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Kyoto and Nara Day Tour Including Golden Pavilion and Todai-ji Temple from Osaka

Kyoto and Nara Day Tour Including Golden Pavilion and Todai-ji Temple from Osaka - Osaka, Japan
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Duration: 11 hours
Location: Osaka, Japan

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$164.61

See the main sights of both Kyoto and Nara in one day! This day trip from Osaka takes you on a morning tour of Nijo Castle, Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavilion), Kyoto Imperial Palace and Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine. After a Japanese lunch, visit landmarks in nearby Nara, home to Kasuga Shrine and the impressive Great Buddha of Todai-ji Temple ... More info ›

See the main sights of both Kyoto and Nara in one day! This day trip from Osaka takes you on a morning tour of Nijo Castle, Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavilion), Kyoto Imperial Palace and Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine. After a Japanese lunch, visit landmarks in nearby Nara, home to Kasuga Shrine and the impressive Great Buddha of Todai-ji Temple. Upon hotel pickup, your guide will accompany you by motor coach, JR Rail and Kintetsu Rail, and inform you about the cultural treasures in each historical capital.

Meet your guide upon hotel pickup and head to JR Osaka Station. Board the JR Special Rapid Service or Rapid Service (non-reserved seating) to Kyoto, Japan's former capital and the emperor's residence from 794 until 1868. Now the country's seventh largest city, modern Kyoto remains steeped in traditional culture. Your morning tour of the city’s main highlights includes approximately 45 minutes at each site.

Start at Nijo Castle, a former residence of the Tokugawa Shogun. Completed in 1626, Nijo Castle is noted for the contrast of its solemn appearance and gorgeous interiors. (Note: When Nijo Castle is closed you’ll visit Ryoan-ji Temple instead.)

After touring the castle, head to nearby Kinkaku-ji Temple, Kyoto's most popular Zen Buddhist temple. Home to perhaps the world's most authentic and exquisite Japanese garden, the temple features the celebrated Golden Pavilion whose wooden structure is completely covered in gold leaf.

Next, visit Kyoto Imperial Palace, which clearly demonstrates the Japanese taste for purity, simplicity and tranquility. With your guide you’ll gain exclusive access to the former residence of the Emperor of Japan before the capital moved to Tokyo. When the Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed, the tour will visit Kitano Shrine (Kitano Tenman-gu) instead. This famous shrine, known as the god of study, has been designated a national treasure and is particularly worth seeing for its Japanese plum blossoms and colored leaves.

Enjoy a Japanese set meal for lunch (vegetarian option available) before you’re off to Nara, located in the Kinai Plain less than one hour from Kyoto. Due to its past as the first permanent capital of Japan, established in the year 710 at Heijo, the city now known as Nara remains full of iconic sites.

See Todai-ji Temple, one of Japan's most famous and historically significant temples, constructed in the 8th century. In its huge precincts are various national treasures of Japan. Step foot in the Daibutsuden (Great Buddha Hall), one of the world's largest wooden buildings, before a stop at Kasuga Shrine. This most famous and beautiful Shinto shrine features some 3,000 antique stone and bronze lanterns.

Before your day trip ends, your guide will take you to Nara Nagomikan, Nara’s biggest souvenir shop where you’ll have the opportunity to browse for about 20 minutes. Here, you’ll find a variety of food products, sweets, and goods exclusive to Nara. Afterward, head to Kintetsu-Nara Station for the rail ride back to Osaka-Namba Station on the Kintetsu line (non-reserved seat) with your guide. Upon arrival back in Osaka, you'll make your own way back to your hotel.

