6 Tours To Kyoto, Japan - Updated 2021

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Formally the capital city of Japan, Kyoto is located on Honshu Island. This city is famous for hosting imperial palaces, Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines, and beautiful gardens. Most of delicious Japanese cuisines and food are largely found in Kyoto. The Buddhist temples in Kyoto grow a number of vegetables only found in the city. Kyoto is also home to Nissin Electric Co, an electrical equipment company with 24 subsidiaries in most Asian countries, USA and India. The Nishiyama, Higashiyama and the Kitayama mountains surround the Kyoto basin also known as the Yamashiro basin. A truly beautiful place, it is a must-visit destination for many travellers. Take a look at these recommended places to go for sightseeing and tours to Kyoto, Japan.

1. hour sightseeing trip from Osaka to Kyoto, Nara, and Kobe (from USD 97.0)

Explore destinations out of Osaka for a day and take a 12-hour journey to see Kyoto, Kobe, and Nara. Board the Randen tram and enjoy the scenic ride and visit sites like Kyoto Arashiyama and the local wildlife. Arashiyama is mostly beautiful around April and November. The area is transformed into a beautiful and colourful garden of cherry blossoms. You also enjoy front seat views of the traditional cormorant fishing which is practised on Hozu River. Tour the Todaiji Temple which is found within the Nara Park. The Todai-Ji Nandaimon Gate which is the main gate to Todai-Ji Temple is a national treasure.

12-Hour Sightseeing Trip from Osaka/Kyoto to Kyoto, Nara, and Kobe

Duration: 12 hours

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2. Kyoto morning tour of Kinkaku-Ji Temple, Nijo Castle and Kyoto Imperial Palace from Osaka (from USD 101.0)

Visit UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Kinkaku-Ji Temple and the Nijo Castle as you travel from Osaka to Kyoto in a bullet train. Visit the Kyoto Handicraft Center and the Kyoto Imperial Palace. Enjoy captivating views of the landmarks and a full cherry blossom garden at its peak. The Nijo Castle was built in 1603 and is home to Tokugawa shotguns and its massive stone walls and the sheer size of the gate is a sight worth seeing. Visit the Golden Pavilion as you head to the Kyoto Imperial Palace where the royal family resided before the capital was relocated to Tokyo.

Kinkakuji Temple, Nijo Castle, Kyoto Palace Tour from Osaka

Duration: 7 hours

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3. Day trip by bus from Osaka to Kyoto (from USD 140.0)

Visit and explore the best UNESCO World Heritage sites on a nine-hour tour. Some of the sides that you will get to see include the district of Gion and the Fushimi Inari Shrine. You will get to enjoy watching the Maiko, a Geiko apprentice geisha performance and also take part in a tea ceremony. A woman who has been trained in the art of music, dancing and singing to entertain a guest is called a Geiko. For lunch, there is an all-you-can-eat soup made with fish or chicken broth and other ingredients called Chankonabe. This is a meal eaten by sumo wrestlers to gain power.

Osaka to Kyoto: Highlights Tour and Gion District Tea Ceremony

Duration: 9 hours

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4. Kyoto rail tour by bullet train from Tokyo (from USD 344.0)

Come aboard the Shinkansen and prepare yourself for a spectacular trip to Kyoto. Before reaching Kyoto, you will get to see Mt Fuji. The whole trip will take 12 hours and is split to two days, so prepare yourself for a day full of mind-blowing experiences. In the better part of the morning hours, you will get to visit Kiyomizudera Temple, Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine, and the Sanjusangen-do Hall before catching the evening train. The next day takes the two-hour ride back to Kyoto and visits to the Kiyomizudera Temple which is perched on a hilltop and the Otowa springs that flows under the temple.

1-Day Kyoto Rail Tour by Bullet Train from Tokyo

Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes

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5. Two-day Kyoto and Nara rail tour by bullet train from Tokyo (from USD 691.0)

Take a two-day trip on board a bullet train from Tokyo. Venture to Kiyomizu Temple and the Nijo Castle which are among UNESCO World Heritage sites. On your way to Kyoto, you get to see the magnificent site of Mt. Fuji’s snow-capped peak. Get blown away by the 1,001 Sanjusangendo Hall statues, Kiyomizu Temple, the Golden Pavilion Temple, and the Heian Shrine. This is a two-day trip and you are picked from the hotel. Transportation, selected meals, accommodation, and entrance fees are all included in the tour fees.

2-Day Kyoto and Nara Rail Tour by Bullet Train from Tokyo

Duration: 2 days

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6. Three-day Kyoto and Hiroshima independent tour by Nozomi bullet train from Tokyo (from USD 415.0)

Take an independent three days trip and enjoy the spectacular sites as you head to Kyoto and Hiroshima by the Nozomi bullet train from Tokyo. These two cities are among the most popular cities in Japan. Kyoto is home to some exquisite temples found in the region. This trip will take you roughly two days to complete so prepare yourself for approximately three days full of adventure and fun. Visit the modern town of Hiroshima and go through the Peace Park, the Aioni Bridge and then catch a glimpse of the only living tree that survived the atomic bomb in the Shukkei-in Park.

Kyoto, Hiroshima Self-Guided 3-Day by Bullet Train from Tokyo

Duration: 3 days

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Train ride to adventure

Take a bullet train and enjoy the thrilling speed and the captivation views as you go to visit Kyoto and the neighbouring cities. The abundance of sights to visit will fill your day with adventure and fun.

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