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

Osaka, Japan

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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

Inclusions & Exclusions


  • Hotel pickup (from selected Osaka hotels only)
  • Transportation by motorcoach, JR Rail and Kintetsu Rail
  • Admission Fees
  • Lunch
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Tax


  • Entrance to the Treasures Hall
  • Entrance to the Manyo Botanical Gardens at Kasuga Shrine
  • Hotel drop off
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Departure & Return

Departure Point

Tour departs from selected Osaka hotels

Departure Time

  • 7:25 am  Hotel Granvia Osaka
  • 7:10 am  Hilton Osaka
  • 7:00 am  Swissotel Nankai Osaka

Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.

Return Details

Tour concludes upon arrival at Kintetsu Namba Station (in Osaka) at approximately 6:30pm to 7:30pm

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What To Expect

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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Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Please note: Make sure to select one of the pick up locations and add it in 'Information requested by tour operator' box at checkout,  as failure to appear at the pickup location at the scheduled time and location may result in a cancellation of your reservation with no refund
    • 7:25 am  Hotel Granvia Osaka
    • 7:10 am  Hilton Osaka
    • 7:00 am  Swissotel Nankai Osaka
  • Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed on Monday and, if Monday is a national holiday, Monday will be open and the following day will be closed. When Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed, you will visit Kitano-tenmangu Shrine instead
  • Please note that you will be asked to fill in your full name, nationality, gender, and age before entering the Kyoto Imperial Palace (forms will be handed out on the day of the tour)
  • Tour itinerary subject to change
  • On Tuesdays (Wednesday if Tuesday is a national holiday) in January, July, August, and December, Nijojo Castle is closed. The tour will visit Ryoan-ji Temple instead
  • On Jan. 25, May 25 and Aug. 25, Nishi Hongan-ji Temple will be the alternative for Kitano-tenmangu Shrine
  • The tour may not visit Nara Nagomikan if it is closed or if traffic conditions make it difficult
  • Some parts of pathway on this tour have gravel surface
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Cancellation Policy

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

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

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

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, Dec 2018

Excelent guide very helpful and informative Lunch was greatSights worth seeingNeed more time to really explore

Felix C
, Aug 2018

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

, Jun 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.

John P
, Mar 2018

Covered all the points mentioned in the tour. The different guides were all informative and cheerful and with a sense of humour. This is a good tour, for us it was rather long and a little tiring, but when you have only a day to discover Kyoto and Nara. it was worthwhile.

Yuk Kwai L
, Jan 2018

Attentive guides. Nicely paced tour

, Dec 2017

This tour was amazing!

MaMargarita S
, Dec 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
, Dec 2017

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

, Nov 2017

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

, Nov 2017

Probably not ideal for those with older people. The tour guide in Nara didnt wait. By the time we catch up, she’s finished explaining. The group was 45. There were 3 buses that day, and the lunch was in only 1 restaurant that couldnt accommodate everyone so some had to wait.

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