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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. Highlights include Kiyomizu-Dera Temple, Fushimi Inari Shrine, Sagano Bamboo Forest, and Tenryuji Temple.
  • Duration: 9 to 11 hours
  • Duration: 9 to 11 hours
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2019 Nijo castle- Kinkakukji temple- Kyoto imperial- Fushimiinari Taisha Shrine

Immerse yourself in the captivating culture of Kyoto on a full-day sightseeing tour. See the tranquil Kiyomizu Temple amid its verdant surroundings; absorb the Imperial majesty of Kyoto Imperial Palace; and stroll amid the botanical beauty of Kinkaku-ji Temple. Behold the beguiling beauty of the Fushimiinari Taisha Shrine. and enrich your knowledge of Kyoto’s rich historical heritage with commentary from an informative guide. Moderate levels of fitness are advisable for this tour, on which a lot of walking occurs.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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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
  • Duration: 10 hours
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US$143.00
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Hiroshima and Miyajima Day Tour from Osaka

See the historical highlights of Hiroshima on a comprehensive full-day tour from Osaka, led by a knowledgeable guide. Ride on the super-speed bullet train to Hiroshima then board a boat to the idyllic Miyajima Island, home to the splendid Itsukishima Shrine. Return to Hiroshima to feel emotionally stirred by the magnificent Hirsohima Peace Memorial Park and Museum, in which intriguing exhibitions speak eloquently of the atomic bomb dropped on the city in 1945. Fully immerse yourself in Japan’s fascinating culture during this enriching excursion. Enjoy convenient transportation from a central Osaka location on this tour.
  • Duration: 13 hours
  • Duration: 13 hours
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US$352.00
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Miyajima Island Tour from Kyoto

Travel round-trip from Kyoto by high-speed bullet train to take in Hiroshima's historic sites, including exhibits about the 1945 atomic bomb that devastated the city. Start your visit on a lighter note, traveling by boat to Miyajima, a famously beautiful island that is home to the revered Itsukushima Shrine. Have lunch there, then return to the city to visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Museum. Your expert guide shares important details about Hiroshima's heartbreaking history and remarkable recovery throughout this unforgettable 12-hour tour.
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Kyoto and Nara Day Tour Including Golden Pavilion and Todai-ji Temple from Osaka

See all of Kyoto and Nara’s spectacular sights on a full-day sightseeing tour of the cities from Osaka. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, gain fascinating insight into the rich historical heritage of the region’s legendary landmarks. Begin your cultural excursion with a guided tour of the ancient Nijo Castle, and then absorb the aesthetic majesty of both Kyoto Imperial Palace and Kinkaku-ji Temple. Revitalize with a traditional Japanese lunch then explore nearby Nara, home to majestic monuments like the Great Buddha of Tadoi-ji Temple and Kasuga Shrine.
  • Duration: 11 hours
  • Duration: 11 hours
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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
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
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US$70.00
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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 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.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto, Nara and Kobe from Osaka

Spend a day exploring historic neighborhoods, visiting temples, and shopping on a full-day tour from Osaka to Kyoto, Nara, and Kobe. Explore the Arashiyama district, tour the the Kinkaku-ji and Nara Todaiji Temples, and take in the stores at Kobe MOSAIC. This tour includes entrance fees, as well as pickup and drop-off at Umeda or Namba, and a buffet or torisuki lunch and all-you-can-eat shabu shabu dinner (if option selected).
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Hidden Kyoto E-Biking

Cycle past a mix of Kyoto’s most-famous sights and its lesser-known secrets during this 3.5-hour ‘Hidden Kyoto’ bike tour.  Take a 4.3-mile (7-kilometer) ride that starts by winding past iconic Kyoto temples and shrines like Kinkakuji, Koto-in, and Kitano Tenmagu. You’ll continue ‘off the beaten path,’ discovering intimate Zen gardens and charming backstreets known only to locals.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Osaka Full-Day Walking Tour with Osaka River Cruise

Wander past the most famous attractions in Osaka during this 6-hour, guided walking tour that includes lunch and a 1-hour river cruise. Follow your guide as you check out landmarks such as Osaka Castle and visit the Floating Garden Observatory at the Umeda Sky Building, before boarding your ship to admire sights including the Twin Towers and City Hall on Nakanoshima Isle. Your Osaka walking excursion and river cruise also includes all entrance fees.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Duration: 6 hours
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US$135.00
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Osaka Walking Tour

Get a taste of local life in Osaka on a 3-hour walking tour of Japan’s third largest city. Witness Osaka’s different faces, from bustling business center to historic cultural hub, as you follow your guide through the city’s vibrant neighborhoods. Stroll along the lively waterfront of the Dotonbori entertainment district; visit the landmark Hozenji temple; and ride the subway like a local. Get an insight into Japanese cuisine and sample local specialty Kushikatsu as you explore traditional Shinsekai.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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World Heritage Shirakawago, Hida Takayama & Tateyama Alpine route from Osaka

