See the two major sights of Japan's ancient capitals all in one day! This tour takes you on a morning tour of the world-famous Kyoto, to experience one of Japan's most important historical and cultural cities. After lunch, visit the nearby Nara, another historically known capital and home to the towering Great Buddha of Todaiji Temple.

Time From Osaka: 7:15am - 7:30pm
From Kyoto: 08:25 - 19:30

05 Jan - 9 Mar 2019: Tue, Thu, Sat
12 Mar - 30 Dec 2018: Daily
(except date of Nara Marathon)


from Kyoto :

from Osaka:
From Osaka departure additional charge required 


B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner

Day 1

Kyoto - Nara - Kyoto
From Osaka:
7:15 Depart Hotel Granvia Osaka for Osaka Station on foot. Board a rapid service train to Kyoto, then head to AVANTI Sunrise Tour Desk (Kyoto station Hachijo exit). *Report at least 10 minutes prior to departure.
From Kyoto:
8:25 Depart AVANTI Sunrise tour desk (Kyoto Station Hachijo exit) to visit the following by bus. *Report at least 10 minutes prior to departure.

Nijo Castle (50 min)
Tour the historical castle completed in 1626, built to provide lodging for the Tokugawa Shogun and Kinkaku-ji Temple (45 min).
Visit the Golden Pavillion, designated as a Special National Historic Site and Special National Landscape, with 2 floors covered entirely in thin layers of pure gold and detailed architecture incorporating three disctinct styles of shinden, samurai, and zen; and as a palladium for Kyoto Imperial Palace. (40 min)
When Kyoto Imperial palace is closed (Monday, Tuesday if Monday is National Holiday in 2017 ) Kitano-tenmangu Shrine will be visited instead.
Walk the massive grounds of the ancient shrine, built in 947 as a tribute to scholar and poet Sugawara no Michizane, whose abundance in knowledge has made the shrine a popular location for students to pray before taking their entrance exams.
Consistent Everyday
Lunch (70 min): Enjoy a Japanese-style lunch.
Todai-ji Temple: Behold the world's largest bronze statue, Great Statue of Buddha, whose tremendous height of 14.98 m (49.1 ft) required nearly 10 years in the making and over 3,000 metal plates.
Nara Park: Interact with over 1,200 wild deer that roam the park, considered sacred messengers of Shinto gods according to a local folklore.
Kasuga Grand Shrine (40 mins.): Study the thousands of stone lanterns that line the path to this serene shrine hidden in the woods.
Nara Nagomikan (20 mins.): Splurge at Nara's biggest souvenir shop, selling a vast variety of food products, sweets and goods exclusive to Nara.
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Arrive back at hotel. *Drop-off service to major hotels in Kyoto provided.
(from Osaka)
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Arrive at Namba Station in Osaka. Tour concludes upon arrival.
This tour cannot be booked on the same day as the Kyoto Night Tour or Kyoto Maiko Dinner due to time constraints.
Pick-up service in Kyoto is available at the following hotels for this tour.Desired pick-up point MUST be indicated when booking.Please gather at the pick-up point at least 10 minutes before the scheduled departure time.

Kyoto Pick-up Points & Bus Departure Time 
ANA Crowne Plaza Kyoto* 8:35 a.m. Hotel Nikko Princess Kyoto*
8:30 a.m. Karasuma Kyoto Hotel* 8:40 a.m. Kyoto Hotel Okura 8:20 a.m. Kyoto Tokyu Hotel, 8:40a.m. AVANTI sunrise tour desk (Kyoto station Hachijo exit) 8:25a.m.           
  • Lunch
  • Transportation 
  • Admission Fee
  • Guiding by a certified tour guide/interpreter
  • Consumption tax
  • Contact your agent about the pick-up and drop-off services.

1. If the minimum number of participants (1) is not met 4 days before the scheduled date, the tour on that date may be cancelled.

2. As Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed on the following dates, tours on these dates 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).

3. The tour will visit Nishi Hongan-ji Temple instead of Kitano-tenmangu Shrine on June 25, September 25 and December 25. 

4. Nijo Castle is closed on Tuesdays in January, July, August, and December (Closed on the following day if Tuesday is a holiday.) If the castle is closed, or if the tour is during the year-end/New Year's holidays, Ryoan-ji Temple will be visited instead. 

5. During the Gion Festival (Sakimatsuri, July 14 - 16), drop-off service to Karasuma Kyoto Hotel and Hotel Nikko Princess Kyoto will be unavailable due to traffic restrictions. 

6. At Kasuga Taisha Shrine, the tour does not include entrance to areas requiring an admission fee. 

7. 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. 

8. Connection to the Kyoto Night Tour or Kyoto Maiko Dinner is not possible.                     

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