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Kyoto: Full-Day Best UNESCO and Historical Sites Bus Tour

1. Kyoto: Full-Day Best UNESCO and Historical Sites Bus Tour

Discover Kyoto's must-see landmarks and World Heritages on the deluxe coach in 1day! In this tour we will take you to most famous places in ancient Kyoto such as Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Sanju-san-gen-do Temple, Arashiyama, Sagano Bamboo Forest, Tenryuji Temple, Golden Temple, and Fushimi Inari Shrine. Departing from Kyoto at 8am. A comfortable air-conditioned coach will stop first at the Kiyomizudera Temple. Enjoying the wealthy nature from the significant terrace where you can admire panoramic views of the city below. Kiyomizudera Temple is one of the can't-miss points of interest in Kyoto. The old historic temple, reportedly opened in the year 778, is a designated world heritage site. Then we will visit Sanju-san-gen-do Temple, the Temple is also known as the temple of 33 spaces (Sanjusan means "33" in Japanese ), though its official name is Rengo-In. Its hall is Japan's longest wooden structure and consists of 35 columns that divide the building into 33 parts. Let's Say Konnichiwa to one thousand and one Kannon statue at Sanju-san-gen-do Temple, then the coach will take you to the Sagano Arashiyama area. After Explore east side of Kyoto, we will visit the other side, Sagano Arashiyama. Enjoy a Japanese buffet made with seasonal ingredients while gazing at Arashiyama's Togetsukyo Bridge.The Togetsukyo Bridge is Arashiyama's well known, central landmark. Many small shops, restaurants and other attractions are found nearby *Muslim-friendly meals, Allergy-friendly meals, lactose-free meals, gluten-free meals and vegan-friendly meals etc. are not available. Please book the tour without lunch After lunch don’t forget to explore green tunnels, Sagano Bamboo Forest. The paths that cut through the bamboo groves make for a nice walk. The groves are particularly attractive when there is a light wind and the tall bamboo stalks sway gently back and forth. You can find Tenryu-ji Temple after passing through the bamboo grove. Feel the beauty of the Japanese garden throughout the four seasons at Tenryu-ji Temple, which is also registered as a World Heritage Site. Then the bus head to Kinkaku-ji(The Golden Temple) Rokuon-ji Temple, known locally as the "Golden Temple" and adore the gorgeousness and return to Kyoto with satisfaction. Finally, head to the most iconic place, Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine. Going under thousands of Torii Red gate tunnels will be a memorable experience. You will finish the tour at Kyoto Station. The tour includes commentary from both our frendly tour guide and a Multilingual audio guide from English, French, Italian, Spanish, Thai, Indonesian, and Ukrainian. The coach is always antibacterial coating and regularly ventilation, a comfy airconditioned bus with free wifi.

Kyoto: Heritage Highlights Full-Day Tour

2. Kyoto: Heritage Highlights Full-Day Tour

Embark on an immersive full-day exploration through the rich cultural tapestry of Kyoto. Step into our air-conditioned coach, ensuring a comfortable journey into the heart of Japan's ancient capital. Our first destination is the mesmerizing Fushimi Inari Shrine, adorned with vibrant Torii Gates—an awe-inspiring testament to the depth of Shinto spirituality. Traverse the intricate pathways, surrounded by thousands of vermilion gates, creating a spiritual ambiance like no other. Following this spiritual odyssey, indulge in a culinary masterpiece at a traditional restaurant. Relish a carefully curated set-course menu featuring exquisite Japanese tofu, providing a delightful interlude that prepares us for the adventures ahead. Awaiting us is the UNESCO-listed Kiyomizu-Dera temple, perched on a hillside with panoramic views of Kyoto. Delve into the architectural intricacies and traverse the iconic wooden stage, showcasing the marvels of ancient craftsmanship. Our journey reaches its zenith at the iconic Kinkaku-Ji, the Golden Pavilion, where the exterior glistens in gold leaves. Stroll through meticulously maintained Japanese gardens, a living testament to the grace and elegance of the Ashikaga era. The final chapter unfolds in Arashiyama, renowned for cherry blossoms, Autumn leaves, and the historic Togetsukyo Bridge spanning the Katsura river. Wander the long walkway from the world heritage Tentyuji Temple and immerse yourself in the enchanting Bamboo forest. As the day gracefully concludes at Kyoto Station in the late afternoon, take a moment to reflect on the indelible memories created—immerse yourself in the timeless beauty and cultural splendor of Kyoto, a journey that transcends the ordinary.

