What To Expect
Experience the rich history and culture of Nara and Kyoto! 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 many lanterns at Kasuga Taisha Shrine. In Kyoto, see the Tokugawa era shogun's residence, the Nijo Castle: Admire the gold-leaf covered Golden Pavilion, and stroll through the exquisite gardens surrounding it. Walk through Kyoto Imperial Palace and see its elegant interiors.
Tour departs from Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal at 09:00. Pickup service is available. English-speaking staff will assist you in boarding a Shinkansen Nozomi super express from Tokyo Station for the classical city of Kyoto.
Departure times from Tokyo Station will be between 09:30 and 10:00.
Enjoy a splendid view of the imposing Mt. Fuji en route (weather permitting). After arriving in Kyoto, have a Western-style lunch at the New Miyako Hotel.
Take the afternoon tour by motorcoach to Nara, the first permanent capital of Japan. Visit Todaiji Temple, the world's largest wooden structure and home to a great image of Buddha, the colorful Kasuga Taisha Shrine with its 3,000 stone lanterns, and Nara Park, where a tamed herd of sacred deer freely roam amidst the sightseers. Return to Kyoto by motorcoach.
Morning guided tour of Kyoto by motorcoach, visit Kinkakuji Temple, called the Golden Pavilion for its glittering walls, the Nijo Castle, noted for its gorgeous interiors, and the elegant Kyoto Imperial Palace.
Enjoy a Japanese-style set lunch, after which take the afternoon guided tour of Kyoto by motorcoach, visiting Sanjusangendo Temple with its 1,001 impressive images of Buddha, the vermilion-hued Heian Jingu Shrine, and the Kiyomizudera Temple, featuring spectacular views from its wooden veranda.
Free at leisure to explore Kyoto until departure. In the evening English-speaking staff will assist you in boarding a Shinkansen Nozomi super express train back to Tokyo.
Departure times from Kyoto Station will be between 18:00 and 19:00. Tour ends upon arrival at Tokyo Station between 21:00 and 22:00.
Tourist Class: Karasuma Kyoto
*Hotels are subject to availability and may be substituted with similar accommodations if not available. This will be confirmed on your voucher.
English-speaking assistant or guide service except when onboard the Shinkansen
Meals and drinks unless specified
Tips and gratuities
Optional activity costs
Rates quoted are for the listed hotels and are subject to change depending on availability.
A holiday surcharge is applicable for the following 2016 departure dates: 10 January, 10 February, 20 March, 28 April to 04 May, 17 July, 10 August, 18 and 21 September, 09 October, 02 and 22 November and 22 December. Please inquire.
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 (child rates).
We recommend you to leave your large luggage at your hotel in Tokyo and just bring an overnight bag since there is no space for large luggages on the train.
*The Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed every Monday (Tuesday if Monday is a National Holiday), on 28 December 2016 to 4 January 2017 and whenever there is an Imperial Household event. On these days, tour will visit Kitano Tenmangu Shrine instead.
Nijo Castle is closed on Tuesdays (and on Wednesdays if Tuesday is a national holiday) in January, July, August and December. The tour will visit "Ryoanji Temple" instead.
You will be asked for your full name, nationality, gender and age (necessary procedures) before entering the Kyoto Imperial Palace.
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