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Beauty of Kyoto and Nara Highlights Full Day Tour from Kyoto Instant Confirmation

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See the majestic Nijo Castle

Dive deeply into the richness of both Kyoto and Nara as you visit temples, shrines, and even the Imperial Palace. Treat yourself to a day in the majestic splendor of these ancient places.

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  • Shika deer in Nara Park
  • Kinkakuji in autumn
  • Delicate flowers blooming at a shrine in Kyoto
  • The massive gate of a temple in Kyoto
  • A large torii, a gateway to Japanese shrines.
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Start your adventure into history in Kyoto, one of Japan's ancient capitals. Begin with a visit to important historical sights such as Nijo Castle, the Temple of the Golden Pavilion, and Kyoto's Imperial Palace. After visiting these wonders, break for lunch before making your way to the idyllic town of Nara.
In Nara, take a moment of Zen at the tranquil Todaiji Temple, home of the world's largest Buddha statue. Learn the legends about the deer that freely roam Nara Park. Stroll through the gardens with these friendly creatures until you reach the Kasuga Grand Shrine. Of course, there is time to pick up some traditional souvenirs too, before convenient transport back to Kyoto.
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Adult (Age 12 & over)
USD 142.08
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Child (Age 6-11)
USD 120.44
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Infant (Age 0-5)
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Adult (Age 12 & over)
from USD 142.08
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Child (Age 6-11)
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from USD 120.44
Infant (Age 0-5)
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free
  • Duration: 10 - 12 hour(s)
  • Available: Daily
  • Pick-up: Not available
  • Inclusion: Lunch / Admission / Transportation fee / English-speaking guide
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Starting time: 08:00 (Kyoto Hotel Okura) - 08:50 (Kyoto Tokyu Hotel) (Show details)
  • 07:50 Pick-up at Select Hotels in Kyoto
  • Nijo Castle (50 minutes)
    20120313053930_1732680769_10001_4.jpeg A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this historical castle was completed in 1626. Built to provide lodgings for the Shogun, the grounds consist of two concentric rings of fortification, the Honmaru and the Ninomaru, along with beautiful gardens.
  • Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion) (45 minutes)
    Kinkakuji in autumn The top two floors of this gorgeous Zen temple are completely covered in gold leaf and surrounded by one of the most exquisite Muromachi Period gardens in Kyoto.
  • Kyoto Imperial Palace (All Days Except Mondays) (40 minutes)
    20120313054812_1949490875_10001_4.jpeg Located within the beautiful gardens of Kyoto Gyoen, this architectural beauty was the residence of the Emperor of Japan until 1869.
    *Closed on Mondays except when Monday is a national holiday. The following Tuesday will be closed instead.
  • Kitano Tenmangu Shrine (Mondays and Days when Imperial Palace is Closed) (40 minutes)
    This shrine's main hall is a designated national treasure and is famous for housing the God of scholarship. The shrine is especially beautiful during the plum blossom and autumn leaf seasons.
  • Japanese Style Lunch or Western Buffet
    After lunch, head to Nara by bus!
  • Todaiji Temple and Nara Park (60 minutes)
    Shika deer in Nara Park Todaiji is a World Cultural Heritage Site and home to the largest bronze Buddha statue in the world, housed by the largest wooden building in Japan. In Nara Park you can eet the famous local deer, considered messengers to the gods.
  • Kasuga Taisha Shrine (40 minutes)
    Golden lanterns in an ancient Japanese temple. This Nara Period shrine Shinto shrine dates back to 768 and is known for its numerous bronze and stone lanterns. The deer are thought to be shrine messengers!
  • Nara Nagomikan (20 minutes)
    Walk around Nara Nagomi Kan looking for that perfect Japanese souvenir!
  • 18:30-19:30 Drop-off at Select Hotels in Kyoto
Package detail / Schedule
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Restriction(s)
    • Children (ages 0-5 years) will be able to participate for free under the following conditions.
      Tour:
      An individual seat will not be provided. Please have them sit on the lap of their parent or guardian. If there are seats available, they are welcome to use it, however they will not be getting a priority in seating.
      An individual meal or snack will not be provided as well.
      If you would like any of the above for children (ages 0-5 years), please book them as a child.
Additional Note(s)
    • 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).
    • The tour will visit Nishi Hongan-ji Temple instead of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine on February 25, March 25 and November 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 Grand Shrine, the tour does not include entry to areas requiring additional admission fees.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • During the period from Jan. 5 to Mar. 11, a one-plate lunch may be served depending on the number of participants. A menu that may also be enjoyed by vegetarians will be served.
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Cancellation Policy
  • Any cancellations made between 18:00 local time, 8 business days to 18:00 local time, 2 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 30% of the total amount.
  • Any cancellations made between 18:00 local time, 2 business days to 18:00 local time, 1 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 40% of the total amount.
  • Any cancellations made between 18:00 local time, 1 business days to 1 hours prior to the activity start time will be subject to a charge of 50% of the total amount.
  • Any cancellations made after 1 hours prior to the activity start time will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.
Change policy
  • Please contact VELTRA immediately if you make any changes to your booking once it is confirmed, as:

    ・Any changes made between 18:00 local time, 8 business days to 18:00 local time, 2 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 30% of the total amount.
    ・Any changes made between 18:00 local time, 2 business days to 18:00 local time, 1 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 40% of the total amount.
    ・Any changes made between 18:00 local time, 1 business days to 1 hours prior to the activity start time will be subject to a charge of 50% of the total amount.
    ・Any changes made after 1 hours prior to the activity start time will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.

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(23 reviews)
Language English
Pick-up Not available
Duration 10 - 12 hour(s)
Availability Daily
Meal Lunch

LATEST 5-STAR REVIEWS

Overall, pleasant Time allocated was short and sweet at each location. I enjoyed this tour.
We thoroughly enjoyed this excellent tour of beautiful Kyoto and the amazing Todaiji Temple, and Nara deer park. The buffet lunch was very good with plenty of choice and many vegetarian options. The g...more
by: Rohanna
Obviously you're packing a lot into one day so you don't spend ages at each place, but this is a great way to see the main highlights and get a feel of the places. Tour guides were great and knowledga...more
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Beauty of Kyoto and Nara Highlights Full Day Tour from Kyoto