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Itinerary

This jam-packed day starts with a pickup from one of four specified Kyoto hotels. 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.

Locations visited
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park
Kyoto Imperial Palace
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Overview

This guided tour of Kyoto and Nara helps you discover many of Japan’s dispersed ancient sites in one day. You’ll learn invaluable historical information from your guide and travel with ease in a coach. It’ll be a hassle-free day with entrance fees, lunch and dinner, and pickup and drop-off from select Kyoto hotels included. Highlights include Nijo Castle, the wild deer of Nara Park, and Kyoto Imperial Palace. 

Highlights
  • 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
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Reviewed 12 August 2018
Breathtaking!

Such a nice experience. Nara and Kyoto are must do's! The experience is so different to Tokyo away from hustle and bustle.

Thank ru19702108
Reviewed 9 July 2018
Todai-ji temple

Todai-ji temple this place is awesome! I think its the Taj Mahal of Japan, Im Australian and I now live in Japan we run a log cabin cafe in Nara Kashihara called Kagiroi cafe, Melb coffee style and siphon.... Come say hello if your in...More

Thank Kagiroi C
Reviewed 8 May 2018 via mobile
Excellent Tour with Great Guide

Had an excellent tour of three sites in Kyoto in the morning and two sites in Nara in the afternoon. Good opportunities for souvenir shopping built in. Our tour guide (English speaking) gave excellent history and context for all the sites visited. Would highly recommend!

1  Thank Kunal B
Reviewed 7 May 2018 via mobile
Nice overall tour, a bit rushed at times

The tour was good in the sense that you see a lot of Kyoto. Staff seemed friendly although a bit of routine was involved. Sometimes there was not enough time to go into a lot of detail given the large amount of sights. Would recommend...More

Thank LiveLikeNoTomorrow
Reviewed 18 February 2018
Good overview of Kyoto and Nara highlights

Half way through my trip I needed an easy day where all the hard work of planning the day including locations and travelling was done for me and this was the perfect respite. Hit some of Kyotos many many highlights (you will need a couple...More

6  Thank Cormac R
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