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Kyoto Day Tour of Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle and Sanjusangendo from Osaka

Kyoto Day Tour of Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle and Sanjusangendo from Osaka - Osaka, Japan
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Duration: 10 hours
Location: Osaka, Japan

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$150.82

Tour Kyoto’s famous landmarks all in one day, traveling by rail from Osaka! Visit three UNESCO World Heritage sites in the former royal capital, including Nijo Castle, Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavilion) and Kiyomizu Temple. You'll observe classical Japanese life in the elegant gardens of Heian Shrine, explore the Kyoto Imperial Palace and view 1,001 Bodhisattva statues at Sanjusangendo Hall ... More info ›

Tour Kyoto’s famous landmarks all in one day, traveling by rail from Osaka! Visit three UNESCO World Heritage sites in the former royal capital, including Nijo Castle, Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavilion) and Kiyomizu Temple. You'll observe classical Japanese life in the elegant gardens of Heian Shrine, explore the Kyoto Imperial Palace and view 1,001 Bodhisattva statues at Sanjusangendo Hall. A local guide offers informative commentary throughout your day trip, including lunch, until you return to Osaka by train.

Transfer to the Osaka railway station after morning pickup at select Osaka hotels and hop aboard the JR rapid service train, accompanied by your guide. The train ride takes approximately 30 minutes to Kyoto, Japan's former capital and the emperor's residence from 794 until 1868. Set out to explore iconic sites by comfortable coach while your guide informs your group about the city’s rich cultural heritage.

Start your full-day tour of Kyoto highlights at Nijo Castle, a 17th-century UNESCO World Heritage site that housed Tokugawa shoguns for 265 years. View the castle’s impressive fortifications such as the wide moat, heavy gate and massive stone walls — in contrast with its lavish interiors decorated in gold leaf. Explore the lovely gardens that feature groves of plum and cherry trees, with great photo opportunities during any season. When Nijo Castle is closed, you’ll visit Ryoan-ji Temple instead.

Next, your guide reveals the splendor of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kinkaku-ji Temple, home to the celebrated Golden Pavilion. Stroll through one of the world's most authentic Japanese gardens at Kyoto's most popular Zen temple before heading to the Kyoto Imperial Palace. This ancient palace was the residence of the imperial family until the capital was relocated to Tokyo in 1868, and clearly shows the Japanese aesthetic for purity, simplicity and tranquility. When the Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed, the tour will visit Kitano Shrine (Kitano Tenman-gu) instead.

After a Japanese-style and Western-style buffet lunch (vegetarian option available) and the opportunity to shop at the Kyoto Handicraft Center, re-board the coach for Heian Shrine. Your guide will point out the brightly colored shrine with its vermilion pillars and green roof that, along with enchanting inner gardens and ponds, reflect the elegance of life in the ancient Japanese court.

At Sanjusangendo Hall, explore Japan's longest wooden structure, which honors the goddess of mercy. You’ll be rewarded with the sight of the 1,000-armed wooden statue of Kannon, in addition to 1,001 Bodhisattva statues standing alongside her.
Continue your tour with a visit to Kiyomizu Temple, another spectacular UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy panoramic views of Kyoto from its lofty terrace, surrounded by cherry and maple trees. This is a great place to take in the changing seasons — especially the breathtaking canopy of blossoms in spring.

Your tour concludes with a guided trip on the JR rail back to Osaka Station, where you’ll make your own way back to your hotel.

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Kyoto Morning Tour of Kinkakuji Temple, Nijo Castle and Kyoto Imperial Palace from Osaka

Kyoto Morning Tour of Kinkakuji Temple, Nijo Castle and Kyoto Imperial Palace from Osaka - Osaka, Japan
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Duration: 6 hours
Location: Osaka, Japan

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$86.44

See Kyoto highlights on this 6-hour tour from Osaka! Visit two UNESCO World Heritage sites — Ninjo Castle and Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavilion) — as you tour Japan’s former capital with an experienced local guide. You’ll also visit the Kyoto Imperial Palace and the Kyoto Handicraft Center, traveling round-trip by train from Osaka ... More info ›

See Kyoto highlights on this 6-hour tour from Osaka! Visit two UNESCO World Heritage sites — Ninjo Castle and Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavilion) — as you tour Japan’s former capital with an experienced local guide. You’ll also visit the Kyoto Imperial Palace and the Kyoto Handicraft Center, traveling round-trip by train from Osaka. Enjoy impressive displays of the seasons at these landmarks, including cherry trees in full blossom in spring!

