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Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto from Osaka/Kyoto

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Enrich yourself with the fascinating history of Kyoto’s numerous UNESCO-listed temples and shrines during this day trip from Osaka. Explore the seemingly endless ‘torii’ gates at Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine, visit Kiyomizu-dera temple, and explore Kinkaku-ji temple. Customize your trip by adding on a deluxe or standard Japanese style lunch, and select from four pickup points.
  • Discover the UNESCO-listed temples and shrines of Kyoto, round-trip from Osaka
  • Walk among thousands of bright-red 'torii' gates at Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine
  • Admire the views from Kiyomizu-dera and the elegant architecture of Kinkaku-ji
  • Optional lunch choices include Deluxe or Standard Japanese Style Lunch
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Local taxes
Deluxe or Standard Japanese Style Lunch (if meal is selected)
Round-trip bus fare
Leaflet of detailed Itinerary and tour point description
Pickup at designated meeting points
Drop-off near designated meeting points
Accompanied by English speaking tour guide
JR train tickets (Kyoto departure only)
Drinks
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Hearton Hotel Nishiumeda , 3-chōme-3-55 Umeda, Kita Ward, Osaka, 530-0001, Japan

    Depart form Hearton Hotel Nishi-Umeda Meeting time: 8:20 am Departure time 08:30 am Please look for the yellow sign "LIMON" at pickup point.

  • Tsurutontan Soemoncho , 3-17 Souemonchō, Chuo Ward, Osaka, 542-0084, Japan

    Depart from Nippombashi, in front of Udon Restaurant "Tsurutontan Soemoncho" Meeting time: 8:25 am Departure time 08:35 am Please look for the yellow sign "LIMON" at pickup point.

  • Ocat , 1 Chome-4 Minatomachi, Naniwa Ward, Osaka, 556-0017, Japan

    Depart from Osaka Namba OCAT Meeting time: 8:50 am Departure time 09:00 am Please look for the yellow sign "LIMON" at pickup point.

  • Kyoto Station , Higashishiokoji Kamadonocho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, 600-8216, Japan

    Depart from JR Kyoto Station, 1st Floor Central Exit, near Nippon Travel Agency Meeting time: 09:05 am Departure time 09:15 am Please look for the yellow sign "LIMON" at pickup point.

  • This activity ends in a different location. See details below:
  • Ocat , 1 Chome-4 Minatomachi, Naniwa Ward, Osaka, 556-0017, Japan

    You'll be dropped off in Namba area, near Osaka Metro's Midosuji Line Namba Station

  • Hearton Hotel Nishiumeda , 3-chōme-3-55 Umeda, Kita Ward, Osaka, 530-0001, Japan
  • Tsurutontan Soemoncho , 3-17 Souemonchō, Chuo Ward, Osaka, 542-0084, Japan
  • Kyoto Station , Higashishiokoji Kamadonocho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, 600-8216, Japan
  • Pick an Osaka departure point that works for you, choosing a morning departure location from among Kyoto Station, Umeda’s Nishi-Umeda Hearton Hotel, Nippombashi, or the JR Namba “OCAT.”

    Begin your first Kyoto visit by heading to the Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine. Wander through this religious site’s collection of more than 1,000 brilliant-red “torii” gates and learn about its connection to the Japanese deities of agriculture, business, traffic safety, and a bountiful harvest.

    Continue to Kyoto’s Kiyomizu-dera temple. You’ll have one hour to enjoy the amazing city views from the temple’s viewing platform, and to learn about the temple’s construction with 139 pillars and not a single nail. Following your Kiyomizu-dera visit, head to Shijo-karasuma to enjoy an optional deluxe or standard Japanese style lunch.

