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See all of Kyoto’s spectacular sights on a comprehensive full-day tour from Osaka. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, absorb the imperial majesty of legendary landmarks like Nijo Castle, Kiyomizu Temple and the Golden Pavillion. Marvel at more than 1,000 Bodhisattva statues at Sanjusangendo Hall; stroll the manicured gardens surrounding the Heian Shrine; and discover the opulent chambers of the Kyoto Imperial Palace on a guided tour. Enjoy the convenience of round-trip transportation from Osaka and a traditional Japanese lunch on this comprehensive cultural tour.


  • Kyoto full-day sightseeing tour from Osaka
  • Travel round-trip by JR rail, 30 minutes in each direction
  • Visit three UNESCO World Heritage sites: Nijo Castle, the Golden Pavilion and Kiyomizu Temple
  • Explore Sanjusangendo Hall, Kyoto Imperial Palace and the enchanting Heian Shrine with a knowledgeable local guide
  • Enjoy a Japanese-style lunch and browse for goods at the Kyoto Handicraft Center
  • Discover plenty of photo opportunities with a backdrop of autumn leaves or cherry blossoms
  • Hotel pickup from selected Osaka hotels

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What You Can Expect

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

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

Depart from your Osaka hotel in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan and arrive at the train station to climb aboard the JR rapid service train. Relish the high velocity speed of the train and then disembark at Kyoto, Japan’s former capital.
Embark on a comprehensive tour of the city’s impressive sites on an air-conditioned coach; begin at Nijo Castle, a foreboding 17th-century fortress declared a UNECO World Heritage site. Marvel at stolid features like gates and stonewalls and then note the contrast of its lavish interiors replete with gold leaf. Please note, if the castle is closed the Ryoan-ji Temple will be visited instead.
After strolling the beautiful gardens of the castle, return to your vehicle and venture to Kinkaku-ji Temple, another UNESCO World Heritage-listed site home to the Golden Pavilion. Absorb the botanical beauty of some of the world’s most authentic Japanese gardens and then head to Kyoto Imperial Palace, a majestic structure home to the royal family until the 19th century. When the palace is closed, the tour will visit the Kiato Shrine, a sacred structure deemed a national treasure.
Revitalize with a Japanese-style lunch and peruse the Kyoto Handicraft Centre for unique souvenirs. Climb back onto the coach and venture to Heian Shrine, a vibrant shrine surrounded by vermilion pillars and enchanting gardens. Admire the elegance of this alluring attraction and then visit Sanjusangendo Hall to explore Japan’s longest wooden structure. Gaze at endless rows of more than 1,000 Bodhisattva statues and listen as your guide explains their cultural significance.
Suitably impressed, venture to Kiyomizu Temple to absorb the UNESCO-listed splendor of the structure; enjoy sweeping vistas of Kyoto from the lofty terrace and capture fantastic photographs of the cherry and maple trees that surround.
Return to Osaka on the JR train with your guide when the tour concludes and make your own way back to your hotel.

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Customer Reviews

Steve G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This is second time using Kyoto tour. First time my wife and I enjoyed the tour 13 years ago. This time bringing our children along. Lunch break was held at same location which was all familiar. It's worth it and no complains.

Ciaran H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Really great tour. Guide was fantastic and the lunch stop was good, compared to the quality of most tour lunch stops.

The guides were very informative and had a great depth of knowledge. Come highly recommended from me.

George A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Beautiful sights on this tour. The highlight was the golden temple.

gwapocat Philippines

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Fun and informative. Make sure you don't book on a holiday, those places can get pretty crowded on silver week.

pook Thailand

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Excellent tour, all staffs from the tour company are friendly and good services. We are like it all the place we went. In the near future we will use Viator to book our vacations again and recommend my friends to use it.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

In one day I saw a lot! The guide was good. What I really appreciated was the guiding to get to the station and the bus in Kyoto. And even at the end of the tour there was a lovely girl/guide to bring me back to Osaka!! That was really fantastic. I really liked the Japanese lunch!!

michael a

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

The tour from start to finish was great worth the time to go. The hosts very very knowledgeable great tour

silverio r

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

great tour! Hiro-san wa taihen ii desu. great sense of history, of humor and was very able in assisting us for anything. will submit more later.

Anne-Marie L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Very interesting and the guides were very knowledgeable.

daniel m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

Great tour ...

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