See the two major sights of Japan's ancient capitals all in one day! This tour takes you on a morning tour of the world-famous Kyoto, to experience one of Japan's most important historical and cultural cities. After lunch, visit the nearby Nara, another historically known capital and home to the towering Great Buddha of Todaiji Temple.

Time From Osaka: 7:25am - 19:30pm
From Kyoto: 8:30am - 19:30pm
Departure Jan. 5 - Dec. 30: Daily
Code from Kyoto :JG-1NN2101
from Osaka:JG-1NP1101
From Osaka departure additional charge required 


B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner
Kyoto - Nara - Kyoto

Day 1

Kyoto - Nara - Kyoto
From Osaka:
7:25 Depart Hotel Granvia Osaka for Osaka Station on foot. Board a rapid service train to Kyoto, then head to AVANTI Sunrise Tour Desk (Kyoto station Hachijo exit). *Report at least 10 minutes prior to departure. 
From Kyoto:
8:30 Depart AVANTI Sunrise tour desk (Kyoto Station Hachijo exit) to visit the following by bus. *Report at least 10 minutes prior to departure.

Nijo Castle (50 min)
Tour the historical castle completed in 1626, built to provide lodging for the Tokugawa Shogun and Kinkaku-ji Temple (45 min).
Visit the Golden Pavillion, designated as a Special National Historic Site and Special National Landscape, with 2 floors covered entirely in thin layers of pure gold and detailed architecture incorporating three disctinct styles of shinden, samurai, and zen; and as a palladium for Kyoto Imperial Palace(40 min). Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed to the public on the following days. During these times, Kitano Tenmangu Shrine will be visited 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).
Walk the massive grounds of the ancient shrine, built in 947 as a tribute to scholar and poet Sugawara no Michizane, whose abundance in knowledge has made the shrine a popular location for students to pray before taking their entrance exams.
Consistent Everyday
Lunch (70 min): Enjoy a Japanese/Western-style buffet for lunch.
Head to Nara via Nara Keinawa Expressway.
Todai-ji Temple: Behold the world's largest bronze statue, Great Statue of Buddha, whose tremendous height of 14.98 m (49.1 ft) required nearly 10 years in the making and over 3,000 metal plates.
Nara Park: Interact with over 1,200 wild deer that roam the park, considered sacred messengers of Shinto gods according to a local folklore.
Kasuga Grand Shrine : Study the thousands of stone lanterns that line the path to this serene shrine hidden in the woods.
Nara Nagomikan (20 mins.): Splurge at Nara's biggest souvenir shop, selling a vast variety of food products, sweets and goods exclusive to Nara.
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Arrive back at hotel. *Drop-off service to Karasuma Kyoto and Hotel Nikko Princess in Kyoto provided.
(from Osaka)
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Arrive at Namba Station in Osaka. Tour concludes upon arrival.
This tour cannot be booked on the same day as the Kyoto Night Tour or Kyoto Maiko Dinner due to time constraints.
Pick-up service in Kyoto is available at the following hotels for this tour.Desired pick-up point MUST be indicated when booking.Please gather at the pick-up point at least 10 minutes before the scheduled departure time.

Kyoto Pick-up Points & Bus Departure Time 
ANA Crowne Plaza Kyoto* 8:35 a.m. Hotel Nikko Princess Kyoto*
8:30 a.m. Karasuma Kyoto Hotel* 8:40 a.m. Kyoto Hotel Okura 8:20 a.m. Kyoto Tokyu Hotel, 8:40a.m. AVANTI sunrise tour desk (Kyoto station Hachijo exit) 8:25a.m.
  • Lunch
  • Transportation 
  • Admission Fee
  • Guiding by a certified tour guide/interpreter
  • Consumption tax
  1. If the minimum number of participants (1) is not met by 4 days before the scheduled date, the tour on that date may be canceled.
  2. 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)
  3. The tour will visit Nishi Hongan-ji Temple instead of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine on May 25.
  4. 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
  5. Participants will walk from the parking lot to Todai-ji Temple (about 15 min one-way). Thank you for your understanding. Please inform us at the time of booking if any person in your group is using crutches or a wheelchair, or has a chronic illness that makes it difficult to walk for long distances.
  6. At Kasuga Taisha Shrine, the tour does not include entrance to areas requiring admission.
  7. 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.
  8. Connection to the Kyoto Night Tour or Kyoto Maiko Dinner is not possible.
  9. 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.
  10. The order of activities and arrival times may differ depending on road conditions and congestion at destinations.
  11. A set menu meal will be served for lunch. For those who would like a vegetarian meal, please make sure to inform us at the time of reservation. If requests are not provided in advance, same-day changes cannot be accepted. Halal, gluten-free, and other meal requests are not available. For those that don't require lunch, please make a booking for the 'without lunch' plan: consult with your travel agent. 

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