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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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Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto from Osaka/Kyoto

Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto from Osaka/Kyoto

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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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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$61.65
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Osaka's Best and Brightest by Private Vehicle

Osaka's Best and Brightest by Private Vehicle

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This an ideal choice for travelers with limited time in Osaka. Save hours researching where to visit in Osaka, and instead have an action-packed itinerary created for you. Traveling between sites in a private vehicle means avoiding the crowds on public transport, and fitting more into your day. You also don't worry about getting lost. Highlights include Dotonbori, Osaka Castle, Shinsekai, Shitenoji, and Harukas. Your tour is enhanced with entertaining stories along the way, and useful tips from your guide.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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$475.00
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Private Osaka Tour with a Local, Highlights & Hidden Gems 100% Personalised

Private Osaka Tour with a Local, Highlights & Hidden Gems 100% Personalised

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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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  • 3 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$73.64
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Private Car Day Trip to the Kobe Mountains, Gardens and Hot Springs from Osaka

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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  • 7 hours
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$430.00
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Sagano Romantic Train & Arashiyama, Kiyomizudera, Fushimi Inari Taisha Day Tour

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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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$61.65
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Osaka Walking Tour

Osaka Walking Tour

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Get a taste of local life in Osaka on a walking tour of Japan’s third largest city. Witness Osaka’s different faces, from bustling business center to historic cultural hub, as you follow your guide through the city’s vibrant neighborhoods. Stroll along the lively waterfront of the Dotonbori entertainment district; visit the landmark Hozenji temple; and ride the subway like a local. Get an insight into Japanese cuisine and sample local specialty Kushikatsu as you explore traditional Shinsekai.
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  • 3 hours
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$41.98
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Deep Backstreet Osaka Tours

Deep Backstreet Osaka Tours

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Take a deep-dive into Japanese culture and experience Osaka like a local on this evening walking tour. Join your Japanese-Australian guide, Andy, to explore the city’s historic districts, including the former ghetto and the Red Light district. Learn about Osaka’s history, heritage, and local traditions; venture down the backstreets to visit quirky sites often missed by travelers; and sample traditional street foods. Upgrade to include a delicious dinner of typical ‘kushikatsu’ cuisine.
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  • 3 hours
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$49.61
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Airport Transfer from Osaka city to Kansai airport

Airport Transfer from Osaka city to Kansai airport

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When your trip to Osaka is over, get to Kansai International Airport (KIX) with ease on this pre-booked transfer service. Your driver meets you at your accommodation located anywhere in Osaka’s city center. Then, sit back and relax on the journey to the airport where you arrive with plenty of time before your departure flight.
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  • 50 minutes to 1 hour 20 minutes
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$81.42
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Deep Osaka All-Inclusive Nighttime Foodie Cultural Experience

Deep Osaka All-Inclusive Nighttime Foodie Cultural Experience

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Go off the beaten track—and avoid tourist traps—on this nighttime walking tour of Osaka. In a small group of no more than six people head for the foodie districts of Tenma and Kyobashi to sample local dishes, enjoy a few drinks, and get to know the locals.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$115.00
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$115.00
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Private arrival Transfer from Kansai airport to Osaka city

Private arrival Transfer from Kansai airport to Osaka city

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Whether you’re visiting Osaka for business or leisure, get things off to a good start with a private airport transfer. Your personal driver will be waiting in the arrivals hall holding a sign with your name on. They will wait for up to 90 minutes at no extra cost. Relax on the journey into the city, enjoy the sights along the way. Arrive feeling refreshed and ready to enjoy Osaka.
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  • 45 minutes to 1 hour 20 minutes
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$81.42
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$81.42
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Lake Louise & Yoho N.P & Moraine Lake 1-Day Tour from Calgary or Banff

