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Top Osaka Day Trips & Excursions

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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Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto and Nara from OsakaDay Trips

Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto and Nara from Osaka

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Take a deep dive into traditional Japanese culture and history during this full-day trip to Kyoto and Nara from the center of Kyoto or Osaka. Enjoy the atmosphere of Kyoto’s Arashiyama district and admire the beautiful grounds of the Kinkaku-ji temple. Then head to Nara and see the wild deer of Nara Park. Multiple pickup points and lunch upgrade options are available.
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Miyajima Island,Itsukushima shrine from OsakaDay Trips

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Miyajima Island,Itsukushima shrine from Osaka

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See the historical highlights of Hiroshima on a comprehensive full-day tour from Osaka. Ride on the super-speed bullet train to Hiroshima then board a boat to the idyllic Miyajima Island, home to the splendid Itsukushima Shrine. Return to Hiroshima to feel emotionally stirred by the magnificent Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Museum, in which intriguing exhibitions speak eloquently of the atomic bomb dropped on the city in 1945. Fully immerse yourself in Japan’s fascinating culture during this enriching excursion. Enjoy convenient transportation from a central Osaka location on this tour.
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  • 12 hours 30 minutes
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Hiroshima & Miyajima 1-Day Tour from OsakaDay Trips

Hiroshima & Miyajima 1-Day Tour from Osaka

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Discover the Peace Memorial City Hiroshima and visit the magnificent landmarks in a day! The tour start from Shin Osaka station by the Bullet train "Shinkansen". Travel on an air-conditioned coach in Hiroshima and get the chance to visit The Peace Memorial Park, The Atomic Bomb Dome and Miyajima Itsukushima Shrine. Also, visit the Peace Memorial Museum. Choose your departure city from Osaka or Kyoto. This tour is operated with English speaking tour assistant and Multilingual Audio Guide in the bus.
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Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto from OsakaDay Trips

Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto from Osaka

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Enrich yourself with the fascinating history of Kyoto’s numerous UNESCO-listed temples and shrines during this day trip from Osaka. Explore the seemingly endless ‘torii’ gates at Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine, visit Kiyomizu-dera temple, and explore Kinkaku-ji temple. Customize your trip by adding on a deluxe or standard Japanese style lunch, and select from four pickup points.
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Kyoto and Nara 1 Day Bus TourDay Trips

Kyoto and Nara 1 Day Bus Tour

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Sightsee through Kansai’s most scenic areas, seeing iconic landmarks in Nara and Kyoto in one day, without the hassle of changing trains or getting lost. With pickup times in either Osaka or Kyoto, board a convenient tour bus to visit the 1000 vermilion gates of Fushimi-Inari Shrine, scenic Nara Park, beautiful Arashiyama, and more.
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Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto, Nara and Kobe from OsakaDay Trips

Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto, Nara and Kobe from Osaka

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Spend a day exploring historic neighborhoods, visiting temples, and shopping on a full-day tour from Osaka to Kyoto, Nara, and Kobe. Explore the Arashiyama district, tour the Kinkaku-ji Temple and Nara Park, and take in the stores at Kobe MOSAIC. This tour includes Kinkaku-ji entrance fee, as well as pickup from Kyoto Station, Umeda, Nippombashi or Namba. Opt for a buffet or shabu shabu lunch and/or a Kobe steak or an all-you-can-eat shabu shabu dinner.
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Sagano Romantic Train & Arashiyama, Kiyomizudera, Fushimi Inari Taisha Day TourDay Trips

Sagano Romantic Train & Arashiyama, Kiyomizudera, Fushimi Inari Taisha Day Tour

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Osaka is a convenient base from which to explore the rest of Japan. Explore two UNESCO World Heritage sites of Kyoto with ease on a hassle-free day trip from Osaka, the ideal choice for first-time visitors with limited time. You’ll experience a romantic train ride to Sagano, home to Arashiyama Park, and tick off the vivid Fushimi Inari Shrine without the hassle of traveling between landmarks alone.
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12-Hour Sightseeing Trip from Osaka to Kyoto, Nara, and KobeDay Trips

