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Kyoto Highlights 1 Day Trip - Golden Pavilion & Kiyomizu temple from Osaka

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Osaka, Japan
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iconOffered in: English

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

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 Fushimi Inari Taisha; and discover the opulent chambers of the Kyoto Imperial Palace on a guided tour. Enjoy the convenience of round-trip transportation from central Osaka and a traditional Japanese lunch on this comprehensive cultural tour.
  • Kyoto full-day sightseeing tour from Osaka
  • Travel round-trip by JR rail or bus, 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 Fushimi Inari Taisha with a knowledgeable 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
Lunch
English-speaking guide
Gratuities
Hotel pick-up and drop-off

Departure Point

Hotel Granvia Osaka, 3-chōme-1-番1号 Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka, 530-0001, Japan

Departure Time

7:25 AM

Return Details

Osaka Station, 3-chōme-1-1 Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka, 530-0001, Japan
Meet your guide and group in central Osaka and 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 UNESCO 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 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. When the Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed, the tour will visit Kitano Shrine (Kitano Tenman-gu) instead.

Revitalize with a delicious Japanese lunch (no special arrangement meal is available) then climb back onto the coach and venture to Fushimi Inari Taisha, a vibrant shrine made of vermilion pillars. 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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Kinkakuji Temple
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Nijo Castle
Duration: 50 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Sanjusangendo Temple
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • The Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed on the following days. As such, the tour will visit Kitano Tenmangu Shrine instead. (Mondays, Tuesday if Monday is a national holiday, May 14-17 for the Aoi Festival, New Year's holidays, and whenever there is an Imperial Household event)
  • The tour will visit Nishi Hongan-ji Temple instead of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine on January 25 and October 25.
  • Nijo Castle is closed on Tuesdays in January, July, August, and December. (Closed on the following day if Tuesday is a holiday.) If closed, or if the tour is during the year-end/New Year's holidays, Ryoan-ji Temple will be visited instead.
  • During the Gion Festival (Sakimatsuri, July 15 - 16), drop-off service to Karasuma Kyoto Hotel and Hotel Nikko Princess Kyoto will be unavailable due to traffic restrictions.
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Participants will walk from the parking lot to Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine (about 15 min one-way).
  • The tour will use JR train for transportation between Osaka and Kyoto. All trains have non-reserved seats. Please note that seating is not guaranteed.
  • The order of activities and arrival times may differ depending on road conditions and congestion at destinations.
  • Seats may not be designated.
  • A set menu meal will be served for lunch. For those who would like a vegetarian meal, please make sure to inform us at the time of reservation. If requests are not provided in advance, same-day changes cannot be accepted. Halal, gluten-free, and other meal requests are not available.
  • For those that don't require lunch, please make a booking for the 'without lunch' plan. The 'without lunch' plan provides customers with free time to eat on their own in the Kyoto Station area.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Kyoto Highlights 1 Day Trip - Golden Pavilion & Kiyomizu temple from Osaka?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Kyoto Highlights 1 Day Trip - Golden Pavilion & Kiyomizu temple from Osaka.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Kyoto Highlights 1 Day Trip - Golden Pavilion & Kiyomizu temple from Osaka?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Kyoto Highlights 1 Day Trip - Golden Pavilion & Kiyomizu temple from Osaka.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Kyoto Highlights 1 Day Trip - Golden Pavilion & Kiyomizu temple from Osaka?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Kyoto Highlights 1 Day Trip - Golden Pavilion & Kiyomizu temple from Osaka.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Kyoto Highlights 1 Day Trip - Golden Pavilion & Kiyomizu temple from Osaka?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Kyoto Highlights 1 Day Trip - Golden Pavilion & Kiyomizu temple from Osaka.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Kyoto Highlights 1 Day Trip - Golden Pavilion & Kiyomizu temple from Osaka?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Kyoto Highlights 1 Day Trip - Golden Pavilion & Kiyomizu temple from Osaka.

