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Japan: eSim Mobile Data Plan

1. Japan: eSim Mobile Data Plan

Make your trip to Japan hassle-free with your convenient eSIM. Stay connected on your travels with high-speed coverage in Japan. Purchase and install your eSIM anytime and anywhere, and choose from a variety of data packages, validity options, and coverage in additional countries. Simply scan the eSIM QR code to access all your essential apps on your trip. Avoid the trouble of managing multiple SIMs with this zero-waste solution. Get one eSIM per device and top up by simply buying and activating additional eSIM plans as you go. Once activated, your coverage will begin according to your selected duration. Most devices released after 2019 are compatible with eSIM (e.g. iPhone XR, XS of models beyond, Google Pixel 4 and beyond). If you are unsure, please check the compatibility guideline photo to confirm eligibility. If you cannot connect to the internet after install this eSIM, please follow the Self Help Troubleshooting Guide in your GYG voucher. Carriers to use: Docomo/Softbank/KDDI

From Osaka/Kyoto: Private Kyoto & Nara Day Trip with Pickup

2. From Osaka/Kyoto: Private Kyoto & Nara Day Trip with Pickup

See the iconic landmarks in Nara and Kyoto in one day on a private trip with hotel pickup and drop-off from Osaka, Kyoto, or Kobe. Encounter deers at Nara Park, see a grand Buddha statue at Todaiji, visit the torri gates of Fushimi-Inari Shrine, stroll through the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, and more. Meet your driver at your hotel and head to Nara Park, home to thousands of freely roaming deers. Buy some crackers to feed the deer, or grab a snack from one of the many tea houses. Walk through Nara Park and reach the Todaiji Temple or the “Great Eastern Temple”. Discover a priceless trove of history and culture at Todaiji, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See one of Japan's most famous and historically significant Buddhist temple complexes. Visit the Daibutsuden (Big Buddha Hall) and see the majestic 15-meter-tall large bronze statue of Buddha. Next, walk through a sea of vermillion-red torri gates of the Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine in Kyoto. Next up is Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion), a Zen temple in northern Kyoto. See 3 floors, each with its own different style of architecture. Admire the top 2 floors completely covered in gold leaf. Finally, visit the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest together with the Arashiyama Kimono Forest. Choose to ride the Sagano Romantic Train, known during spring for scenic views of cherry blossoms and in fall for the brilliant colors of maple leaves. Cross the Togetsukyo wood bridge across the Katsura River.

From Osaka: Himeji Castle, Arima Onsen, & Mt. Rokko Day Trip

3. From Osaka: Himeji Castle, Arima Onsen, & Mt. Rokko Day Trip

Join this bus tour from central Osaka to visit the best of historical landmarks and natural beauty in one single day. Enjoy a relaxing bus transfer with guided commentary as you travel between the stops. Discover the most beautiful castle in Japan, Himeji Castle, and the Kouroen Former Residence Park. Visit Arima, known for it's historic hot springs. and Mount Rokko, a popular spot in the Kansai region, offering breathtaking panoramic views. Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature and savor the tranquility of this mountainous retreat. This exciting journey will take you through some of Japan's most iconic destinations in just one day. Itinerary: 08:30 - Depart from Osaka Namba We will start our journey from VIP Villa Namba in Osaka. 10:00 - Himeji Castle Our first stop will be Himeji Castle, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site and one of Japan's national treasures. Also known as "White Heron Castle," it boasts impressive architecture and a rich history dating back centuries. 11:40 - Kouroen Former Residence Park After exploring Himeji Castle, we'll visit Kouroen Former Residence Park, where you'll have some free time to enjoy lunch at your leisure. 14:00 - Arima Onsen Excursion Next, we'll head to Arima Onsen, one of Japan's three famous hot springs. Relax and rejuvenate in the healing waters of this ancient onsen, known as the oldest hot spring in Japan. 16:00 - Mount Rokko Our final destination will be Mount Rokko, a popular spot in the Kansai region, offering breathtaking panoramic views. Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature and savor the tranquility of this mountainous retreat. 18:30 - Return to VIP Villa Namba **New Itinerary coming up from 16-Oct-2023!** 8:00 - Depart from Osaka Namba 9:30-12:30 - Himeji Castle&Koko-en 12:40-13:40 - Kouroen Former Residence Park (Shopping&Free-time) 14:50-16:20 - Arima Onsen Excursion 16:50-17:20 - Mount Rokko 18:30 - Return to VIP Villa Namba We'll wrap up the day and return to Osaka Namba, where our memorable journey ends. Join us on this unforgettable day trip and witness the captivating charm of Himeji Castle, the relaxation of Arima Onsen, and the enchantment of Mount Rokko. Don't miss this opportunity to experience the best of Japan in one day!

