Explore Japan’s ancient capital and turn back time as you explore Kyoto’s must-see historical sites. After departing from Osaka, the tour will head to Fushimi Inari-taisha, a shrine with ancient origins dedicated to the god of rice and sake. It is most renowned for the thousands of orange torri gates that mark the seemingly unending pathways towards the hillside shrines. This iconic walkway immediatley evokes the symbolism of traditional Japan and makes for some striking photographs. Next on the tour is Kiyomizu-dera where you’ll have a washoku or Udon set meal lunch depending on your tour package. This traditional wooden temple is famous for its unique construction, serene tranquility and also offers spectacular views over the vibrant cherry blossom gardens. The guided tour will finish at the Kinkaku-ji Zen Temple, also known as ‘The Golden Pavilion’ – and for good reason! The top two floors are entirely covered in gold leaf and the image of this shimmering temple mirrored in the calm waters of the reflective pond will certainly take your breath away so make sure to have your camera at the ready!
Upon arrival in Osaka, you will redeem your voucher for your Tourist Pass either at Osaka International Airport, Kintetsu Department Store, or Shinsaibashi-suji Store. Your Tourist Pass will allow you to explore three of Japan's most interesting cities by access to unlimited rides on the train: Osaka, Kyoto, and Kobe. Osaka's lively Umeda district will serve as your base, where you will go on to explore the Hankyu train lines that snake their way into Kyoto and Kobe.
Discover Japan's majestic city of Kyoto in all its ancient heritage, culture, and glory in this full day tour that involves visiting famous spots and destinations such as the Kiyomizu-dera, Sanjusangen-do, Sagano, Arashiyama, Fushimi Inari Taisya Shrine, and many more! Begin your day early in the morning at your meet up location, where the conductor will pick you up to bring you to your first stop in the itinerary. While in the bus, you can enjoy the free WiFi that is available inside.
Travelers looking to see the best of Kyoto’s spectacles will thoroughly enjoy this luxury bus tour of some of its famous sites. From the pickup point in Kyoto, you’ll head first to Arashiyama on the western outskirts, one of the nation’s most historic sites. You can opt to have lunch here before you head on to the next stop, the Golden Pavilion Temple. Get some breathtaking photographs there in Kinkakuji, with two levels covered in gold leaf and quite a sight to behold. From there, head to Todaiji Temple and Nara Park to see the famous complex and its charming deer. Your last stop is at the famous Kobe MOSAIC shopping mall, full of scenic views of the city itself. From here, you can opt to enjoy a delicious dinner in the mall before you’re transported back to the drop off point.
Going on a journey to Osaka, Kyoto, and Nara? Then all you need is the Kintetsu Rail Pass to enjoy unlimited rides on the Kintetsu Railway lines plus you will also have unlimited access to the Iga Tetsudo Line and the Nara Kotsu Bus Line. Have a pleasant ride to Osaka-Namba, Kintetsu-Nara, Kyoto and Tsutsui, Nakata and Ikoma, and Toriimae and Ikomasanjo zones and easily find your way to the temples with the Nara Kotsu Bus line that gets you to Nara Park, Nishinokyo, Horyuji Temple, Asuka, Muro and Yamanobe-no-Michi!
Get to the heart of Japanese culture and discover the kind of cooking that goes on in everyday homes and at 'Izakaya' restaurants (cozy Japanese style pubs!) Spend an afternoon learning how to prepare an array of authentic dishes. Try your hand at making dashi steamed rice, or show off your skills preparing steamed egg custard. You'll have the opportunity to dress in traditional buddhist monk wear to enhance the cultural experience - make sure you take a photo! It's a fun filled afternoon of cultural and culinary exploration - foodies, this one's for you!
Ever wondered how Japanese chefs manage to pack so many interesting flavors into the tiny treats in a bento box? Come along to a traditional cooking class to learn the tricks of the trade from expert local chefs. The sessions provide a fun and interactive environment for learning about the preparation of sushi, sesame salads and many other specialities. Your teachers will also offer you an insight into the historical background of 'Bento', and you'll be able to dress in sumae (the traditional dress of a working buddhist monk) to complete your cultural experience.