Kyoto Morning Tour from Osaka

Kyoto Morning Tour from Osaka

Take a morning tour to some of Kyoto's most famous sites and discover why this ancient political capital of Japan is now its history and sightseeing capital! The tour starts in Osaka and finishes around lunchtime, leaving your afternoon free.

Price : JPY9,400 Duration : approx. 6 hours
Departs :Hotel Granvia Osaka - 07:35 (Everyday)
Visits : [Kyoto] Nijo-jo Castle / Kinkaku-ji Temple / Kyoto Imperial Palace
Includes : ✔ English Speaking Guide ✔ All transportation ✔ All admission fee

Tour Itinerary :

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1 Osaka Station

Proceed to Kyoto by JR Special Rapid Service (non-reserved seat).

Remarks : The tour uses public transportation and seating may not be available.

Osaka - Rapid Service
2 Kyoto Station. Osaka - Kyoto Station
3 New Miyako Hotel Kyoto - Kyoto New Miyako Hotel
4 Nijo-jo Castle (50 min)

A UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tour the historical castle completed in 1626, which was built to provide lodging for Tokugawa Shogun and as a palladium for Kyoto Imperial Palace.

Remarks : Nijo Castle is closed on Tuesdays (or Wednesday if Tuesday is a national holiday) in January, July, August, and December and over the New Year's holidays. On these days, the tour will visit Ryoan-ji Temple.

Kyoto - Nijo-jo Castle
5 Kinkaku-ji Temple (45 min)

Visit this World Heritage Site, also known as the Golden Pavilion. The wooden architecture is covered in thin layers of pure gold and is surrounded by a beautiful lake.

Kyoto - Kinkaku-ji Temple
6A Kyoto Imperial Palace (except Saturdays, Sundays, holidays, and specific days) (40 min)

Gain exclusive access to the former residence of the Emperor of Japan, which oversaw many important functions until the capital moved to Tokyo in 1869.

Remarks : On Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays, Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed. On these days, the tour will visit Kitano-tenmangu Shrine instead. The same is true of the period before and after the public viewing of Kyoto Imperial Palace in spring and autumn, 14 - 17 May due to the Aoi Festival, year-end New Year's holidays, and whenever there is an Imperial Household event.

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6B Kitano-Tenman-gu Shrine (Saturdays, Sundays, holidays, and specific days) (40 min)

This shrine's main hall is a designated national treasure and is famous for housing the God of scholarship. The shrine is especially great to see during the plum blossom and autumn leaf seasons.

Remarks : On 25 Jan, 25 May and 25 Aug, Nishi Hongan-ji Temple will be the alternative for Kitano-tenmangu Shrine.

Kyoto - Kitano-Tenman-gu Shrine
7 Kyoto Station

Proceed to Osaka by JR Special Rapid Service (non-reserved seat).

Remarks : The tour uses public transportation and seating may not be available.

Osaka - Rapid Service
8 JR Osaka Station

The tour ends and disbands at Osaka Station.

Remarks : Drop-off service is not available.

Osaka - Osaka Station

Travel Condition :

Pickup service : Convenient pick-up service provided from major hotels in Osaka. (see hotel list)
Departs : Hotel Gvanvia Osaka (07:35)
Disband : Disband at Osaka Station, the tour concludes upon arrival. (13:45 - 14:15)
Duration : approx. 6 hours. Guide : English Speaking Guide
Participants : 1 - 20 Meal : Not included.
Remark :
  • On Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays, Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed. On these days, the tour will visit Kitano-tenmangu Shrine instead. The same is true of the period before and after the public viewing of Kyoto Imperial Palace in spring and autumn, 14 - 17 May due to the Aoi Festival, year-end New Year's holidays, and whenever there is an Imperial Household event.
  • On 25 Jan, 25 May and 25 Oct, Nishi Hongan-ji Temple will serve as the alternative for Kitano Tenmangu Shrine.
  • On Tuesdays (or Wednesday if Tuesday is a national holiday) in January, July, August, and December and over the year-end New Year's holidays, Nijo Castle is closed. The tour will visit Ryoan-ji Temple instead.
  • Please note that before entering the Kyoto Imperial Palace you will be required to fill out a form with your personal information such as your full name, sex, age, and nationality. (The form will be provided on the tour day.)
  • After the sightseeing, the bus will stop by the lunch venue for the 1-day tour.
  • Public transportation will be used for the trip between Osaka and Kyoto. Please note that seating is not guaranteed.

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