Kyoto Nara 1 day tour

Kyoto and Nara 1 Day Tour

Duration Full Day (8:30 – 19:30)
Price Adult $248     Child (6 – 11 years old) $210

The Kyoto and Nara 1 day tour allows you to discover the must-see sights in Japan’s two ancient capital cities, Kyoto and Nara. In the morning, see the rich history of samurai and Emperors at Nijo Castle and Kyoto Imperial Palace. The incredible, pure gold leaf covered Golden Pavilion will take your breath away. Visit Todaiji Temple and see Japan’s largest statue of Buddha housed in the world’s largest wooden structure. Walk with the deer of Nara Park and then admire the 3,000 stone and bronze lanterns at Kasuga Taisha Shrine, the most celebrated shrine in Nara.


8:30 AVANTI Sunrise Tours Desk (Kyoto Station)

Nijo Castle (50 min)
Nijo Castle was built in 1603 as the residence of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first shogun of the Edo period. This is one of the best examples of castle architecture of Japan’s feudal era.

Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion) (45 min)
Kinkakuji Temple, officially named Rokuonji Temple, is one of the most famous temples in the world, and is a symbol of Kyoto. Its top two stories are completely covered in pure gold leaf.

Kyoto Imperial Palace (40 min)
Kyoto Imperial Palace was the residence of the Imperial family until 1868, when the emperor and capital were moved to Tokyo.


Todaiji Temple & Nara Park (60 min)
Todaiji Temple was constructed in 752 on the order of Emperor Shomu. It is the largest wooden structure in the world and houses a 15 metre tall, immense, bronze statue of Buddha. The adjacent Nara Park is home to about 1,200 tame deer who roam the extensive parklands.

Kasuga Taisha Shrine (40 min)
Originally the royal shrine for the powerful Fujiwara clan, Kasuga Taisha Shrine is famous for its astounding 3,000 beautifully crafted stone and bronze lanterns which have been donated by worshippers over the years.

Nara Nagomikan (20 min)
In this gift shop you can find something special for souvenirs such as locally brewed sake, foods, traditional crafts and authentic Japanese handcrafts.

18:30 ~ 19:30 Drop off service to hotels in Kyoto is available.


– Nijo Castle
– Kinkakuji Temple
– Kyoto Imperial Palace
– Todaiji Temple
– Nara Park
– Kasuga Taisha Shrine

Tour Inclusions:

– English-speaking guide
– All transportation
– Japanese/Western buffet style lunch
– Admission fees

Tour Details:

Pick up service Not Available
Guide service English-speaking guide included
Drop off service Available
Meals 1 lunch
Participants Minimum 1 guest
Price Adult $248     Child (6 – 11 years old) $210
1. Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed on Mondays, National Holidays, Tuesdays (if Monday is a National Holiday) and the year end. During these dates, the tour will visit Kitano-tenmangu Shrine instead. This is also the case during the period before and after the public viewing of the Kyoto Imperial Palace in April and October, and from May 14 to May 17 during the Aoi Festival, as well as when there is an Imperial Household event.
* Nishi Honganji Temple will be visited on some dates instead of Kitano-tenmangu Shrine.
2. Nijo Castle is closed on every Tuesday in January, July, August, December and the year end. During these dates, the tour will visit Ryoanji Temple instead.
3. Participants will walk from the parking lot to Todaiji Temple (about 15 minutes each way).
4. Areas requiring admission fees at Kasuga Taisha Shrine will not be visited.
5. Drop off service to Karasuma Kyoto Hotel and Hotel Nikko Princess Kyoto cannot be provided during the Gion Festival (July 15 – 16) due to traffic restrictions.
6. The tour may not visit Nara Nagomikan if it is closed or due to traffic conditions.
7. Connections to the Kyoto Night Tour and the Kyoto Maiko Dinner are not possible due to time constraints.
8. A set menu meal will be served for lunch. Please make sure to inform us at the time of booking if you would like a vegetarian meal. Requests made on the day of the tour cannot be accepted.