12-Hour Sightseeing Trip from Osaka to Kyoto, Nara, and Kobe

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A guided sightseeing trip to Kyoto, Nara, and Kobe makes it easy to see the highlights of each location, like the Kyoto Arashiyama, Nara Park, and Kobe Mosaic. Board a comfortable bus for this day trip from Osaka to make the most of a day away from the city. Opt for an upgrade to a buffet or set lunch and shabu-shabu dinner.
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World Heritage of Himeji Castle and Akashi Kaikyo Bridge walking tour from OsakaDay Trips

World Heritage of Himeji Castle and Akashi Kaikyo Bridge walking tour from Osaka

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Depart from Osaka by train for a full-day walking tour that visits Himeji in Hyogo prefecture. Visit its top attraction, Himeji Castle, then enjoy a lunch buffet that features both Japanese and Western cuisines. Afterward, continue to Akashi Kaikyo Bridge—the longest suspension bridge in the world. Walk along Maiko Marine Promenade, a passageway underneath the bridge's roadway on the Kobe side. Experience an in-depth introduction to these Japanese treasures as travel with your expert guide on foot and by train.
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Mt. Koya Full-Day Private Tour (Osaka departure) with Nationally-Licensed GuideDay Trips

Mt. Koya Full-Day Private Tour (Osaka departure) with Nationally-Licensed Guide

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Our nationally-licensed and experienced multilingual guides will help you efficiently enjoy a one-day tour of UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site, Mt. Koya. Go on a full-day guided walking tour of Mt. Koya and learn about the modern and traditional aspects of one of the world’s most sacred mountains! If you are staying in Osaka but would like to take some time out to enjoy some sights outside the big city, then this tour of Mount Koya in Wakayama Prefecture is for you! Meet your guide at your hotel (in Osaka, Kyoto, Wakayama, or around the Kansai area), then head to Mount Koya. Your guide will customize your full-day tour in detail according to your interests. Note*1: Please select your must-see spots from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary. Note*2: The Nationally-licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.
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Northern Kyoto Prefecture: Amanohashidate, Ine & Miyama (from Osaka)Day Trips

Northern Kyoto Prefecture: Amanohashidate, Ine & Miyama (from Osaka)

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Discover Kyoto’s highlights in a short space of time on this full-day tour from Osaka. You won’t have to worry about navigating, as you’ll travel in a coach and get access to amazing to Amanohashidate views. Enjoy a convenient day where everything is planned out for you—included a delicious buffet seafood lunch, visits to small villages, and a boat ride near Ine no Funaya.
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Private Alphard Hire in Osaka Kyoto Nara Kobe with English Speaking DriverDay Trips

Private Alphard Hire in Osaka Kyoto Nara Kobe with English Speaking Driver

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Hire your own private driver to take you around the Osaka or Kyoto regions for the day. Customize your own itinerary with your driver and see the attractions that are of most interest to you such as the Osaka Castle, the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, and the Kiyomizu Temple. Select an English-, Chinese-, or Japanese-speaking driver and learn about the history of each location.
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Osaka Private Tour by Public TransportationHalf-day Tours

Osaka Private Tour by Public Transportation

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This is a Osaka private tour using by public transportation. The guide will pick you up at JR Osaka Station 1F Central ticket gate. The destinations of the tour includes Dotonbori,Osaka Castle,Kuromon Market and Tsutenkaku! For details of the tour, you can look at the what to expect section and inclusions excursions section of this web page.
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Kyoto from Osaka: Immersive Arashiyama and Fushimi Inari by Private VehicleDay Trips

