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Beauty of Kyoto and Nara Highlights Full Day Tour from Kyoto

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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.

Description

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.

Itinerary

- 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.

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.

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 whenever there is an Imperial Household event. On these days, tour will visit Kitano Tenmangu Shrine instead.

  • 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.

Includes

  • Lunch

  • Transportation fee

  • English-speaking guide
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Standard Plan

Duration: 10 - 11:30 hour(s)
Available: Daily
Pick-up: Available
Inclusions: Lunch / Transportation fee / English-speaking guide

The pick up was easy and be on time. Everyone was on the ball and there were no hassles. We did a comprehensive tour of three site sin kyoto and two in nara. We had admission to the imperial palace and that was a rare treat. Thed golden shrine was spectacular . The giant buddha temple was also a real treat. there were deers everywhere and theyre most friendly. The cherry blossoms were in full bloom then and it was spectacular anywhere in Kyoto and Nara. The lunch was delicious. Our tour guides were all fluent and very helpful and hardworking. I really enjoyed the tour and I would highly recommend it.

rckwu

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Schedule

  • 08:50

    Pick-up at Hotels or Check-in at AVANTI Sunrise Tours Desk

  • Nijo Castle (50 minutes)

    A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this historical castle was completed in 1626. Built to provide lodgings for the Shogun, the grounds consist of two concentric rings of fortification, the Honmaru and the Ninomaru, along with beautiful gardens.

  • Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion) (45 minutes)

    The top two floors of this gorgeous Zen temple are completely covered in gold leaf and surrounded by one of the most exquisite Muromachi Period gardens in Kyoto.

  • Kyoto Imperial Palace (All Days Except Mondays) (40 minutes)

    Located within the beautiful gardens of Kyoto Gyoen, this architectural beauty was the residence of the Emperor of Japan until 1869.
    *Closed on Mondays except when Monday is a national holiday. The following Tuesday will be closed instead. Also closed from Dec 28 2016 to Jan 4 2017.

  • Kitano Tenmangu Shrine (Mondays and Days when Imperial Palace is Closed) (40 minutes)

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

  • Japanese Style Lunch or Western Buffet

    After lunch, head to Nara by bus!

  • Todaiji Temple and Nara Park (60 minutes)

    Todaiji is a World Cultural Heritage Site and home to the largest bronze Buddha statue in the world, housed by the largest wooden building in Japan. In Nara Park you can eet the famous local deer, considered messengers to the gods.

  • Kasuga Taisha Shrine (40 minutes)

    This Nara Period shrine Shinto shrine dates back to 768 and is known for its numerous bronze and stone lanterns. The deer are thought to be shrine messengers!

  • Nara Nagomikan (20 minutes)

    Walk around Nara Nagomi Kan looking for that perfect Japanese souvenir!

  • 18:30

    Drop-off at select Kyoto hotels

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Notes

Restriction(s)
  • 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.

Required Items to Bring & Attire
  • Guests will be asked to provide personal information such as full name, nationality, gender, and age before entering the Kyoto Imperial Palace.

Additional Note(s)
  • Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed on Mondays except when Monday is a national holiday. The following Tuesday will be closed instead. Also closed from late December to early January. In these circumstances, the tour will visit Kitano Tenmangu Shrine instead.

  • 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 Ryoanji Temple instead.

  • The tour may not visit Nara Nagomikan if it is closed or due to traffic conditions.

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

  • Connection to the Kyoto Night Tour or Kyoto Maiko Tour is not possible.

  • Groups of 5 or more comprised only of Japanese customers cannot enter the Kyoto Imperial Palace. If your group is applicable, please inform us at the time of booking.

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Reviews

The pick up was easy and be on time. Everyone was on the ball and there were no hassles. We did a comprehensive tour of three site... sin kyoto and two in nara. We had admission to the imperial palace and that was a rare treat. Thed golden shrine was spectacular . The giant buddha temple was also a real treat. there were deers everywhere and theyre most friendly. The cherry blossoms were in full bloom then and it was spectacular anywhere in Kyoto and Nara. The lunch was delicious. Our tour guides were all fluent and very helpful and hardworking. I really enjoyed the tour and I would highly recommend it. more

rckwu

This your was absolutely fantastic! Our your guide named Yoshitaka Harada was a great man and knew English (as well as jokes) very... well. If you take this tour I highly recommend getting him to give you the your for he gives the experience a comfortable and friendly environment. Here is his card if anybody is interested... more

anthoez

I really liked the tour and enjoyed it very much. What made the tour so memorable and great was the tour guide, mr. Harada yoshita...ka. He was very interactive with the group and we could tell that he loved his job. more

Dallas

Tour is great but getting to meeting place requires 1hr ...if you miss it, good luck. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and fun. O...vernight, it was great experience. more

Bka

It was really outstanding to go and see the temple with the giant Buddha. It is really impressive and the explanation the guide ma...de of the casting processs and to see the deers it was really fun! more

IsabelR2017

it was a beautiful sunny day, the english speaking guide was nice but hard to understand his english, it will be better when the c...ompany provides free wi-fi on the bus like in Tokyo and the Lunch buffet was poorly for this price. Next time will be greater if the company, organise for the Tour Groups separat room with Lunch buffet, look up much better as mixes with others. Lunch time was to short. more

sarubobo

simple tour....could see all very old shinto n buddha temples...historically imp places

samuel

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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