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  • From Osaka: Kyoto Top Highlights Day Trip

    1. From Osaka: Kyoto Top Highlights Day Trip

    Visit some of Kyoto's most famous cultural sites on this day-long bus tour from Osaka. Hop aboard a comfortable coach and drive to Japan's ancient capital to see the brilliant torii gates of the Fushimi Inari Shrine, the UNESCO-listed Kiyomizu-dera temple, and the golden pavilion of Kinkaku-ji. Kyoto is filled with ancient historic sites dating back to the 6th century. Get dropped off first at the Fushimi Inari Shrine, a Shinto shrine famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates. Spend time wandering the brilliant paths before heading to your next destination. Arrive at Kiyomizu-dera, one of the most iconic temples in Japan. Take ample time to wander through the temple. Walk across the impressive wooden stage, which juts out from the hillside and was constructed without the use of a single nail. Next, stop at Kinkaku-ji, also known as the Golden Pavilion due to the fact that it's ...

    The experience was good. Mariko our guide was very kind. This trip was a good way to spend one day in Kyoto without having to worry about logistics. I wish though that some areas we would have more time but it's understandable given the time we've received as it's about 40-50 minutes between each site. Overall, I'm glad we did this tour. It made everything so much easier.

  • From Osaka: Kyoto Sightseeing Day Trip and Scenic Train Ride

    2. From Osaka: Kyoto Sightseeing Day Trip and Scenic Train Ride

    After pickup from one of 3 locations in Osaka, head towards Kyoto, once the former capital of Japan, on the island of Honshu. The first activity of the day is a scenic and romantic railway ride from Kameoka to Arashiyama. During the 23-minute journey, feel immersed in nature as you admire the beautiful blossom trees and breathtaking mountain views. Upon arrival at Arashiyama, enjoy a delicious buffet style lunch with soft drinks to prepare you for an afternoon of sightseeing. After lunch, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Kiyomizudera Temple, one of the most celebrated temples in Japan, founded in 780 on the site of the Otowa Waterfall. The tour continues onto Fushimi Inari, world-famous for the thousands of Torii gates that line the entrance to the Shinto Shrine. Spend some free time exploring the mountain trails and the shrine buildings themselves, and learn about the fascinatin...

  • Takayama: One-Way Bus Transfer to/from Kyoto or Osaka

    3. Takayama: One-Way Bus Transfer to/from Kyoto or Osaka

    Enjoy a hassle-free transfer by comfortable bus between Takayama and Kyoto or Osaka. Enjoy the beautiful scenery during the journey, including some free time in the city of Kanazawa. There are 3 transfer options to choose from: Osaka to Takayama Route Depart from Osaka at 7:15 AM. Arrive at the city of Kanazawa where you can enjoy some free time. Take the opportunity to visit the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art and see Leandro Erlich's "Swimming Pool" art installation. Afterward, the bus takes you to the Observation Deck where you can enjoy beautiful views of Shirakawago village. Arrive in Takayama city center at about 6:05 PM. Kyoto to Takayama Route Depart from Kyoto at 8:15 AM. Arrive at the city of Kanazawa where you can enjoy some free time. Take the opportunity to visit the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art and see Leandro Erlich...

  • From Kyoto: Day Trip to Nara and Osaka By Private Vehicle

    4. From Kyoto: Day Trip to Nara and Osaka By Private Vehicle

    Explore the most popular sights of Nara and Osaka in just one day on this tour from Kyoto. Starting with visits to the Todai-ji temple and Kasuga Taisha Shrine, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Todai-ji temple, one of Nara’s top historical sites and one of the largest wooden buildings in the world, houses a 15-meter bronze statue of the Great Buddha, Vairocana. Learn about the unique Japanese religious culture inside the Kasuga Taisha Shrine and discover the magical, wood-built architecture and the thousands of lanterns that decorate the inside. Along the way, walk through Nara Park and meet some of the local deer. Here, deer are divine protectors of the ancient capital who live in harmony with the locals. Experience the unique traditional arts and crafts of Naramachi street, a well-preserved merchant's district. Next, visit the famous Namba and Dotonbori districts in Osaka, where you...

  • From Osaka : Private Full-day Tour to Kyoto

    5. From Osaka : Private Full-day Tour to Kyoto

    Start the tour with pick up from central Osaka and travel to historic Kyoto. Over the course of the day, you'll be presented with a balanced view of this historic city and its surroundings. The Arashiyama district is the first stop, and it is here where you'll be introduced to Japanese garden and temple design. Tenryu-ji Temple has one of the most outstanding, timeless examples of Japanese gardens surrounding it's simple-but-majestic temple buildings. Then it's time for a walk up through the famous bamboo grove - a photo opportunity not to be missed - before arriving at the entrance to luxurious Okochi Sanso. Here you will try some matcha (Japanese green tea), before exploring the winding paths that connect the buildings, views, and garden areas. Afterwards, you'll enjoy a stroll alongside the river, then have free time for lunch and even a bit of shopping, if you wish. Next, enjoy th...