Kyoto from Osaka: Immersive Arashiyama and Fushimi Inari by Private Vehicle

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Explore the sights of Arashiyama and Fushimi Inari on this full-day, private minivan tour based out of Osaka. In Arashiyama, you'll visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Tenryuji, known for its beautiful architecture, gorgeous classic gardens, and lovely vistas. Then it's on to the world famous bamboo grove. Picture time! Afterwards, we slip away to the quiet, rarefied environs of the Okochi Sanso estate for gardens, architecture, and a matcha tea break too. Much more to see and stroll about in Arashimaya before we head to the awe-inspiring, ever-popular Fushimi Inari, where thousands of red gates ("torii") snake up the mountain. We'll talk about the significance and sites as we make our way up the holy pathway, but it's a private tour, so we only go as high as you want! While not included, we are happy to suggest a lunch stop along the way. This tour can be customized, so do feel free to consult with us if you've something special in mind that we don't cover on the standard tour.
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Kyoto Cultural Forest, Shrine and Temple Tour with OptionsDay Trips

Kyoto Cultural Forest, Shrine and Temple Tour with Options

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This guided tour helps you discover lots of Kyoto’s dispersed temples, shrines, and cultural attractions in one day. Save time researching and planning your trip, by having the itinerary organized for you. Travel in an air-conditioned coach for a hassle-free day. Highlights include Kiyomizu-Dera Temple, Fushimi Inari Shrine, Sagano Bamboo Forest, and Tenryuji Temple.
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Mt. Gozaisho Ropeway,Nabana no Sato for Illumination and Begonia Garden! Day Trips

Mt. Gozaisho Ropeway,Nabana no Sato for Illumination and Begonia Garden!

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・To view preciously enthralling winter landscape of Mt. Gozaisho by ropeway. It is a can't-miss snow spot for visitors coming to Kansai area in winter! ・Highlight of this trip is the “Frozen Tree” and the artificial “Frozen Waterfall”. You will have time to stay at the mountain peak to appreciate the amazing scenery. ・Make a fun experience of Japan’s largest scale illumination at “Nabana no Sato” Park, and being surrounded by great amount of glittering lights! ・Departure from and return to same location of Mainichi Newspapers Building by Nishi Umeda Park of Osaka, and can be easily accessed by public transportation. ・English-speaking guide will accompany the tour,and less worry for communication.
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Private and personalized experience: see Osaka with a localDay Trips

Private and personalized experience: see Osaka with a local

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Spend the day with one of our hosts to discover the true nature of Osaka - head’s up, it’s got a wild sense of humor and is obsessed with food. Explorer (not tourist) is what we’re aiming for here, and in that spirit, you could explore neighborhoods like the fashionable Shinsaibashi or crazy Dotonbori and maybe you’ll discover hidden gems like the smaller shrines and historic streets. Grab a quick bite to eat and see why Osaka is known as the ‘Nation’s Kitchen’ before continuing your adventure through the neon streets of this enigmatic port city. Within 24 hours after booking you'll receive a short questionnaire about your personality and interests. Based on your responses, you'll be assigned a like-minded host. Your host will communicate with you directly to suggest an itinerary to help you discover what makes the city unique. You'll also agree on a meeting time and place. Your itinerary is flexible, so during the experience, you can always change your mind about what you want to do
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Private Car Day Trip to the Kobe Mountains, Gardens and Hot Springs from OsakaDay Trips

Private Car Day Trip to the Kobe Mountains, Gardens and Hot Springs from Osaka

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Escape the noise and stress of Osaka with this relaxing private day trip exploring the mountains and hot springs near Kobe. Ride in your private luxury vehicle into this mountain escape, enjoying the views from on top of Mount Rokko, visiting the nearby Kobe Botanical Gardens, and soaking your worries away at Arima Onsen hot springs.
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Street Osaka GoKart Tour with Funny Costume RentalCultural Tours

