Pick an Osaka departure point that works for you, choosing a morning departure location from among Umeda’s Nishi-Umeda Hearton Hotel or the JR Namba “OCAT.” Guests wishing to meet the group in Kyoto can head to the JR Kyoto station.
Begin your first Kyoto visit by heading to the Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine. Wander through this religious site’s collection of more than 1,000 brilliant-red “torii” gates and learn about its connection to the Japanese deities of agriculture, business, traffic safety, and a bountiful harvest.
Continue to Kyoto’s Kiyomizu-dera temple. You’ll have one hour to enjoy the amazing city views from the temple’s viewing platform, and to learn about the temple’s construction with 139 pillars and not a single nail. Following your Kiyomizu-dera visit, head to Shijo-karasuma to enjoy an optional lunch buffet featuring an assortment of 50 different Western and Japanese cuisines.
After your lunch break, head to Kinkaku-ji temple. Often referred to as “The Temple of the Golden Pavilion,” this elegant complex hosts a collection of peaceful gardens and traditional Japanese-style architecture. At the end of your visit you’ll be dropped off back at the JR Kyoto Station, or in Osaka at Namba OCAT or Hearton Hotel Nishi-Umeda.