Kyoto Day Trips from Osaka
By Viator, March 2014
Home to the Emperor’s residence from 794 to 1868, Kyoto boasts some of the most important national heritage sites in existence, many of which are best explored in the halcyon stillness of early to midmorning. Get a head start on the crowds and take a 30-minute train from Osaka, where guides will happily direct you through Nijo Castle, Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion), Kyoto Imperial Palace and the Kyoto Handicraft Center, all before lunchtime.
Hoping to sleep in after a long night of sake? Take advantage of tour packages that depart later in the day for an afternoon of sightseeing instead. Recommended sites included the Heian Shrine, Sanjusangendo Hall (housing all of the 1,001 statues of Kannon) and the views of Kyoto city from the Kiyomizu Temple.
There are too many noteworthy destinations to list here, but other must-see spots in the Kyoto area accessible from Osaka include the Todaiji Temple and the Deer Park and Kasuga Shrine in Nara. Nara was the site of the original Japanese permanent imperial capital and is home to many historic treasures, as well as some of the oldest Buddhist temples in Japan.
Tours & Tickets
See the main sights of both Kyoto and Nara in one day! This day trip from Osaka takes you on a morning tour of Nijo Castle, Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden ... Read more
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)
See Kyoto highlights on this 6-hour tour from Osaka! Visit two UNESCO World Heritage sites — Ninjo Castle and Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavilion) — as you tour ... Read more
Duration: 6.5 hours (approx.)
Tour Kyoto’s famous landmarks all in one day, traveling by rail from Osaka! Visit three UNESCO World Heritage sites in the former royal capital, including ... Read more
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)
Travel round-trip by rail to Kyoto and visit key cultural landmarks in the former capital. View the splendid gardens of Heian Shrine, see 1,000-armed statues ... Read more
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)