Full Day Tour of Kyoto and Nara from Osaka

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See the Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara and Kyoto - both listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites - in this easy day trip from Osaka. Experience Japanese culture as you discover the highlights (Free-roaming deer! Giant Buddha! Golden Pavilion! Thousands of lanterns!) and visit the most famous attractions in these two great cities.

Highlights
  • Travel from Osaka to see the Unesco-World-Heritage-Site-rich cities of Kyoto and Nara

Description

Take a trip to both Kyoto and Nara from Osaka. In Kyoto, visit Nijo Castle, residence of Tokugawa era shoguns, then marvel at the gold-leaf covered Golden Pavilion, as well as take a stroll around its exquisite gardens. Walk through Kyoto Imperial Palace and watch Japanese artisans work their craft at the Kyoto Handicrafts Center, where you will have lunch.

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

  • Osaka - Kyoto

Leave Osaka for Kyoto aboard a JR rapid train (non-reserved seats) with an English-speaking tour conductor.

  • 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.

  • Lunch

Enjoy a Japanese and Western-style buffet lunch

  • Todaiji Temple

Great Buddha in the world's largest wooden building and wonder of religious architecture.

  • Nara Park (Deer Park)

More than 1000 deer roam freely in the verdant 1250 acres peaceful park. If you wish to feed the deer, they will gladly eat from your hand.

  • Kasuga Taisha Shrine

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

  • Nara Nagomikan

This is Nara's biggest souvenir shop selling a wide variety of food products (including sweets) and other local goods you will only find in the area.

  • Nara - Namba

Return to Namba aboard a Kintetsu Railways train (non-reserved seats) with an English-speaking tour conductor. Tour ends upon arrival at Kintetsu Namba Station between 18:00 - 19:00.

selected hotels in Osaka.

  • 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.

  • Journey from Osaka to Kyoto and from Nara to Osaka will be accompanied by an English-speaking tour assistant.

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

  • *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 days when the Nijo castle is closed we will visit Ryoanji Temple or Daitokuji Daisen-in Temple instead.

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

  • Nara Nagomikan is replaced by another souvenir shop when closed.

  • Tour will not operate during the Nara Marathon.

Includes

  • Lunch

  • Admission

  • Transportation fee

  • Train fare

  • Accredited English-speaking guide
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Standard Plan

Duration: 11:30 hour(s)
Pick-up: Available
Inclusions: Lunch / Admission / Transportation fee / Train fare / Accredited English-speaking guide

Great tour guide. She was really funny.
Enjoyed every bit of it. Also, the restaurant where we had lunch was very yummy. Can't wait to go back.

Filipino_traveler

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Schedule

  • 07:25

    Pick-up from Designated Hotels

  • 07:25

    Hotel Granvia Osaka

    Gather at Hotel Granvia Osaka and walk to Osaka Station. Board a rapid service train to Kyoto Station (non-reserved seating). Walk to AVANTI Sunrise Tours Desk( Kyoto Sta. Hachijo Exit.).

  • Nijo Castle (50 mins)

    The grounds consist of two concentric rings of fortification, the Honmaru (main circle of defense) and the Ninomaru (secondary circle of defense), along with beautiful gardens and various support buildings.

  • Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion) (45 mins)

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

  • Kyoto Imperial Palace (Mon-Fri) or Kitano Tenmangu Shrine (Sat, Sun, hols) (40 mins)

    Located within the beautiful gardens of Kyoto Gyoen, the palace was the residence of the Emperor of Japan until 1869.

    Kitano Tenmangu is home to the god of scholarship, a popular pilgrimage site for students!

  • Japanese Style Lunch or Western Buffet

    Relax and refuel for the afternoon's adventures with a Japanese set meal.

  • Bus from Kyoto to Nara (70 mins)

    Board the bus and be whisked off to Nara.

  • Nara Park and Todaiji Temple (60 mins)

    Todaiji Temple is one of the largest wooden buildings in the world, housing a 15m bronze Buddha. Nara Park is a place of scenic beauty, there are over 1,200 deer who roam freely throughout the park.

  • Kasuga Shrine (40 mins)

    This historical Shinto shrine dates back to 768 and is known for the numerous bronze and stone lanterns on the grounds.

  • Nara Nagomikan (20 mins)

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

  • Kintetsu Nara Station to Osaka Namba Station

    Hop on the train and head back to Osaka.

  • 18:30

    Tour ends at Osaka Namba Station

  • (For Pick-Up) Hotel Granvia Osaka (3-1-1 , Umeda, Kita-ku Osaka-shi, Osaka) Time: 07:25:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Hilton Osaka (〒530-0001 大阪市北区梅田1-8-8) Time: 07:10:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Swissotel Nankai Osaka (Swissôtel Nankai, Osaka, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan) Time: 07:00:00

  • (For Check-Out) Osaka Namba Station (Kintetsu) Time: 18:30:00

Pick-up Time & Location

  • (For Pick-Up) Hotel Granvia Osaka (3-1-1 , Umeda, Kita-ku Osaka-shi, Osaka) Time: 07:25:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Hilton Osaka (〒530-0001 大阪市北区梅田1-8-8) Time: 07:10:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Swissotel Nankai Osaka (Swissôtel Nankai, Osaka, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan) Time: 07:00:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Osaka Namba Station (Kintetsu) Time: 18:30:00

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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.

Additional Note(s)
  • Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed to the public on the following days. During these times, Kitano Tenmangu Shrine will be visited instead. Mondays, Tuesday if Monday is a national holiday, May 14-17 for the Aoi Festival, New Year holidays, and Imperial Household events.

  • The tour will visit Nishi Hongan-ji Temple instead of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine on June 25, Sept. 25 and Dec. 25.

  • Nijo Castle is closed on Tuesdays in January, July, August, and December. (Closed on the following day if Tuesday is a holiday.) If closed, or if the tour is during the year-end/New Year's holidays, Ryoan-ji Temple will be visited instead.

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

  • Public transportation will be used for the trip between Osaka - Kyoto, and Nara - Osaka. Please note that seating may not be available.

  • Nara Nagomikan may be omitted from the itinerary if it is closed on the day of the tour, or as a result of traffic congestion.

  • The tour will not operate on the date of the Nara Marathon.

Booking Requirements (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)
  • You can book a maximum of 20.

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Reviews

Great tour guide. She was really funny.
Enjoyed every bit of it. Also, the restaurant where we had lunch was very yummy. C...
an't wait to go back. more

Filipino_traveler

the whole trip was OK but not the type i would repeat

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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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