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Kyoto Cultural Forest, Shrine and Temple Tour with Options

This guided tour helps you discover lots of Kyoto’s dispersed temples, shrines, and cultural attractions in one day. You’ll save time researching and planning your trip, by having the itinerary organized for you. You’ll travel in an air-conditioned coach, and it’ll be a hassle-free day with a guarantee to skip the lines. Highlights include Kiyomizu-Dera Temple, the Inari Shrines, Sagano Bamboo Forest, and Kyoto Cultural Forest.
  • Duration: 9 to 11 hrs
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$117.00 USD
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  • Duration: 9 to 11 hrs
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$117.00 USD

Kyoto and Nara Day Trip from Kyoto including Nijo Castle

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.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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$135.00 USD
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  • Duration: 10 hours
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$135.00 USD

Nara Afternoon Tour of Todaiji Temple, Deer Park and Kasuga Shrine from Kyoto

Discover the historic environs of Nara, ancient capital of Japan, as you explore Buddhist temples, shrines and the famous Nara deer park on this 5.5-hour excursion from Kyoto. Visit Todaji Temple, one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Japan and home to the country’s largest Buddha statue, before seeing Kasuga Shrine, which features over 3,000 stone and bronze lanterns. Then stop by Nara Park, a 1,250-acre reserve that’s home to more than 1,000 free-roaming deer. Your Nara excursion also includes pickup from select Kyoto hotels, a guide and all entrance fees.
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
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$69.00 USD
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  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
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Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto and Nara from Osaka

Take a deep dive into traditional Japanese culture and history during this 9-hour day trip to Kyoto and Nara from Osaka. Enjoy the atmosphere of Kyoto’s Arashiyama district and admire the beautiful grounds of the Kinkaku-ji temple. Then head to Nara, touring the UNESCO-listed Todaiji temple and the wild deer of Nara Park. Multiple lunch upgrade options are available.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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$67.00 USD
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Private Full-Day Charter including Osaka, Nara, or Kyoto from Kyoto

Depart Kyoto to see UNESCO World Heritage Sites or other top attractions in either Kyoto, Nara, or Osaka during this private tour with the flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences. Depending on your group size, you’ll ride comfortably in a climate-controlled mid-sized passenger car or a mini-van equipped with convenient Wi-Fi.
  • Duration: 8 to 10 hrs
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$551.00 USD
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  • Duration: 8 to 10 hrs
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$551.00 USD

Kyoto Morning Tour of Kinkakuji Temple, Nijo Castle and Kyoto Imperial Palace from Osaka

Experience the top cultural highlights in the ancient city of Kyoto during this 6-hour tour departing by train from Osaka. Head out with a local guide to explore two UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites, including Nijo Castle and Kinkaku-Ji (also known as the Golden Pavilion). Then spend additional time visiting Kyoto’s regal Imperial Palace before browsing for authentic souvenirs at the Kyoto Handicraft Center. This guided excursion of Kyoto also includes pickup from select hotels in Osaka, round-trip JR rail ticket from Osaka to Kyoto and all admission fees.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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$85.00 USD
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Himeji Castle and Akashi Kaikyo Bridge from Kyoto

Depart from Kyoto by train for a full-day walking tour of Himeji in Hyogo prefecture, starting at its top attraction: the exquisite Himeji Castle. Then sit down for a Japanese lunch. Afterward, travel to the Maiko Marine Promenade, a walkway that lines the Kobe side of Akashi Kaikyo Bridge — the longest suspension bridge in the world. Travel with your guide by train and on foot for an in-depth experience of these Japanese gems.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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$172.00 USD
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Ikebana Therapy in Kyoto

Experience the art of flower arranging in the heart of old Japan • Meet Eiko Hamasaki, a certified therapist and master of ikebana who popularized flower arranging as way of improving mental health and wellbeing • Participate in a session of “Ikebana therapy” and feel your stress melt away! • Take home an Ikebana therapy completion certificate and your own beautiful flower arrangement
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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$164.00 USD
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  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Kyoto and Nara Tour and Photo Shoot

Explore Kyoto and Nara with a photographer guide, and have your photos taken by a pro as you learn about the cities. With all the key shrines and temples included in the itinerary, you’re sure to have a selection of beautiful backdrops to your photos. Strike a pose by the Golden Pavilion or opt for casual in-action shots at the gates of Fushimi Inari Shrine. All photos are delivered in JPEG format a few days after the tour.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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$450.00 USD
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  • Duration: 12 hours
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Make Your Own Geisha Hair Ornament in Kyoto

Japanese hair ornaments are called kanzashi, and on this tour, you’ll get to make one yourself to take home. Visit the Geisha and Maiko district of Kyoto—Higoshiyama, and enjoy a hands-on workshop where you’ll learn new skills. Choose the fabrics you like, and enjoy commentary from an interpreter. The experience is ideal for old and young alike, and the hair ornaments make a perfect gift or a treasured souvenir from your trip.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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$80.00 USD
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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A Unique Bamboo Journey

• Enter a grove of lush greenery, Uji tea leaves and naturally growing bamboo • Learn the countless uses of bamboo and how your host works to preserve it • Enjoy this chance to carve custom, bamboo dishware and everything you’ll need to make a waterfall of “nagashi somen”, chilled somen noodles
  • Duration: 5 hours
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$149.00 USD
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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Miho Museum Admission with Private Transport from Kyoto

Leave Kyoto and travel by private vehicle to the Miho Museum in a tranquil area of the Shiga Prefecture. The museum has two claims to fame: first, its striking I.M. Pei–designed architecture and second, its hoard of Japanese artwork. The portfolio of art was amassed by Koyama Mihoko, the head of the Shinki Shumeikai faith, and includes Japanese porcelain, textiles and relics alongside ancient Egyptian antiquities and more. Learn all about the art and its owner as you explore independently.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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$86.00 USD
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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Uji Walking Tour with Tea Ceremony from Kyoto

Tea ceremony, temple spotting and transport by train: do all three on this tour of historic Uji from Kyoto. After traveling to the city by train, walk to iconic Ujibashi Bridge with a guide, passing through Nakanoshima Park, and stop at a Taihoan teahouse to enjoy the important business of taking tea. Before your return to Kyoto, visit Byōdō-in, Uji’s striking Buddhist temple, which dates to the Heian period, and hear about its history from your guide.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$80.00 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Restaurant - Yutofu Junsei

Tofu came from China during the Nara Period (710 - 794) and was used in vegetarian dishes served at the temple. It became a common food for the general public during the Muromachi Period (1336 - 1573), and a writing from that time shows that yudofu had become a Nanzenji specialty by Edo Period (1603 - 1868) to a point where all travelers would try yudofu.Junsei serves tofu that has rich flavors which come from being made using soybeans produced in Japan with a special sauce. Please savor the natural sweetness of the tofu itself and the hint of bitterness of soybeans in its aftertaste.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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$33.00 USD
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  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Kobe Walking Tour Including Sake Tasting at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum from Kyoto

Make your day about sake and sightseeing with this Kobe excursion from Kyoto. After a train ride to the port town, take a guided walk through Kobe’s Kitano quarters to see the historic ‘Ijinkan,’ or foreign mansions, that line the streets. Tuck into a buffet lunch, and then visit the waterside Meriken Park. Finish with a walk around Hakutsuru Sake Brewery to learn about the rice wine’s history, production and place in Japanese customs.
  • Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
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$140.00 USD
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  • Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
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