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Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto and Nara from Osaka

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    What to Expect
    Receive a morning pickup from either Umeda’s Nishi-Umeda Hearton Hotel or the JR Namba “OCAT,” after which you’ll transfer by bus to Kyoto.

    Begin your exploration of this UNESCO-recognized capital of Japanese culture in the city’s Arashiyama district. Visitors who arrive in this striking area in April will be treated to the visual feast of blooming cheery blossom trees, while those who arrive in November are likely to experience the area’s fiery fall colors. During the summer months you’ll be able to observe locals participating in cormorant fishing. Another pleasant option for your time in Arashiyama is the Sagano Bamboo Forest, where you can enjoy a 328-foot (100-meter) walk along the edge of Tenryuji temple.

    Take a break around mid-day for lunch. Guests who have paid for the lunch option will enjoy either a “Torisuki” set or a buffet featuring more than 60 different Kyoto dishes. Following your meal, continue to Kinkaku-ji temple (Temple of the Golden Pavilion) where you can admire this elegant complex’s collection of serene gardens and neatly-manicured grounds and learn about its construction by Ashikaga Shogun Yoshimitsu.

    Leaving Kinkaku-ji, continue to Nara and proceed to Nara Park, a preserve known for the 1,200 wild deer that freely roam its grounds. Visitors can purchase “senbei” snacks to feed the animals for 150 Yen per stack. Following your trip to Nara Park, you’ll return by bus to your original departure point in either Umeda or Namba.
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    Departure Point
    1: Kansai International Airport Port Terminal, Japan, 〒549-0001 Osaka, Izumisano, Senshūkūkōkita, 泉佐野市泉州空港北 ポートターミナル
    2: Hearton Hotel Nishiumeda, 3-chōme-3-55 Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka, 530-0001, Japan
    3: OCAT Bus Terminal, 1 Chome-4 Minatomachi, Naniwa Ward, Osaka, 556-0017, Japan
    4: 心斎橋バス停車場, Japan, 〒556-0002 Osaka, Chūō-ku, Souemonchō, 3, 浪速区恵美須東3丁目4
    Duration
    9h
    Return Details
    OCAT Bus Terminal, 1 Chome-4 Minatomachi, Naniwa Ward, Osaka, 556-0017, Japan
    Inclusions
    • Local taxes
    • Buffet or Chicken Suki set lunch (if meal is selected)
    • Leaflet of detailed Itinerary and tour point description
    • Round-trip bus fare
    • Pickup from designated meeting points
    • Drop-off near Namba station
    • Accompanied by English speaking tour conductor
    • Entry/Admission - Kinkakuji Temple
    Exclusions
    • Drinks
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Infant meals not included
    • [IMPORTANT] The bus will leave as scheduled and will not wait for late arrivals. Please be on time.
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Meeting Time at Kansai International Airport (KIX) 7:20 AM
    • Meeting Time at Umeda, Hearton Hotel Nishi-Umeda: 8:20 AM
    • Meeting Time at Nippombashi (in front of Tsurutontan Soemoncho Udon Restaurant: 8:25 AM
    • Meeting Time at Namba, OCAT: 8:50 AM
    • [IMPORTANT] Drop off point for this tour is at Namba
    • Emergency call center available from 7:30 am to 6:30 pm everyday
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 42 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 4 days ago via mobile

    Good scenaries, good guidance. Please make the start point names more specific, it got confused at the start.

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank akilaasansana
    Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

    This was a great way to see two cities in one day without planning train or travel routes. The guides spoke multiple languages and were easy to understand. Great for families and bring a light jacket and/or umbrella.

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Hopey90
    Reviewed 28 August 2019

    riding the tour bus is easier than riding the train. i dont have to learn the art of riding & transferring trains. the only setback is the time, we cannot explore so much because of the limited time. we have to get back on our...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
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