Enjoy an easy, culturally-enriching bus trip from Osaka to Kyoto. The tour starts with a magical train ride on the Sagano Romantic Train to Arashiyama and takes you to the UNESCO world heritage site of Kiyomizu-dera, finishing the journey with a visit to the Fushimi Inari temple. There are several convenient pickup locations nearby hotels in Umeda and Namba (KIX pickup also available).
You will be picked up at either Umeda (8:30am) or Namba (9:00am). Upon arrival at Kameoka Station, begin your exploration of this UNESCO-recognized capital of Japanese culture by boarding the Sagano Romantic Train to Arashiyama (10:29 - 10:53). Visitors who arrive in this striking area in April will be treated to the visual feast of blooming cheery blossom trees, while those who arrive in November are likely to experience the area’s fiery fall colors. Enjoy 2 hours in the beautiful district of Arashiyama (11:00 - 1:00 pm), where you will also have lunch. After lunch, you will tour the Kiyomizu-dera temple from 1:45 pm to 3 pm to see the sights of Ninen-zaka slope and Sannen-zaka slope. There is a Japanese proverb regarding “jumping off of the stage at Kiyomizu". This is the Japanese equivalent of the English expression "to take the plunge". Here in the Main Hall, there is a large wooden stage that juts out over the hillside. It was built without using a single nail and is supported by 139 pillars. The view of the city of Kyoto from this Kiyomizu Stage is magnificent. The Kiyomizu-dera (the temple of clear water) was named after the Otowa Waterfall which is said to be good for your longevity, health, and study if you drink from it. This temple is famous for the cherry blossoms in spring and the foliage in autumn. Afterward, you will head toward Fushimi Inari Taisha. The Fushimi Inari Shrine is the head shrine for some 30,000 Inari shrines all across Japan. It is especially famous for its seemingly endless 1,000 vermilion shrine torii (gates). Fushimi Inari was dedicated to the gods of agriculture, the deities were enrolled to ensure prosperity in business, a bountiful harvest and traffic safety. End your visit at Fushimi Inari at 4:50 pm and head back to Osaka, where you will be dropped off at either Namba OCAT (5:50 pm) or at the Hearton Hotel in Nishi-Umeda (6:05 pm).