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Kyoto and Nara Day Tour from Osaka

Sightsee Japan's ancient capitals in a day trip

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Sightsee Japan's ancient capitals in a day and see the most impressive cultural and historical sights of Kyoto and Nara on a convenient day trip from Osaka

  • Enjoy a convenient one-day tour of Kyoto and Nara

  • See Kyoto's impressive landmarks Nijo Castle, Kinkaku-ji Temple, Kyoto Imperial Palace (or Kitano Tenmangu Shrine)

  • Relax mid-tour with a delicious Japanese-style lunch

  • Walk the grounds of Nara Park and meet the famous deer, hundreds of which roam freely

  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of ancient Todai-ji Temple and Kasuga Taisha Shrine and shop for souvenirs at Nara Nagomikan

  • Enjoy hotel pick up and drop off plus comfortable coach transportation around Kyoto and Nara

What We Love:

Explore world famous Kyoto in the morning, one of Japan's most important historical and cultural centers, known for its beauty and fascinating geisha tradition. Tour Kyoto's UNESCO-listed sites including Nijo Castle, built in 1626 to provide lodging for Tokugawa Shogun, and Kinkaku-ji Temple, or more aptly known as the Golden Pavilion for the thin layer of pure gold that covers it. Gain exclusive access to the Kyoto Imperial Palace and enjoy a delicious Japanese-style lunch. On arrival in Nara, you'll explore the beautiful green grounds and meet the famous nodding deer of Nara Park plus get the opportunity to enter the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Todai-ji Temple (and the Great Buddha) and Kasuga Taisha Shrine. Comfortable coach transportation upon arrival in Kyoto is provided, making this a stress-free way to sightsee two cities in a day!

Activity Details

11 Hours


Min 1

Pick Up

24 Hours



  • You will receive a confirmation email and your e-voucher within 1 business day

Inclusive Of:

  • Hotel pick up
  • English speaking guide
  • Admission fees and train tickets
  • Transportation
  • Lunch

Not Inclusive Of:

  • Return hotel drop off
  • Entrance to areas of Kasuga Taisha Shrine requiring admission fees


  • 7:00-7:35 Hotel pick ups
  • 7:35 Meet up at Hotel Granvia Osaka
  • JR Rapid Service from Osaka to Kyoto (non-reserved seat)
  • Nijo Castle (50 min)
  • Kinkaku-ji Temple (45 min)
  • Kyoto Imperial Palace (40 min) (Kitano Tenmangu Shrine on weekends/public holidays)
  • Japanese-style lunch (50 min)
  • Travel from Kyoto to Nara (60 min)
  • Nara Park & Todai-ji Temple (Great Buddha) (40 min)
  • Kasuga Taisha Shrine (20 min)
  • Nara Nagomikan Souvenir Shop (20 min)
  • Travel from Kintetsu Nara Station to Osaka Namba Station
  • 18:30-19:30 Tour ends at Osaka Namba Station

Additional Information:

  • Child ticket: Age 6-11
  • On Saturdays, Sundays, national holidays and some special days, Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed. On these days the tour will visit Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
  • Please Note that before entering the Kyoto Imperial Palace you will be required to fill out a form with your personal information such as your name, sex, age, and nationality (form will be provided on the tour day)
  • The tour is subject to change depending on weather conditions and seasonal schedule changes or special days/festivals
  • Public transportation will be used for the trip between Osaka and Kyoto, and Nara and Osaka. Please Note that seating is not reserved and may not be available
  • Vegetarian options are available, please indicate your preference at check out (If there is anything that you don't eat,please select "Vegetarian" )

Insider Tips:

  • Look out for the Buddha hole in a supporting post of Todai-ji Temple. The hole is said to be the same size as one of the Buddha's nostrils. Crawl through it and legend says that you will receive enlightenment in your next life!
  • These cities are particularly beautiful in cherry blossom season (end of March to beginning of April

How To Use

  • You can present either a printed or a mobile voucher for this activity
  • Meet up: 7:35am at Hotel Granvia Osaka (unless hotel pick up arranged in advance)
  • The hotel is located next to Osaka and Umeda Stations
  • For hotel pick-ups, please arrive in the hotel lobby 10 minutes before scheduled departure
  • Tour ends at Osaka Namba Station


  • A 70% refund will be issued for cancelations made at least 7 days prior to the tour

Reviews (9)


Very organized tour and English speaking tour guides. Worth your money


Kyoto and Nara are 2 beautiful places that we dont regret visiting. The guide was well informed and very attentive to all our needs. Lunch was simple and good. The transport was ok. Highly recommended tour


Loved the places we went to. Important thing to remember though is that kyoto imperial palace is closed during weekends and holidays.


nice place to see other side of japan... their culture and their history and japanese itself is very very much interesting...


A very well coordinated tour according to schedule. Everything went smoothly considering we had to take public transport. The guides were very attentive. A great experience.

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