1. Japan
  2. Kyoto Prefecture
  3. Osaka
  4. Arashiyama

Kyoto and Nara 1 Day Bus Tour from Osaka/Kyoto

Product ID: 179654
Be amazed by visiting the former capital cities of Japan, Kyoto and Nara! Depart from Osaka or Kyoto, heading to Fushimi Inari Taisha, the perfect spot to get in touch with Kyoto’s spirit.
About this activity
Duration: 9 hours
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Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, Chinese
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Experience 2 UNESCO world heritage sites
  • Feel the beauty of nature in Arashiyama bamboo forest
  • Experience interaction with the deer at Nara park
  • Marvel at the famous 1000 vermilion gates of Fushimi Inari Shrine
  • Admire Kinkaku-ji, the golden pavilion temple
Itinerary
5.5 hours
  • Namba

  • Kyoto

  • 30 minutes
  • Kinkaku-ji (visit, guided tour)

  • 30 minutes
  • Arashiyama (visit, lunch)

  • 40 minutes
  • Fushimi Inari Taisha (visit, guided tour)

  • 50 minutes
  • Nara Park (visit)

  • 1 hour
  • Kyoto

  • Namba

Pickup included
Main stop
Full description
Depart from the exclusive VIP waiting rooms of Osaka or Kyoto, heading to Fushimi Inari Taisha. Designated as an Important Cultural Property, the main shrine building contains five shrines together, these five pillars of Fushimi Inari Taisha are named for the great virtues of Inari Okami that they embody. Inari Okami is known as a deity of business prosperity, the prosperity of industries, the safety of households, safety in traffic and improvement in the performing arts. The 'Senbon Torii' or 1000 torii gates are donations by individuals and companies, and you will find the donator's name and the date of the donation inscribed on the back of each gate.

Then you will head to Arashiyama, which changes with the seasons and you can enjoy the scenery any time of year, with cherry blossoms in the spring, boat festivals in the Summer, red leaves in Autumn and snow white mountains in the winter. Arashiyama is also filled with temples and shrines including the match-making Shrine you can visit, during your walk through the famed Bamboo grove. There are a variety of restaurants to choose right near the Togetsukyo bridge, including vegan and Halal.

Proceed to the symbol of Kyoto, Kinkakuji, the Golden Pavilion, also named Rakuon-ji: one of the most popular buildings in Japan. Finally, move on to Japan’s old capital, Nara: you will have the time to explore its park, cuddle the worldwide famous deer and enter the biggest wooden building of the planet, Todai-ji Temple, another UNESCO world heritage site. Here you will find yourself in front of Japan’s biggest Buddha statue, 15 meters tall.
Includes
  • Tour Guide (English & Chinese)
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Roundtrip bus fare
  • Entrance fee to Kinkakuji
What’s Not Included
  • Lunch (There are many restaurants in the area to choose from, including Halal and vegan)
  • Entrance fee to Todaiji temple 500yen

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point
Important information
Know before you go
• The tour schedule may be delayed due to traffic or weather. If the tour is cancelled by the supplier due to bad weather or natural disaster, you will receive a full refund.
• Please arrive at the meeting point 20 minutes prior to departure. Late-shows will not be able to join the tour.
• Please be aware the deer are wild animals; please do not irritate them
• Depending on the number of participants, English and Chinese commentary might be given in the same bus
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 132 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.4 / 5
  • Organization
    4.4 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.2 / 5
  • Safety
    4.7 / 5
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The tour was very well planned and we had plenty of time to enjoy each activity that we set out to do. The locations that the bus took us to were convenient and easy to return to after each outing had finished, a very good way to experience some of the culture of Kyoto and Nara in a short amount of time

February 5, 2020

My secretary mistakenly booked my tour on the day of my arrival hence I was unaware that I actually missed it. I went to the Villa Namba thinking that it was this morning. When they were looking for my name, they couldn’t find it. I was trying to ask the staff there if I could rebook, unfortunately none of them could speak English. Fortunately they were still able to accommodate me, thanks to our English speaking guide, Adrian who was great!

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January 29, 2020

I booked this tour because it starts from Namba near our hotel. The bus parking areas in Arashimaya and Nara were quite far. It was a long walk and the weather was so hot. I would have wanted to see the Japanese gardens in some of the places we visited, but we seem to have bypassed them.

August 18, 2019

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Product ID: 179654