Kyoto and Nara in One Day

It was a fantastic experience for my family including our 10-year old daughter. We had only limited time in Kyoto area so we wanted to get the best of Kyoto. We were certainly did the right thing by choosing this tour. ...Meng-michelle Z., Canada – See more reviews
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Kyoto and Nara in One Day - Picture 1
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Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion), Kyoto
Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion), Kyoto
Nijō Castle Ninomaru Palace, Kyoto
Nijō Castle Ninomaru Palace, Kyoto
Kyoto Imperial Palace
Kyoto Imperial Palace
Kyoto Imperial Palace
Kyoto Imperial Palace
Kasuga Grand Shrine (Kasuga-taisha) Dtone Lanterns
Kasuga Grand Shrine (Kasuga-taisha) Dtone Lanterns
Flickr / oloisNara Deer Park
Imperial Palace Grounds - Flickr / Matt_Weibo
Flickr / Matt_WeiboImperial Palace Grounds
Nara Daibutsu (Great Buddha of Nara) - Flickr / tanaka_juuyoh
Flickr / tanaka_juuyohNara Daibutsu (Great Buddha of Nara)
Kasuga Temple Garden - Flickr / charlottemarillet
Flickr / charlottemarilletKasuga Temple Garden
Kasuga Taisha Lanterns and Wisteria - Flickr / charlottemarillet
Flickr / charlottemarilletKasuga Taisha Lanterns and Wisteria
Tōdai-ji Great Buddha Hall (daibutsuden), Nara
Tōdai-ji Great Buddha Hall (daibutsuden), Nara
Kyoto and Nara in One Day - Picture 14
Kasuga Grand Shrine
Kasuga Grand Shrine

What To Expect

See the main sights of both Kyoto and Nara, all in one day! Enjoy this guided bus tour that give you the chance to visit the historical places and most beautiful sights of these two ancient cities.


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See the main sights of both Kyoto and Nara, all in one day! Visit Nijo Castle, the Kyoto residence of the Tokugawa era shoguns, and the Golden Pavilion, a gold-leaf covered structure that houses sacred relics of Buddha. Take a stroll through the Kyoto Imperial Palace and see its elegant interiors.

In Nara, visit Todaiji, the world's largest wooden structure and home of the Great Buddha. Mingle with the deer at Nara Park and marvel at the lanterns at Kasuga Taisha Shrine.


- 08:35 Assemble at AVANTI Sunrise Tours Desk(Kyoto Station Hachijo Exit).

- Visit the following by motorcoach:

(Mondays to Fridays)

  • Nijo Castle (50 minutes)

  • Kinkakuji Temple (45 minutes)

  • Kyoto Imperial Palace (40 minutes)

(Saturdays, Sundays, National Holidays)

  • Kitano-Tenman-gu Shrine (40 minutes)

  • Nijo Castle (50 minutes)

  • Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion) (45 minutes)

- Lunch Enjoy a Japanese and Western-style buffet lunch

- After lunch, visit the following by motorcoach in the afternoon:

  • Todaiji Temple

  • Nara Deer Park

  • Kasuga Grand Shrine

  • Nara Nagomikan

- 18:30 - 19:30 Drop-off service to major hotels in Kyoto provided.

Nijo Castle

The Kyoto Residence of the Tokugawa Shogun built in 1603, Nijo Castle is noted for the contrast of its solemn appearance and gorgeous interiors.

Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion)

The most authentic and exquisite Japanese style garden in the world, plus the celebrated Golden Pavilion.

Kyoto Imperial Palace*

The ancient Imperial Palace clearly shows the Japanese taste for purity, simplicity and calmness (not available on 23-25 October 2016).

Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine

Referred to as "The God of Study." The main shrine is a national treasure.

Todaiji Temple

See the towering Great Buddha housed in the world's largest wooden building.

Nara Deer Park

More than 1,000 tame deer roam freely in this verdant, 1,250 acre park.

Kasuga Grand Shrine

The most famous and beautiful Shinto shrine in Nara, it features some 3,000 antique stone and bronze lanterns.

Nara Nagomikan

This facility offers a wide variety of local crafts, goods, and souvenirs.


  • Pick-up from and drop-off at major hotels

  • Lunch

  • Services of an English-speaking guide


  • Drinks

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Personal expenses

  • Optional activity costs

Please Note

  • Pick ups are available from selected Kyoto hotels.

  • Children 5 years old and below are free of charge, provided they sit on an adult's lap. If they need a seat, they will be charged.

  • You are required to fill out the form (your name, sex, age, nationality) when you enter the Kyoto Imperial Palace.

  • Please provide advance notice if your party consists of 5 or more Japanese citizens. Your party's entry to the Kyoto Imperial Palace may be denied if advance notice is not given.

  • *The Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed every Monday (Tuesday if Monday is a National Holiday) and on 28 December 2016 to 4 January 2017. The Imperial Household Agency has announced that Kyoto Imperial Palace will also be closed on 23 to 25 October 2016 due to the Emperor's scheduled visit. As an alternative, this tour will visit Kitano Tenmangu (23 and 24 October) and Nishi Hongani (25 October).

  • On Tuesdays (Wednesday if Tuesday is a national holiday) in January, July, August, and December, Nijo Castle is closed. The tour will visit Ryoanji Temple or Daitokuji Daisen-in Temple instead.

  • Transportation service to Karasuma Kyoto Hotel, Hotel Nikko Princess Kyoto, and Hotel Monterey Kyoto is not available on the days of Gion Festival (July 14 to 16) due to traffic restrictions.

  • At Kasuga Shrine, the tour does not include entrance to areas requiring additional admission.

  • The tour may not visit Nara Nagomikan if it is closed or traffic conditions and other operational concerns.

  • Tour will not operate during the Nara Marathon.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 9 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 30% Cancellation Fee (70% reimbursement): between 3 to 8 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 2 days or less prior to date of activity.

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