Kyoto and Nara 1 Day from Osaka

Kyoto and Nara 1 Day from Osaka

See the main sights of two of Japan's ancient capitals all in one day! This tour takes you on a morning tour of world-famous Kyoto to experience one of Japan's most important historical and cultural centres. After lunch, visit nearby Nara, another historical capital and home to the towering Great Buddha of Todai-ji Temple.

Price : JPY17,600 Duration : approx. 11 hours
Departs :Hotel Granvia Osaka - 07:35 (Tue, Thu and Sat)
Visits : [Kyoto] Nijo-jo Castle / Kinkaku-ji Temple / Kyoto Imperial Palace [Nara] Todai-ji Temple / Nara-koen Park / Kasuga-taisha Shrine / Nara Nagomikan
Includes : ✔ English Speaking Guide ✔ All transportation ✔ All admission fee ✔ 1 Lunch

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)

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 : 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.

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

Visit the Golden Pavillion, designated as a National Special Historic Site and National Special Landscape, with 2 floors covered entirely in thin layers of pure gold and detailed architecture incorporating three disctinct styles of shinden, samurai, and zen.

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)

It is famous as God of study. The main shrine has been designated a national treasure. It is particularly worth visiting for Japanese plum blossoms and colored leaves.

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 Lunch (50 min)

Japanese set meal

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8 Todai-ji Temple / Nara-koen Park (60 min)

Behold the world's largest bronze statue, the Great Buddha, whose tremendous height of 14.98m required over 3,000 metal plates and nearly 10 years to create.

Nara - Todai-ji Temple Nara - the Great Buddha Nara - Nara-koen Park
9 Kasuga-taisha Shrine (40 min)

Study the thousands of stone lanterns that line the path to this serene shrine hidden in the woods.

Remarks : At Kasuga Taisha Shrine, the tour will not enter areas requiring admission.

Nara - Kasuga-taisha Shrine
10 Nara Nagomikan (20 min)

Splurge at Nara's biggest souvenir shop, which sells a vast variety of food products, sweets, and goods exclusive to Nara.

Remarks : The tour may not visit Nara Nagomikan if it is closed or if traffic conditions make it difficult.

Nara - Nagomikan
11 Kintetsu-Nara Station

Back to Osaka-Namba Station by Kintetsu Line (non-reserved seat).

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

Nara - Kintetsu-Nara Station
12 Disbands at Osaka Namba Station Osaka - Osaka Namba 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 Namba Station, the tour concludes upon arrival. (18:30 - 19:30)
Duration : approx. 11 hours. Guide : English Speaking Guide
Participants : 1 - 20 Meal : 1 Lunch
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 Jan. 25, May 25 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.)
  • At Kasuga Taisha Shrine, the tour will not enter areas requiring admission.
  • The tour may not visit Nara Nagomikan, if it is closed or due to traffic conditions.
  • Public transportation will be used for the trips between Osaka and Kyoto, and Nara and Osaka. Please note that seating is not guaranteed.
  • A vegetarian meal is available.

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