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Kyoto and Nara 1 Day Bus Tour provided by VIP Japan Tours

Kyoto and Nara 1 Day Bus Tour

Kyoto and Nara 1 Day Bus Tour
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About
This tour will take you to see the famous 1000 vermilion gates at Fushimi Inari Grand Shrine, Arashiyama, UNESCO world heritage site Kinkaku-ji temple and Todaiji & Nara park. Enjoy an easy and relaxing bus ride, see famous sites in 2 cities in 1 day without the hassle of changing trains and getting lost. The best time to see the Autumn colors in Arashiyama starts from Nov 20th.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 9h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
Chinese, English, Chinese
Know before you go
  • Duration: 9h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
Chinese, English, Chinese
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 85581P6
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • Live commentary in English or Chinese
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Roundtrip bus fare
  • Entry/Admission - Kinkakuji Temple
Exclusions
  • Lunch (There are many restaurants in the area to choose from, including Halal and vegan)
  • Entrance fee to Todaiji temple 500yen (optional)
  • Entry/Admission - Todai-ji Temple
Duration
9h
Departure details
  • VIP Lounge Kyoto, Japan, 〒601-8417 Kyoto, Minami Ward, Nishikujō Toriiguchichō, 6−番地 1F VIP Lounge Kyoto departure at AM9:00 (AM8:50 meeting) Address: 6, Nishikujotoriiguchicho, Minami-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 1F, 2F Google maps: https://goo.gl/maps/JBt1L7ua3t72 Instructions on how to get there: https://vipliner.biz/map/place/?part=day&root=&Placename_alp=lounge-kyoto
  • VIP Villa Namba, 1-chōme-2-1 Nanbanaka, Naniwa Ward, Osaka, 556-0011, Japan VIP Villa Namba departure at AM8:00 (AM7:50 meeting) Address: 1-2-1, Nanbanaka, Naniwa-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka Google maps: https://goo.gl/maps/EXiXwp9cAKr Instructions on how to get there: https://vipliner.biz/map/place/?Placename_alp=villa-namba
Additional information
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please be on time. The tour bus will depart as scheduled.
  • Depending on traffic and road conditions, the time spent at each sightseeing spot may be shortened.
  • This tour will depart regardless of weather or traffic conditions, unless you are notified otherwise by the local operator. Trip Advisor / Viator and your local tour operator will not be responsible for itinerary changes due to unforeseen circumstances.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Depending on the number of participants, English and Chinese commentary might be given in the same bus.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 45 travellers
Inclusions
  • Live commentary in English or Chinese
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Roundtrip bus fare
  • Entry/Admission - Kinkakuji Temple
Exclusions
  • Lunch (There are many restaurants in the area to choose from, including Halal and vegan)
  • Entrance fee to Todaiji temple 500yen (optional)
  • Entry/Admission - Todai-ji Temple
Departure details
  • VIP Lounge Kyoto, Japan, 〒601-8417 Kyoto, Minami Ward, Nishikujō Toriiguchichō, 6−番地 1F VIP Lounge Kyoto departure at AM9:00 (AM8:50 meeting) Address: 6, Nishikujotoriiguchicho, Minami-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 1F, 2F Google maps: https://goo.gl/maps/JBt1L7ua3t72 Instructions on how to get there: https://vipliner.biz/map/place/?part=day&root=&Placename_alp=lounge-kyoto
  • VIP Villa Namba, 1-chōme-2-1 Nanbanaka, Naniwa Ward, Osaka, 556-0011, Japan VIP Villa Namba departure at AM8:00 (AM7:50 meeting) Address: 1-2-1, Nanbanaka, Naniwa-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka Google maps: https://goo.gl/maps/EXiXwp9cAKr Instructions on how to get there: https://vipliner.biz/map/place/?Placename_alp=villa-namba
Duration
9h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please be on time. The tour bus will depart as scheduled.
  • Depending on traffic and road conditions, the time spent at each sightseeing spot may be shortened.
  • This tour will depart regardless of weather or traffic conditions, unless you are notified otherwise by the local operator. Trip Advisor / Viator and your local tour operator will not be responsible for itinerary changes due to unforeseen circumstances.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Depending on the number of participants, English and Chinese commentary might be given in the same bus.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 45 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Itinerary
  • You’ll have 2 starting options
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Kinkakuji Temple
    Stop: 40 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 2
    Arashiyama
    Stop: 2 hours
    See details
  • 3
    Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
    Stop: 80 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Nara Park
    Stop: 80 minutes
    See details
  • 5
    Todai-ji Temple
    Stop: 40 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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3.5
10 reviews
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Kathy
Hong Kong, China7 contributions
Great day out and good value for money
Jan 2020
Really enjoyed the day out seeing the deer and visiting various castles. Full of Japanese culture and the guides were excellent. Even the lunch was very good. Excellent value for money
Written 23 April 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Stacey B
1 contribution
This is a transportation service only
Jan 2020 • Friends
This is a transportation service only.

Tour guide could barely speak english and did not introduce himself or any of the destinations.

The only guidance we were given at each town was the time to return to the bus. We therefore had to internet search each destination to work out what to do and how to get there. We asked the guide one question 'where is the bamboo grove?' He originally did not understand, so we showed him on the phone and he pointed us in the wrong direction (clearly not familar with the areas).

Our tour didnt get to go to Fushimi due to crowds and yet the time allowed at each of the other destinations was less then advertised in the itinerary. Whilst the tour description indicates that a fee admission fees are covered. Most of the locations are free.

