This is a tour full of variety and features a visit to a world heritage site as well as a number of popular sightseeing spots in Kyoto and Nara. Spend time in two ancient Japanese cities on this 1-day tour which is a long-time bestseller. The tour is a combination of the Kyoto Morning Tour and Nara Afternoon, with lunch added.
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※ Children (6-11 years), Infants (0-5 years. Meals, seating and other such services are not included)
Hotel Granvia Osaka [map] (07:25)
Approx. 11 hours
[Kyoto] Nijo-jo Castle, Kinkakuji Templ, Kyoto Imperial Palace, [Nara] Todaiji Temple, Nara Park, Kasuga Taisha Shrine, Nara Nagomikan
English-speaking guide, Other admission fees and transportation costs included in the tour, Lunch
05 Jan - 10 Mar : Tue, Thu, Sat
Date of Nara Marathon
From Osaka Station to Kyoto Station
JR Special Rapid Service/Rapid Service (non-reserved seat) OR Bus.
Depending on the number of participants, the tour will use JR train or a bus for transportation between Osaka and Kyoto. In the case of transportation via JR train, all seats are non-reserved. Please note that seating is not guaranteed.
Nijo Castle (50 min)
A World Heritage site. Tour the historical castle completed in 1626, which was built to provide lodging for Tokugawa Shogun and as a palladium for Kyoto Imperial Palace. The impressive, elaborate carvings and decors in the Ninomaru Palace are a must-see.
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.
Kinkaku-ji Temple (45 min)
See the Kyoto Imperial Palace, which was used as the Emperor's residence until about 150 years ago.
Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed to the public on the following days. During these times, Kitano Tenmangu Shrine will be visited instead:
(Mondays, Tuesday if Monday is a national holiday, 14-17 May for the Aoi Festival, New Year's holidays, and whenever there is an Imperial Household event).
Kyoto Imperial Palace (40 min)
This tour uses public transportation with non-reserved seats. Please note that seating is not guaranteed. The tour may use Osakajokoen Station on the way to Osaka Castle instead of Temmabashi Station.
Lunch (50 min)
Japanese/Western style buffet lunch
From Kyoto to Nara (90 min)
Head to Nara via Nara Keinawa Expressway
Todai-ji Temple (Great Buddha) / Nara Park (60 min)
A World Heritage site. This is the symbol of the Nara Period and one of the world's largest wooden structures. Its huge main hall and bronze Great Buddha are impressive to behold.
Kasuga Taisha Shrine (40 min)
This Nara Period shrine is designated as a World Heritage Site. The deer of Nara Park are thought to be the shrine messengers.
The tour will not enter areas requiring admission.
Nara Nagomikan (20 min)
The largest souvenir shop in Nara. Enjoy yourself in this spacious shop and look for the perfect souvenir.
This facility may be omitted from the itinerary if it is closed on the day of the tour, or as a result of traffic congestion.
From Nara Nagomikan to Kintetsu Nara Station
Go to Kintetsu Nara Station via bus and on foot.
From Kintetsu Nara Station to Osaka Namba Station
Kintetsu Rail (non-reserved seat) or Bus.
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