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Kyoto & Nara 1-Day Tour

by JTB Global Marketing & Travel Duration 10h 20m Free cancellation available No booking or credit card fees
per adult Price is ¥15

Explore the must-see sights of history-rich Kyoto, including the spectacular Nijo Castle, eminent Kinkaku-ji, and grand Kyoto Imperial Palace. In the afternoon, embark for Nara, home of pacific Nara Park and the famous temple of Todai-ji.

Begin your day with a visit to Nijo Castle to admire its beautiful interior and serene adjacent gardens. Proceed to the exquisite Kinkaku-ji, often called the Temple of the Golden Pavilion, whose own garden is famous for its authentic architecture that incorporates the three styles of shinden, samurai, and zen.

You make your way to Kyoto Imperial Palace for exclusive access to the former residence of the emperor of Japan. Gain a deeper understanding of imperial culture and traditions as your professional guide explains the various functions of this historic facility.

Indulge in a delicious Japanese lunch before making your way to Nara. At Nara Park, you are greeted by many freely roaming deer that call this place home, who are happy to eat right from your hand. Afterwards, head to Japan’s most famous temple—Todai-ji, or the Eastern Great Temple—and observe Japan’s largest bronze statue of the Great Buddha, which took almost 10 years to build.

Stop at the nearby Kasuga Grand Shrine, which features over 3,000 stone and bronze lanterns adorning the temple that have all been donated by worshipers. Complete your day with a visit to Nara’s biggest souvenir shop, bustling Nara Nagomikan, with memorable items that are exclusive to Nara.

Explore the must-see sights of history-rich Kyoto, including the spectacular Nijo Castle, eminent Kinkaku-ji, and grand Kyoto Imperial Palace. In the afternoon, embark for Nara, home of pacific Nara Park and the famous temple of Todai-ji.

Begin your day with a visit to Nijo Castle to admire its beautiful interior and serene adjacent gardens. Proceed to the exquisite Kinkaku-ji, often called the Temple of the Golden Pavilion, whose own garden is famous for its authentic architecture that incorporates the three styles of shinden, samurai, and zen.

You make your way to Kyoto Imperial Palace for exclusive access to the former residence of the emperor of Japan. Gain a deeper understanding of imperial culture and traditions as your professional guide explains the various functions of this historic facility.

Indulge in a delicious Japanese lunch before making your way to Nara. At Nara Park, you are greeted by many freely roaming deer that call this place home, who are happy to eat right from your hand. Afterwards, head to Japan’s most famous temple—Todai-ji, or the Eastern Great Temple—and observe Japan’s largest bronze statue of the Great Buddha, which took almost 10 years to build.

Stop at the nearby Kasuga Grand Shrine, which features over 3,000 stone and bronze lanterns adorning the temple that have all been donated by worshipers. Complete your day with a visit to Nara’s biggest souvenir shop, bustling Nara Nagomikan, with memorable items that are exclusive to Nara.

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8:25 AM, AVANTI Sunrise Tours Desk in English, includes Food Only

Duration 10h 20m No booking or credit card fees

Live Commentary in English.

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per adult
¥15,600

Total price is ¥15, taxes included

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Kyoto & Nara 1-Day Tour

Activity Location

Avanti Shopping Center (Sunrise Tour Desk B1F)

Nara

Meeting/Redemption Point
  • Avanti Shopping Center (Sunrise Tour Desk B1F)

    Higashikujo Nishisanno-cho 31 Minami-ku

    Kyoto 601-8003


Highlights

  • Full-day exploration of Kyoto & Nara’s historic structures

  • Visiting ancient Kyoto Imperial Palace & Kinkaku-ji

  • Illustrious temples & sacred shrines in Nara

  • Scenic walk & feeding tame deer in serene Nara Park

  • Exposure to Japan’s imperial culture of ages past


Inclusions

  • Guided tour of Kyoto & Nara

  • Admission to Kasuga Grand Shrine

  • (2019) A Japanese/Western buffet style meal will be served for lunch

  • (2020)A set menu meal will be served for lunch. For those who would like a vegetarian meal, please m

  • Live tour commentary provided in English


Exclusions

  • Beverages, bottled water, and snacks

  • At Kasuga Taisha Shrine, entrance to areas requiring admission.


Know Before You Book

  • Children 5 and younger are complimentary when accompanied by a paying adult, but may not occupy their own seat.

  • The Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed on the following days. As such, the tour will visit Kitano Tenmangu Shrine instead. (Mondays, Tuesday if Monday is a national holiday, May 14-17 for the Aoi Festival, New Year's holidays, and whenever there is an Imperial Household event)without notice.

  • In 2019, The tour will visit Nishi Hongan-ji Temple instead of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine on February 25, March 25 and November 25.

  • In 2020, The tour will visit Nishi Hongan-ji Temple instead of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine on May 25.

  • Nijo Castle is closed on Tuesdays in January, July, August and December. (Closed on the following day if Tuesday is a holiday.) If closed, or if the tour is during the year-end/New Year's holidays, Ryoan-ji Temple will be visited instead.

  • At Kasuga Taisha Shrine, the tour does not include entrance to areas requiring admission.

  • During the Gion Festival (Sakimatsuri, July 15 - 16), drop-off service to Karasuma Kyoto Hotel and Hotel Nikko Princess Kyoto will be unavailable due to traffic restrictions.

  • Participants will walk from the parking lot to Todai-ji Temple (about 15 min one-way).

  • Nara Nagomikan may be omitted from the itinerary if it is closed on the day of the tour, or as a result of traffic congestion.


Kyoto & Nara 1-Day Tour ratings based on 15 Verified Reviews

Verified Reviews

4.8 out of 5

4/5 Apr 14, 2019

Bon expédition Un peu trop vite cependant à nara pour garder du temps pour une visite dans une boutique Gros point négatif pour le repas du midi Mauvais

5/5 Mar 19, 2019

Good English guide with great sense of humor too! I am happy and content with this tour especially for me as a first timer in Kyoto and Nara. Everything that is in the itinerary was done. Thanks for the experience!!