Your guide will pick you up from your selected hotel in the morning and accompany you to the Osaka railway station. Board the JR rapid service train for Kyoto and relax on the 30-minute ride to the former imperial capital. Upon arrival, you’ll disembark and begin your 6-hour tour of the city, where Japan’s emperors resided from 794 until 1868.

Your comfortable coach delivers you to top attractions where you’ll hear expert commentary from your guide. Begin at Nijo Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site built in 1603 to house Tokugawa shoguns for more than two centuries. Observe the solemn appearance of the castle's massive gate and stone walls surrounded by a moat, in contrast with its decorative interiors painted in gold leaf. You’ll find fantastic photo opportunities in any season amid the garden’s plum and cherry tree groves. When Nijo Castle is closed, you’ll visit Ryoan-ji Temple instead.

Next, walk around one of the world's most exquisite Japanese gardens at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kinkaku-ji Temple. View the revered Golden Pavilion before a visit to the Kyoto Imperial Palace. A residence of the imperial family until the capital was relocated to Tokyo in 1868, the palace clearly shows the Japanese taste for simplicity, purity and tranquility. You'll also view the Shishinden imperial state chamber where enthronement ceremonies took place. When the Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed, the tour will visit Kitano Shrine (Kitano Tenman-gu) instead.

Enjoy a buffet lunch (own expense) and some shopping at the Kyoto Handicraft Center before your tour concludes with a return trip by JR rail back to Osaka Station, where you’ll make your own way back to your hotel.

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Osaka Full-Day Walking Tour with Osaka River Cruise

Osaka Full-Day Walking Tour with Osaka River Cruise - Osaka, Japan
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Duration: 6 hours
Location: Osaka, Japan

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$127.83

Go for a stroll through Osaka and see its highlights on this guided walking tour, including a 1-hour river cruise on the Aqua Liner. You'll enjoy lunch and visit Osaka's famous attractions with a knowledgeable guide, such as Osaka Castle and the Floating Garden Observatory ... More info ›

Go for a stroll through Osaka and see its highlights on this guided walking tour, including a 1-hour river cruise on the Aqua Liner. You'll enjoy lunch and visit Osaka's famous attractions with a knowledgeable guide, such as Osaka Castle and the Floating Garden Observatory. From the river, view the Twin Towers and City Hall on Nakanoshima lsle, and enjoy sweeping views all the way to Awaji Island from the Umeda Sky Building.

Start your 6.5-hour walking tour from Hotel Granvia Osaka, where you’ll meet your friendly guide. Make your way to the Floating Garden Observatory, an open-air sky bridge connecting the two towers of the Umeda Sky Building. You'll spend approximately 1 hour enjoying panoramic views overlooking the city, Awaji Island and Mt Ikoma.

After a delicious Japanese lunch, head to Higashi-Umeda Station for a subway ride to Temmabashi Station (non-reserved seating) with your guide. Disembark for Osaka Castle, noted for its magnificence and the immense stones used in its construction. The renovated castle rises above the city on a stone rampart, and was built in 1583 as the intended capital of Japan. Many relics of old Osaka and the Toyotomi who built the castle are exhibited inside.

From here it's a short walk to the riverboat dock to board the Aqua Liner for a 1-hour cruise around Nakanoshima. Enjoy breathtaking seasonal landscapes with passing views that include Osaka Castle, the Twin Towers and City Hall on Nakanoshima lsle. At the end of your tour, proceed with your guide to Osakajo-Koen Station for the return ride on the JR local line to Osaka Station. Then continue exploring the city on your own or find your way back to your hotel.