Kyoto: Private Customized Walking Tour with a Local Insider

3. Kyoto: Private Customized Walking Tour with a Local Insider

Explore your way with a private and customized walking tour to discover the highlights of Kyoto with your own local guide. See Kyoto Tower, Togetsu-kyō Bridge, Ginkaku-ji Temple, Nishiki Market, and more with an itinerary crafted to your personal interests. Depending on what sparks your interest, your guide will help you create an itinerary to see Kyoto's top attractions. Get insider tips on what to see and do, learn about the culture, and discover hidden gems along the way. Visit sacred sites like the shrine of Fushimi Inari Taisha or Kinkajuki Temple, explore the cultural Geisha district of Gion, or go off the beaten path in historic neighborhoods with the help of your guide. Walk the perfectly preserved streets of Higashiyama for a bird's-eye city view from Yasaka Pagoda, or amble eight minutes north to Gion, Kyoto’s famous lantern-lit geisha district and nightlife hub. Along the way, choose to sample street food at centuries-old Nishiki Market or head one mile west for green tea and pastel-colored wagashi confections in Sanjo-dori Shopping Street, a foodie’s paradise (food costs not included). If you're an outdoor enthusiast, take in a sunset view from Kurama, a natural hot spring area nestled in pine-tree-blanketed mountains reachable by a 30-minute train ride. Whatever you choose to do, your guide will help you get the most out of your visit.

From Osaka: Kyoto Top Highlights Day Trip

4. 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 covered in gold leaf. Wander through the immaculate gardens surrounding the temple, admiring the original Japanese designs that have been preserved since Ashikaga's time. Finish the day in 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. In the late afternoon, hop on the bus back to Osaka.

Kyoto: Arashiyama Bamboo, Temple, Matcha, Monkeys, & secrets

5. Kyoto: Arashiyama Bamboo, Temple, Matcha, Monkeys, & secrets

Get to know the Arashiyama neighborhood of Kyoto on a guided tour around its top sights. Visit highlights like Bamboo Grove, Arashiyama Park, and the Okochi Sanso Garden. Get a taste of Japanese cuisine, explore a Buddhist temple, and enjoy free time in the district's famous shopping street. Choose between a group or private tour. Meet your guide at Saga-Arashiyama Station and head to your first stop, the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove. Explore the amazing urban forest and reach the top of Arashiyama Park for panoramic views of the area. Continue to the private Okochi Sanso Garden. Relax in the serene surroundings and savor matcha tea and a Japanese sweet treat from the traditional tea house. Explore the Tenryuji Temple and admire the koi fish in the pond. Take in views of the Katsura River and the wooden Togetsukyo Bridge. Next, hike up the hill to reach the monkey park. Walk around the enclosures and admire the macaque monkeys up close. Finally, stroll along the Arashiyama shopping street with tips from your guide about the best shops to visit.

Kyoto: Private Tour with Local Licensed Guide

6. Kyoto: Private Tour with Local Licensed Guide

Discover Kyoto’s historical sites, favorite local spots, and hidden gems on a private walking tour with a nationally licensed guide. Choose from a 6 or 4-hour tour, whose itinerary can be customized to fit your interests. See both the modern and traditional sides of this dynamic and ancient city as well as some of the best sightseeing areas, restaurants, and shops. Visit places like the Fushimi Inari Shrine, famous for the Torii Gate Corridor. Explore the filming location for the film “Memoirs of a Geisha”, displaying a colorful crimson scenery with a mysterious atmosphere. Walk through the shrine’s corridors that were erected as a symbolic continuing gate from the current world to the world of the dead inhabited by the gods. Go to the Kinkaku-ji Temple (Temple of the Golden Pavilion), which was given its name from the golden color of its reliquary hall. Admire its simple yet bold structure that features beautiful mountain views in the background. Enter the ancient Kiyomizu-dera temple to get panoramic city views from its large veranda. Walk from the path from the temple to Gion, to find many Kyoto-esque shops filled with unique souvenirs. Grab a snack or enjoy a delicious dinner at one of the many fine restaurants in the Gion district. Your guide will give you dining recommendations that are sure to delight your palate.