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Good coverage of sights
andrewelizabethw
, Oct 2019
Saw all of the major sights in Kyoto after train journey from Osaka. Guide very knowledgeable but gave too much detailed information and talked while we walked and so it was difficult to hear everything as we were a group of around 40. could have done with 2 groups of 20 to make things easier.
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The tour was very full and the tour...
Stan Y
, Apr 2018
The tour was very full and the tour guide comments could not have been heard as she had a very low voice.We left the tour early to visit Kyoto on our own.
star-5
This was a perfect excursion for a...
Noel P
, Oct 2017
This was a perfect excursion for a short trip to Kyoto. Guide was friendly and helpful. I did not feel rushed.
star-5
Great tour of Kyoto, we went with...
ET phone home
, May 2017
Great tour of Kyoto, we went with the group and returned on our own because we wanted to see more of the Gion district in Kyoto. We loved the fact that the tour was so flexible to let us do that. We enjoyed the tour with visits to beautiful castles and temples and shrines. We especially loved wandering off in Kyoto old districts and we'll definitely come back next time to spend more time in Kyoto than just one day!
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I've been a loyal customer with...
Lingie
, Apr 2017
I've been a loyal customer with Viator for a long time. But this time I wasn't that impressive on the other hand, I wasn't quite satisfied. The tour did cover pretty much most of the important must see attractions. However, it was too rush most of the time. We didn't have enough time to take photo around. My mom and I had to run sometime in order to take photo and catch up with the rest of the group. Lunch place wasn't that great. It was too crowded because somehow they managed to have all the tour groups with different destination to have lunch there at the same time. It was too small to accommodate these many people. They should have scattered tour groups to other restaurants nearby not just dumped all in one place during lunch hour. We had to wait for our turn for an hour. But so far, the service is promising and great in terms of pickup and dropoff at the specified location.
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The tour started well enough as we...
Jason S
, Apr 2017
The tour started well enough as we were staying in the hotel where the trip started from in Osaka. After a quick train ride to Kyoto we were ushered to the bus pick up area. Ended up waiting there abut 30 mins while the tour company seemed to be trying to organize which buses people were going on. They kept saying it was extra busy due to time of the year. Our guide for the morning tour was pleasant enough but tried to fill the time between sights with small talk, which is fine if it's interesting and good. But she kept complaining how busy it was and that as a tour guide she didn't get weekends off. At the sights we were rushed through in order to keep the schedule. So there wasn't really any time to enjoy what we were paying to see. The lunch stop was a fiasco as they tour company had multiple buses 5 we kept being told and so they had to split us into groups to dine at the restaurant. So some got shopping time while others got about 30 mins to eat, as they were headed to Nara for the afternoon. The restaurant they use was clearly overwhelmed, and is buffet style. We got the second seating and there was not much to choose from as it had all been cleaned out. As quickly as the restaurant staff filled the trays they were empty. One of the downsides of buffets. Our afternoon guide was much better at keeping the guests engaged, but again everything seemed rushed in order to stick to time schedules. Overall I was very unimpressed with this trip. You're a tour company and so should be well aware of fluctuations of guest numbers and react accordingly. It seemed as though the agents onsite were making things up as they went. Save your money and see the sights yourself. You'll be able to take your time and enjoy them more.
star-5
Wonderful experience, from service...
Linda M
, Mar 2017
Wonderful experience, from service at pick up point, to train ride from Osaka to Kyoto, to beginning of tour at bus terminal to the beautiful sights of Kyoto. Our guide had a good knowledge of the history of the temples and castle visited plus her sense of humor made her presentations less dry and more interesting.
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This is second time using Kyoto...
Steve G
, Aug 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.
star-5
Really great tour. Guide was...
Ciaran H
, Jul 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.
star-2
Heavy rainfall spoilt the tour. The...
Lawrence T
, May 2016
Heavy rainfall spoilt the tour. The tour itself gets boring at times. However the beautiful scenery especially at the Golden Pavilion made up for the disappointment.

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