Day trip

From Osaka: Kyoto Top Highlights Day Trip

From Osaka: Kyoto Top Highlights Day Trip

Activity provider: Shinki Bus Tours Co., Ltd.

From US$ 69.75 per person

Go on a culturally-enriching day trip from Osaka to Kyoto. Stop at the Fushimi Inari Temple and the UNESCO World Heritage Sites Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Kinkakuji Temple, and Arashiyama.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures are in place. Check your activity voucher once you book for full details. Learn more
Duration 7 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English, Japanese


3 hours
  • Umeda

  • 1 hour
  • Fushimi Inari Taisha (visit)

  • 30 minutes
  • Kiyomizu-dera (visit, lunch)

  • 40 minutes
  • Kinkaku-ji (visit)

  • Arashiyama (visit)

  • 100 minutes
  • Umeda

Meeting point
Main stop
  • See the best of Kyoto in the most convenient and comfortable way
  • See the famous vermillion gates at Fushimi Inari Shrine
  • Explore the gorgeous golden Kinkaku-ji and its immaculate well-preserved gardens
Full description
Visit some of Kyoto's most famous cultural sites on this day-long bus tour from Osaka. Hop aboard a comfortable coach and drive to Japan's ancient capital to see the brilliant torii gates of the Fushimi Inari Shrine, the UNESCO-listed Kiyomizu-dera temple, and the golden pavilion of Kinkaku-ji. Kyoto is filled with ancient historic sites dating back to the 6th century. Get dropped off first at the Fushimi Inari Shrine, a Shinto shrine famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates. Spend time wandering the brilliant paths before heading to your next destination. Arrive at Kiyomizu-dera, one of the most iconic temples in Japan. Take ample time to wander through the temple. Walk across the impressive wooden stage, which juts out from the hillside and was constructed without the use of a single nail. Next, stop at Kinkaku-ji, also known as the Golden Pavilion due to the fact that it's covered in gold leaf. Wander through the immaculate gardens surrounding the temple, admiring the original Japanese designs that have been preserved since Ashikaga's time. Finish the day in Arashiyama, which has been a popular nature-viewing destination since the Heian Period. Take a stroll through the cool Sagano Bamboo Forest and listen to the distinct rustle of bamboo leaves as you walk. In the late afternoon, hop on the bus back to Osaka.
  • Local taxes
  • Round-trip bus fare
  • Kyoto traditional tofu dish (deluxe or standard)
  • Kinkakuji Temple entrance ticket
  • Kiyomizudera Temple entrance ticket
  • Leaflet with detailed itinerary and descriptions
  • Pick up and drop-off at designated meeting points
  • English-speaking tour conductor
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Personal expenses
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

Meeting point may vary depending on the option booked.

Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Oversize luggage
  • Smoking
  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  • Please wear comfortable shoes
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Infants (0-2 years old) can participate in this tour for free (no seat or meal provided)
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 13 reviews

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The trip was smooth and had no problem. I thought we could have stayed a little longer at Fushimi Inari Shrine, and reduced the time we stayed at the last stop at Arashiyama Bamboo Forest. As I don't like Japanese cuisine very much, I think it should have the option of with or without lunch included, because I had to buy with lunch and couldn't enjoy it because I thought I could choose what I would eat, that had some option, but not there were.

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January 12, 2020

The experience was good. Mariko our guide was very kind. This trip was a good way to spend one day in Kyoto without having to worry about logistics. I wish though that some areas we would have more time but it's understandable given the time we've received as it's about 40-50 minutes between each site. Overall, I'm glad we did this tour. It made everything so much easier.

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December 13, 2019

So happy we took this tour and got to see so much.

We had limited time in Kyoto and had spent too much time on the Tokyo metro gettin from place to place so I booked this for my 12 year old son and me. It was air-conditioned and so comfortable and took out the extraneous transport times from place to place. I loved that we had mostly time on our own at the temples, just given times to meet back. We opted for the tofu lunch and it was a dining experience that was just amazing. I've never tasted tofu like that! The buses seemed well coordinated with outher tour buses so we were never jam packed. The guide was just fantastic. When we didn't have umbrellas at the Golden Pavilion and it was pouring, she ran back to the bus to find us some. I've already recommended this very tour to friends going to Japan next week!

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July 30, 2019

Product ID: 237292