・Visit the 20 meters high snow wall! Walk through the Snow Otani at 2450 meters high!・Enjoy your free walk at World Heritage Shirakawago and Hida Takayama!・Getting through the Tateyama Toll Road with special permit which common private cars are not allow to get in.・Enjoy over 30 types of all-you-can-eat Dinner menu included snow crab, amberjack, roasted beef, etc.!・One night stay at Onsen (hot spring) hotel - APA Hotel Toyama or APA Hotel Toyama Station!
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$246.00
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Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto from Osaka

Enrich yourself with the fascinating history of Kyoto’s numerous UNESCO-listed temples and shrines during this day trip from Osaka. Explore the seemingly endless ‘torii’ gates at Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine, visit Kiyomizu-dera temple, explore Kinkaku-ji temple, and more. Some entrance fees are included; customize your trip by adding on lunch and roundtrip Osaka transfers.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Hiace Hire in Osaka Kyoto Nara Kobe with English Speaking Driver

Explore the Osaka or Kyoto regions in your private Hiace car with an English-speaking driver. Customize your own itinerary with your driver to fit the interests of you and your group. See key landmarks such as the Osaka Castle, the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, and the Kiyomizu Temple. Learn about the history of each location and get insider tips from your driver.
  • Duration: 11 hours
  • Duration: 11 hours
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US$731.00
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Kyoto Small-Group Bike Tour

Pedal through the historic streets of Kyoto as you visit its magnificent temples and shrines by bike during this 3- to 4-hour small-group tour limited to 9 participants. Take a spin down the Path of Philosophy on this Kyoto tour that gives you an overview of the city while using a mode of transport preferred by locals: the humble bicycle. See shrines, temples and mountains — this is an enlightening escape from the city.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$71.00
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Small-group Kyoto Walking Tour including Traditional Japanese Snacks and Drinks

Experience the glowing lanterns and lively atmosphere of Kyoto after dark on this 3.5-hour evening walking tour with a small group. Experience the ancient Japanese capital after dark as you stroll the city’s serene back streets and visit city landmarks like Yasaka Shrine, the Pontocho restaurant district, and a ‘tachinomiya’ stand and drink shop for included food and drink samples.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$86.00
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Expert-Led Private Nishiki Market Food Tour

Spend three hours tasting your way through the famous Nishiki Market, accompanied by a private guide who shares expertise on Kyoto's renowned culinary arts. Your walking tour takes you into the heart of Kyoto's multi-faceted cuisine, where you sample Kyoto specialties and a range of Japanese cuisine with a food specialist guide. In addition to prepared foods, the vendors at Nishiki Market carry cookware, fresh produce and other goods. Nibble many samples before eating a full lunch during your tour, an ideal excursion for exploring food and culture.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Car Tour: Arashiyama and Fushimi Inari from Osaka

Make the most of your limited time in Osaka by covering several nearby temples and outdoor areas in one 8-hour private group day trip. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Tenryuji temple and explore the red gates of Fushimi Inari, another historic shrine. After strolling the bamboo forests of Arashiyama, you’ll also enjoy an included sushi lunch at a ‘kaiten’-style revolving restaurant.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Hidden Kyoto: Amanohashidate and Miyama traditional village

Visit the beautiful Amanohashidate sandbar and the traditional Miyama town all in a single tour ! You can get on and off the bus at both Kyoto and Osaka! Amanohashidate is a natural sandbar known as one of the 3 most scenic views in Japan.Miyama town is a traditional Japanese village with thatched roof houses where you can get a glimpse of what Japan used to be like in the old days.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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12-Hour Sightseeing Trip from Osaka to Kyoto, Nara, and Kobe

A guided sightseeing trip to Kyoto, Nara, and Kobe makes it easy to see the highlights of each location, like the Kyoto Arashiyama and Kobe Mosaic. Board a comfortable bus for this 12-hour trip from Osaka to make the most of a day away from the city.
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Himeji Castle and Akashi Kaikyo Bridge from Osaka

Depart from Osaka by train for a full-day walking tour that visits Himeji in Hyogo prefecture. Visit its top attraction, Himeji Castle, then enjoy a lunch buffet that features both Japanese and Western cuisines. Afterward, continue to Akashi Kaikyo Bridge—the longest suspension bridge in the world. Walk along Maiko Marine Promenade, a passageway underneath the bridge's roadway on the Kobe side. Experience an in-depth introduction to these Japanese treasures as travel with your expert guide on foot and by train.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Kyoto Arashiyama & Sagano Walking Food Tour

Spend some time getting acquainted with the food and culture of two historically important and beautiful districts of Kyoto on this guided walking tour. Stroll over the ninth-century Togetsukyo bridge and make stops to sample Yuba soup, rice crackers, fried Yuba cake and leek pancakes. After a visit to the 14th-century Tenryu-ji temple, head to a beautiful bamboo garden and indulge in some traditional Japanese sweets. This tour of Arashiyama and Sagano is a great way to get to know Kyoto.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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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
  • Duration: 9 hours
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