Kobe :Mt. Rokko Night View,Kitano Ijinkan,Arima Onsen Tour

4. Kobe :Mt. Rokko Night View,Kitano Ijinkan,Arima Onsen Tour

Discover the sights, sounds, and tastes of Kobe on a day trip from Osaka. Relax in the Arima Onsen hot springs. Marvel at the beautiful views from Mount Rokko as the sun sets. After meeting your guide in Osaka, climb into the air-conditioned vehicle for the drive to Kobe. First, stop at Kobe Port, a vital hub of commerce with a rich history dating back to the Meiji era. Admire its modern architectural design and lighting effects as your guide shows you around. Take in iconic landmarks, such as the Kobe Port Tower, the Maritime Museum, and the Mosaic Ferris Wheel. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the seaside promenade, taking in the fresh sea breeze and picturesque surroundings. Tuck into a relaxing lunch, featuring the renowned Kobe beef. Following lunch, head to Kitano Ijinkan Street, which showcases a collection of Western-style buildings constructed during the Meiji and Taisho eras. Marvel at the beautifully preserved historical architecture, some are used as museums or art galleries, and others showcase their original layout. Next, visit the first Starbucks in Japan, the historic Starbucks Kitano Ijinkan Store, designated a National Important Cultural Property. Admire this legendary structure, originally constructed in 1907 as a residence for an American. Then, head to Arima Onsen, one of Japan's three oldest hot spring towns, with a history dating back thousands of years. Discover ancient inns, a wealth of shrines and temples, and a strong sense of tradition. Stroll through the charming streets, reminiscent of an ancient Japanese village. Savor a wide variety of local cuisine in the thriving town. Don't miss out on experiencing the hot springs before you head to Mount Rokko, your final stop on the tour. Gaze upon the incredible, panoramic night views of Kobe, Osaka, and Kyoto from the rotating Tenku Observation Platform. While there, visit the Rokko Garden Terrace, the Rokko Alpine Botanical Garden, and the Tenran Cafe. Enjoy a beverage, light snacks, or even some delicious milk ice cream while you watch the sunset and the lights gradually illuminate Kobe. Finally, head back to Osaka.

Osaka: Kobe Mount Rokko Skiing and Snow Play 1-Day Trip

5. Osaka: Kobe Mount Rokko Skiing and Snow Play 1-Day Trip

Escape the bustle of Osaka for the day with a winter trip to the famous Mount Rokko Snow Park. Try your hand at skiing or snow play as you immerse yourself in authentic Japanese winter culture. Take a trip to Japan's first ski resort that combines artificial and natural snow for a guaranteed winter experience. Choose from snow play or skiing options, then try out a variety of activities or slopes or activities suitable for different skill levels, including beginner and advanced trails. Let your kids try out the dedicated play areas for children, ensuring that individuals of all ages can experience the joy that "snow" brings to everyone. Explore the Rokko Garden Terrace, where you can find observation points, dine on gourmet food at restaurants, and shop to you heart's content. Marvel at the stunning view of the city of Kobe, visible in the distance on a clear day when the weather is clear. Top off your winter adventure with a stop at Arima Onsen, one of Japan's oldest and best hot spring towns. Stroll through its charming central street lined with ancient inns, specialty shops, and temples as sulfur wafts through the air. Enjoy a dip in one of its themed large bathhouses (admission at own expense) before your transportation back to Osaka.

