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Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto and Nara from Osaka

Kyoto, Japan
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9 hours (Approx.)
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Offered in: English and 3 more


Take a deep dive into traditional Japanese culture and history during this full-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, see the wild deer of Nara Park. Multiple lunch upgrade options are available.
  • Explore Kyoto and Nara during a day trip from Osaka
  • Marvel at Kyoto sights like the Arashiyama district and Kinkaku-ji temple
  • Optional lunch upgrade with buffet and 'Torisuki' set choices
  • Includes entrance fees for Kinkaku-ji and Todaiji temple and roundtrip bus transport
  • Great way to explore the sights of 'traditional' Japan
Receive a morning pickup from either Umeda’s Nishi-Umeda Hearton Hotel or the JR Namba “OCAT,” after which you’ll transfer by bus to Kyoto.
Begin your exploration of this UNESCO-recognized capital of Japanese culture in the city’s Arashiyama district. Visitors who arrive in this striking area in April will be treated to the visual feast of blooming cheery blossom trees, while those who arrive in November are likely to experience the area’s fiery fall colors. During the summer months you’ll be able to observe locals participating in cormorant fishing. Another pleasant option for your time in Arashiyama is the Sagano Bamboo Forest, where you can enjoy a 328-foot (100-meter) walk along the edge of Tenryuji temple.
Take a break around mid-day for lunch. Guests who have paid for the lunch option will enjoy either a “Torisuki” set or a buffet featuring more than 60 different Kyoto dishes. Following your meal, continue to Kinkaku-ji temple (Temple of the Golden Pavilion) where you can admire this elegant complex’s collection of serene gardens and neatly-manicured grounds and learn about its construction by Ashikaga Shogun Yoshimitsu.
Leaving Kinkaku-ji, continue to Nara, where you’ll have time to explore the Todaiji temple, another UNESCO World Heritage site. Admire this important temple’s Nandaimon Gate and check out the giant Buddha statue inside, known to be the largest in Japan. After the temple visit, you’ll proceed to Nara Park, a preserve known for the 1,200 wild deer that freely roam its grounds. Visitors can purchase “senbei” snacks to feed the animals for 150 Yen per stack. Following your trip to Nara Park, you’ll return by bus to your original departure point in either Umeda or Namba.

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eileen O
, Mar 2018

This is a very good English tour. It ran smoothly and just the right amount and variety of sights. Our tour guide was very experienced. I would definitely recommend taking this tour that covers the highlights of Kyoto and Nara. Good value.

Nikki S
, Mar 2018

This tour was amazing!

, Jan 2018

Trip was good; we bought the package including chicken sukiyaki lunch. Just enough time to go around spots of attraction.

Nichol I
, Dec 2017

Kyoto was beautiful with fall colors. We had adequate time to explore the gardens and the Kinkakuji temple (Golden Pavilion) was amazing. Much to see on the route but other than MANY deer wandering around the streets of Nara, they did not seem much different from the ones we have in our yard!

Jon J
, Apr 2017

The trip left and arrived on time. There is an option not to include lunch so you will have more time to go around, but this would mean your entrance ticket to the Golden Pavilion will have to be bought by yourself as well. So perhaps include lunch, eat quickly and then go around.

, Apr 2017

I signed up for this tour as it gave me 3 top destinations in the Kyoto area: Arashiyama Forest, Golden Pavilion Temple, and Nara Temple, with a buffet lunch thrown in as well. The pick-up point at OCAT building was also convenient for me as my hotel was located next to it.
The price of the tour was reasonable and we were given the benefit of having 2 tour guides: 1 English speaking and the other Chinese. My fellow passengers were all Asians: from Korea, China and SE Asia. The lunch was excellent with the dining room having a sweeping panoramic view of the Arishiyama Bridge. With the cherry trees at full blossom, it was a really a nice view.
We wish we were given more time in the Sagano Bamboo Forest, but as we have 2 more destinations to cover, time spent in this area was rather limited. But it was still a productive hour spent here.
Next stop was Golden Pavilion Temple and lots of photo opportunities here. We didn't enter the Temple itself as it seems to be located at the other end of the lake.
Last stop was the famed Nara Temple with those deers that try to entice you to give them food by displaying some neck movements akin to a bow.
All in all, definitely a worthwhile investment.

Maria Teresa A
, Apr 2017

This is a must see tour if you're in the Osaka area. My parents and I only had a few days in the area and we wanted to make the most of our time so I'd hoped this would help us cover a lot of ground and I was right. The bus rides were not very long and the seats were comfortable. Our guides kept us entertained in between stops and gave clear instructions on what to do when we got to a landmark. Even though we went to a lot of places I never felt too rushed. When getting to the bridge area at the first stop in Kyoto I recommend going straight to the bamboo forest as the big temple is a bit out of the way and the shopping area near the bamboo forest is more fun. Plus there is a smaller cute temple at the end of the short bamboo walkway. The buffet lunch is pretty insane. The amount of choices is a bit staggering and it's unlimited drinks. Everything is delicious! You pretty much get half your money back just by going to lunch. The Golden temple was beautiful but my favorite part was visiting Nara. The temple there is breathtaking and the deer feeding is so much fun! Very highly recommended!! Worth twice the price!

, Apr 2017

The tour fulfilled our requirements of visiting the destination sites we wanted to see, however the tour guide always shot off like a rocket, and we barely spent any time at the Arashiyama bamboo forest. Also, being able to understand both english and mandarin chinese, I noticed that the chinese speaking guide did not actually translate what the main english speaking guide said, and so a lot of the historical blurbs given by the english speaking guide were simply skipped by the chinese guide.

, Dec 2016

Requested for an English speaking guide but due to lack of quorum, they gave us a Chinese/Korean guide!
Not really a guided tour, more of the guide leading you to the place and you're on your own. Not much explanation of the places in the tour. Other than these few 'grouses', the rest are as per the itinerary - places visited and buffet lunch excellent!

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