• Location: Osaka, Japan
  • Duration: 11 hours (approx.)
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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.


  • Kyoto and Nara full-day tour from Osaka
  • Experience the historical treasures of Japan’s former capitals with a professional English-speaking guide
  • Visit Nijo Castle, Golden Pavilion and Kyoto Imperial Palace in Kyoto
  • View Kasuga Shrine and Todai-ji Temple in Nara
  • Enjoy a typical Japanese lunch and find souvenirs at Nara Nagomikan
  • Travel by coach, JR Rail and Kintetsu Rail
  • Hotel pickup from selected Osaka hotels

What You Can Expect

Kyoto and Nara Day Tour Including Golden Pavilion and Todai-ji Temple from Osaka

Kyoto and Nara Day Tour including Golden Pavilion and Todaiji Temple from Osaka

After hotel pickup in Osaka, climb aboard the JR Special Rapid Service train to Kyoto, Japan’s former capital. Listen as your guide sets the historical scene of the sprawling city, offering information on the rich heritage and impressive monuments of the region. On arrival, head straight to Nijo Castle, a 17th-century structure revered for its solemn exterior and opulent interior.

After your tour, venture to the nearby Kinkaku-ji Temple to absorb the sacred ambience of the Buddhist temple; stroll through one of the world’s most exquisite Japanese gardens and gaze at the glimmering gold façade of the Golden Pavilion. Next, visit Kyoto Imperial Palace, a splendid structure that characterizes the pure and simple Japanese style. Follow your guide through the opulent chambers of the palace and hear about the extravagant emperor who used to reside here. If the Palace is closed, visit the famous shrine of Kitano instead.

Revitalize with a flavorsome and fulfilling Japanese lunch then make your way to Nara, a city shrouded in legend and thronged with significant sites. Head first to Todai-ji Temple, an ancient 8th-century structure that houses some of Japan’s national treasures, and gaze at 3,000 antique bronze and stone lanterns.

The last stop is to visit Nara Nagomikan, an enormous souvenir shop replete with sweets, exclusive goods and artisan treats. After purchasing some bespoke treats, you'll be transferred to Kintetsu Nara Station and say goodbye to your guide at the station. You'll make your own back from Kintetsu Nara Station to Osaka Namba Station (non-reserved seat) where the tour concludes.

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Customer Reviews

Felix C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

nothing to fault, excellent tour by the tour company from memory


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

Very professional and knowledgable staff. I highly recommend for family whom visits Japan for the first time. Hatchi is tour staff with full knowledge about the places and history of Japan. She made people so excited during the trip. We laughed all the time with her stories. Two thumbs up.

Yuk Kwai L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Attentive guides. Nicely paced tour

MaMargarita S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

I have always loved Kyoto and Nara! This tour is really something that I will take over and over again everytime I travel to Osaka.

Chee Seng W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Amazing trip and well worth the money paid. We enjoyed it very much. Tq


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

We totally enjoyed this tour. Tour scorts were very professional, knowledgeable and very helpful. Highly recommended

Paralee K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

good service

Rudolf C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

The trip is a absolut must
.you can enjoy the magic of japanese cultur, frlom the religiouse as well from the architectual side.perfectly organised .

Teresa C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Very beautiful scenery, great experience. Love Japan.

Edwin Ong Singapore

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

The sights of Kyoto and Nara was fantastic. Be careful about which day the Imperial Palace closes. Would be better if lunch was more traditional Japanese. I didn't signup for the full day Kyota tour as it was just full of temples.

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