From Osaka: Kobe Private Day Tour

6. From Osaka: Kobe Private Day Tour

Explore everything in Kobe. Enjoy the utmost convenience as you discover the must-sees of the city aboard a comfortable vehicle. You can fully customize your own itinerary! Let the friendly driver pick you up from your hotel in Osaka and help you find the most efficient route to get you to all the sights. Choose from two vehicles available, a 7-seater or 10-seater vehicle, depending on your travel party needs. At the end of the day, the driver will bring you back to your hotel or any other destination of your choice in Kobe or Osaka—easy and hassle-free!

Kobe: Private Walking Tour with Local Guide

7. Kobe: Private Walking Tour with Local Guide

Discover Kobe on this city walking tour with a local host. 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 who will suggest an itinerary to help you discover Kobe your way. It's tough trying to sum Kobe up in one sentence, let alone seeing all its must-sees in a day! We have a few suggestions though. Nothing beats walking along the Maiko Marine Promenade on a sunny day, and while you are there why not cross the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge - be sure to look down as the floors are made of glass. Eeek! If this is your first time visiting Kobe then you can’t miss the Kitano Foreign Residents area, where you will find row upon row of architecturally stunning buildings lined up next to one another. Another option is to explore nature by traveling through the coastlines and vast mountain ranges that embrace Kobe. Take a trip to Mount Rokko Garden Terrace where you can breathe in the fresh alpine air and sit down for lunch. No matter how many hours you dedicate to this tour, the choice is all yours as you experience Kobe throughout the day. Important: As this is a private and personalised experience, the places you visit may differ from those listed and these will be chosen by your host based on your interests and preferences.

ALL-IN Private Tour KYOTO w/Hotel Pick-up and Drop-off

8. ALL-IN Private Tour KYOTO w/Hotel Pick-up and Drop-off

p>Explore and Experience the Traditional City of Kyoto Japan. Where you can enjoy sightseeing, cultural and historical places in Kyoto. Ejy playing with the monkeys at Iwatayama monkey park. Together with the Kimono Forest, where you can rent a kimono and have a memorable Japanese style experience on your trip. Next is Kinkakuji (金閣寺, Golden Pavilion) is a Zen temple in northern Kyoto whose top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf.We will also visit Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, This shrine is one of many located throughout Japan that was built to honor Inari, the Shinto god of rice. Fushimi Inari is therefore a Shinto shrine but unique with its never ending sea of iconic red/orange torri style gates arching over the pathway. And ofcourse We will never let you miss out the beautiful and famous Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, Arashiyama is famous for its Sagano Romantic Train ride, whether during spring for its cherry blossoms or autumn for the brilliant colors of its maple leaves. And ofcourse We will never let you miss out the Unesco heritage of kyoto called kiyomizu dera

Japan: eSim Roaming Data Plan (0.5-2GB/ Day)

9. Japan: eSim Roaming Data Plan (0.5-2GB/ Day)

Make your trip to Japan hassle-free with your convenient eSIM. Stay connected on your travels with high-speed coverage in Japan. Purchase and install your eSIM anytime and anywhere, and choose from a variety of data packages, validity options, and coverage in additional countries. Simply scan the eSIM QR code to access all your essential apps on your trip. Avoid the trouble of managing multiple SIMs with this zero-waste solution. Get one eSIM per device and top up by simply buying and activating additional eSIM plans as you go. Once activated, your coverage will begin according to your selected duration. Most devices released after 2019 are compatible with eSIM (e.g. iPhone XR, XS of models beyond, Google Pixel 4 and beyond). If you are unsure, please check the compatibility guideline photo to confirm eligibility. If you cannot connect to the internet after install this eSIM, please follow the Self Help Troubleshooting Guide in your GYG voucher. Carriers to use: Docomo/Softbank/KDDI