Lake Louise & Yoho N.P & Moraine Lake 1-Day Tour from Calgary or Banff

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Immerse yourself in stunning Canadian Rockies scenery on this guided tour from Banff to Yoho National Park and beyond. Marvel at Moraine Lake's opalescent waters; learn about the human history of the landscapes; look for moose, bear, and elk, and make a stop at Lake Louise to snap photos of its famously turquoise waters.
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  • 10 to 11 hours
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$116.47
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$116.47
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Mekong Delta Guided Tour from Ho Chi Minh city with Vinh Trang Pagoda & Lunch

Mekong Delta Guided Tour from Ho Chi Minh city with Vinh Trang Pagoda & Lunch

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Experience the best of the Mekong Delta on a day trip from Ho Chi Minh City, and explore the distinctive delta landscape by motorized river boat, row boat, and horse cart. You’ll visit a traditional temple, canal island, and local home along the way, then stop in a restaurant for a delta-style lunch. Your tour includes all transport, activities, entrance fees, lunch, and snacks, as well as hotel pickup and drop-off in central Ho Chi Minh City.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$23.00
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$23.00

Villa Borghese Gallery & Gardens Small-Group Tour with Skip-the-Line
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Villa Borghese Gallery & Gardens Small-Group Tour with Skip-the-Line

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Enjoy the Borghese Gallery and Villa Borghese Gardens in Rome with skip-the-line admission and a small-group walking tour. This popular attraction often sells out in advance, so by pre-booking your ticket, you can ensure you won’t miss the chance to see art by Caravaggio, Bernini, Titian, and other Italian masters, plus you’ll jump the queue. After exploring the gallery, stroll through the tranquil gardens with a view of the city from the Pincian terrace. Upgrade your ticket for a private tour exclusive to just your group.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$52.75
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Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway - Full-Day Tour
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Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway - Full-Day Tour

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The Rockies boast some of Canada’s most spectacular scenery, but the rugged mountain terrain poses a unique set of challenges. On this full-day sightseeing tour, enjoy round-trip travel from Banff and reach far-flung attractions including Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway in comfort. Stop at picturesque spots including Bow Falls and Moraine Lake, and enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour—limited to 15 people.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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$142.87
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$142.87

Osaka Cooking Class

Osaka Cooking Class

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Discover the culinary traditions of Japan in Osaka, one of Japan’s best food cities, during this small-group cooking lesson. Learn the preparation methods for popular Japanese dishes including green tea, takoyaki (fried balls of wheat flour and octopus), okonomiyaki (savoury pancakes), and miso soup. Expand your Japanese cuisine knowledge, and best of all, you get to eat your creations when you’re finished. This small-group course, limited to just eight participants, also includes a guide, a cooking instructor, and an optional sake and beer tasting.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$74.86
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Full-Day Tour of Valparaiso Port and Viña del Mar from Santiago

Full-Day Tour of Valparaiso Port and Viña del Mar from Santiago

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Revel in the vibrant color and culture of Valparaiso Port and Viña del Mar on a full-day tour of the coastal cities from Santiago. Travel through Chile’s spectacular countryside, stopping in the picturesque Casablanca Valley to taste Chilean wine, and then arrive in the verdant city of Viña del Mar. Admire the gorgeous beach and revitalize with a delicious seaside lunch (at your own expense), and then take a tour of Valparaiso’s kaleidoscopic sprawl of houses and hills. Capture photographs of street art and hear of the city’s interesting history before returning to Santiago by luxury coach.
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  • 10 hours
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$99.00
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$99.00
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Private Car Full Day Tour of Osaka Temples, Gardens and Kofun Tombs

Private Car Full Day Tour of Osaka Temples, Gardens and Kofun Tombs

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Create your own itinerary during this full-day private tour of Osaka. Skip the hassle of traveling in a large tour group—your guide is dedicated to just you and your private party. Visit the kofun tombs, the south of the city, as well as temples and gardens. Private round-trip hotel transportation in a luxury vehicle included.
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  • 8 hours
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$491.00
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Osaka Private Tour: From Historic Tenma To Dōtonbori’s Pop Culture - 8 Hours

