Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto, Nara and Kobe from Osaka
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Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto, Nara and Kobe from Osaka

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Stop At: Kinkakuji Temple, 1 Kinkakujicho, Kita-ku, Kyoto 603-8361 Kyoto Prefecture

fter lunch, you will tour the Kinkaku-ji temple. Kinkaku, a pagoda made to house the sacred relics of the Buddha, has given this temple the popular name of Kinkaku-ji (Temple of the Golden Pavilion). But the official name of this branch temple of the Rinzai sect Zen temple of Shokoku-ji is Rokuon-ji. This complex, whose gardens and architecture focused around a central Golden Pavilion, was said to evoke paradise on earth. And the view of Kinkaku which is reflected in the Kyoko-chi (Mirror Pond) is very beautiful. This was built by the third Ashikaga Shogun Yoshimitsu for his own villa but turned into a temple after his death. This temple was rebuilt in 1955.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Arashiyama, Togetsukyo, Saga, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8383 Kyoto Prefecture

Upon arrival at Arashiyama, you will tour the Arashiyama district located in the Western part of Kyoto. This area becomes most attractive around early April and late November when the cherry blossoms bloom and fall color seasons usually peak. During the summer months, traditional cormorant fishing is practiced on the Hozu River for tourists to watch. One highly recommended spot is the Sagano Bamboo Forest. It is a pleasantly cool 100m long walkway that begins from the side of the world heritage Tenryuji Temple. Later, you will have lunch at a buffet of filled with an assortment of 60 Kyoto dishes or Chicken sukiyaki set lunch.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Nara Park, 469 Zoshicho, Nara 630-8211 Nara Prefecture

Nara Park is famous for the 1,200 or so wild deer that live freely within the park. Within Nara Park you will find the Todai-ji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes

Stop At: umie mosaic, 1 Chome-6 Higashikawasakicho, Chuo Ward, Kobe, Hyogo 650-0044, Japan

Then, enjoy dinner and shopping at the Kobe MOSAIC. The Kobe MOSAIC is a shopping mall which is located in the port of Kobe. There are roughly 80 restaurants and shops selling fashion goods and Kobe souvenirs. There is also a Ferris wheel at the amusement park in Mosaic Garden, you can take a ride and enjoy the Kobe night scenery.

Your dinner will be all-you-can-eat Shabu-Shabu which includes assorted vegetables, a drink bar (soft drinks) and soft serve ice cream. You will have the choice of beef, pork, chicken or have all 3.

Duration: 1 hour 55 minutes

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  • Local taxes
  • Pickup and drop-off at central meeting points
  • All transport
  • Buffet or Chicken Suki set lunch (if meal is selected)
  • All you can eat shabu-shabu dinner (if meal is selected)
  • English speaking tour conductor
  • Entry/Admission - Kinkakuji Temple
Not included
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Infant (0-2 years old) is free (no seat and no meal)
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Please note: your tour conductor will manage the meeting time of each location as well as the amount of time spent at each location
  • Please note: the bus will leave as scheduled and will not wait for late arrivals. Please be on time.
  • 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, Drop off at Namba
  • Meeting Time at Namba, OCAT: 8:50 AM
  • 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
1 | 2019-09-17

I carefully read each review and this is how the tour is really. disappointing on time and find a better tour. I've been on many tours korea, taiwan, europe, usa, thailand, indonesia. this was a poor tour that is put together. I knew it was a busy tour but a tour I was ready to finish after the first stop. you barely have time for anything less than two hours in each place if not 30 minutes. kyoto: bamboo forest less than 2 hours, golden pavilion less than an hour to see. Nara was by far disappointing about 45 minutes and the bus is parked in a inconvenient area. Kobe was surprisingly peaceful for the night view and glad to be done with this tour. tour guides friendly yet not exactly the best guides (ive been on plenty of tours but for this tour too pushy) very general with information and confused when asked simple questions. overall save money and split this tour up or just choose another tour group.

Padmanathan K
4 | 2019-07-03

Very good trip overall. Except does all the major tourist spots and Kobe by night was good but in sufficient time touring the city highlights.

Ranjan E
4 | 2019-07-03

It was a very interesting tour by bus. The tour guide was very polite and helpful. All locations highlighted in the itinerary were covered.Ours was a family of four with two young daughters. We were seated in the bus close to each other family member.It was a comfort to all of us. The tour we booked via Viator was value for money. I recommend this tour initiated by Viator to any tourist especially families who visit Japan's important touristic locations. Thank you our tour guide and Viator for concluding this tour successfully satisfying all of us.

3 | 2019-04-22

Tiring but very informative. Will definitely go back to Japan to explore more areas. The guide was funny but very helpful.

5 | 2018-06-05

The tour was fantastic. the day was very sunny and we had the opportunity to visit many places but with tranquility. The trip on the bus was quiet and safe. we were guided by Jewel who is an excellent guide. Much of this great experience is thanks to her, who was always willing to take pictures of everyone and explain us about each place where we were. 100 recommendable!!

5 | 2018-05-30

Love this experience we had. It was picture perfect! Everything was so organized and for the amount we paid, it was so worth it! Our picture was like a postcard!

4 | 2018-03-12

If you have a limited time in Osaka, i prefer this tour. Thank you for Limon teams to guide us :

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