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Osaka Afternoon Walking Tour with Osaka River Cruise

Osaka Afternoon Walking Tour with Osaka River Cruise - Osaka, Japan
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Duration: 4 hours
Location: Osaka, Japan

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$89.20

Combine the best of Osaka on this half-day walking tour in the afternoon. With your expert and friendly guide, explore Osaka Castle — the city’s best-known sight that is especially popular during cherry blossom season ... More info ›

Combine the best of Osaka on this half-day walking tour in the afternoon. With your expert and friendly guide, explore Osaka Castle — the city’s best-known sight that is especially popular during cherry blossom season. Then take a 1-hour river cruise on the Aqua Liner, a pleasure boat with panoramic views including Osaka Castle, Umeda Sky Building and City Hall on Nakanoshima lsle.

After meeting your guide at Hotel Granvia Osaka, make your way to Higashi-Umeda Station and board the subway train to Tenmabashi Station. Disembark and follow your guide on a walk to the renowned Osaka Castle, constructed with immense stones in the 16th century. Explore around the magnificent castle, which stands on a stone rampart and towers over the city. These surroundings are lovely in any season and particularly brilliant when cherry blossoms are in full bloom.
Inside, spend time looking over the 3D exhibits, holograms and eye-catching displays that depict old Osaka. Before accompanying you on your river cruise, your guide will point out the many relics of the Toyotomi who originally built the castle.
Leaving this monument behind, it’s a short walk to the nearby embarkation point of the Aqua Liner. Board the pleasure boat for a 1-hour river cruise around Nakanoshima lsle with your guide. You’ll enjoy seasonal views of autumn leaves or cherry blossoms strewn among Osaka's major landmarks including Osaka Castle, Umeda Sky Building and City Hall.
After your relaxing boat ride, disembark and walk with your guide to Osakajo-Koen Station for the return ride on the JR local line to Osaka Station. From there, make your own way back to your hotel.

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Nara Afternoon Tour of Todaiji Temple, Deer Park and Kasuga Shrine from Osaka

Nara Afternoon Tour of Todaiji Temple, Deer Park and Kasuga Shrine from Osaka - Osaka, Japan
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Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes
Location: Osaka, Japan

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$95.64

Enjoy an afternoon visit to Nara, whose combined historic monuments make the ancient city a UNESCO World Heritage site. This imperial capital from the 8th century is full of cultural treasures, including some of Japan's oldest Buddhist temples ... More info ›

Enjoy an afternoon visit to Nara, whose combined historic monuments make the ancient city a UNESCO World Heritage site. This imperial capital from the 8th century is full of cultural treasures, including some of Japan's oldest Buddhist temples. Ride the JR rail from Osaka to Kyoto, where you’ll transfer by comfortable coach to Nara. After your tour of Todaiji Temple, Deer Park and Kasuga Shrine with a knowledgeable guide, you’ll return to Osaka by train.

Depart Osaka and travel by JR rail to Kyoto, where you'll join your tour of Nara. Board the coach and drive less than 1 hour from Kyoto to explore some of the city’s UNESCO World Heritage sites with your guide.
Japan's first permanent capital was established in the year 710 at Heijo, the city now known as Nara. As the influence and political ambitions of the city's powerful Buddhist monasteries grew to become a serious threat to the government, the capital was moved to Nagaoka in 784.
Visit the 8th-century Todaiji Temple, one of Japan's most famous and historically significant temples. In its huge precincts you’ll find various national treasures of Japan. The Daibutsuden (Great Buddha Hall) is one of the world's largest wooden buildings, which enshrines a gigantic bronze statue of Buddha — a wonder of religious architecture! Exploring the grounds during any season will showcases the most impressive displays of nature, from vivid fall colors to Japanese cherry blossoms in full bloom.
See more than 1,000 tame deer roaming freely in the verdant Deer Park, which comprises 1,250 acres (505 hectares). If you wish to feed the deer, they will gladly eat from your hand. (Special deer food is available for sale in the park grounds.)
Your last stop is Kasuga Shrine, the most famous and beautiful Shinto shrine in Nara. Part of the historic monuments of ancient Nara, it features some 3,000 antique stone and bronze lanterns. Walk along the outdoor pathway as you listen to commentary from your guide about the shrine’s influence on Japanese culture.
Afterward, travel by return rail directly to Osaka Station, where you’ll make your own way back to your hotel.

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