Osaka Private Tour: From Historic Tenma To Dōtonbori’s Pop Culture - 8 Hours

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Explore Osaka through the eyes of a local, on a customized tour with your personal host. Choose from some of Osaka’s most famous attractions, or explore the up-and-coming neighborhoods where Osakans hang out. Immerse yourself in the culture and cuisine of this vibrant city as you understand why Osaka has earned the nickname, “The Nation’s Kitchen.”
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$157.10
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$157.10
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Nara Day Trip from Osaka with a Local: Private & Personalized

Nara Day Trip from Osaka with a Local: Private & Personalized

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Hire a personal guide to show you the highlights of Nara, with entrance fees included to the Kasuga Grand Shrine, Todai-ji Temple, and Isuien Garden. This private tour picks you up at your hotel in Osaka and organizes rail tickets (own expense) for you. Take a peaceful stroll along forest paths, and benefit from local knowledge.
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  • 9 hours
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$288.42
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$288.42
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Kyoto and Nara Golden Route Day Trip Bus Tour from Osaka and Kyoto

Kyoto and Nara Golden Route Day Trip Bus Tour from Osaka and Kyoto

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Escape Tokyo for the day on this 11-hour sightseeing trip that includes pirates, Mount Fuji and plenty of shopping. Feel like a true buccaneer as you ride an authentic pirate boat on Hakone’s Lake Ashi. After an included buffet lunch, you’ll visit Mt Fuji 5th Station and check out the views. Finish the day shopping at the 200 retailers of Gotemba Premium Outlets.
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  • 11 hours
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$133.57
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Private & Custom KYOTO & NARA Day Tour by Minivan Toyota HIACE 2019

Private & Custom KYOTO & NARA Day Tour by Minivan Toyota HIACE 2019

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This full-day private tour makes it easy for cruise-ship passengers, or other travelers short on time, to see both Kyoto and Nara in one day. You’ll be picked up in Kobe and taken first to Nara. Spend time in UNESCO-listed Nara Park, with its temples and numerous deer. Continue to Kyoto, where you can visit the Gion district, the Imperial Palace, ancient temples and shrines, and more.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$748.59
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Muslim-Friendly Private Tour of Osaka

Muslim-Friendly Private Tour of Osaka

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Get acquainted with the highlights of Osaka on a Muslim-friendly walking tour, a great way for first-time visitors to orient themselves in the bustling city. In a small group limited to eight, you’ll visit Osaka Castle (Osaka-jo), Dontonburi, and Kuromon Ichiba Market. Convenient hotel pickup and a Halal lunch are included.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$107.64
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Private Osaka Custom Full-Day Tour by Chartered Vehicle

Private Osaka Custom Full-Day Tour by Chartered Vehicle

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Choose your own adventure in Osaka thanks to this fully-customizable 8-hour private tour. Travel aboard your very own chartered bus, limo or van as you explore a range of of Osaka’s most unique sights. Depending on your interests you might visit historic Osaka Castle, explore Shitennoji Temple, eat and drink your way through the Dotonbori district or take in the views from the Umeda Sky Building. A driver, chartered vehicle and round-trip transport from Central Osaka are included.
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  • 8 hours
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$582.37
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Kobe private tour from Osaka (Shore excursion available from Osaka or Kobe port)

Kobe private tour from Osaka (Shore excursion available from Osaka or Kobe port)

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Make the most of a short time on land with this private shore excursion to Kobe. Instead of rushing around with a large group, slow down and appreciate the quieter side of Kobe. Visit the Herb Gardens, the Nunobiki Ropeway, and more. Sake lovers will enjoy checking out a sake brewery, to learn more about this Japanese drink. Foodies can also opt to dine at a restaurant serving Kobe beef.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$103.04
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