From Kyoto: Guided Day Trip to Kyoto and Nara with Lunch

7. From Kyoto: Guided Day Trip to Kyoto and Nara with Lunch

Start your journey with a train ride from JR Kyoto Station to Arashiyama, accompanied by your expert guide. The bamboo grove of Arashiyama 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: the Golden Pavilion. Admire picturesque views of the grand temple reflected in the mirror-like pond it overlooks, and then wander through the sprawling garden that has retained 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. These deer are famously very friendly, and allow visitors to feed them by hand. Within Nara Park you will find the Todai-ji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Your tour guide will give you your train ticket to then go back to Kyoto Station.

From Kyoto: Sagano Train Ride and Guided Kyoto Day Tour

8. From Kyoto: Sagano Train Ride and Guided Kyoto Day Tour

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 blossom trees and breathtaking mountain views. The tour ends after your visit to Fushimi Inari. If the first sightseeing place is Fushimi Inari Taisha, the bus will drop you off at JR Kyoto Station. Otherwise, your expert guide will give you a train ticket at Fushimi Inari Taisha to get back to JR Kyoto Station.

From Osaka: Guided Day Trip to Kyoto and Nara

9. From Osaka: Guided Day Trip to Kyoto and Nara

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.

Kyoto: Arashiyama Customized Rickshaw Tour & Bamboo Forest

10. Kyoto: Arashiyama Customized Rickshaw Tour & Bamboo Forest

Your guide and chariot await at Kyoto’s iconic Togetsu-kyo bridge in Arashiyama, a nationally designated historic site and place of scenic beauty on Kyoto’s western fringe. Be amazed by the district’s main attraction, a towering grove of thick bamboo stalks with a pedestrian and rickshaw path cutting through it. Seeing its beauty, you’ll understand why the Japanese have a fond appreciation for nature. Admire the scenery, which is a blend of serene nature, tended gardens, and dazzling shrines, as your rickshaw driver pulls you up the mountain. Next you’ll see the beautiful Nonomiya Shrine, a Shinto site. If you’ve chosen the 45-minute tour, at this point you’ll end back at the starting point. But if you choose a longer tour, up to 3 hours and 10 minutes, you’ll continue through more of Arashiyama’s wealth of sites. Explore Rakushisya’s cottage, a rustic thatch-roof cottage that was once the home of one of Japan’s revered poets and haiku masters. Those continuing on will be pulled to spots not seen by many tourists. Explore more ancient temples, including Shinto shrines and the Buddhist Nison-in, as your guide whisks you through some amazing places before returning to Togetsu-kyo bridge. The Kyoto Arashiyama Tour is available in four different options: 45 minutes, 1 hour and 10 minutes, 2 hours and 10 minutes, and 3 hours and 10 minutes.

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4.5
(585 reviews)

This tour was our favorite tour in Japan! It is an incredible value for what you get. Our guide, Akrita, was so kind and helpful. He quickly helped us navigate public transportation, showed us the highlights of the itinerary he worked with us to build, and told us all about the history and meaning of what we were seeing. It is very obvious that Akrita has a passion for the work he does - it felt like hanging out with a good friend who happens to be extremely knowledgeable and doesn’t mind taking your picture at all the vista points. Thank you so much for a great day!

My tour was amazing! My guide Nicolo was very friendly and approachable and he carefully planned my tour by matching my personal interests with the local sights. In a short period of time, I learnt so many interesting facts about Japan, ate some tasty ramen and even got to experience Matcha and sweets in the home of a sweet Japanese lady, all by chance. Thank you Nicolo for such a wonderful tour! You made my Kyoto experience an unforgettable memory. Ichi-Go Ichi-E. Kris

Alex was so friendly and accommodating! He picked a convenient meeting place, helped us avoid crowds, helped us find a great meal, and provided such a great experience. Would highly recommend Alex and love to tour with him again!

Nana was a fabulous guide. Her English was excellent as was her knowledge of the places we visited. Thoroughly impressed with this tour. Highly recommended.

Mena? Not sure of spelling. Was excellent. She informed us on the way, gave us maps.