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

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

From RM710 / per person for 11 hours
See all of Kyoto and Nara’s spectacular sights on a full-day sightseeing tour of the cities from Osaka.

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Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, gain fascinating insight into the rich historical heritage of the region’s legendary landmarks. Begin your cultural excursion with a guided tour of the ancient Nijo Castle, and then absorb the aesthetic majesty of both Kyoto Imperial Palace and Kinkaku-ji Temple. Revitalize with a traditional Japanese lunch then explore nearby Nara, home to majestic monuments like the Great Buddha of Tadoi-ji Temple and Kasuga Shrine.


• Child price: Age 6-11. Infant price: Age 0-5
• Entrance to the Treasures Hall and Manyo Botanical Gardens at Kasuga Shrine are not included
• Make sure you select the correct pickup location at checkout, as failure to appear at the pickup location at the scheduled time and location may result in a cancellation of your reservation with no refund
• Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed on Monday and, if Monday is a national holiday, Monday will be open and the following day will be closed. When Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed, you will visit Kitano-tenmangu Shrine instead
• Please note that you will be asked to fill in your full name, nationality, gender, and age before entering the Kyoto Imperial Palace (forms will be handed out on the day of the tour)
• Tour itinerary subject to change 
• On Tuesdays (Wednesday if Tuesday is a national holiday) in January, July, August, and December, Nijojo Castle is closed. The tour will visit Ryoan-ji Temple instead
• On Jan. 25, May 25 and Aug. 25, Nishi Hongan-ji Temple will be the alternative for Kitano-tenmangu Shrine
• The tour may not visit Nara Nagomikan if it is closed or if traffic conditions make it difficult
• Some parts of pathway on this tour have gravel surface


Meeting Point

Meet Up Point

• 7.15 am from Hotel Granvia Osaka
• 7 am from Hilton Osaka
• 6.45 am from Swissotel Nankai

Remarks: Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.

Drop Off Point

Tour concludes upon arrival at Kintetsu Namba Station (in Osaka) at approximately 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Kyoto & Nara Day Tour


• Experience the historical treasures of Japan’s former capitals with a professional English-speaking guide
• Visit Nijo Castle, Golden Pavilion and Kyoto Imperial Palace in Kyoto
• View Kasuga Shrine and Todai-ji Temple in Nara
• Enjoy a typical Japanese lunch and find souvenirs at Nara Nagomikan
• Travel by coach, JR Rail and Kintetsu Rail


After hotel pickup in Osaka, climb aboard the JR Special Rapid Service train to Kyoto, Japan’s former capital. Listen as your guide sets the historical scene of the sprawling city, offering information on the rich heritage and impressive monuments of the region. 

On arrival, head straight to Nijo Castle, a 17th-century structure revered for its solemn exterior and opulent interior.

After your tour, venture to the nearby Kinkaku-ji Temple to absorb the sacred ambience of the Buddhist temple; stroll through one of the world’s most exquisite Japanese gardens and gaze at the glimmering gold façade of the Golden Pavilion. 

Next, visit Kyoto Imperial Palace, a splendid structure that characterizes the pure and simple Japanese style. If the Palace is closed, visit the famous shrine of Kitano instead.

Revitalize with a flavorsome and fulfilling Japanese lunch then make your way to Nara, a city shrouded in legend and thronged with significant sites. 

Head first to Todai-ji Temple, an ancient 8th-century structure that houses some of Japan’s national treasures, and gaze at 3,000 antique bronze and stone lanterns.

The last stop is to visit Nara Nagomikan, an enormous souvenir shop replete with sweets, exclusive goods and artisan treats. 

After purchasing some bespoke treats, you'll be transferred to Kintetsu Nara Station and say goodbye to your guide at the station. You'll make your own back from Kintetsu Nara Station to Osaka Namba Station (non-reserved seat) where the tour concludes.


• Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability


Included Extras

Please find below a selection of extras that are included within the price of your tour.

Hotel Pickup

Hotel pickup (from selected Osaka hotels only)

Transportation Fees

Transportation by motorcoach, JR Rail and Kintetsu Rail

Admission Fees

Admission Fees included as per listed in itinerary


Japanese lunch

English-speaking Guide

Professional English-speaking guide

Optional Extras

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