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Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto and Nara from Osaka/Kyoto

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Osaka, Japan

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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
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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Gear/equipment sanitized between use
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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

Take a deep dive into traditional Japanese culture and history during this full-day trip to Kyoto and Nara from the center of Kyoto or Osaka. Enjoy the atmosphere of Kyoto’s Arashiyama district and admire the beautiful grounds of the Kinkaku-ji temple. Then head to Nara and see the wild deer of Nara Park. Multiple pickup points and lunch upgrade options are available.
  • Explore traditional Kyoto and Nara during a day trip from the center of Kyoto or Osaka
  • Marvel at Kyoto sights like the Arashiyama district and Kinkaku-ji temple
  • Optional upgrade with choice of buffet or Beef Shabu Shabu set lunch
  • No need to organize coach transport and schedule; entrance fee included
Local taxes
Beef Shabu-Shabu or Buffet lunch (if meal is selected)
Leaflet of detailed Itinerary and tour point description
Round-trip bus fare
Pickup at designated meeting points
Accompanied by English speaking tour guide
JR and Kintetsu Train tickets (Kyoto departure only)
Drop-Off near Namba Station (Umeda, Nippombashi, Namba Ocat departures)
Drinks
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

1: Hearton Hotel Nishiumeda, 3-chōme-3-55 Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka, 530-0001, Japan
2: Ocat, 1 Chome-4 Minatomachi, Naniwa Ward, Osaka, 556-0017, Japan
3: Tsurutontan Soemoncho, 3-17 Souemonchō, Chūō-ku, Osaka, 542-0084, Japan
4: Kyoto Station, Higashishiokoji Kamadonocho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, 600-8216, Japan

Return Details

1: Ocat, 1 Chome-4 Minatomachi, Naniwa Ward, Osaka, 556-0017, Japan
2: Kyoto Station, Higashishiokoji Kamadonocho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, 600-8216, Japan
Receive a morning pickup from Namba, after which you’ll transfer by bus to Kyoto.

Begin your exploration of this UNESCO-recognized capital of Japanese culture in the city’s Arashiyama district. Visitors who arrive in this striking area in April will be treated to the visual feast of blooming cherry blossom trees, while those who arrive in November are likely to experience the area’s fiery fall colors. During the summer months you’ll be able to observe locals participating in cormorant fishing. Another pleasant option for your time in Arashiyama is the Sagano Bamboo Forest, where you can enjoy a 328-foot (100-meter) walk along the edge of Tenryuji temple.

Take a break around mid-day for lunch. Guests who have paid for the lunch option will enjoy either a set or a buffet featuring more than 60 different Kyoto dishes or Beef Shabu Shabu. Following your meal, continue to Kinkaku-ji temple (Temple of the Golden Pavilion) where you can admire this elegant complex’s collection of serene gardens and neatly-manicured grounds and learn about its construction by Ashikaga Shogun Yoshimitsu.

Leaving Kinkaku-ji, continue to Nara and proceed to Nara Park, a preserve known for the 1,200 wild deer that freely roam its grounds. Visitors can purchase “senbei” snacks to feed the animals for 150 Yen per stack. Following your trip to Nara Park, you’ll return by bus to your original departure point in Namba. The participants from JR Kyoto Station return to Kyoto from Nara by train on your own (about 45 - 50 minute-ride). Your guide will explain how to get to Kintetsu Nara Station, and provide a train ticket to Kyoto Station.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Kinkakuji Temple
After lunch, you will tour the Kinkaku-ji temple. Kinkaku, a pagoda made to house the sacred relics of the Buddha, has given this temple the popular name of Kinkaku-ji (Temple of the Golden Pavilion). But the official name of this branch temple of the Rinzai sect Zen temple of Shokoku-ji is Rokuon-ji. This complex, whose gardens and architecture focused around a central Golden Pavilion, was said to evoke paradise on earth. And the view of Kinkaku which is reflected in the Kyoko-chi (Mirror Pond) is very beautiful. This was built by the third Ashikaga Shogun Yoshimitsu for his own villa but turned into a temple after his death. This temple was rebuilt in 1955.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Arashiyama
Upon arrival at Arashiyama, you will tour the Arashiyama district located in the Western part of Kyoto. This area becomes most attractive around early April and late November when the cherry blossoms bloom and fall color seasons usually peak. During the summer months, traditional cormorant fishing is practiced on the Hozu River for tourists to watch. One highly recommended spot is the Sagano Bamboo Forest. It is a pleasantly cool 100m long walkway that begins from the side of the world heritage Tenryuji Temple. Later, you will have a buffet lunch filled with an assortment of 60 Kyoto dishes or a Beef Shabu Shabu lunch (if meal is selected).
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Nara Park
Nara Park is famous for the 1,200 or so wild deer that live freely within the park. Within Nara Park you will find the Todai-ji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Infant meals not included
  • Only collapsible strollers are acceptable. They will be put in the luggage space while on the bus.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • [IMPORTANT] The bus will leave as scheduled and will not wait for late arrivals. Please be on time.
  • Meeting Time at Kyoto Station: 9:05 AM, you will take a train for Arashiyama with your guide.
  • Meeting Time at Umeda, Hearton Hotel Nishi-Umeda: 8:20 AM
  • Meeting Time at Nippombashi (in front of Tsurutontan Soemoncho Udon Restaurant: 8:25 AM
  • Meeting Time at Namba OCAT: 8:50 AM
  • [IMPORTANT] Umeda, Nippombashi, Namba Dep: Drop off point is at Namba.
  • [IMPORTANT] Kyoto Dep: End point is at Kyoto station. You return by train on your own from Nara. Tour guide will not accompany you to Kyoto Station.
  • Emergency call center available from 7:30 am to 6:30 pm everyday
  • Beef Shabu-Shabu or Buffet lunch (if meal is selected; vegetarian option available upon request 3 days before departure at the latest)
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 42 travelers
  • OPERATED BY LIMON

