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Kyoto and Nara 1 Day Trip - Golden Pavilion and Todai-ji Temple from Osaka

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icon11 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
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
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

See 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 and western-style buffet lunch then explore nearby Nara, home to majestic monuments like the Great Buddha of Tadoi-ji Temple and Kasuga Shrine.
  • 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
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Transportation by motorcoach, JR Rail and Kintetsu Rail
Professional English-speaking guide
Lunch
Entrance to the Treasures Hall
Entrance to the Manyo Botanical Gardens at Kasuga Shrine
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-Namba Station, Japan, 〒542-0076 Osaka, Chūō-ku, Nanba, 2-chōme−3, 4 丁目 1-17
Meet your guide and group 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 and western-style buffet 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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Todai-ji Temple
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Kyoto Imperial Palace
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Kinkakuji Temple
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Nijo Castle
Duration: 50 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Kasuga Shrine
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Nara Park
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • 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 25,2021.
  • 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.
  • Participants will walk from the parking lot to Todai-ji Temple (about 15 min one-way).
  • At Kasuga Taisha Shrine, the tour does not include entrance to areas requiring admission.
  • Nara Nagomikan may be omitted from the itinerary if it is closed on the day of the tour, or as a result of traffic congestion.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Depending on the number of participants, JR train or a bus may be used for the trip from Osaka to Kyoto, and Kintetsu train or a bus may be used from Nara to Osaka. Please note that seating is non-reserved for the trip from Osaka to Kyoto and the trip from Nara to Osaka if using public transportation. Please note that seating is not guaranteed.
  • The order of activities and arrival times may differ depending on road conditions and congestion at destinations.
  • 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.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
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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.

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no 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 and Nara 1 Day Trip - Golden Pavilion and Todai-ji 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 and Nara 1 Day Trip - Golden Pavilion and Todai-ji Temple from Osaka.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Kyoto and Nara 1 Day Trip - Golden Pavilion and Todai-ji 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 and Nara 1 Day Trip - Golden Pavilion and Todai-ji Temple from Osaka.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Kyoto and Nara 1 Day Trip - Golden Pavilion and Todai-ji Temple from Osaka?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Kyoto and Nara 1 Day Trip - Golden Pavilion and Todai-ji Temple from Osaka.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Kyoto and Nara 1 Day Trip - Golden Pavilion and Todai-ji 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 and Nara 1 Day Trip - Golden Pavilion and Todai-ji Temple from Osaka.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Kyoto and Nara 1 Day Trip - Golden Pavilion and Todai-ji Temple from Osaka?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Kyoto and Nara 1 Day Trip - Golden Pavilion and Todai-ji Temple from Osaka.

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  • "I highly recommend for family whom visits Japan for the first time." See review
  • "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." See review

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tcm2825
, Aug 2019
Overall a good experience, the sights were beautiful and the guide to and from Osaka was wonderful! She gave me insights on the areas between Kyoto Nara and Osaka and even some tidbits on the history and culture. The guides at the sites really didn't give more information than was on the signs, but with no time to read any of them. I wish I could rate them separately and there was more time at each site.
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Great quick tour
Camper25770566760
, Jun 2019
Great overview of famous historical sites. KC tour guide was fantastic. He did awesome job keeping group moving and showing us around. Good if only have short time in Japan
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Wonderful Tour
Ivan T
, May 2019
Tour was informational, only slight drawback was too much traveling in the time allotted. The guides, organization was terrific so personal and informative.
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Overprices, Rushed
supermoosa
, Apr 2019
This has to be one of the fastest tours to be part of- great if you want to see many things in a short time but it's SO expensive for what it is. There's no reason for it to cost so much more than the others on offer. For starters you have to literally take a public train with everybody else, which you could've booked yourself rather than pay them a premium to do so. There is basically no chance of a seat and you are standing the whole time. You get around 45min per attraction, no water provided considering it is a whole day trip and because the groups are so large, if anybody is running late you get pushed along even faster through the rest of it. The people running it are nice- apart from that you can basically organise this yourself and do it cheaper/at your own leisure. Lunch is pretty awful too. This is far too overpriced a tour.
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Trip dec 14tg
Stay64918694883
, Dec 2018
Excelent guide very helpful and informative Lunch was greatSights worth seeingNeed more time to really explore
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Good & pleasant tour
Nor Azlin Z
, Dec 2018
Good & friendly tour guides looking after. Convenient way of touring as everything is taken care of including transportation n tickets to enter the tour places. You don't have to worry of anything 👍👍👍
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nothing to fault, excellent tour by the...
Felix C
, Aug 2018
nothing to fault, excellent tour by the tour company from memory
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Very professional and knowledgable...
ssajason
, 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.
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Covered all the points mentioned in...
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.
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I have always loved Kyoto and Nara...
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.
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