One Day Kyoto and Nara Tour from Osaka: Explore two cities teeming with history with this full day tour to Kyoto and Nara.
* Visit the Kyoto Imperial Palace without prior application
* Enjoy a Japanese-style lunch in Kyoto
* Rare up close encounter with wild deer in Nara Park
* Discover the sightseeing highlights in Nara
Once we arrive in Kyoto we start at the World Heritage Nijo Castle whose flamboyant style and sublime gardens are bound to impress. Then head to the striking Kinkaku-ji Temple, known as the Golden Pavilion for its sparkling golden exterior as well as its spectacular setting surrounded by a lake. Finish your tour of Kyoto by visiting the former ruling palace of the Emperor of Japan: Kyoto Imperial Palace. Entry to the palace for international visitors generally requires application in advance, but participants of this tour can enter only by going through a brief procedure. If you join the tour on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, instead of the palace we visit Kitano Tenmangu Shrine which was built in 947 which is especially spectacular during the plum blossom and autumn leaf seasons.
After a Japanese lunch in Kyoto we kick-start our sightseeing tour in Nara by visiting the star of the show: Nara Park and Todai-ji Temple, also known as the Great Buddha. This is the largest wooden structure in the world which houses the largest bronze figure in the world is truly awe-inspiring. Absorb the scale of this Unesco World Heritage Site, and as you wander through Nara Park come closer than ever to wild deer; thought to be the shrine messengers.
We continue by seeing one of the most celebrated shrines in the city: Kasuga Taisha. Founded in the 8th century, the shrine is famous for its bronze lanterns that adorn the buildings where you are free to stroll through the areas not requiring admission. To round off the tour we go to Nara Nagomikan, the largest souvenir shop in Nara where you can stock up on local souvenirs to remember your time.
Duration: 12 hours.
Start/opening time: At 7:15am.
End/closing time: At 7:30pm.
Opening days/period: From January 5 to March 11 th tour operates on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. From March 14 to December 30 tour operates daily.
Drop off location: Osaka Namba Station. Please head to your next destination on your own after the tour.
Others: Please note that on Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays, Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed. On these days, 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).
On Mondays (and Tuesdays if a national holiday falls on the preceding Monday), this tour will visit Kitano Tenmangu Shrine instead of the Kyoto Imperial Palace.
The tour will visit Nishi Hongan-ji Temple instead of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine on September 25 and December 25.
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.