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From Osaka/Kyoto: Kyoto and Nara Guided Bus Tour

From Osaka/Kyoto: Kyoto and Nara Guided Bus Tour

Depart from the exclusive VIP Lounge of Osaka or Kyoto, heading to Fushimi Inari Shine. 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 Traditional Kyoto Townhouse built over 120 years ago, the "Kyoto Wasabi" for lunch. enjoy the Kyoto pork and tofu shabu-shabu which is a Japanese dish where very thinly sliced pork is cooked in a traditional hot-pot full of boiling pot. ************* Those who choose the no-meal option will spend 20 minutes at Kyoto Imperial Palace or go directly to Kinkaku-ji Temple. ************* 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. We will then take the bus back to end the tour. Just like the meeting points, we also provide two disbanding locations in Kyoto and Osaka for guests to choose. Simply decide where you want to end your trip for the day.

Kyoto/Osaka: Kyoto and Nara UNESCO Sites & History Day Trip

Kyoto/Osaka: Kyoto and Nara UNESCO Sites & History Day Trip

After meeting at the designated place in the morning,start your beautiful journey with our professional guide. Pick-up time and location: 8: 40am Nipponbashi Exit 2 9: 50am Kyoto-Hachijoguchi Bus Loading Area ▼10:00 Kyoto Recommended itinerary 1: Kiyomizu-dera Temple(Ticket fee excluded)- Nineizaka & Sanneizaka - Ishibei-koji Alley -Hanamikoji Street- Yasaka Shrine ,Tourists can choose some scenic spots according to their own preferences and physical conditions. 2: Kimono experience. Tourists who are interested can change into kimono, stroll on the ancient streets, visit Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Take a picture with the beautiful moment.(You can choose any kimono shops including Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Fushimi Inari Shrine. It is recommended that you can borrow from Kiyomizu-dera Temple and return to Fushimi Inari Shrine.Price excluded.) 【Kiyomizu-dera Temple】UNESCO World Heritage site & Popular tourist attraction in Kyoto. 【Nineizaka & Sanneizaka】【Ishibei-koji Alley】【Hanamikoji Street】【Yasaka Shrine】 ▼13:30 Kyoto 【Fushimi-Inari Taisha Shrine 】(about 70 minutes, free time) Fushimi-Inari Taisha Shrine is famous for its " Senbon Torii ". It attracts countless tourists from Japan and abroad every year and ranked Top1 in the survey of the world's largest travel website for three consecutive years as "the most popular tourist attraction for foreigner in Japan". Let's pray for our dear family and ourselves here. In addition, the Ema of Fushimi-Inari Taisha Shrine is also unique with a shape of a white fox which can be doodled into various god expressions. ▼16:00 Nara park(about 1.5 hours, free time) Nara Park is an urban park located at the foot of Mt. Wakakusa in Nara City where the famous places of interest such as Todaiji Temple and Kasuga Taisha Shrine are located here. It is a must-see when visiting Nara. Wakakusa which located near the park is a wonderful place to overlook the scenery of Nara, and traditional events such as "Wakakusa Burning Mount." are held here every January. A leisurely stroll is the best way to visit the park. There is large herd of deer. Feeding the cute deer is also the biggest viewing point for tourists.The deer here are also very smart. If they see deer senbei in the hands of tourists, they will take the initiative to come, so be careful of the flocks of deer which may knock you down. ▼ Itinerary Recommended. 【Todaiji Temple】(Price excluded)Also known as Suzumushi Temple, it was built in 752 by Emperor Shengmu in order to enshrine the Great Buddha and serve as the head temple of Japanese temples. It is home mountain of the Huayan Sect. (Admission fee for the main hall of Todaiji Temple: Adults,JP¥600,Children,JP¥300;Admission fee for the main hall+ Museum: Adults,JP¥1000, Children,JP¥400 ) ▼ 17:30 Start to return to Osaka The only drop-off address is at Osaka station(Nipponbashi Exit 2)

Nara: Half-Day UNESCO Heritage & Local Culture Walking Tour

Nara: Half-Day UNESCO Heritage & Local Culture Walking Tour

Meet your knowledgeable guide at the meeting point and begin your cultural half-day walking tour of Japan's first historical capital. As you walk by the shopping arcade, explore a Japanese old town extremely different from a metropolis like Tokyo. Walk between the historical buildings, and go inside a traditional merchant's house to see how people around here live in the past. Next, take a break from walking to observe the mysterious pyramid-shaped structure in the middle of the quiet town. Admire the view of the city of Nara from the hill, then visit Todai-ji Temple and Kasuga Taisha Shrine, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Learn about the distinct Japanese religious culture as you see a huge temple with a great Buddha statue, then explore a beautiful shrine housing hundreds of lanterns. In this area, meet and feed the wild deer living in Nara Park. For over 1,200 years, locals have believed that deer are sacred divine messengers. Interact with them and see how polite they are. At the end of the tour, savor a delicious Japanese lunch dish made only using local Nara vegetables and fresh meat.

