Kyoto Prefecture
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  • From Osaka: Kyoto Top Highlights Day Trip

    1. From Osaka: Kyoto Top Highlights Day Trip

    Visit some of Kyoto's most famous cultural sites on this day-long bus tour from Osaka. Hop aboard a comfortable coach and drive to Japan's ancient capital to see the brilliant torii gates of the Fushimi Inari Shrine, the UNESCO-listed Kiyomizu-dera temple, and the golden pavilion of Kinkaku-ji. Kyoto is filled with ancient historic sites dating back to the 6th century. Get dropped off first at the Fushimi Inari Shrine, a Shinto shrine famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates. Spend time wandering the brilliant paths before heading to your next destination. Arrive at Kiyomizu-dera, one of the most iconic temples in Japan. Take ample time to wander through the temple. Walk across the impressive wooden stage, which juts out from the hillside and was constructed without the use of a single nail. Next, stop at Kinkaku-ji, also known as the Golden Pavilion due to the fact that it's ...

    The experience was good. Mariko our guide was very kind. This trip was a good way to spend one day in Kyoto without having to worry about logistics. I wish though that some areas we would have more time but it's understandable given the time we've received as it's about 40-50 minutes between each site. Overall, I'm glad we did this tour. It made everything so much easier.

  • From Osaka: Kyoto Sightseeing Day Trip and Scenic Train Ride

    2. From Osaka: Kyoto Sightseeing Day Trip and Scenic Train Ride

    After pickup from one of 3 locations in Osaka, head towards Kyoto, once the former capital of Japan, on the island of Honshu. The first activity of the day is a scenic and romantic railway ride from Kameoka to Arashiyama. During the 23-minute journey, feel immersed in nature as you admire the beautiful blossom trees and breathtaking mountain views. Upon arrival at Arashiyama, enjoy a delicious buffet style lunch with soft drinks to prepare you for an afternoon of sightseeing. After lunch, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Kiyomizudera Temple, one of the most celebrated temples in Japan, founded in 780 on the site of the Otowa Waterfall. The tour continues onto Fushimi Inari, world-famous for the thousands of Torii gates that line the entrance to the Shinto Shrine. Spend some free time exploring the mountain trails and the shrine buildings themselves, and learn about the fascinatin...

  • Arashiyama: Bamboo Grove and Temple Tour

    3. Arashiyama: Bamboo Grove and Temple Tour

    For an easy day trip from the heart of Kyoto, there is nowhere more magical than Arashiyama. Discover a district tucked away in the west of the city at the foot of the Arashiyama Mountains. This enchanting area is easy to get to but the tranquility you will find in the stunning Bamboo Grove can feel like another world. Explore the enchanting forest with a local guide. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the mountainous landscape. Explore the riverbanks around the Togetsukyo Bridge and winding paths through the bamboo to discover temples and shrines hidden amongst leafy forests. Visit the Monkey Park and where you can encounter wild monkeys at close distance and enjoy watching them frolic about. Visit some of Kyoto’s most important temples and shrines and enjoy a break from the city’s bustling center. Explore the beautifully preserved traditional Saga-Toriimoto Street and see the ...

    The bamboo grove was spectacular. Pictures were amazing but seeing it person is sooo much ch better. The mountain climb to the tea garden and beyond was an unexpected lovely surprise. The views are breathtaking. The temples and shrines are a thing of beauty as well. Monkey park was thoroughly enjoyable. From the beautiful hike to reaching the top and enjoying the monkeys. Marvelous!!

  • Kyoto Hike and Hot Springs Visit

    4. Kyoto Hike and Hot Springs Visit

    Discover the rural charm that’s just a short train ride away from Kyoto city. Experience the beauty of nature and see ancient religious sites in Kurama and Kibune. On this 6-hour program you’ll meet in Kyoto and board a train for Kibune village, a place well-known for its lovely riverside and peaceful atmosphere. You’ll also find the exquisite Kibune Shrine, where red lanterns have been placed along an old stairway. Drink the fresh water that flows from the hills and say a prayer for good relationships. After a short visit, you’ll head for the hiking course. Climbing the steps to the top requires a moderate level of fitness, but the peak can be reached within 30-40 minutes. You’re sure to make plenty of stops along the way to enjoy the stunning scenery as well as some features unique to this trail. When you reach the top of the mountain, you’ll visit the Kurama Temple. From the temple...

    Great guide with good conversation and information about the region. Lovely hike and first experience at Japanese Onsen was enjoyable!

  • From Osaka : Private Full-day Tour to Kyoto

    5. From Osaka : Private Full-day Tour to Kyoto

    Start the tour with pick up from central Osaka and travel to historic Kyoto. Over the course of the day, you'll be presented with a balanced view of this historic city and its surroundings. The Arashiyama district is the first stop, and it is here where you'll be introduced to Japanese garden and temple design. Tenryu-ji Temple has one of the most outstanding, timeless examples of Japanese gardens surrounding it's simple-but-majestic temple buildings. Then it's time for a walk up through the famous bamboo grove - a photo opportunity not to be missed - before arriving at the entrance to luxurious Okochi Sanso. Here you will try some matcha (Japanese green tea), before exploring the winding paths that connect the buildings, views, and garden areas. Afterwards, you'll enjoy a stroll alongside the river, then have free time for lunch and even a bit of shopping, if you wish. Next, enjoy th...

