Day Tour

1-Day Kyoto & Nara Tour: Nijo Castle, Kinkaku-ji Temple, Kyoto Imperial Palace, Todai-ji Temple, Nara Park, Kasuga Taisha Shrine (Round-trip from Kyoto)

  • Best Seller
  • Shrine
  • Heritage
  • Castle
  • Meal
  • Full Day
  • Pick up
  • Drop off

per person USD 149

This tour is accompanied by a National Government Licensed English Guide Interpreter as it visits the most famous sightseeing spots including World Heritage sites in Kyoto and Nara, such as Nijo Castle, Kinkaku-ji Temple, Kyoto Imperial Palace, Todai-ji Temple, Nara Park, and Kasuga Taisha Shrine. Participants will surely enjoy this tour which takes an efficient trip around two historical cities. This is Sunrise Tours’ most popular course in western Japan.

Day 1: Kyoto - Nara - Kyoto



Avanti's Sunrise Tours Desk (across from Kyoto Station Hachijo Exit)

*Please refer to [Bus Company]

Nijo Castle (50 mins)

A World Heritage site. Tour the historical castle completed in 1626, which was built to provide lodging for the Tokugawa Shogun and as a palladium for Kyoto Imperial Palace. The impressive, elaborate carvings and decors in the Ninomaru Palace are a must-see.

*Please refer to [Exemptions/Itinerary Guarantee: Itinerary/Destinations].

Kinkaku-ji Temple (45 mins)

A World Heritage site. The wooden architecture is covered in thin layers of pure gold and is surrounded by a beautiful pond.

[Regular] Kyoto Imperial Palace (40 mins)

See the Kyoto Imperial Palace, which was used as the Emperor's residence until about 150 years ago. *Please refer to [Exemptions/Itinerary Guarantee: Itinerary/Destinations]. 

[Kyoto Imperial Palace Closed Days] Kitano Tenmangu Shrine (40 mins)

Kitano Tenmangu Shrine is the substitute for Kyoto Imperial Palace on days it is closed to visitors. It is famous for housing the God of Scholarship. This shrine's main hall is a designated national treasure. The shrine is especially great to see during the plum blossom and autumn leaf seasons.

*Please refer to [Exemptions/Itinerary Guarantee: Itinerary/Destinations].

Lunch (60 mins)

Participants will be provided a set menu meal.

*Please refer to [Important Notes/Supplements: Regarding Meals].

Todai-ji Temple (Great Buddha) Nara Park (70 mins)

A World Heritage site. This is the symbol of the Nara Period and one of the world's largest wooden structures. Its huge main hall and bronze Great Buddha are impressive to behold.

Kasuga Taisha Shrine (50 mins)

This Nara Period shrine is designated as a World Heritage Site. The deer of Nara Park are thought to be the shrine messengers.

*Please refer to [Exemptions/Itinerary Guarantee: Itinerary/Destinations].



Drop-off Service

After Kyoto Station, participants will be dropped off at their hotels.

Departure Date

2024: Jan. 11-Dec. 27 *The dates vary depending on the month. Please contact JTB USA.


Lunch included


English-speaking guide service is included.

Pick up and Drop off

Pick-up: Not available / Drop-off : Available

Minimum Participants Required

1 person


National Government Licensed English Guide Interpreter fee, Other admission fees and transportation costs included in the tour, Lunch charges


[Reception Method]
At reception, please show your reservation confirmation sheet, a printout of the reservation confirmation e-mail, or show the e-mail on your mobile device screen to staff.


[Operation Conditions/Tour Conditions]

- If the minimum number of participants (1) is not met by 4 days before the scheduled date, the tour on that date may be canceled.


[Exemptions/Itinerary Guarantee: Itinerary/Destinations]

The Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed to visitors on the following days. As such, the tour will visit Kitano Tenmangu Shrine instead.

If the closed day falls on the 25th, the tour will visit Nishi Hongan-ji Temple. (Mondays, Tuesday if Monday is a national holiday, and whenever there is an Imperial Household event) Nijo Castle is closed on Tuesdays in January, July, August, and December. (Closed on the following day if Tuesday is a holiday.) If closed, Ryoan-ji Temple will be visited instead.

Participants will walk from the parking lot to Todai-ji Temple (about 15 min one-way). Thank you for your understanding. Please inform us at the time of booking if any person in your group is using crutches or a wheelchair, or has a chronic illness that makes it difficult to walk for long distances.

At Kasuga Taisha Shrine, the tour does not include entrance to areas requiring admission.

*Nara Nagomikan is not included in 2024 tour dates. Connection to the Kyoto Night Tour is not possible.

During the Gion Festival (Sakimatsuri, July 15 - 16), drop-off service to Karasuma Kyoto Hotel and Hotel Nikko Princess Kyoto will be unavailable due to traffic restrictions.

The order of activities and arrival times may differ depending on road conditions and congestion at destinations. Seats may not be designated.


[Bus Company]

Teisan Kanko Bus Co., Ltd. (in general); Yasaka Sightseeing Bus Co., Ltd.; Yuai Kanko Bus Co., Ltd.; Toh-ho-kanko Bus Co., Ltd.; Kyoto Kanko Bus Co., Ltd.; or Senriyama Bus Co., Ltd.

*In general, Teisan Kanko Bus will be used.If otherwise, it will be specified in the final itinerary. *Depending on the number of tour participants, transportation to be used may be other than a large bus (mid-size bus, small bus), a hired car (van, minivan - MK Co., Ltd. or Yasaka Group), or a taxi.

Standard transportation for approximate number of customers:

-Large bus: around 26 people or more, Mid-size bus: around 11-25 people, Small bus: around 9-10 people, Van (hired car): around 5-8 people,  Minivan (hired car): around 3-4 people, Taxi: around 1-2 people


[Important Notes/Supplements: Meeting/Pick-up/Pick-up Location]
Sunrise Tours Desk inside Avanti (across from Kyoto Station Hachijo Exit) / 8:20


[Important Notes/Supplements: Regarding Meals]
A set menu meal will be served for lunch. For those who would like a vegetarian meal, please make sure to inform us at the time of reservation. If requests are not provided in advance, same-day changes cannot be accepted. Halal, glutenfree, and other meal requests are not available. For those that don't require lunch, please make a booking for the 'without lunch' plan (tour code: NG023S). The 'without lunch' plan provides customers with free time to eat on their own in the Kyoto Station area


Please contact JTB Reservation Center for the pickup service to assembly place.
Japan Marketing Department : Tel 1(800) 882-0268, email
Date & Price Tour Start Tour End Departure Adult Child Infant Single Supplement
01/11/2024 12/27/2024 Kyoto $ 149 $ 136 $ 0 $ 0
Cancellation rates will apply to the tour fare as below. If notice of cancellation is received on tour starting date, or in case of failure to show without notice 100% of the tour fare, 1 day prior to the starting date of the tour 40%, 7 to 2 days prior, 30%, 8 days or more days prior, no charge. Cancellation period is based on United State PST time.. Notice must be received during JTB USA office hours. Mon. - Fri., 9:00AM-5:30PM PST Except National Holidays.

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