We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

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

  • Full-day trip from Osaka to Kyoto, Nara, and Kobe
  • Visit a historic Kyoto district
  • See UNESCO-listed temples
Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto, Nara and Kobe from Osaka
From US$88.20
Check Availability
  • Overview
  • What to Expect
  • Important Information
  • Reviews
  • Q&A
Select Date and Travelers
A:Namba Dep / Buffet LunchMost Popular
Meeting point & Time: JR Namba 'OCAT' 1st floor at 8:50am. Lunch is a buffet an assortment of 60 or so Kyoto cuisines.
A:Umeda Dep / Buffet Lunch
Meeting point is Nishi-Umeda Hearton Hotel 1st floor lobby. Meeting time is 8:20am. Lunch is a buffet an assortment of 60 or so Kyoto cuisines.
N:Namba Dep / Without meals
Meeting point & Time: JR Namba 'OCAT' 1st floor at 8:50am. Lunch and dinner not included.
Show 6 more
Spend a day exploring historic neighborhoods, visiting temples, and shopping on a full-day tour from Osaka to Kyoto, Nara, and Kobe. You’ll see the Arashiyama district, tour the the Kinkaku-ji and Nara Todaiji Temples, and take in the stores at Kobe MOSAIC. This full-day tour includes entrance fees, as well as pickup and drop-off at Umeda or Namba, a buffet or torisuki lunch, and an all-you-can-eat shabu shabu dinner.
What to Expect
Meet a driver at a central location in Umeda or Namba, 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 the Todaiji 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. You’ll 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.
Write a ReviewReviews (91)

1 - 5 of 9 reviews

Reviewed 10 June 2018
Bus Tour - Limon

Shu-san was a great. Very informative and a very nice gentlemen. The day was little long but when you try to get this much in one day i guess its going to be a long day. Comfortable bus ride, we didnt purchase any food option...More

1  Thank Larry P
Reviewed 31 May 2018
Picture perfect

Love this experience we had. It was picture perfect! Everything was so organized and for the amount we paid, it was so worth it! Our picture was like a postcard!

1  Thank Chlirby C
Reviewed 27 May 2018
little cultural highlights in a day

Conclusion / Recommendation: - Actually you only see Kinkaku-ji temple in Kyoto and the Todaiji temple in Nara. - Next time we would prefer the day trip by bus to Kyoto. Programm: Kinkaku-ji temple in Kyoto – Todaiji temple in Nara – Shabu-Shabu dinner in...More

3  Thank Pascal M
Reviewed 13 May 2018 via mobile
An Interesting Long Day.

The day started at Hearton Hotel Nishi- Umeda for the pick up for the tour. You them were transferred to another bus which was the Kyoto, Nara and Kobe day tour . You had to be careful to get onto the correct bus as there...More

Thank Vladislav M
Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile
Amazing trip worth the money

It was so nice to see different parts of Japan in one day and very much worth the money for the experience. Taka was our your guide and was very friendly. Beautiful scenery if you come during the first week of April, we came here...More

1  Thank Stacey-Kris Y
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
Valerie A
9 August 2018|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from Valerie A |
Mahalo! I look forward to the tour!
3 August 2018|
Response from kixlimon |
Hi there. This is Limon bus tour office at KIX. Yes, it dose. There is a space to put into the bus. Just in case, let us know about you're using it when you're making a reservation. Thank you. It normally takes for 20 mins... More
Google Translation
Sharlet F
18 July 2018|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from Vladislav M | Reviewed this property |
There are vegetarian options with the lunch buffet as you just have to choose what you want to have.