• Location: Kyoto, Japan
  • Duration: 10 hours (approx.)
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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.


  • Full-day sightseeing tour of the ancient sites of Kyoto and Nara
  • Visit Kyoto’s top cultural attractions: Nijo Castle, Kinkaku-ji (home to the Golden Pavilion) and Kyoto Imperial Palace
  • Travel to the city of Nara to see the Great Buddha of Todai-ji temple complex
  • Admire the 3,000 bronze lanterns in the Kasuga Shrine, and feed the wild deer in Nara Park
  • Pickup and drop-off from select Kyoto hotels included

What You Can Expect

Kyoto and Nara Day Trip from Kyoto including Nijo Castle

Kyoto and Nara Day Trip from Kyoto including Nijo Castle

See the best that the historic cities of Kyoto and Nara have to offer during this full-day, 10-hour tour of the cities’ top temples and sights. It’s a great introduction to the culture and traditions of ancient Japan, along with some time at a nature park thrown in for good measure.

Begin your excursion in the morning at one of four hotels in Kyoto. Proceed after pickup on an exploration of the historic environs of Kyoto, the country’s former capital and one-time residence of the Japanese emperor between 794 and 1868. The city’s wealth of ancient history have earned a collection of its religious and political sites as the “Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto UNESCO World Heritage Site.”

Stop by two of Kyoto’s most important highlights with your guide, starting with 50 minutes at Nijo Castle, which was the home of the Tokugawa Shogun until the mid-1800s. This World Heritage-listed site, constructed in 1603, is renowned for the contrasts between its intricate interior and solemn exterior façade.

Head next to Kinkaku-ji, the city’s most popular religious site and what is considered by many to be one of the world’s most elaborate Japanese gardens, for 45 minutes. Check out the temple’s Golden Pavillion, a three-story building sheathed in gold leaf and situated beside a picturesque pond, where you can take some great photos.

Move on next to Kyoto’s Imperial Palace for 40 minutes, where you’ll have a chance to see the Shishin-den, a key site for important state ceremonies, before wandering the palace’s beautiful grounds.

Pause your tour for lunch, then re-board your bus for a 1-hour drive south to Nara, where you’ll stop by two of the temples and shrines that form the city’s own UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit Todai-ji, a religious complex known for housing one of the world’s largest statues of the Buddha (Great Buddha Hall) before continuing to the adjacent Nara Park.

Make your next stop of the day at Kasuga Shrine for 40 minutes, renowned for the more than 3,000 lanterns lining its interior. Finish your excursion at Nara’s Deer Park, a famous section of Nara Park with free-roaming groups of deer. Feel free to hand-feed these tame creatures with the special food for sale on site. Depending on time and traffic, you may also visit a souvenir stand to pick up a memento or two before heading back to Kyoto.

Customer Reviews

Laura H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

This tour covered so much, in terms of content and variety. Our guides were fantastic and very helpful. I loved learning the history of the many temples we visited. My favourite place however was Nara, as we got to observe and feed deer, which was a unique experience.

Jose R S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This tour was excellent. I recommend it to everybody.

David J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Great way to explore the atrea.

Marla M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Very well planned out and great tour guide. Made for an enjoyable day.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Great tour if you want to cover a lot. Buffet lunch was great and shabby-shabu dinner was even better!

monika h

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

I nice Tour to get to know Kyoto and Nara. We thoroughly enjoyed!

Mitchell Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Pretty good tour. It's a bit rushed at times, but I don't think it can be helped since you're going through places that close before a particular time. The tour guides were good at explaining what we were seeing as we went through the Kyoto and Nara areas.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

This tour was amazing!

Connie S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

The day trip was very well organized with sufficient free time to explore and take pictures. The places visited in this day trip was well-maintained and very beautiful. Our guide, Ms Machiko is very experience and knowledgeable. We enjoyed this day trip very much.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Great tour for someone who plans to cover the most popular sites in Kyoto and Nara in one day. It's a bit rush and you won't have enough time to explore by yourself.
But the tour guides were really good at telling stories and kept the tour informative and entertaining all the way including bus drive.

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