Day trip

Kyoto and Nara 1 Day Bus Tour from Osaka/Kyoto

Activity provider: VIP Japan Tours
Day trip

Kyoto and Nara 1 Day Bus Tour from Osaka/Kyoto

Activity provider: VIP Japan Tours

From US$ 77.93 per person

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.

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Duration 9 hours
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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
  • 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
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.
  • Tour Guide
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Roundtrip bus fare
  • Entrance fee to Kinkakuji temple
  • Lunch (There are many restaurants in the area to choose from, including Halal and vegan)
  • Entrance fee to Todaiji temple 500yen

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  • 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.
  • Depending on the number of participants, English and Chinese commentary might be given in the same bus
  • Infants under 3 years old are free of charge without seat. If a seat is required, please book with children's price
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.2 /5

based on 170 reviews

Review summary

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Really great tour if you dont have a lot of time to visit Kyoto, it is really pretty. The only thing is that our guide was not speaking very well English so we didnt get a lot of info during the tour. Chineese and english tourists were in the same tour bus and his chineese speaking seemed to be a lot better than his english ... I would recommend to have 2 separates bus and a guide who speak well english on the english tour ! Other than that it was great :)

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March 28, 2023

It was a good travel itinerary because it covers most of the beautiful sites in Kyoto and a bit of Nara. Our tour guide is very helpful and friendly. I wish that they will give more time to each destination so that we enjoy ourselves more. Also, it is a plus if our guide would also speak English in his storytelling not just Taiwanese.

January 6, 2023

This tour is good for those who just want to take a peek of Kyoto and Nara, sort of like an ocular visit before the actual tour. We went to beautiful places that we'd want to explore more. If you're planning to enjoy the scenery it's probably better to book a day or two trip to Kyoto to really savor the view.

December 10, 2022

Product ID: 179654