Overall very disappointing tour.
Written 3 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Juan Carlos Camargo
Gaziemir, Turkey6 contributions
Good visit
Jan 2020 • Family
Overall a good tour but unfortunately the guide’s English proficiency was very limited which made it very difficult to understand even the most basic instructions (meeting time and place and basic questions). I would recommend the tour but with a better guide!
Written 1 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Greg
Sydney, Australia4 contributions
Kyoto and Nara 1 day bus tour
Dec 2019 • Couples
Great way to start our first time in Osaka. Some great sites and well timed. Guide Ken was a little hard to understand but a lovely guy.
Written 11 December 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Amy dacay
2 contributions
Payment
Nov 2019 • Friends
I dont have credit card .only jp bank i have.. can i pay at family mart.. please healp me.im amy dacay
Written 20 November 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Deidre R
San Francisco, CA8 contributions
Whirlwind of temples
Nov 2019 • Friends
This tour is not for the leisurely experience....it’s quick and rushed a little bit but u do get to see it all....we had 15 minutes before closing at the big Buddha but it was worth it!!!
Written 16 November 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Aysha A
Melbourne, Australia2 contributions
Great tour for those strapped for time
Jul 2019
This tour covers the Bamboo forest, Kinkaku-ji Temple, Fushimi-Inari-Taisha Shrine and Nara Park. We hopped on the tour bus in Osaka and started our one hour journey to Kyoto, to pick up the remaining members and the tour began. Overall, we were able to view a piece of Japanese heritage, however, I do believe they didn't give enough time to tour some locations, especially the bamboo forest and Nara Park. The bamboo forest was paired with lunch, however we wanted to explore the area a little more, so therefore didn't have a proper lunch, although we did have some of the snack sold at different stalls. We were given 40 minutes to check out the shrine and feed the deer. I don't think that was sufficient time as I believe we could have spent a minimum of 1 hour to explore the park a little more. Besides the timing, our tour guide was very friendly and spoke English very well. I do believe it is a good tour to take if you're strapped for time and would like to view multiple locations at once and don't want to worry about transportation. However, if you have the time to explore the some of these locations on your own, that would be more ideal, especially the Bamboo forest as there is heaps to do there.
Written 22 September 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

NH902
Singapore, Singapore2 contributions
Delayed confirmation
Apr 2019 • Solo
I booked for this tour yesterday and the tour is on Monday I have not received any confirmation yet I would appreciate a faster response as I am travelling just like everyone else and I don't want to keep waiting on this
Written 20 April 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Scott W
Sydney, Australia152 contributions
One day Kyoto and Nara Tour
Apr 2019 • Couples
We did this tour and visited a number of locations in Kyoto, but only got to Nara very late in the day, no chance to see the giant buddha. It seemed a omg way to go just to feed the deer.
Written 19 April 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Rebecca L
Orlando, United States15 contributions
Cultural Trip
Dec 2018
This tour is definitely worth the trip. The tour guide, Adrian, was wonderful. He had lots of wonderful stories full of history. The torri gates, the bamboo forest, Golden temple and the deer at Nara are worth the trip.
Written 7 January 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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flighty3
flighty3
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Beautiful day!
So much fun!!! Our guide had so much trivia to share with us each place we went. A perfect tour to see Fuji and som
chrisgeor
chrisgeor
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A pleasant trip with good guides - but needs a greater variety of great photo opportunities
The trip achieved what we needed from it - a day trip to see amount Fuji. We visited in early January. We had clea
Marlonstallon1
Marlonstallon1
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Beautiful and Cultural
My trip to my Fuji began at shinjuku love object aboard a medium sized tour bus because my group was small ! Trip t
ROMEOROMUALDO
ROMEOROMUALDO
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Was not able to see Mt Fuji due to Weather Conditions
Overcast skies during our tour and was not able to see Mt Fuji. Gotemba outlet was OK but very short time for shopp
CristianYCanales
CristianYCanales
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Excellent tour and guide !
This tour was really what was promised ! I wasn't sure of booking since there were not enough reviews (on my opinio
Frank L
Frank L
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Awesome experience!
I have to say that the tour guide was very, very courteous and kind toward everyone on the tour. He made sure that
Estcai20
Estcai20
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The tour guide did not even wait for us
We went to the post office as stated at 8.05am.. cos we lost our way.. though slightly late.. but the Tour guide di
frambuesa
frambuesa
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English tour Takayama and Shirakawa
Hi We are in this tour right now We booked on English but all explanations are done in chinese We have Japan Rai
Jokkecat
Jokkecat
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Don’t use this company
Not enough time at the different places Bad food... Annoying guide Departure are late on every planned timespan.
Eliza C
Eliza C
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Pretty Autumn Flowers
We went on a Sunday. I think traffic is lighter than weekdays. Anyway, we stopped over at a seafood market for lunc
Dylandegabli
Dylandegabli
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1day bus tour around Mt.Fuji
Very well organized and the staff was very nice and friendly. They took us to some great unique places in the regio
Travel_ghAndi
Travel_ghAndi
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Excellent tour!
The tour to Mt Fuji and lake Kawaguchi was excellent and very informative. The tour guide was very knowledgeable an
goldeneye2
goldeneye2
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Beautiful countryside
It’s located outside of Kyoto with an easy train ride from the Kyoto station. The place is claimed to be one of the
Ihadaracistguide
Ihadaracistguide
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Great guide too!
Beautiful but a bit far because of golden week But our guide was great!! She was funny and informative!
wintersolstice2
wintersolstice2
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Good for transport, but not really a "tour"
I took this tour very last minute and it was the only one available on my travel dates. It starts at 9.30am which i
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