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One Day Kyoto & Nara Tour-Golden Pavilion and Todai-ji Temple

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11 hrs

Get introduced to ancient traditions and the culture of Japan on this comprehensive day tour that takes you to the historic cities of Kyoto and Nara!


  • Hop aboard an all-day exploration of Japan’s historic cities, Kyoto and Nara
  • Dive deep into the history of these cities with the help of an expert English-speaking tour guide
  • Start at Kyoto, the country’s formal capital and brace yourself for a historic and cultural treat
  • Your first stop is at Nijo Castle, a landmark known for its stunning wooden architecture
  • Make your way to Kinkaku-ji next, and admire the temple’s Golden Pavilion and Japanese gardens
  • Wander through the elaborate grounds of Kyoto’s Imperial Palace afterward
  • Take a short break and savor a buffet lunch, available in Japanese and Western cuisines
  • Reboard the bus and head to Nara, the second city on your itinerary
  • Your first stop here is Todai-ji, a religious complex that houses the world’s largest statue of Buddha
  • Next up is Kasuga Shrine, where the beauty of 3,000 lanterns is sure to stun you
  • Finally, stop at Nara’s Deer Park and embrace nature at its finest as you feed free-roaming deer
  • Upgrade your ticket and include lunch to your itinerary


  • Expert English-speaking tour guide
  • Transfers on air-conditioned vehicle
  • Buffet lunch (Optional)


  • Gratuities
  • Entry into Treasures Hall and Manyo Botanical Gardens at Kasuga Shrine
  • Round-trip hotel transfers

Discounted Tickets

Ages 0-5yrs go free. Ages 6-11yrs enjoy reduced ticket pricing (carry a valid photo ID)

Ticket Information

In the next step of your booking, choose the desired variant to the ticket:

  • One Day Kyoto & Nara Tour-Golden Pavilion and Todai-ji Temple: With Lunch
  • One Day Kyoto & Nara Tour-Golden Pavilion and Todai-ji Temple Without Lunch

Tour Timings

  • The tour bus departs from the meeting point at 8:30 AM
  • This tour lasts approximately 11 hrs

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Get a full refund on canceling this ticket up to 8 days before the schedule

your experience

When in Japan, don’t miss out on the chance to tour its two most significant historic cities, Kyoto and Nara! This full-day excursion is sure to lift your spirits up with multiple stops at the city’s top temples and sights! Get a taste of ancient Japan’s culture and traditions as you start your tour early in the morning.

At Kyoto, stop at Nijo Castle and Kinkaku-ji, two popular sites with immense historical relevance to the city of Kyoto. Revel in the traditional serenity offered by both these sites and take in the gorgeous Japanese Gardens at Kinkaku-ji. At Kyoto’s Imperial Palace, see the Shishin-den, a significant site for important state ceremonies.

After lunch, head to Nara, and be greeted by stunning temples and shrines! At Todai-ji, check out the world’s largest statue of Buddha before heading out to the Nara’s Deer Park. Wave at free-roaming groups of deer and hand-feed them if you feel like it!

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Important Information

  • Infants go free, provided they do not occupy personal seats. Meals are not included for infants
  • Be warned that some parts of the roads on this tour include steep inclines
  • The tour may not visit Nara Nagomikan if it is closed or due to traffic conditions
  • A set menu buffet will be served for lunch. If you require vegetarian, ensure to inform us while booking
  • Halal, gluten-free and other meal requests are not available
  • Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed on Mondays (and Tuesdays, if Monday is a national holiday), on the Aoi Festival, New Year’s holiday, and whenever there is an Imperial Household event
  • Instead, you will be taken to the Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
  • Nijo Castle is closed on Tuesdays (and Wednesdays, if Tuesday is a national holiday) in the months of Jan, July, Aug and Dec
  • Instead, you will be taken to the Ryoan-ji Temple
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible

my tickets

  • Your voucher will be emailed to you shortly
  • Please display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID at the ticketing counter
  • If you have purchased reduced-price tickets, please carry your valid photo ID proof for verification. Students must show their valid student IDs
  • Kindly ensure that you arrive 10-15 minutes before the start time of your tour to avoid any delays

Meeting Point

  • Your meeting point is at JTB Sunrise Tours Desk (〒601-8003 Kyoto, Minami-ku, Higashikujō Nishisannōchō, 31 B1F AVANTI)
  • This is in the popular shopping mall in Kyoto, Avanti
  • The tour bus will depart from the meeting point at 1:30 PM. Kindly arrive at the meeting point at least 10-15 minutes before departure

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