Day trip

From Osaka: Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto and Nara

Day trip

From Osaka: Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto and Nara

Activity provider: Shinki Bus Tours Co., Ltd.
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From US$ 68.92 per person

Likely to sell out

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

Free cancellation
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Duration 7 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Japanese


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
  • 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
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.
  • Pickup and drop-off at designated meeting points
  • Round-trip bus fare
  • Train fares from Kyoto Station to Saga Arashiyama Station and from Nara Station to Kyoto Station (for Kyoto departure only)
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • 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
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Personal expenses

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Meeting point

Meeting point may vary depending on the option booked.

Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Oversize luggage
  • Smoking
  • Unaccompanied minors

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)
  • Choose between pickup from Umeda, Nippombashi, Namba OCAT, or Kyoto Station
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.9 /5

based on 15 reviews

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Meeting point is very easy to find. Guide is very friendly and explain in detail

March 16, 2023

March 12, 2023

お天気も良く、最高の日に参加しました。 海外の方と一緒に周れるのも、英語/日本語両方でのガイドもとてもためになりました!

March 2, 2023


Product ID: 277317