    After your lunch break, head to Kinkaku-ji temple. Often referred to as “The Temple of the Golden Pavilion,” this elegant complex hosts a collection of peaceful gardens and traditional Japanese-style architecture. At the end of your visit you’ll be dropped off back in Osaka at Namba OCAT, Nippombashi, or Hearton Hotel Nishi-Umeda.
    Itinerary
    Stop At:  
    Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
    Upon arrival at your first stop around 10:00am, the Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine, you will tour for about an hour. The Fushimi Inari Shrine is the head shrine for some 30,000 Inari shrines all across Japan. It is especially famous for its seemingly endless 1,000 vermilion shrine torii (gates). Fushimi Inari was dedicated to the Gods of agriculture. Afterward, you will head toward the Kiyomizu temple at 11:20.
    Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Kinkakuji Temple
    After lunch, you will tour the Kinkaku-ji temple from 2:10pm until 02:55 pm. Kinkaku, a pagoda made to house the sacred relics of the Buddha, has given this temple the popular name of Kinkaku-ji (Temple of the Golden Pavilion). But the official name of this branch temple of the Rinzai sect Zen temple of Shokoku-ji is Rokuon-ji. The view of Kinkaku which is reflected in the Kyoko-chi (Mirror Pond) is very beautiful. This was built by the third Ashikaga Shogun Yoshimitsu for his own villa but turned into a temple after his death. This temple was rebuilt in 1955.
    Duration: 45 minutes
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Kiyomizu-dera Temple
    *You might transfer from Fushimi Inari to Kiyomizudera by taxi in the high season.* There is a Japanese proverb regarding "jumping off of the stage at Kiyomizu." This is the Japanese equivalent of the English expression "to take the plunge." Here in the Main Hall, there is a large wooden stage that juts out over the hillside. It was built without using a single nail and is supported by 139 pillars. The view of the city of Kyoto from this Kiyomizu Stage is magnificent. The Kiyomizu-dera (the temple of clear water) was named after the Otowa Waterfall which is said to be good for your longevity, health, and study if you drink from it. This temple is famous for the cherry blossoms in spring and the foliage in autumn.
    Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Arashiyama
    The final destination is Arashiyama district, located in the Western part of Kyoto. This area becomes most attractive around early April and late November when the cherry blossoms bloom and the colors of the fall seasons usually peak. During the summer months, traditional cormorant fishing is practiced on the Hozu River for tourists to watch. One highly recommended spot is the Sagano Bamboo Forest. It is a pleasantly cool 100 meter long walkway that begins from the side of the world heritage Tenryuji Temple. You'll spend time here from 03:30 pm - 04:50 pm, and then head back to Kyoto Station or Osaka.
    Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Infant meals not included
    • Please note: your tour guide will manage the meeting time of each location as well as the amount of time spent at each location
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • [IMPORTANT] The bus will leave as scheduled and will not wait for late arrivals. Please be on time.
    • 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
    • Meeting Time at Namba, OCAT: 8:50 AM
    • Emergency call center available from 7:30 am to 6:30 pm everyday
    • Only collapsible strollers are acceptable. They will be put in the luggage space while on the bus.
    • Deluxe or Standard Japanese Style Lunch (if meal is selected; vegetarian option available upon request 3 days before departure at the latest)
    • Meeting Time at Kyoto Station: 9:05 AM
    • Tourists for Kyoto Departure: From Arashiyama back to JR Kyoto station, no guide will accompany the tour on the train, so you will travel on your own (ticket included).
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 42 travelers
    • OPERATED BY LIMON Tours -DMC Japan
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    Q:
    What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto from Osaka/Kyoto?
    A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
    See all safety measures taken by Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto from Osaka/Kyoto.
    Q:
    What is the policy on sanitization during Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto from Osaka/Kyoto?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    See all safety measures taken by Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto from Osaka/Kyoto.
    Q:
    What is the social distancing policy during Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto from Osaka/Kyoto?
    A:The policies on social distancing are:

    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
    See all safety measures taken by Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto from Osaka/Kyoto.
    Q:
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto from Osaka/Kyoto?
    A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    See all safety measures taken by Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto from Osaka/Kyoto.