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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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 Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto and Nara from Osaka/Kyoto?
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 Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto and Nara from Osaka/Kyoto.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto and Nara from Osaka/Kyoto?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto and Nara from Osaka/Kyoto.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto and Nara from Osaka/Kyoto?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto and Nara from Osaka/Kyoto.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto and Nara from Osaka/Kyoto?
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 Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto and Nara from Osaka/Kyoto.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto and Nara from Osaka/Kyoto?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 42 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto and Nara from Osaka/Kyoto.

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It was Ok.
jacinagoh
, Feb 2020
We use Viator a lot with my family, however this was the most disappointing tour in the last 6 years. It was very badly organised and we were initially put on the bus with a Chinese speaking tour guide and we do not understand a word of Chinese! I had to insist to be changed to an English bus and so happened another group did not arrive, we managed to swap buses. However the sights were amazing and we had lots of fun with the deers at Nara Park.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Dear Jacinagoh: Thank you for joining this tour. We are sorry to hear that you had an unpleasant experience. Thank you for bringing this matter into my concern. We are sincerely sorry for the inconvenience it took. We will definitely do our best to improve our service to meet your satisfaction. Thank you again for your time writing this feedback. Wish you enjoy your day. Team LIMON
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star-5
Stress free day tour
yoseffufa
, Feb 2020
Nara and Kyoto are beautiful. Excellent tour guide, and just the right amount of stopping at each location. A bit chaotic at first trying to figure out which bus you go to at the hotel, but it was sorted then everything worked out.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Dear Yoseffufa: Thank you for joining us this time. It is our great honor to hear that you spoke highly of this tour. Your satisfaction is our motivation therefore, we will make more effort to improve our service. Wish to see you again in a near future. Best Regards, Team LIMON
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star-4
Enjoyed the visit locations
Dave E
, Jan 2020
The good: The locations are good to visit. The coach is fairly peaceful and comfortable (tho there are quite frequent announcements about next visit etc) We left, returned on time The tour guides tried hard to be helpful - in particular Emily was very active both helping us in English and also helping others in Japanese and Chinese at the same time so thank you very much. The OK: There is limited explanation / historical background given. But to be honest you can also read inscriptions at the locations visited or use Wikipedia. Given it's a large group with multiple languages needed, I think this is not surprising. The time available at the different locations is not that much - this is just a result of the schedule and travel time needed. At the bamboo forest in particular, move quickly if you want to see things and also have time for food. The not so good: The company (NOT the fault of the tour guides) provides pretty useless written materials. For example: The pickup point described as 'Namba OCAT' Come on guys, this is a huge building with multiple floors. A bit of extra information here is really easy to do and really helpful. There is a 'personalised' itinerary given to every person (thank you) but it actually does not include a lot of the information. For example, your time for lunch if you selected the buffet. Why provide each person with an itinerary, but leave off half the information and force the poor tour guides to have to explain all this extra stuff? The map provided of the bamboo forest area is utterly useless - there is limited time to walk around the bamboo forest and temple area, yet the company provides a map which shows attractions which are several miles away - while the local area (how to get to the bamboo forest) is completely unclear. Better off with google maps but of course because they provide the map, probably a lot of people try to use it. So to the company: please do consider the written material you provide, particularly given that people arrive at the tour needing translation into different languages so it's really helpful if the written materials are really clear and detailed.
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Should have done more research
ssumi
, Dec 2019
