This is an affordable yet culturally-enriching bus trip from Osaka to Kyoto and Nara.Tour stops at Kyoto Arashiyama, Kinkakuji-temple and Nara park Todaiji temple. With several convenient pickup points, Kansai Airport, near hotels in Umeda and Namba, this tour will be a great addition to your trip to Japan.
You will be picked up at either Kansai Airport (7:30 am), the Hearton Hotel Nishi Umeda (8:30 am) or JR Namba OCAT station (9 am).
Upon arrival at Arashiyama (10:20 am), 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 Yoshiya Restaurant (Halal Japanese Style lunch).
After lunch, you will tour the Kinkaku-ji temple. You'll spend time at Kinkaku-ji from 12:55 pm - 01:40 pm. 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.
Afterward, you will tour the Nara Park and the Todaiji Temple(3:20 pm - 4:40 pm). Within Nara Park you will find the Todai-ji Temple UNESCO World Heritage Site. The main gate to Todai-ji Temple, the Todai-ji Nandaimon Gate, is a national treasure.The great statue of Buddha within the temple is the biggest in Japan. Nara Park is notorious for the 1200 or so wild deer that live freely within the park. You can feed the deer 'senbei' snacks which are sold within the park for 150 yen a stack.
After a long day visiting Kyoto and Arashiyama, you will be dropped off at the Namba 'OCAT' (05:40pm).
*Kansai Airport Departure Available*