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
from USD $73.28
This is a day trip from Osaka to Kyoto, Nara and Kobe. Tour sites you will visit include: Kyoto Arashiyama, Kinkaku-ji, Nara Park, and the Kobe MOSAIC. With convenient pickup at Kansai International Airport (KIX), near hotels located in Umeda, Nippombashi and Namba, your trip will be culturally-enriching, but also easy!
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In Brief

Izumisano, Japan
12 hours
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

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


  • Local taxes
  • Pickup and drop-off at central meeting points
  • All transport
  • Beef Shabu-Shabu or Buffet lunch (if meal is selected)
  • Kobe Beef Steak set or All-you-can-eat Shabu-Shabu dinner (if meal is selected)
  • English speaking tour conductor
  • Entry/Admission - Kinkakuji Temple


  • Drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

1: Kansai International Airport Port Terminal, Japan, 〒549-0001 Osaka, Izumisano, Senshūkūkōkita, 泉佐野市泉州空港北 ポートターミナル
2: Hearton Hotel Nishiumeda, 3-chōme-3-55 Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka, 530-0001, Japan
3: 心斎橋バス停車場, Japan, 〒556-0002 Osaka, Chūō-ku, Souemonchō, 3, 浪速区恵美須東3丁目4
4: Ocat, 1 Chome-4 Minatomachi, Naniwa Ward, Osaka, 556-0017, Japan

Returns To

1: Ocat, 1 Chome-4 Minatomachi, Naniwa Ward, Osaka, 556-0017, Japan
2: Hearton Hotel Nishiumeda, 3-chōme-3-55 Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka, 530-0001, Japan

Additional Information

  • 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 experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 42 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

Excellent tour : well worthy of the time and the enjoyable company . Perfect for our vacation despite the limited days we spend in Osaka
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
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!!
• Submitted 05 Jun 2018
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!
• Submitted 30 May 2018
The tour was awesome and worth it.
• Submitted 02 Apr 2018
If you are short of time, this tour is absolutely worth to use 1 days to visit 3 cities, Kyoto, Nara and Kobe. I did not join the lunch in order to gain more time for sightseeing in Kyoto. The dinner is all you can eat hotpot in Kobe and it is great.
• Submitted 12 Mar 2018
The trip was excellent! Kudos to Miss Suzuki and Mr. Ching, they were really good at it and very informative. The kids enjoyed specially at Nara park and the deers. One day is not enough to enjoy and fully explore all wonderful sites. Definitely we will be coming back.
• Submitted 10 Mar 2018
It's very worth it, a little rush to visit the shrines in kyoto within 1 hour or so because there's so many of them. Deer park was cute as raved! Time is a little tight but no complains since we get to go to 3 places. Lunch and dinner was good too. tour guides, coco and another gentlemen, was friendly and very helpful as well.
• Submitted 08 Mar 2018
The tour directors were very helpful. The buffet lunch and shabu shabu dinner was definitely worth it.
• Submitted 21 Feb 2018
Awesome experience!
• Submitted 17 Feb 2018
the trip was nice. lunch and dinner were excellent!
• Submitted 14 Jan 2018
If you only have limited time, I suggest you take this tour. I had fun, I enjoyed it so much
• Submitted 11 Jan 2018
The Bamboo forest in Kyoto was amazing... We enjoyed time with deer in Nara.... The tour guide was very professional...
• Submitted 30 Dec 2017
The tour is highly recommended. Wish had more time in Kyoto. Overall experience was great.
• Submitted 28 Nov 2017
• Submitted 15 Nov 2017
Its an excellent tour package to them who wants to visit three cities in a short time. They took us to the most important cites of the cities. Buffet Lunch and Dinner was excellent. I wondered how they managed everything on time and sincerely at such a cheep price !!!! Guides were very good and friendly. I highly recommend this trip package. Thank you everyone related to the trip..
• Submitted 17 Oct 2017
Great experience! Got to see a lot in one day!
• Submitted 12 Oct 2017
Great experience! Got to see a lot in one day!
• Submitted 12 Oct 2017
Amazing experience! All of the things done on this tour can be done individually, but it's hard to pack all this content into one day. The first stop on the tour in Arashiyama was a little disappointing as it was too crowded to see anything, but the other stops make it well worth it.
• Submitted 09 Oct 2017
It was rainy heavily on that day but we had a good experience. The whole trip was done with comfortable bus. You have good legs room, free wifi and also charger to charge your device in the bus. You also have some free time to go around which is good. Bamboo forest is good but also the shops on the surrounding the area is even better lol there are some souvenir/craft and food shops that you can check. Our package in including lunch buffetno regret. Though it's convenient, if I could, I prefer to have lunch at other food shops/small restaurants on surrounding just to try. You also have more than enough free time in Nara. those deers are just adorable and more free time in Kobe. Dinner buffet was good too in Kobe. Again, you have more than enough free time to go around. Highly recommended this tour for first timer if you want to go around outside Osaka without any hassle.
• Submitted 07 Oct 2017
Well organised tour package.
• Submitted 07 Sep 2017
The trip covers places we intend to see, though a little bit tight in time, but it's well worth joining this tour in order that we can see the most in one day. Our group contains 19 members from age 2 - 70, we managed to follow the tour guide to see all scenic places. The buffet lunch is good and we are all happy with it. The kids enjoy playing with the deer in Nara and we have plenty of time there. For the dinner in Kobe, I can say the shabu shabu is good and is well organized by our tour guide, but if you take this option, there is actually no time for you to walk around in the mall or Kobe. The tour bus is comfortable too, I high recommend this tour.
• Submitted 23 Aug 2017
We had so much fun on our whole day trip to kyoto nara and kobe! The day was so packed but it was amazingly efficient. Suzuki and her accompanying male guide were very nice and hard working, the heat was sweltering but they were still very gracious and friendly. The bus was bright yellow so you will not have a hard time finding it, the buffet lunch and shabu shabu dinner was very good. Highly recommended! even with small kids!
• Submitted 13 Aug 2017
We enjoyed the tour. The tour guide speaks English and she, as well as her assistant, was accommodating. A lot of walking too, so always bring water with you. The tour includes the lunch at Kyoto, which is good, and dinner at Kobe, which I found it great. We like all the places we visited but the highlight for me was the Nara park where the kids enjoyed the presence of deers and we loved the huge Todaiji temple there. The Port of Kobe was awesome too during the night. Overall, a great experience!
• Submitted 06 Aug 2017
This is an awesome and hassle-free way to visit three iconic cities in Japan in one day: Kyoto, Nara and Kobe. Our guide Suzuki was very warm and accommodating and was able to follow the schedule and itinerary because of her great organizing and planning skills. Highly recommended!
• Submitted 29 Jul 2017

In Brief

Izumisano, Japan
12 hours