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

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 Osaka/Kyoto: Private Kyoto & Nara Day Trip with Pickup

From Osaka/Kyoto: Private Kyoto & Nara Day Trip with Pickup

See the iconic landmarks in Nara and Kyoto in one day on a private trip with hotel pickup and drop-off from Osaka, Kyoto, or Kobe. Encounter deers at Nara Park, see a grand Buddha statue at Todaiji, visit the torri gates of Fushimi-Inari Shrine, stroll through the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, and more. Meet your driver at your hotel and head to Nara Park, home to thousands of freely roaming deers. Buy some crackers to feed the deer, or grab a snack from one of the many tea houses. Walk through Nara Park and reach the Todaiji Temple or the “Great Eastern Temple”. Discover a priceless trove of history and culture at Todaiji, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See one of Japan's most famous and historically significant Buddhist temple complexes. Visit the Daibutsuden (Big Buddha Hall) and see the majestic 15-meter-tall large bronze statue of Buddha. Next, walk through a sea of vermillion-red torri gates of the Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine in Kyoto. Next up is Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion), a Zen temple in northern Kyoto. See 3 floors, each with its own different style of architecture. Admire the top 2 floors completely covered in gold leaf. Finally, visit the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest together with the Arashiyama Kimono Forest. Choose to ride the Sagano Romantic Train, known during spring for scenic views of cherry blossoms and in fall for the brilliant colors of maple leaves. Cross the Togetsukyo wood bridge across the Katsura River.

From Osaka: Guided Day Trip to Kyoto and Nara

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.

Osaka: Nara, Todaiji, Uji Matcha, and Hot Spring Tour

Osaka: Nara, Todaiji, Uji Matcha, and Hot Spring Tour

See the iconic landmarks of Nara and Kyoto in one day with roundtrip transportation from Osaka. Encounter deers at Nara Park, see a grand Buddha statue at Todaiji, stroll through the Uji Matcha street, find peace in natural hot springs, and more. After meeting your driver/guide, head to Nara Park, home to thousands of freely roaming deer, at the foot of Mt. Wakakusa in Nara City. Get some crackers to feed the deer, take a stroll through the urban park, or grab a snack from one of the many tea houses around. Reach the Todaiji Temple or the “Great Eastern Temple”. Discover a priceless trove of history and culture at this UNESCO World Heritage Site. See one of Japan's most famous and historically significant Buddhist temple complexes. Enter the Daibutsuden to see a 15-meter-tall bronze statue of Buddha. Next, head to Uji Matcha Street, a foodie's paradise full of matcha ice cream, matcha cakes, and even soba noodles that are matcha green. Explore the time-honored Matcha stores recommended by your guide at the sacred site of green tea. Finally, make your way to the only natural hot spring in Uji, with water springing from 1111 meters underground. Admire the traditional Japanese architecture and enjoy a moment of relaxation and peace.

E-Bike Nara Highlights - Todaiji, Knives, Deer, Shrine

E-Bike Nara Highlights - Todaiji, Knives, Deer, Shrine

Leading outdoor activities provider in Nara City, we always over-deliver and make sure our guests are safe and enjoy our experiences in the best way possible. We take you where you want to go and want to see, but we also include hidden gems you didn't know about, to really make a difference in your trip. In this tour, you will explore the best of what the Nara Park area has to offer, and cover a day of walking around in 3.5 hours with E-bikes, and get more to do in one day, to optimize your trip schedule, and enjoy our connections with the local community.

Kyoto and Nara UNESCO World Heritage Sites Full-Day Trip

Kyoto and Nara UNESCO World Heritage Sites Full-Day Trip

Get picked up from the meeting point in Osaka or Kyoto and set out to tour the region's UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Your first stop is the Kiyomizu Temple area. See the oldest temple in Kyoto and also a national treasure of Japan. As a famous shrine in Japan to pray for love and fate, you can leave the most sincere wishes here. Then go to Fushimi-Inari Taisha Shrine. Known for its Senbon Torii, walk along the endless rows of these orange gates and remunerate about your day, or pray for loved ones. Afterward, head to Nara Park, home to thousands of freely roaming deer, at the foot of Mt. Wakakusa in Nara City. Get some crackers to feed the deer, stroll through the urban park, or grab a snack from one of the many tea houses around. From Nara Park make your way to Todaiji Temple. See one of Japan's most famous and historically significant Buddhist temple complexes. Enter the Daibutsuden to see a 15-meter-tall bronze statue of Buddha. Conclude your trip with a drop-off at Osaka station ( the only drop off station for this trip is at Osaka)

From Kyoto: Nara Guided Half Day Bus Tour

From Kyoto: Nara Guided Half Day Bus Tour

Embark on a delightful tour of the traditional areas in Nara that are brimming with cultural and historical significance, including the magnificent Todaiji temple, the picturesque Nara park, and the renowned Kasuga Taisha Shrine. While touring the Todaiji temple, marvel at the colossal 15-meter Great Buddha statue, which is housed in the largest wooden structure in the world, and soak in the fascinating historical significance of this landmark. As you explore the scenic Nara park, don't miss out on the chance to observe and interact with the adorable and friendly deer, which have become an iconic part of the park's charm. Finally, at the Kasuga Taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual ambiance of the main sanctuary and offer your prayers and wishes to the gods. Overall, this tour promises to be an enchanting and fulfilling experience that offers a glimpse into the rich and vibrant history and culture of Nara.

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4.2
(183 reviews)

Artur knew his stuff with respect to history/facts about Nara and its major sites as well as personal experiences with Japan and Nara culture. We enjoyed the sites, the walks, and the places where we went for lunch and mochi.

Wonderful atmosphere, lots of interesting facts, a great tea brewing ritual with delicious snacks. We could also try various types of tea and sake.. The whole family was very impressed. Thank you.

Our tour cicy ensured that information was passed well, she explained the way to reach the placed that were planned in this trip. Overall a pleasant experience.

Just make sure to arrive super early, boarding time on the bus etc is 20mins before start time mentioned

We loved feeding the deer and learning about shrine and temple history.