Tour code: 2142KYO_N110
Discover the history and religions of ancient Japan during this 10-hour exploration of Kyoto and Nara. See Kyoto’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kinkaku-ji and Nijo Castle, along with its Imperial Palace. Then drive from Kyoto to Nara to explore its own World Heritage site, Todai-ji Temple (including Great Buddha Hall), plus Kasuga Shrine. You’ll also visit Nara’s deer park and sample a Japanese and Western-style meal for lunch. Your Nara and Kyoto visit also includes a guide, coach transport, all entrance fees and pickup at select hotels.

Highlights

  • Full-day sightseeing tour of the ancient sites of Kyoto and Nara
  • Visit Kyoto’s top cultural attractions: Nijo Castle, Kinkaku-ji (home to the Golden Pavilion) and Kyoto Imperial Palace
  • Travel to the city of Nara to see the Great Buddha of Todai-ji temple complex
  • Admire the 3,000 bronze lanterns in the Kasuga Shrine, and feed the wild deer in Nara Park
  • Pickup and drop-off from select Kyoto hotels included

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What You Can Expect

Kyoto and Nara Day Trip from Kyoto including Nijo Castle

Kyoto and Nara Day Trip from Kyoto including Nijo Castle

See the best that the historic cities of Kyoto and Nara have to offer during this full-day, 10-hour tour of the cities’ top temples and sights. It’s a great introduction to the culture and traditions of ancient Japan, along with some time at a nature park thrown in for good measure.
Begin your excursion in the morning at the New Miyako Hotel in Kyoto. Proceed after pickup on an exploration of the historic environs of Kyoto, the country’s former capital and one-time residence of the Japanese emperor between 794 and 1868. The city’s wealth of ancient history have earned a collection of its religious and political sites as the “Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto UNESCO World Heritage Site.”
Stop by two of Kyoto’s most important highlights with your guide, starting with 50 minutes at Nijo Castle, which was the home of the Tokugawa Shogun until the mid-1800s. This World Heritage-listed site, constructed in 1603, is renowned for the contrasts between its intricate interior and solemn exterior façade.
Head next to Kinkaku-ji, the city’s most popular religious site and what is considered by many to be one of the world’s most elaborate Japanese gardens, for 45 minutes. Check out the temple’s Golden Pavillion, a three-story building sheathed in gold leaf and situated beside a picturesque pond, where you can take some great photos.
Move on next to Kyoto’s Imperial Palace for 40 minutes, where you’ll have a chance to see the Shishin-den, a key site for important state ceremonies, before wandering the palace’s beautiful grounds.
Pause your tour for lunch, then re-board your bus for a 1-hour drive south to Nara, where you’ll stop by two of the temples and shrines that form the city’s own UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit Todai-ji, a religious complex known for housing one of the world’s largest statues of the Buddha (Great Buddha Hall) before continuing to the adjacent Nara Park.
Make your next stop of the day at Kasuga Shrine for 40 minutes, renowned for the more than 3,000 lanterns lining its interior. Finish your excursion at Nara’s Deer Park, a famous section of Nara Park with free-roaming groups of deer. Feel free to hand-feed these tame creatures with the special food for sale on site. Depending on time and traffic, you may also visit a souvenir stand to pick up a memento or two before heading back to Kyoto.

Customer Reviews

Laura M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great tour! We were able to see sights we would have never been able to see on our own with the time we had. The guide was fabulous!!

Sara M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Awesome day trip, friendly English speaking guides. Got to see three sites in the morning then another three in the afternoon. The amount of time at each location was perfect, we even had free time for shopping. Enjoyed the lunch at the Kyoto craft centre, an amazing day and a highlight of my trip to Japan.

Lawrence F H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Everyone involved was attentive and kind and thoughtful. I had to use a wheel chair and it was always there.

Dean P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Great Guides and Tour - It was very comprehensive - covering a number of sites and locations . Bring comfortable shoes and be prepared for rain. The lunch at handicrafts centre was good. Our personal highlight was the trip to Nara - Deer and Temple. - our only concern was for some older people who chose to stay on the bus at locations where walking was intensive. -

holidayhangover

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This is a great full day out you see a lot on this tour and still have enough time to linger in places like Nara. Lunch was buffet style and tasty. Our tour guide Seiko pronounced psycho was fun organised and informative, Lots of photo opportunities and the highlight would have to be the deer park. Only downside was head office didn't get back to us about our transfer hotel pick up so had to make our own way to Sunrise Tour Office by bus.

holidayhangover

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This is a great full day out you see a lot on this tour and still have enough time to linger in places like Nara. Lunch was buffet style and tasty. Our tour guide Seiko pronounced psycho was fun organised and informative, Lots of photo opportunities and the highlight would have to be the deer park. Only downside was head office didn't get back to us about our transfer hotel pick up so had to make our own way to Sunrise Tour Office by bus.

kellyk

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This tour was a great way to see both Kyoto and Nara in one day. We happened to be there at peak Sakura time and it was just beautiful. The tour guides were very knowledgeable and very polite.

kellyk

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This was a very informative and entertaining tour! The Sakura blossoms were in full bloom and it added to the beauty of the area. Well worth the time and expense of the tour!

Benito H K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Everything was perfect!!

Elicia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

We had great fun on this Day Tour. Our tour guide Yuki is simply fantastic! She is very detail in everything she explains and bothers to guide us how to return to the meeting point. This tour is amazing especially the Nara Park with deers roaming around and those beautiful blooming Sakura trees.

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