Kobe: Mt Rokko night view & Arima Onsen & Sanda Outlet Tour

10. Kobe: Mt Rokko night view & Arima Onsen & Sanda Outlet Tour

After meeting your professional guide and driver at the designated gathering point in Osaka, embark on a captivating day trip to Kobe, a city renowned for its unique attractions. Your journey begins with a visit to Kobe-Sanda Premium Outlets, a shopper's paradise set amidst breathtaking natural beauty. Here, you'll have the opportunity to shop to your heart's content, all while surrounded by the picturesque landscapes that Kobe is known for.Kids won't feel bored here either. Inside the outlet, there's a LEGO store, so while parents shop, kids can find the toys they desire From Sanda Outlets, our journey continues to the historic Arima Onsen, one of Japan's oldest hot spring towns, boasting a fascinating history that spans centuries. Immerse yourself in the timeless charm of this tranquil destination, where you can experience therapeutic hot springs and immerse yourself in a culture that has been cherished for generations. Arima Onsen offers a unique opportunity to unwind and rejuvenate in the soothing mineral-rich waters, believed to have healing properties. The town's quaint streets are lined with traditional wooden buildings, creating a nostalgic atmosphere that takes you back in time. Explore the local shops and sample various hot spring-related products and cuisine, including the famous Arima onsen manju, a delectable sweet bun filled with hot spring water. For a day trip hot spring experience, we recommend 'Taiko no Yu,' situated at 292-2 Ike no Shiri, Arima-cho, Kita-ku, Kobe. Covering approximately 7,000 square meters, Taiko no Yu is a large hot spring theme park in the Arima region. Here, you can enjoy three types of Arima's famous hot springs - the Golden Spring, Silver Spring, and Carbonated Spring, all in one place. The entrance fee is 2,400 JPY on weekdays and 2,600 JPY on weekends and holidays To cap off your day with a memorable finale, we'll head to Mount Rokko, famous for being one of Japan's top three nightscapes. The breathtaking views of the city lights twinkling against the night sky are truly a sight to behold. For those seeking an even more elevated experience, you have the option to take a cable car at your expense to reach the Mount Rokko Observatory. At the summit, you can enjoy the panoramic views that stretch as far as the eye can see. Moreover, Mount Rokko boasts the Tenran Cafe, a casual coffee shop that not only offers refreshing beverages but also serves Western-style meals and delectable desserts. This is the perfect place to relax, savor a cup of coffee, and indulge in a delicious meal while basking in the beauty of the surrounding landscape. In short, this day trip to Kobe is a delightful blend of shopping, history, culture, and natural beauty. It promises to leave you with lasting memories of a city that beautifully combines modernity with tradition, offering something for every traveler to cherish and enjoy.

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4.6 / 5

based on 7 reviews

We (2 x people) were picked up on time by Steven, he spoke excellent English, an excellent safe driver with a very comfortable vehicle. He took us to all the sights as promised and was very knowledgeable and able to answer all our questions about the history and culture. So we highly recommend this tour, rather expensive but well worth it!

Such a wonderful way to visit the highlights. Steven was an entertaining and helpful tour guide. He added extra things according to our interest. Steven answered all our questions and gave us a good understanding of Japan and the area. He also provided some useful tips and ideas of other places to visit. I would thoroughly recommend.

Alan was an amazing tour guide and we really loved the trip. Would do it again and spend much more time in Arashiyama. Don’t hesitate in booking.

Our guide, Ellie, was really helpful giving ideas of what to do in each stop. Just take in mind that some attractions are cash only.

The eSim card worked as soon as I arrived to Japan. I have been able to use the data plan with no issues.