Street Osaka GoKart Tour with Funny Costume Rental

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Discover Osaka’s highlights on this quirky Go Kart tour. Be photo-ready, as there are plenty of funny character costumes to choose from. It’s a hassle-free tour as Go Kart rental, costume rental, insurance, and fuel are included. See lots of Osaka’s top sites like Tsutenkaku Tower, and Kitashinchi area, and you won’t have to worry about losing your group, as it’s a small-group tour. A valid driving license and international license with Japanese translation is required.
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Osaka Full-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed GuideDay Trips

Osaka Full-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

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Enjoy an efficient, full-day walking tour of Osaka accompanied by a nationally-licensed, experienced multilingual guide! Your guide will help you explore Japan's second-largest city while introducing both modern and traditional sides of this colorful, dynamic metropolis. Start your day with a morning pickup at your hotel, then it's off to the races! Let us know what you would like to experience and we will customize a six-hour tour that's best for you! Note*1: Please select your must-see spots from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary. Note*2: The Nationally-licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.
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Day Trip by Bus from Osaka to Kyoto Meet Maiko in Gion see UNESCO World Heritage TemplesDay Trips

Day Trip by Bus from Osaka to Kyoto Meet Maiko in Gion see UNESCO World Heritage Temples

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If you’ve got limited time in Japan, tick off Kyoto’s top sights with ease on a day trip from Osaka. Ideal for first-time visitors, this tour provides a comprehensive overview of the city’s UNESCO World Heritage sites, which include Fushimi Inari Shrine and the district of Gion. Plus, unlike on conventional Kyoto tours, you’ll watch a maiko (apprentice geisha) performance and take part in a tea ceremony.
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Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto and Nara from Osaka (with Halal Lunch)Day Trips

Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto and Nara from Osaka (with Halal Lunch)

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Enjoy a day learning about Japan’s culture and historic sites on this day trip to Kyoto and Nara. You won’t have to worry about understanding Japan’s public transport system, as a bus will take you between dispersed sites. Tour stops included Arashiyama district, Sagano Bamboo Forest, Kinkaku-ji temple and Nara Park. You’ll be accompanied by a guide, and will be treated to a delicious halal lunch too.
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Nara Afternoon Tour - Todaiji Temple and Deer Park from OsakaHalf-day Tours

Nara Afternoon Tour - Todaiji Temple and Deer Park from Osaka

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Discover the historic environs of Nara, a UNESCO World Heritage site, as you explore its temples, shrines and famous deer park on this excursion from Osaka. Visit Todaji Temple, one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Japan, before seeing Kasuga Shrine, which features over 3,000 stone and bronze lanterns. Then stop by Nara Park, a 1,250-acre reserve that’s home to more than 1,000 free-roaming deer. Your Nara excursion also includes rail tickets between Osaka and Nara, a guide, and all entrance fees.
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Hiroshima & Miyajima 1-day tour (Limited tour for who own the JR pass only )Day Trips

Hiroshima & Miyajima 1-day tour (Limited tour for who own the JR pass only )

It is private guide tour , The schedule can be changed freely. Customer have JR Railway Pass , The price will be big discount. This is tour schedule: 7:30 Meet customer at Kyoto Station, (Shinkansen Central Gate ) 8:00 Hikari 533 Kyoto Station → Hiroshima Station (Customer use JR pass by Own) 7:30 Meet customer at Shin-Osaka Station (Shinkansen Central Gate) 8:14 Hikari 533 ShinOsaka Station → Hiroshima Station (Customer use JR pass by Own) 9:54 Arrival Hiroshima Station from Hiroshima Station to Miyajima Miyajima sightseeing (Itsukushima shrine) Lunch (Free lunch time take lunch by customer Own) 13:00 Miyajima to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park Peace Memorial Museum, Atomic Bomb Dome 17:00 Hiroshima Station (Customer can buy Bendo Box at here) 17:50 Sakura 564 Hiroshima Station → Shin-Osaka Station 19:28 Arrived at Shin-Osaka Station End of tour To Kyoto exchange Hikari 522 at Shin-Kobe Station 20:02 Arrived at Kyoto Station End of tour
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