miyajima – 222 miles (357 km) away
Often visited in combination with Hiroshima, Miyajima Island is home to the iconic Itsukushima Shrine with its orange torii gate standing guard. The island ranks among Japan’s most scenic places and is well worth the travel time it takes to get there.

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Hiroshima and Miyajima Day Tour from Osaka, Osaka, null
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Hiroshima and Miyajima Day Tour from Osaka

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 35 Reviews

See Hiroshima’s historic sites on this 13-hour tour from Osaka. Ride a bullet train to Hiroshima and then a boat to Miyajima Island, where you’ll see the ...  Read more

Location: Osaka, Japan
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $356.33
Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto, Nara and Kobe from Osaka, Osaka, Day Trips
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Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto, Nara and Kobe from Osaka

4.5 star rating: Recommended 82 Reviews

This is a day trip from Osaka to Kyoto, Nara and Kobe. Tour sites you will visit include: Kyoto Arashiyama, Kinkaku-ji, Nara Todaiji Temple and Park, and the ...  Read more

Location: Osaka, Japan
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $88.20
Private Full Day Charter including Osaka, Nara, or Kyoto from Osaka, Osaka, Day Trips
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Private Full Day Charter including Osaka, Nara, or Kyoto from Osaka

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 13 Reviews

Enjoy a private 8 hour tour from Osaka in a private vehicle with your English/Chinese speaking driver. Visit Osaka, Kyoto and the Nara area. There are 2 ...  Read more

Location: Osaka, Japan
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $647.87
Kyoto and Nara Day Tour Including Golden Pavilion and Todai-ji Temple from Osaka, Osaka, Private ... 
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Kyoto and Nara Day Tour Including Golden Pavilion and Todai-ji Temple from Osaka

4.5 star rating: Recommended 202 Reviews

See the main sights of both Kyoto and Nara in one day! This day trip from Osaka takes you on a morning tour of Nijo Castle, Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden ...  Read more

Location: Osaka, Japan
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $165.67
Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto from Osaka, Osaka, Day Trips
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Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto from Osaka

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This is an easy, culturally-enriching bus trip from Osaka to Kyoto. The tour stops at the Fushimi Inari temple and the UNESCO world heritage sites, ...  Read more

Location: Osaka, Japan
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $68.60
12-Hour Sightseeing Trip from Osaka to Kyoto, Nara, and Kobe, Osaka, Day Trips
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12-Hour Sightseeing Trip from Osaka to Kyoto, Nara, and Kobe

4.5 star rating: Recommended 7 Reviews

Adventure out of Osaka for the day and take a 12-hour trip to see Kyoto, Nara, and Kobe with an English-speaking tour conductor. Visit sites such as Kyoto ...  Read more

Location: Osaka, Japan
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $88.20
Himeji Castle and Akashi Kaikyo Bridge from Osaka, Osaka, Day Trips
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Himeji Castle and Akashi Kaikyo Bridge from Osaka

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This full-day walking tour takes you to one of Japan’s national treasures: the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Himeji Castle. Leave by rail from Osaka for a visit ...  Read more

Location: Osaka, Japan
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $157.34
Nara Afternoon Tour of Todaiji Temple, Deer Park and Kasuga Shrine from Osaka, Osaka, Day Trips
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Nara Afternoon Tour of Todaiji Temple, Deer Park and Kasuga Shrine from Osaka

4 star rating: Recommended 36 Reviews

Enjoy an afternoon visit to Nara, whose combined historic monuments make the ancient city a UNESCO World Heritage site. This imperial capital from the 8th ...  Read more

Location: Osaka, Japan
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $96.26
Day Trip by Bus from Osaka to Kyoto and Nara, Osaka, Day Trips
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Day Trip by Bus from Osaka to Kyoto and Nara

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This is an affordable yet culturally-enriching bus trip from Osaka to Kyoto and Nara. The tour stops at Kyoto Arashiyama and Nara park Todaiji temple with time ...  Read more

Location: Osaka, Japan
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $68.60
Full-Day Kyoto Tour from Osaka Including Amanohashidate, Osaka, Day Trips
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Full-Day Kyoto Tour from Osaka Including Amanohashidate

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Visit 3 beautiful places in Kyoto on this 11-hour tour! Your day will start at approximately 7:10am and you will be driven by coach to Amanohashidate (the ...  Read more

Location: Osaka, Japan
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $92.46

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