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Kyoto and Nara 1 Day Trip - Golden Pavilion & Todai-ji Temple from Osaka

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    What to Expect
    Meet your guide and group 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. Follow your guide through the opulent chambers of the palace and hear about the extravagant emperor who used to reside here. If the Palace is closed, visit the famous shrine of Kitano instead.

    Revitalize with a flavorsome and fulfilling Japanese and western-style buffet 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.
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    Departure Point
    Hotel Granvia Osaka, 3-chōme-1-番1号 Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka, 530-0001, Japan
    Departure Time
    7:25 AM
    Duration
    11h
    Return Details
    Osaka-Namba Station, Japan, 〒542-0076 Osaka, Chūō-ku, Nanba, 2-chōme−3, 4 丁目 1-17
    Inclusions
    • Transportation by motorcoach, JR Rail and Kintetsu Rail
    • Professional English-speaking guide
    • Lunch
    • Entry/Admission - Todai-ji Temple
    • Entry/Admission - Kyoto Imperial Palace
    • Entry/Admission - Kinkakuji Temple
    • Entry/Admission - Nijo Castle
    • Entry/Admission - Nara Park
    Exclusions
    • Entrance to the Treasures Hall
    • Entrance to the Manyo Botanical Gardens at Kasuga Shrine
    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • 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).
    • [2019] The tour will visit Nishi Hongan-ji Temple instead of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine on February 25, March 25, and November 25.
    • [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.
    • Participants will walk from the parking lot to Todai-ji Temple (about 15 min one-way).
    • At Kasuga Taisha Shrine, the tour does not include entrance to areas requiring admission.
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • 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.
    • Depending on the number of participants, JR train or a bus may be used for the trip from Osaka to Kyoto, and Kintetsu train or a bus may be used from Nara to Osaka. Please note that seating is non-reserved for the trip from Osaka to Kyoto and the trip from Nara to Osaka if using public transportation. Please note that seating is not guaranteed.
    • The order of activities and arrival times may differ depending on road conditions and congestion at destinations.
    • [2019] A Japanese/Western buffet style meal will be served for lunch. As the meal is served buffet style, vegetarian customers are also welcome. 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.
    • [2020] 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.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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    The Day tour is really nice because you get to see all the important locations in Kyoto. Additionally, you can also opt for a half-day trip if you are keen to do other activities such as shopping. The options provided are actually quite flexible. This trip is definitely worth it!
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