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

From Osaka: Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto and Nara

Product ID: 277317
Explore western Japan with this day trip out of Osaka to Kyoto and Nara. Aboard a bus, explore the serene nature of Arashiyama, stroll the gardens of Kyoto's UNESCO-listed Kinkaku-ji, and marvel at the enormous Buddha statue in Todai-ji temple in Nara.
About this activity
Duration: 7 hours
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Live tour guide
Chinese, English, Japanese
Booklets
English, Japanese
Cancellation policy
Cancel up to 2 days in advance for a full refund

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Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy a culturally-enriching bus trip from Osaka to Kyoto and Nara
  • Visit the gorgeous golden Kinkaku-ji and its immaculate original gardens
  • Explore the serene nature of Arashiyama
  • Walk through Nara Park and see the wild deer within the park
Itinerary
3.5 hours
  • Namba Station

  • 80 minutes
  • Arashiyama (visit, lunch)

  • 35 minutes
  • Kinkaku-ji (visit)

  • 40 minutes
  • Nara Park (visit)

  • 1 hour
  • Namba Station

Meeting point
Main stop
Full description
Leave Osaka in the morning aboard a bus, heading inland toward Kyoto. Before arriving in the city itself, stop in the beautiful district of Arashiyama, which has been a popular nature-viewing destination since the Heian Period. Take a stroll through the cool Sagano Bamboo Forest and listen to the distinct rustle of bamboo leaves as you walk.

Later, drive through Kyoto proper and arrive at Kinkaku-ji, or the Golden Pavilion. Admire postcard-perfect views of the illustrious temple reflected in the mirror-like pond it overlooks, and then wander through the sprawling garden that retains its original design from the 14th century.

After Kinkaku-ji, board your bus again and head south to Nara. Take a short walk through Nara Park, famous for the 1,200 or so wild deer that live freely within the park. Within Nara Park you will find the Todai-ji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Following your time in the historic temple, hop aboard your bus again and make the trip back to Osaka-Namba OCAT.
Includes
  • Pickup and drop-off at designated meeting points
  • Round-trip bus fare
  • English-speaking tour conductor
  • Leaflet of detailed itinerary and tour point description
  • Beef shabu shabu lunch or buffet lunch (depending on option chosen)
  • Kinkakuji Temple entrance ticket
  • Local taxes
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Personal expenses

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Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Oversize luggage
  • Smoking
Know before you go
• Please wear comfortable shoes
• Children must be accompanied by an adult.
• Infants (0-2 years old) can participate in this tour for free (no seat or meal provided)
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We booked a tour from osaka: day trip by bus to kyoto and Nara, unfortunately our tour was cancelled and it is our last day in osaka. The only available tour is the kyoto day tour. So, we took the kyoto day tour instead. All i can say is that all the places that we went is so worthy of our time. It is not that crowded. And our tour guide ikki showed us the proper way of praying. It was an unforgettable experience for us. I forgot the name of the restaurant, but the view there is breathtaking. The tour is very convenient for us because we do not have to worry how to get from one temple to another.

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January 13, 2020

I was reluctant to book as travelling with others in a group can be hard. But we were able to break from the group and meet up so that was great as well as having the opportunity to stay with the guide.

February 10, 2020

We booked a tour from osaka: day trip by bus to kyoto and Nara, unfortunately our tour was cancelled and it is our last day in osaka. The only available tour is the kyoto day tour. So, we took the kyoto day tour instead. All i can say is that all the places that we went is so worthy of our time. It is not that crowded. And our tour guide ikki showed us the proper way of praying. It was an unforgettable experience for us. I forgot the name of the restaurant, but the view there is breathtaking. The tour is very convenient for us because we do not have to worry how to get from one temple to another.

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January 13, 2020

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Shinki Bus Tours Co., Ltd.

Product ID: 277317