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Kyoto & Nara 1-Day Tour

By JTB Sunrise Tours


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  • Full-day exploration of Kyoto & Nara’s historic structures

  • Visiting ancient Kyoto Imperial Palace & Kinkaku-ji

  • Illustrious temples & sacred shrines in Nara

  • Scenic walk & feeding tame deer in serene Nara Park

  • Exposure to Japan’s imperial culture of ages past

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About this activity

What's included, what's not

  • What's included

    Guided tour of Kyoto & Nara

  • What's included

    Admission to Kasuga Grand Shrine

  • What's included

    A set menu meal will be served for lunch.

  • What's included

    For those who would like a vegetarian meal, please make sure to inform us at the time of reservation

  • What's included

    Live tour commentary provided in English

  • What's excluded

    Beverages, bottled water, and snacks

  • What's excluded

    At Kasuga Taisha Shrine, entrance to areas requiring admission.

Know Before You Book

  • Children 5 and younger are complimentary when accompanied by a paying adult, but may not occupy their own seat.

  • The Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed on the following days. As such, the tour will visit Kitano Tenmangu Shrine instead. (Mondays, Tuesday if Monday is a national holiday, May 14-17 for the Aoi Festival, New Year's holidays, and whenever there is an Imperial Household event)without notice.

  • The tour will visit Nishi Hongan-ji Temple instead of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine on May 25.

  • Nijo Castle is closed on Tuesdays in January, July, August and December. (Closed on the following day if Tuesday is a holiday.) If closed, or if the tour is during the year-end/New Year's holidays, Ryoan-ji Temple will be visited instead.

  • At Kasuga Taisha Shrine, the tour does not include entrance to areas requiring admission.

  • Participants will walk from the parking lot to Todai-ji Temple (about 15 min one-way).

  • Nara Nagomikan may be omitted from the itinerary if it is closed on the day of the tour, or as a result of traffic congestion.

  • The order of activities and arrival times may differ depending on road conditions and congestion at destinations.

  • 1 person available for 2 seats by purchasing 2 seats. For those does not wear a mask, we will require purchase a mask. Those who are sick or have a fever are not allowed to participate. The cancellation fee will be applied at that time. Fever decision is 99.5F/37.5C or less (Japan standard).

What you can expect

Explore the must-see sights of history-rich Kyoto, including the spectacular Nijo Castle, eminent Kinkaku-ji, and grand Kyoto Imperial Palace. In the afternoon, embark for Nara, home of pacific Nara Park and the famous temple of Todai-ji.

Begin your day with a visit to Nijo Castle to admire its beautiful interior and serene adjacent gardens. Proceed to the exquisite Kinkaku-ji, often called the Temple of the Golden Pavilion, whose own garden is famous for its authentic architecture that incorporates the three styles of shinden, samurai, and zen.

You make your way to Kyoto Imperial Palace for exclusive access to the former residence of the emperor of Japan. Gain a deeper understanding of imperial culture and traditions as your professional guide explains the various functions of this historic facility.

Indulge in a delicious Japanese lunch before making your way to Nara. At Nara Park, you are greeted by many freely roaming deer that call this place home, who are happy to eat right from your hand. Afterwards, head to Japan’s most famous temple—Todai-ji, or the Eastern Great Temple—and observe Japan’s largest bronze statue of the Great Buddha, which took almost 10 years to build.

Stop at the nearby Kasuga Grand Shrine, which features over 3,000 stone and bronze lanterns adorning the temple that have all been donated by worshipers. Complete your day with a visit to Nara’s biggest souvenir shop, bustling Nara Nagomikan, with memorable items that are exclusive to Nara.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

  • High-touch surfaces cleaned and disinfected
  • Vehicles and venues cleaned with disinfectants

Social distancing

  • Social distancing measures in place
  • Protective shields in place at main contact areas

Safety measures

  • Personal protective equipment worn by staff
  • Temperature checks given to staff
  • Temperature checks available
  • Masks required
  • Masks provided
  • Hand sanitizer provided
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Activity Location

  • Todai-ji
  • 1, Zojicho, Nara City, Nara Prefecture
  • Nara Nara 630-8211

Meeting/Redemption Point

    • Hotel Granvia Osaka (Lobby Lounge on the 1st Floor (*Not 19th Floor))
    • 3-1-1Umeda
    • Osaka Osaka 530-0001
    • Kyoto Avanti Shopping Center (Sunrise Tour Desk B1F)
    • Higashikujo Nishisanno-cho 31 Minami-ku
    • Kyoto Kyoto 601-8003

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