Not what I thought a tour would be. Booking - Viator indicated the tour operator was Shinki Tours. The tour bus said Limon, the guide had a coat that said Limon. How was I supposed to know that they were the same? I was waiting outside waiting and finally decided to see if that person was with the tour. Don't they have a list of people who are on the tour? It was almost an hour bus ride to Kyoto. Not very much was said between Osaka and Kyoto. It would have been nice if there was more talking - where we were, significance of the area, what we were going to see, cultural aspects, etc. Once we got to Kyoto we were led to the bamboo forest, and for those of us who booked lunch, told what time to meet back at the restaurant. Which was not a lot of walk around time. After lunch, we went to Kinkakuji Temple. Again, drop you off, meet back at the bus. Oh and don't be late or we will leave without you. We will wait 5 minutes. Well no, we waited longer than that and the guide was upset. I don't understand why they were upset. The guide made the rest of the tour wait for these latecomers. Instead, we should have left without them. Then the guide would not be upset and the rest of the tour would not wait. We were all amply warned about being on time and the consequences. They were late because they were buying snacks and souvenirs. Then on to Nara. Same thing, drop off and you're on your own. Also, the your had to be repeated in English, Japanese and Chinese. Next time, I'd look for a tour that had less translations.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Greeting from LIMON Bus Tours ! First, we thank you for joining us. Regards to the guide please note that our tour is accompanied by tour leader not a guide. Therefore, our tour leader will only be able to kindly give a basic instruction. However, we have already passed this comments to our team to improve services for our precious customers in the future. Thank you for sharing your experiences with us. Regards, LIMON
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Kyoto & Nara adventure
Leny D
, Nov 2019
Had a pleasant day trip in Kyoto & Nara..., though w/ limited time in Arashima area .., guides were accommodating and nice., overall it was a nice but brief experience! Worth our time!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Dear Leny D, Thank you for joining this tour. We are very honored that you enjoyed your travel. Looking forward to seeing you again in a near future. We will do our best to meet your demands next time. Best Regards, Team LIMON
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Good
Maps164624
, Sep 2019
Good trip..goid food..we had a great time i sh Ed hve longer time to explire more of the site..nice tour guide
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Greeting from LIMON Bus Tours ! First, we thank you for joining us and sharing your experiences. We feel so honored to hear that you had a very good time with us. Regards,
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Bus Day trip from Osaka
Catherine N
, Aug 2019
I enjoyed the trip. Our tour guide jad good wnglish and everything moved nicely on time. The instructions for where to meet for lunch were very unclear but other than that it was good.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Dear customer, Thank you for taking part in our tour and that you had a good time during your stay in Japan. We have noted on the matter that you have raised and we aim to improve it in the future. We hope to serve you soon again in the future. Regards, Team Limon
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star-5
Got to see a little bit of everything!
MiaS255
, Jun 2019
This tour was great as so was the tour guide! we got to see the golden temple, and bamboo forest and the bowing deer, a little bit of everything in one day so it was well worth it if you are limited on time !!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
Hello! Thank you for joining our tour! We're very happy to hear that you had a great time with us. We're looking forward to serving you again in the future. Best Regards, Team LIMON
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star-4
Wonderful and exciting !!!
Go704570
, May 2019
My family and my brother in law , had a very wonderful time with the tour . A very exciting views of Kyoto were seen .
icon Response from Host , Jun 2019
Thank you very much for taking parts in the 1-day bus tour! We are glad that your family had a great time in Kyoto. We hope to see you again soon in the future.
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Nice guide staff, Can covers what we want to see,good lunch we select chicken menu, worth for money.Thanks
gullayau
, Aug 2018
Nice 1-day tour, can see what we expect. Eventhough this is a combination tour collecting from yesterday due to Typhoon, Tour guides were well organised for several groups of tours in the same bus. Reasonable price.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2019
Hi gullayau, thanks for choosing our tour. We hope to see you again in your next trip. Have a nice day!
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