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Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto, Nara and Kobe from Osaka

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    What to Expect
    Meet a driver at a central location in Osaka, then board a bus for the trip to Kyoto, where your first stop of the day is a tour of the Arashiyama district. In early April, Arashiyama lights up with cherry blossoms, and during summer months, traditional cormorant fishing is practiced in Arashiyama’s Hozu River.

    If you’re visiting in the fall, autumn leaves are a highlight, and you can visit the Tenryuji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site near the Sagano Bamboo Forest. You can visit a local restaurant for lunch, before continuing to the Kinkakuji Temple, a pagoda built to house sacred Buddha relics.

    Spend the afternoon touring Nara Park and Todai-ji temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site that was once one of the Seven Great Temples. See the largest Buddha statue in Japan, and spot some of the wild deer that live within the park.

    Pause for dinner and shopping at the Kobe MOSAIC, a shopping mall in the city’s port, with roughly 80 shops and restaurants—and a Ferris wheel that’s perfect for nighttime views of the city. Select the option to dine on beef, pork, or chicken shabu-shabu, a kind of traditional hotpot, alongside vegetables, soft drinks, and ice cream.

    After dinner, begin the return trip to Osaka, where this tour concludes with drop-off by the Namba OCAT or the Hearton Hotel Nishi in Umeda.
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    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 Bus Terminal, 1 Chome-4 Minatomachi, Naniwa Ward, Osaka, 556-0017, Japan
    Duration
    12h
    Return Details
    1: OCAT Bus Terminal, 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
    Inclusions
    • Local taxes
    • Pickup and drop-off at central meeting points
    • All transport
    • Buffet or Chicken Suki set lunch (if meal is selected)
    • All you can eat shabu-shabu dinner (if meal is selected)
    • English speaking tour conductor
    • Entry/Admission - Kinkakuji Temple
    Exclusions
    • Drinks
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • 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
    Cancellation Policy
    If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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    Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

    I booked this tour because we were staying on in Japan following a cruise and it was half the price (even with all of our meals included) of an equivalent tour offered by the cruise company. BUT what I would recommend is to not take...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    1  Thank Katja-Sydney
    Reviewed 4 June 2019

    It was a small group day trip and well organised by separate tour group guides.. Very knowledgeable tour guides. Imperial Palace in Kyoto was my highlight. Also amazed seeing so many deer in many parks.

    Date of experience: July 2018
    1  Thank YoungH31
    TeamLimon, Operator at Shinki Bus Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 15 July 2019

    Dear customer Thank you very much for choosing our trip. We are happy that you were able to see some great scenes in Kyoto, Nara and Kobe. We look forward to serving you again in the future. Team LIMON

    Reviewed 28 April 2019 via mobile

    The places we went to were great, got to see what we wanted but the guides Kraft a lot to be desired. They were both nice people and tried hard but the gentleman was hard to understand and the girls instructions with tickets and time...More

    2  Thank Arn135
    Reviewed 26 April 2019 via mobile

    fun filled experience!!!accomodating & polite tour guide "macko"..a memorable vacation trip ever!!!must try and highly recommended!!!!

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    TeamLimon, OP at Shinki Bus Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 22 June 2019

    Thank you for using our service! We are happy to hear that you have enjoyed yourself in the trip. Hope to serve you again in the future.

    Reviewed 22 April 2019 via mobile

    This tour is fantastic and highly recommend. This was our 1st visit to these areas and we got to experience the cultural side of Japan that we hadn’t been exposed too. Kyoto is stunning as we got to see it in full cherry blossom season....More

    Date of experience: April 2019
    1  Thank Meagan W
    TeamLimon, OP at Shinki Bus Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 22 June 2019

    Dear customer Thank you very much for choosing our 1 day bus tour. We are very pleased that you have enjoyed your travel.

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