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Kyoto Day Trips from Osaka

By Viator, January 2018

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Formerly the imperial capital of Japan, Kyoto is home to some of most beautiful and fascinating palaces, castles, and temples found anywhere in the country, all of which are easily accessible via day trips from Osaka. Here’s what you need to know about guided tours of Kyoto from Osaka.

Group Tours
Taking a small-group tour of Kyoto from Osaka offers a convenient way to see the top attractions and UNESCO World Heritage Sites—Arashiyama, Kyoto Imperial Palace, the Golden Pavilion, Sagano Bamboo Forest, Kinkakuji Temple, and Nijo Castle—without blowing your travel budget. Group sizes are limited, so you’ll have plenty of opportunity to ask questions and learn about what you’re seeing from your local tour guide. Full-day tours to Kyoto from Osaka often include stops in Nara and Kobe as well. 

Private Tours
With your own dedicated guide, a private tour to Kyoto affords you even greater flexibility to plan your perfect day and see the sights you want to see most, skipping those you don’t. A fully customizable day tour, complete with an English-speaking driver, can also include visits to nearby cities of interest, like Nara and Kobe.

Things to Know
  • Choose between the value of a small-group tour and the flexibility of a private tour.
  • Morning, afternoon, or full-day Kyoto tours from Osaka are available.
  • Day trips to Kyoto from Osaka can last between six and 13 hours, depending on the option you choose.
  • Focus your day trip on Kyoto, or visit nearby Nara and Kobe as well.
  • Visit Kyoto by bus, private vehicle, or bullet train from JR Osaka Station.

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Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto, Nara and Kobe from Osaka

4.5 star rating: Recommended 71 Reviews

This is a day trip from Osaka to Kyoto, Nara and Kobe. Tour sites you will visit include: Kyoto Arashiyama, Kinkaku-ji, Nara Todaiji Temple and Park, and the ...  Read more

Location: Osaka, Japan
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $91.21
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Private Full Day Charter including Osaka, Nara, and Kyoto from Osaka

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Enjoy a private 8 hour tour from Osaka in a private vehicle with your English/Chinese speaking driver. Visit Osaka, Kyoto and the Nara areas. There are 2 ...  Read more

Location: Osaka, Japan
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $622.10
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Kyoto and Nara Day Tour Including Golden Pavilion and Todai-ji Temple from Osaka

4.5 star rating: Recommended 199 Reviews

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

Location: Osaka, Japan
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $171.32
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Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto from Osaka

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This is an easy, culturally-enriching bus trip from Osaka to Kyoto. The tour stops at the Fushimi Inari temple and the UNESCO world heritage sites, the ...  Read more

Location: Osaka, Japan
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $70.94
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4.5 star rating: Recommended 7 Reviews

Adventure out of Osaka for the day and take a 12-hour trip to see Kyoto, Nara, and Kobe with an English-speaking tour conductor. Visit sites such as Kyoto ...  Read more

Location: Osaka, Japan
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $91.21
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This is an affordable yet culturally-enriching bus trip from Osaka to Kyoto and Nara. The tour stops at Kyoto Arashiyama and Nara park Todaiji temple with time ...  Read more

Location: Osaka, Japan
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

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Kyoto Day Tour of Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle and Sanjusangendo from Osaka

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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

Location: Osaka, Japan
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

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

4.5 star rating: Recommended 48 Reviews

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

Location: Osaka, Japan
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

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This is an affordable yet culturally-enriching bus trip from Osaka to Kyoto and Nara.Tour stops at Kyoto Arashiyama, Kinkakuji-temple and Nara park Todaiji ...  Read more

Location: Osaka, Japan
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $70.94
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Day Trip by Bus from Osaka to Kyoto Meet Maiko in Gion see UNESCO World Heritage Temples

You will have the experience to meet and take a group photo with 'Maiko' on this tour. (Maiko is a Geisha apprentice, a younger woman training in the arts of ...  Read more

Location: Osaka, Japan
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $101.34

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