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    • "This tour is highly recommended for those who wants to have convenience and have limited time to visit these attractions." See review
    • "Lunch package could be skipped and taken on your own as there are several restaurants there." See review

    Reviews

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    star-5
    Beautiful kyoto
    Simonhilary
    , Jan 2020
    The tour was fantastic with harisan guide. Very informative bamboo garden was beautiful. Lunch was suprb
    icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
    Dear customer: Thank you for joining us this time! It is our great pleasure to serve you this trip. We are thrilled to have a second meet with you. Wish you a lovely day. Best regards, Team LIMON
    star-1
    Very bad office
    Cruiser63666772235
    , Jan 2020
    Wer not able to use our ticket, we paid it but when we came to the place they did not accept us coz they are looking for reservation. We dont know what is that..but we paid ticket. To hell with you
    icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
    Dear customer, we are sincerely sorry to hear what happened to you. To show our highly concern on this case here I attached a link which you can use to contact us directly. http://www.limonbus.com/contact/index.php We will definitely do our best to investigate this case seriously once you send us more detail about your experience. Best regards, Team LIMON
    star-4
    Worth the trip
    Anne_E
    , Dec 2019
    This tour is highly recommended for those who wants to have convenience and have limited time to visit these attractions. The tour was very organized and the English speaking guide is efficient and friendly.
    icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
    We're very happy to hear it! We hope that we will be able to serve you again in your next trip to Japan!
    star-4
    Kyoto Day Tour
    Colleen H
    , Oct 2019
    The tour was great. The weather was poor. But we made the best of it. However, I was disappointed that there was no comment at all about Kyoto, it's environs, and things culturally and historically significant. We had a one page handout on all the places we visited and these were read to us.
    icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
    Thank you for booking us. We feel very honored that you enjoyed your tour. We will try our best to improve the handout. Thanks for your advice. Best Regards, Team LIMON
    star-5
    Recommended Tour
    chaerine21
    , Oct 2019
    Friendly and kind english speaking tour guide. Very helpful too. We enjoyed this tour Thank you. Highly recommend!
    icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
    Thank you for booking us. We feel very honored that you enjoyed your tour. We are looking forward to seeing you again in the near future. Best Regards, Team LIMON
    star-5
    Good range of sights
    jodieannbt
    , Sep 2019
    We were very happy with this tour. Our guides were very nice and efficient. Lunch was fantastic, so much food!
    icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
    Thank you for booking us and we are so glad that you enjoyed your meal. We are looking forward to seeing you again in the near future. Wish you a lovely day. Best Regards, Team LIMON
    star-3
    ok
    ron_h
    , Sep 2019
    tour guide English was very poor I guess we could enjoy the tour much more if there was proper English involved … points of visit were good and important. yet, explanations were very poor.
    icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
    Dear customer, We are very sorry about your experience with the tour. We will improve our service in English to avoid similar problems happening in the future. Regards, Team Limon
    star-4
    Good 1 day condensed trip
    James_T
    , Dec 2018
    Very good 1 day condensed trip to kyoto.... Tour guide was very good... Her name is haru..Covered major sights in kyoto. Very organised tour group. Lunch package could be skipped and taken on your own as there are several restaurants there.
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2019
    Hi, thank you for your feedback about your trip. We hope that you will consider us for your next trip in the future. Sincerely
    star-5
    It is good with cute little staff named...
    Quoc_T
    , Jun 2018
    It is good with cute little staff named Nana. Highly recommend for new people
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2019
    Hi ssajason, thanks for your highly recommendation. See you again in your next trip to Japan. Sincerely
    star-3
    Excellent locations, but guide is...
    Sebastian_T
    , Apr 2018
    Excellent locations, but guide is there really to provide instructions on how to get from one place to the next. Very limited in depth or background outside a broad overview on the bus.

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