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

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Explore the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara on this full-day tour from Kyoto. In the morning, visit UNESCO World Heritage sites Nijo Castle and Kinkaku-ji, as well as Kyoto Imperial Palace. Then travel to Nara to visit World Heritage–listed Todai-ji temple complex (including Great Buddha Hall) and Kasuga Shrine. Plus, see the famous wild deer that roam Nara (you can even feed them!) and enjoy a Japanese and Western-style lunch buffet. It's a packed day, but by the end you'll have seen some of Japan's most important ancient landmarks.
  • 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
  • No language barriers—learn about Japan’s history from your guide
What to Expect
This jam-packed day starts when you meet your guide and group at the tour office. 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.
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Departure Point
JTB SUNRISE TOURS DESK KYOTO, Japan, 〒601-8003 Kyoto, Minami-ku, Higashikujō Nishisannōchō, 町南区東九条西山王町31番地 KYOTO AVANTI B1F
Departure Time
8:30 AM
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Professional English guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Japanese and Western-style buffet lunch
  • Entry/Admission - Todai-ji Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Kinkakuji Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Nijo Castle
  • Gratuities
  • Entrance to Treasures Hall and Manyo Botanical Gardens at Kasuga Shrine
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Infant rates apply provided they do not occupy a seat. Not meal included for infants
  • Some parts of roads on this tour are gravel and include steep inclines
  • The tour may not visit Nara Nagomikan if it is closed or due to traffic conditions
  • [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. Thank you for your understanding.
  • [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.
  • [2020]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)
  • [2020]The tour will visit Nishi Hongan-ji Temple instead of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine on May 25.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • [2020]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.
  • [2020]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.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • [2019]The tour will visit Nishi Hongan-ji Temple instead of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine on February 25, March 25 and November 25.
  • 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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Reviewed 30 August 2019 via mobile

The Kyoto and Nara trip was fantastic. We had two different guides one for Kyoto and other for Nara. Both guides were excellent particularly for Nara trip the guide Yumi was outstanding. She is so knowledgeable and humorous and very entertaining. I would highly recommend...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Pijush N
Reviewed 27 August 2019 via mobile

We had a fantastic guide (Mishi?) who was full of information and spoke good English. Starting with Nijo Castle, Imperial Palace and the Golden Pavilion in Kyoto then the huge Buddha Temple and the famous, very tame deer at Nara, amongst other sites, the day...More

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Reviewed 9 July 2019 via mobile

I highly recommended our tour lady was very polite , good english , funny and very knowledgeable . Great places visited , perfect timing for each location, great lunch also

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Carolina K
Reviewed 13 May 2019

Long ,comprehensve. Tiring but worth it. No bad sites, great Guide (Panny) Nara was exceptional. Golden Pagoda and Niro castle

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank anonmolse
Reviewed 17 April 2019 via mobile

Had a great afternoon tour. Our guide was insightful and provided lots of bits and pieces of the areas visited. She was very patient with some of the younger guest on the tour as well. Had plenty of time to take photos of everything and...More

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