  • From Osaka: 1-Day Kyoto Highlights Tour with Maiko Show

    6. From Osaka: 1-Day Kyoto Highlights Tour with Maiko Show

    Head off first to Fushimi-Inari, famous for its thousands of brilliant-red torii, entrance gates to Shinto shrines, which straddle a network of trails behinds its main buildings. Take an hour to explore the mountain trails, making sure to pause at the interesting shrine buildings. Then, transfer to Gion District with a prearranged taxi, divided into 2 or 3 passengers per car.  Have lunch at an authentic restaurant where you can try Chanko, a Japanese hot pot dish famously eaten by Sumo wrestlers. The menu will be all-you-can-eat with dessert and soft drinks included. After finishing lunch, take a quick 3-minute walk from the restaurant and meet a Maiko, an apprentice geisha, and watch their performance. Hear about the authentic manner of tea ceremony from them. Snap some photos and feel exclusive, as one usually doesn't have the chance to see Maikos in the street.  Af...

  • From Osaka: Himeji Castle and Arima Onsen Private Tour

    7. From Osaka: Himeji Castle and Arima Onsen Private Tour

    Venture out from Osaka on day trip that gives you history, relaxation, and fun, all with the comfort and luxury of a private vehicle, tour guide, and door-to-door transportation. Customize your itinerary to your preferences and discover the gems of the Kansai region. Discover the mysteries of Himeji Castle, a feat of engineering and one of Japan's most elegant castles still standing today. Let your English-speaking guide take you into the castle buildings, providing you with stories and facts that make for a much richer experience than could be obtained on your own. Learn what rooms were used for what, all about defensive strategies, the role of concubines, and of course how the castle was designed to thwart invasion. Leave Himeji Castle and take a lunch break before heading off to Arima Onsen or central Kobe for some afternoon sights and relaxation. Feel restored by the therapeutic, m...

  • Osaka: Full-Day Sightseeing Tour by Private Vehicle

    8. Osaka: Full-Day Sightseeing Tour by Private Vehicle

    Discover how Osaka has centuries more history than Tokyo and a merchant culture that still strongly resonates today on this full-day guided tour by private vehicle.  First stop is a visit to the Osaka Castle, where you will explore the grounds and enjoy the view of the castle’s exterior. Then, visit what is said to be the oldest Buddhist temple in Japan, Shitennoji.  Next, head to Shin-sekai. A short stroll around the area will show you typical foods, games, and Osaka's famously bad fashion sense. After lunch, visit the Harukas building to admire views across the city as you soar up a glass elevator. At the basement of this tall building is a local marketplace with some of the finest foods on display, such as Kobe beef and high end sushi.  You will then explore Dotonbori, sometimes compared to New York's Times Square. Explore the side streets and hear interesting stories from your gu...

  • Shin Osaka Station to/from Osaka City: Shared Transfer

    9. Shin Osaka Station to/from Osaka City: Shared Transfer

    Your driver will pick you up between Shin Osaka Station and Osaka City dropping you right at the doorsteps of the address where you want to go. You need to go to the “Meeting Point” which is indicated in your reservation confirmation or service voucher. Your driver will hold a ‘Cherry Tomato’ Sign Board to meet and greet you. If you are going to Tokyo Station from a hotel, please wait at the hotel lobby. Your driver will arrange to arrive to the station 30-60 minutes before the train's departure time. Your pick-up time will be indicated in the departure notice that was sent to you/your hotel by email/fax one day before (around 5pm) the service date.  If you're collected from an apartment or your home, please wait outside by your main door. If your apartment or home is unreachable due to the narrow streets and the vehicle size, a meeting point nearby will be found.

    A most informative and beautiful morning. Andrew was great. We are getting on in age and a small group couldn't have been better. As we are gardeners the gardens always appeal to us but Andrew gave a comprehensive description of the history of both religious beliefs and the content of how the gardens were formed. I came away with a greater knowledge and am always ready to learn.

  • From Osaka: Naruto and Boruto Park Ticket with Bus Transfers

    10. From Osaka: Naruto and Boruto Park Ticket with Bus Transfers

    Check out the anime theme park dedicated to Naruto and its sequel Boruto, take on some ninja challenges, and even throw some shuriken. Naruto & Boruto Shinobi Sato on Awaji Islands gives visitors the chance to step into the fantasy world of characters including Naruto, Sasuke, Gaara, Itachi, and lots more. Life-size Naruto characters are waiting to welcome you and take you around the world of the popular Japanese anime series. Try the delicious ramen and see a reproduction of Hokage Rock. This ticket also includes direct return bus transfers from JR Osaka. Apart from the anime theme park, you'll have the chance to cross Akashi Kaikyo Bridge. At 1,991 meters it is the longest central span of any suspension bridge in the world and offers great scenic views of the area.

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What people are saying about Osaka

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 243 reviews

A most informative and beautiful morning. Andrew was great. We are getting on in age and a small group couldn't have been better. As we are gardeners the gardens always appeal to us but Andrew gave a comprehensive description of the history of both religious beliefs and the content of how the gardens were formed. I came away with a greater knowledge and am always ready to learn.

The experience was good. Mariko our guide was very kind. This trip was a good way to spend one day in Kyoto without having to worry about logistics. I wish though that some areas we would have more time but it's understandable given the time we've received as it's about 40-50 minutes between each site. Overall, I'm glad we did this tour. It made everything so much easier.

Great experience....Very comfortable trip. Our guide Rika was very sweet and well informed. Would like to visit Kyoto again for sure...!!!

Our lady guide was caring and helpful to the old age as my sister and I had this visit with our mum, who is 83.

I enjoyed everything, the trip went perfectly for me.