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Kyoto and Nara Day Trip from Kyoto including Nijo Castle

  • Visit Nara which is famous for its wild deer and Todai-ji temple
  • Save time and see lots of Japan’s ancient sites in one day
  • Go to Kinkaku-ji—a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Kyoto
Kyoto and Nara Day Trip from Kyoto including Nijo Castle
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Kyoto and Nara Day Trip from Kyoto including Nijo Castle
From US$134.78

This guided tour of Kyoto and Nara helps you discover many of Japan’s dispersed ancient sites in one day. You’ll learn invaluable historical information from your guide and travel with ease in a coach. It’ll be a hassle-free day with entrance fees, lunch and dinner, and pickup and drop-off from select Kyoto hotels included. Highlights include Nijo Castle, the wild deer of Nara Park, and Kyoto Imperial Palace. 

What to Expect

This jam-packed day starts with a pickup from one of four specified Kyoto hotels. Kyoto is famous for being ancient Japan’s former capital and is home to many important historic sites. You’ll see UNESCO World Heritage Site Nijo Castle and then move on to Kinkaku-ji—a Zen temple with impressive Japanese gardens and buildings covered in gold leaf.

Next up you’ll see Kyoto’s Imperial Palace before having a break for lunch. In the afternoon, you’ll travel to Nara and visit another UNESCO World Heritage Site Todai-ji temple which has one of the world’s biggest Buddha statues.

You’ll finish the day with a stop off at Kasuga Shrine with its 3,000 lanterns and then visit Nara Deer Park, which is home to semi-tame deer who are used to being fed by hand. The day will end with a return trip back to Kyoto.

Reviews (380)
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Reviewed 1 week ago
Great overview of the area.

Morning tour full on seeing the main sights, but tour guide Michi was fun and really passionate about the history. Lunch good - buffet style so you can choose what suits you. Drive to Nara gave time for the feet to recover ready for the...More

Thank JennieCV
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Excellent service, most enjoyable experience

My wife and I went on three separate 1-day tours, conducted by "Sunrise JTB Tours", on three different dates during September-October, 2018. These are: 1-day tour of Kyoto and Nara (from Kyoto), 1-day tour of Mt.Fuji and Hakone (from Tokyo), and 1-day tour of Kamakura...More

3  Thank DebashishC32
Reviewed August 11, 2018

Such a nice experience. Nara and Kyoto are must do's! The experience is so different to Tokyo away from hustle and bustle.

Thank ru19702108
Reviewed July 8, 2018
Todai-ji temple

Todai-ji temple this place is awesome! I think its the Taj Mahal of Japan, Im Australian and I now live in Japan we run a log cabin cafe in Nara Kashihara called Kagiroi cafe, Melb coffee style and siphon.... Come say hello if your in...More

Thank Kagiroi C
Reviewed May 7, 2018 via mobile
Excellent Tour with Great Guide

Had an excellent tour of three sites in Kyoto in the morning and two sites in Nara in the afternoon. Good opportunities for souvenir shopping built in. Our tour guide (English speaking) gave excellent history and context for all the sites visited. Would highly recommend!

2  Thank Kunal B
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