  • Kyoto: Sightseeing Day Trip with Lunch

    6. Kyoto: Sightseeing Day Trip with Lunch

    See some of Kyoto's highlights on this guided tour. Meet your expert guide and visit Arashiyama, where you can enjoy a delicious buffet style lunch with soft drinks to prepare you for an afternoon of sightseeing. After lunch, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Kiyomizudera Temple, one of the most celebrated temples in Japan, founded in 780 on the site of the Otowa Waterfall. The tour continues onto Fushimi Inari, world-famous for the thousands of Torii gates that line the entrance to the Shinto Shrine. Spend some free time exploring the mountain trails and the shrine buildings themselves, and learn about the fascinating culture of Japan. Beat the traffic and take the train with your professional guide from JR Kyoto Station to Arashiyama or Fushimi Inari Taisha (depending on the train schedule of that day). During the  journey, feel immersed in nature as you admire the beautiful blo...

  • From Osaka: 1-Day Kyoto Highlights Tour with Maiko Show

    7. From Osaka: 1-Day Kyoto Highlights Tour with Maiko Show

    Head off first to Fushimi-Inari, famous for its thousands of brilliant-red torii, entrance gates to Shinto shrines, which straddle a network of trails behinds its main buildings. Take an hour to explore the mountain trails, making sure to pause at the interesting shrine buildings. Then, transfer to Gion District with a prearranged taxi, divided into 2 or 3 passengers per car.  Have lunch at an authentic restaurant where you can try Chanko, a Japanese hot pot dish famously eaten by Sumo wrestlers. The menu will be all-you-can-eat with dessert and soft drinks included. After finishing lunch, take a quick 3-minute walk from the restaurant and meet a Maiko, an apprentice geisha, and watch their performance. Hear about the authentic manner of tea ceremony from them. Snap some photos and feel exclusive, as one usually doesn't have the chance to see Maikos in the street.  Af...

  • From Kyoto: Day Trip to Mount Koya by Train

    8. From Kyoto: Day Trip to Mount Koya by Train

    Meet the friendly English speaking guide at Kyoto station and start your journey to Mount Koya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Do not worry about getting lost with transportation because your guide will take public transport with you to make sure you will be comfortable on the way. Savor traditional style lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, you will visit Mount Koya. Admire the highland valley that lies in a complex mix of temples, shrines, pagodas, and was once home of Kobo Daishi, founder of the Shingon Buddhism school. Stroll along the pathway between 1,300 century-old cedar trees to the Okuno-in cemetery where you can see about 200,000 tombstones and statues. Be fascinated by the Kongo-Buji Temple, which name means Temple of the Diamond Mountain Peak. It is part of the Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range. Take public transportation back to Kyoto t...

  • From Kyoto or Osaka: Private Walking Tour through Nara

    9. From Kyoto or Osaka: Private Walking Tour through Nara

    Go on a private city walking tour through Nara and explore the fascinating history, culture, and food scene of this city. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Meet your guide in Kyoto or Osaka and take the train to Nara, the city where Shinto Buddhism was born. See some of Japan’s most significant temples and shrines. Marvel at art and architecture dating back to the 8th-century.   Walk down quiet streets and shaded paths lined with cherry blossom trees and be amazed by Nanto Shichi Daiji, the seven great Buddhist temples. Discover the magical, wood-built architecture overhung with thousands of lanterns at the fairytale Kasuga-Taisha Shrine. At the famous Nara Park, you can see the iconic tame deers that come close enough to greet you. If you are hu...

  • From Kyoto: Miho Museum & Shigaraki Pottery Village Day Trip

    10. From Kyoto: Miho Museum & Shigaraki Pottery Village Day Trip

    After meeting your driver at your hotel lobby in Kyoto, drive for about 1 hour to the Miho Museum. On the way, take a tunnel through a mountain to the impressive museum designed by renowned architect I. M. Pei, the designer of the Louvre Pyramid. Upon arrival, soak up the serene atmosphere as the museum’s architecture blends harmoniously into its natural surroundings. Enter the museum and explore the permanent exhibitions of ancient art pieces from areas such as Egypt, Western Asia, Greece, Rome, Southern Asia, and China. After exploring the museum, drive to nearby Shigaraki pottery town. Here, savor lunch at a local restaurant, then head to one of the town’s many pottery studios and join a workshop to make your own pottery. The pottery experience takes about 90 minutes, and you can choose to make objects such as a teacup or plate. The firing process will take several weeks, so your c...

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What people are saying about Kyoto Prefecture

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 554 reviews

The bamboo grove was spectacular. Pictures were amazing but seeing it person is sooo much ch better. The mountain climb to the tea garden and beyond was an unexpected lovely surprise. The views are breathtaking. The temples and shrines are a thing of beauty as well. Monkey park was thoroughly enjoyable. From the beautiful hike to reaching the top and enjoying the monkeys. Marvelous!!

The experience was good. Mariko our guide was very kind. This trip was a good way to spend one day in Kyoto without having to worry about logistics. I wish though that some areas we would have more time but it's understandable given the time we've received as it's about 40-50 minutes between each site. Overall, I'm glad we did this tour. It made everything so much easier.

Great experience....Very comfortable trip. Our guide Rika was very sweet and well informed. Would like to visit Kyoto again for sure...!!!

Great guide with good conversation and information about the region. Lovely hike and first experience at Japanese Onsen was enjoyable!

Our lady guide was caring and helpful to the old age as my sister and I had this visit with our mum, who is 83.