Kyoto and Nara 1 Day Bus Tour

Kyoto and Nara 1 Day Bus Tour
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$61.53
Duration: 9 hours
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Description

This tour will take you to see the famous 1000 vermilion gates at Fushimi Inari Grand Shrine, Arashiyama, UNESCO world heritage site Kinkaku-ji temple and Todaiji & Nara park. Enjoy an easy and relaxing bus ride, see famous sites in 2 cities in 1 day without the hassle of changing trains and getting lost.
The best time to see the Autumn colors in Arashiyama starts from Nov 20th.

The tour will start from Osaka Namba VIP lounge at (8:00am) and Kyoto VIP lounge at (9:00am)

Your first destination is Fushimi Inari Grand Shrine (approx.80min).
Fushimi Inari Taisha is the head of all Inari shrines in Japan and is dedicated to the Shinto gods. Designated as an Important Cultural Property, the main shrine building contains five shrines together, these five pillars of Fushimi Inari Taisha are named for the great virtues of Inari Okami that they embody. Inari Okami is known as a deity of business prosperity, prosperity of industries, safety of households, safety in traffic and improvement in the performing arts. The 'Senbon Torii' or 1000 torii gates are donations by individuals and companies, and you will find the donator's name and the date of the donation inscribed on the back of each gate.
Continuing with the tour, the next destination is Arashiyama (11:30am - 1:30pm),where you will have time for sightseeing and lunch. 
Arashiyama changes with the seasons and you can enjoy the scenery any time of year, with cherry blossoms in the spring, boat festivals in the Summer, red leaves in Autumn and snow white mountains in the winter. Arashiyama is also filler with temples and Shrines including the match-making Shrine you can visit, during your walk through the famed Bamboo grove. There are a variety of restaurants to choose right near the Togetsukyo bridge, including vegan and Halal.
After Arashiyama, the tour will stop at the UNESCO world heritage site Kinkaku-ji Temple (approx.40min), also known as the 'Golden Pavilion'. The area around the temple is surround by a beautiful Japanese garden where you can take many amazing photos! The temple was built at the end of the 14th century originally as a villa for the Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu. After his death, as described in his will, it was converted to a temple for the Zen sect of Buddhism.
Your final destination for this trip after lunch is Nara park (3:50pm - 5:00pm).
At Nara park, you will have time to explore the Todaiji temple, another UNESCO World Heritage site which was constructed over 1200 years ago as the head of all provincial Buddhist temples in Japan. The main hall houses one of the largest statues of Buddha, which is 15m tall. There are also deer roaming freely within the park, you can feed them 'deer sembei' which is sold at stalls throughout the park for 150yen a pack. If you bow to the deer with the deer sembei in hand, they will bow back to you. 

The tour will conclude at (5:50pm) at Kyoto VIP lounge and (6:50pm) at Osaka Namba VIP lounge.

This tour will take you to see the famous 1000 vermilion gates at Fushimi Inari Grand Shrine, Arashiyama, UNESCO world heritage site Kinkaku-ji temple and Todaiji & Nara park. Enjoy an easy and relaxing bus ride, see famous sites in 2 cities in 1 day without the hassle of changing trains and getting lost.
The best time to see the Autumn colors in Arashiyama starts from Nov 20th.