Kyoto and Nara Historic Day Tour From Kyoto

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Discover the essence of Japan’s rich history and natural beauty on our Kyoto and Nara Historic Day Tour. Your adventure kicks off in Kyoto, where you’ll Explore World Heritage sites like Nijo Castle, where intricate carvings adorn the Ninomaru Palace, and Kinkaku-ji Temple, a stunning wooden structure gilded with pure gold, surrounded by a serene pond. You’ll also have the chance to visit either the Kyoto Imperial Palace, steeped in historical significance, or Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, a treasure trove of scholarship that’s designated as a national treasure. After savoring a delicious Japanese lunch, transfer to Nara, the mystical city where deer roam free. Behold the majestic Todai-ji Temple, home to the colossal bronze Great Buddha, and wander through Nara Park among the gentle deer, who are considered the shrine messengers. Conclude your day with a visit to Kasuga Taisha Shrine, a World Heritage Site from the Nara Period. As the sun sets, return to Kyoto, with drop-offs available at the Kyoto station or hotels. 

Our Kyoto and Nara Historic Day Tour is perfect for anyone eager to visit the shrines, temples, and palaces that are so revered in Japanese culture. This tour is the ultimate way to efficiently explore two historical cities in western Japan, and it’s an absolute bestseller. Including entrance to 4 World Heritage sites, transportation, and touring from a government licensed English guide, this whirlwind journey through Japan’s heritage and historic wonders is not to be missed.

Kyoto and Nara Historic Day Tour From Kyoto Highlights

  1. Visit iconic World Heritage sites in Kyoto and Nara: Nijo Castle, Kinkaku-ji Temple, Kyoto Imperial Palace, Todai-ji Temple, Nara Park, and Kasuga Taisha Shrine
  2. Learn about the rich history and culture of these fascinating destinations from a knowledgeable English guide
  3. Enjoy a delicious Japanese lunch and scenic bus transportation throughout the day
  4. Experience the best that Kyoto and Nara have to offer in a single day, without having to worry about logistics or navigation
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Kyoto and Nara Historic Day Tour From Kyoto Itinerary

Morning - Pick up in Kyoto
Visit Nijo Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the impressive Ninomaru palace
Head to Kinkaku-ji Temple, also known as the Golden Pavilion, and admire it's stunning golden architecture and picturesque setting
Proceed to Kyoto Imperial Palace, the former residence of the Japanese Emperor (If the palace is closed, you will visit Kitano Tenmangu Shrine)
Transfer to Nara
Visit world-famous Todai-ji Temple, also known as the Great Buddha Hall, and marvel at one of the world's largest Buddha statues
Nara Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and interact with the park's friendly deer
Finish your tour at Kasuga Taisha Shrine, renowned for its thousands of stone and bronze lanterns
Depart from Nara. Drop-off in Kyoto
NB - all timings on Kyoto and Nara Historic Day Tour From Kyoto are approximate
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Other admission fees
At Kasuga Taisha Shrine, the tour does not include entrance to areas requiring admission.
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What to Bring
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Essential Information
The tour will try to visit the locations mentioned in the itinerary, however, some of these locations may be closed, if this is the case, we will try to accommodate other historical sites in the area
Cancellation Policy
You can cancel 7 days before the tour starts and receive a 70% refund