See the main sights of two of Japan's ancient capitals all in one day!
8:45 a.m.
Depart New Miyako Hotel to visit the following by bus.
*Report at least 10 minutes prior to departure.
Nijo Castle (50 min)
Tour the historical castle completed in 1626 built to provide lodging for Tokugawa Shogun and as a palladium for Kyoto Imperial Palace.
Kinkakuji Temple(45 min)
Visit the Golden Pavillion, designated as a National Special Historic Site and National Special Landscape, with 2 floors covered entirely in thin layers of pure gold and detailed architecture incorporating three distinct styles of shinden, samurai, and zen.
Kyoto Imperial Palace (40 min)
Gain exclusive access to the former residence of the Emperor of Japan, which oversaw many important functions until the capital was moved to Tokyo in 1869.
Lunch (80 min)
Enjoy a Western-style buffet.
*From 2014 this will be a Japanese-style buffet.
Todaiji Temple
Behold the world's largest bronze statue, Great Statue of Buddha, whose tremendous height of 14.98 m (49.1 ft) required nearly 10 years in the making and over 3,000 metal plates.
Nara Park
Interact with over 1,200 wild deer that roam the park, considered sacred messengers of Shinto gods according to a local folklore.
Kasuga Grand Shrine (40 mins.)
Study the thousands of stone lanterns that line the path to this serene shrine hidden in the woods. Sep 2013 - Please note that part of Kasuga Grand Shrine is currently undergoing repairs and cannot be viewed. Repairs are expected to finish by mid Dec.
Nara Nagomikan (20 mins.)
Splurge at Nara's biggest souvenir shop, selling a vast variety of food products, sweets, and goods exclusive to Nara.
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Arrive back at hotel. *Drop-off service to major hotels in Kyoto provided.

Tour Information

8:35am - 7:30pm.
Departure Date
Jan 7th - mar 8th: Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays
Mar 9th - Dec 30th: Daily
(except Date of Nara Marathon)
Lunch included.
English-speaking guide service is included.
Pick-up service
Available from certain Hotels (Please contact us).
Drop-off service
Available from certain Hotels (Please contact us).
Required when reserving
Please notify beforehand if participating in a group consisting of 5 or more Japanese citizens as entry to the Kyoto Imperial Palace may be denied.
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1. On Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays, Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed. On these days, the tour will visit an alternative destination (typically Nishi Honganji Temple). The same is true of the period before and after the public viewing of the Kyoto Imperial Palace in April and October, May 14 - 17 due to the Aoi Festival, and whenever there is an Imperial Household event.
2. On Tuesdays (Wednesday if Tuesday is a national holiday) in January, July, August, and December, Nijo Castle is closed. The tour will visit Ryoanji Temple or Daitokuji Daisen-in Temple instead.
3. Please note that you will be asked to complete a form indicating your full name, nationality, gender, and age before entering Kyoto Imperial Palace.
4. Please provide advance notice if your group consists of five or more Japanese citizens. If you do not inform us of this information in advance, your party may be denied entry to Kyoto Imperial Palace.
5. Connections to the Kyoto Night Tour or Kyoto Maiko Dinner tours cannot be made due to time contsraints.
6. At Kasuga Grand Shrine, the tour does not include entry to areas requiring additional admission fees.
7. The tour may not visit Nara Nagomikan if it is closed or due to traffic conditions or other operational concerns.
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