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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
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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, 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.

, 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.

, Jan 2018

Attentive guides. Nicely paced tour

, Dec 2017

This tour was amazing!

, 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.

, 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.

, Nov 2017

good service

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