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Full Day Tour of Uji and Nara (Departing from Kyoto)

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Explore two of the oldest cities in Japan in one day! Visit Uji and Nara's UNESCO World Heritage-listed Buddhist temples and lavish gardens, take delight in a traditional tea ceremony and enjoy a scrumptious Western-style lunch.

Highlights
  • Learn about the Japanese culture and traditions on a day tour to Uji and Nara from Kyoto
  • Visit three World Heritage-listed sites: Byodo-in Temple, Todai-ji Temple and Kasuga Taisha Shrine
  • Partake in a traditional tea ceremony at a local tea house in Uji
  • Take delight in a scrumptious Western-style lunch in Kyoto
  • Experience close encounter with some deer roaming freely in Nara Park

Description

Immerse yourself into the rich culture and tradition of two of Japan's oldest cities, Uji and Nara.

Depart from Kyoto in the morning with your friendly tour guide. Upon arrival at Uji, visit the ancient Uji Bridge and enjoy a morning stroll around Furitsu Uji Park. Then, experience a simple tea ceremony at Taiho-an, an authentic tea house on the bank of Uji River. Proceed to the UNESCO World Heritage Site-listed Byodo-in Temple, a Buddhist temple that houses Buddha statue and other images, surrounded by a beautiful garden.

Head back to Kyoto and take delight in a Western-style lunch at New Miyako Hotel.

After lunch, continue to Nara and visit Todai-ji Temple, one of the country's most historically significant temples. This awe-inspiring wooden structure is a symbol of the Nara Period and houses one of the largest bronze Buddha statues in Japan. Since the temple grounds cover most of northern Nara Park, you will also encounter some deer roaming freely during your visit. Next, visit picturesque the Kasuga Taisha Shrine, a Shinto shrine famous for its many bronze and stone lanterns. Last stop will be at Nara Nagomikan, a well-known souvenir shop where you can find Nara sweets, locally brewed sake, traditional Japanese craft and more!

Tour concludes with a drop off at your Kyoto city-center hotel.

Includes

  • Tea Ceremony
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Standard Plan

Duration: 10:30 - 11:30 hour(s)
Available: Tue and Fri
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: Tea Ceremony
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Schedule

  • 08:15

    Meet at New Miyako Hotel

  • Depart Kyoto Station (20 min)

    Head towards Kyoto Station on foot, then hop on the JR Nara Line to Uji

  • Uji Bridge

    Uji Bridge is thought to have been originally built sometime in the 7th century and is counted among the oldest bridges in Japan. A small protrusion off one side of the bridge known as 'san-no-ma' offers great views.

  • Nakanoshima Park

    Stroll around Nakanoshima Park which is built on a sandbar in the middle of the river.

  • Tea Ceremony Experience at Taihoan (20 min)

    Experience a traditional Japanese tea ceremony at an authentic tea house.

  • Byodoin Temple (50 min)

    Built near the end of the Heian Era, this temple houses a Buddha statue and other images, and is surrounded by a beautiful garden. The temple is registered as a part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto. An image of this temple's Phoenix Hall is featured on the 10 yen coin.

  • Uji Station to Kyoto Station (20 min)

    Hop on the train and head back to Kyoto for lunch.

  • Western Style Lunch (60 min)

  • Bus Ride to Nara (70 min)

    Board the bus and be whisked off to Nara.

  • Todaiji Temple and Nara Park (60 min)

    A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this temple is the symbol of the Nara Period and one of the world's largest wooden structures. Its huge main hall and bronze Great Buddha are must see attractions.

  • Kasuga Taisha Shrine (40 min)

    This Nara period shrine is designated as a World Heritage Site. The very friendly deer of Nara Park are thought to be the messengers of enshrined god.

  • Nara Nagomikan (20 min)

    The largest souvenir shop in Nara. Enjoy shopping around for the perfect souvenir.

  • 18:30-19:30

    Drop-off at designated hotels

  • (For Check-In) New Miyako Hotel (17, Nishikujo-Inmachi Minami-ku, Kyoto 601-8412, Japan) Time: 08:15:00

  • (For Check-Out) Requested Hotel Time: 18:30:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) New Miyako Hotel (17, Nishikujo-Inmachi Minami-ku, Kyoto 601-8412, Japan) Time: 08:15:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Requested Hotel Time: 18:30:00

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Notes

Restriction(s)
  • If less than 2 participants are booked, the activity may not operate.

Required Items to Bring & Attire
  • The morning itinerary consists of a walking tour, not a bus tour, so please wear shoes and clothes appropriate for walking. In the afternoon, the tour will be conducted by bus.

Additional Note(s)
  • At Kasuga Taisha Shrine, the tour will not enter areas requiring admission.

  • The tour may not stop at Nara Nagomikan if it is closed or if traffic conditions make the visit difficult.

  • If the Uji River is flooding, the tour will not visit Nakanoshima Park.

  • During the Gion Festival (July 15 - 16), drop-off services to Karasuma Kyoto Hotel and Hotel Nikko Princess Kyoto will be unavailable due to traffic restrictions.

  • Children (ages 0-5 years) will be able to participate for free under the following conditions. Tour: An individual seat will not be provided. Please have them sit on the lap of their parent or guardian. If there are seats available, they are welcome to use it, however they will not be getting a priority in seating. An individual meal or snack will not be provided as well. If you would like any of the above for children (ages 0-5 years), please book them as a child.

  • The tour may not be able to enter the Phoenix Hall at Byodo-in Temple in case of congestion. In this case, JPY 300 will be refunded at the location.

  • The activity schedule is subject to change or cancellation due to weather or traffic conditions.

Booking Requirements (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)
  • You can book a minimum of 1 and maximum of 10.

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Cancellation Policy

  • Any cancellations made between 8 business days (18:00:00 local time) to 2 business days (18:00:00 local time) prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 30% of the total amount.

  • Any cancellations made between 2 business days (18:00:00 local time) to 1 business days (18:00:00 local time) prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 40% of the total amount.

  • Any cancellations made between 1 business days (18:00:00 local time) to business days (18:00:00 local time) prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 50% of the total amount.

  • Any cancellations made after 1 hours prior to the activity start time will be subject to a charge a charge of 100% of the total amount.

Change Policy

Please contact Veltra immediately if you make any changes to your booking once it is confirmed, as:

・Any changes made between 18:00 local time, 8 business days to 18:00 local time, 2 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 30% of the total amount.
・Any changes made between 18:00 local time, 2 business days to 18:00 local time, 1 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 40% of the total amount.
・Any changes made between 18:00 local time, 1 business days to 1 hours prior to the activity start time will be subject to a charge of 50% of the total amount.
・Any changes made after 1 hours prior to the activity start time will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.
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