From Osaka to Kyoto - A Mini Japan Trip

From Osaka to Kyoto - A Mini Japan Trip

Starting off at Osaka, take a bus trip to Kyoto and stopping at multiple stops such as Nara and Kobe. In Kyoto you will take a mini trip with another bus and see the famous Mt. Fuji and the stunning Matsumoto Castle. This trip is a great way to experience Japan in a package.

Your day to day

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About the city

Osaka is a big modern city in Japan. It is the central metropolis of the Kansai region and the largest of the Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto trio. It is a lively and exciting place that exudes a definite charm. Its history is rich, its scenery is gorgeous, and it's well-located close to the major cultural centers of Kyoto and Nara, and just a few hours by bullet train to Tokyo. Osaka has two major city centers, Kita, north side, and Minami, south side. Kita is a large shopping and business area, Minami is Osaka's most famous entertainment district. Osaka’s major attractions are the impressive, beautifully restored, castle and the truly wonderful aquarium. Osaka has some striking modern architecture, a vibrant nightlife scene and tasty local cuisine. To experience the city’s nightlife head to bustling Dōtonbori, a street jammed with restaurants and bars. There are also some beautiful places to visit just outside of the city. Minoo is a suburb of Osaka which offers pleasant woodland, an impressive waterfall, hiking opportunities and a relaxing spa. Osaka combines historical, cultural and artistic attractions with all the delights of a modern Japanese metropolis. Japan's third-largest city offers an exciting atmosphere, with fantastic connections to some of the most historic cities in Japan.

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Best Western Plus Hotel Fino Osaka Kitahama

  • At 0.6 km from the center
  • 1-7-17, imabashi, Osaka 541-0042
Best Western Hotels and Resorts welcomes you to Osaka, the second largest city in Japan and the center of the Kansai region. Located in the heart of the city's Chuo-ku ward, just one minute's walk from Kitahama Station, Best Western Plus Hotel Fino O...
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  • Standard Twin (2 twin beds) (1)


  • 3 Accommodation nights

2 Activities

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

day 1 - Namba Dep / Without meals 09:00
This is a day trip from Osaka to Kyoto, Nara and Kobe. Tour sites you will visit include: Kyoto Arashiyama, Kinkaku-ji, Nara Park, and the Kobe MOSAIC. With convenient pickup at Kansai International Airport (KIX), near hotels located in Umeda, Nippombashi and Namba, your trip will be culturally-enriching, but also easy!

Kyoto from Osaka: Immersive Arashiyama and Fushimi Inari by Private Vehicle

day 2 - Standard Tour 08:30
Explore the sights of Arashiyama and Fushimi Inari on this full-day, private minivan tour based out of Osaka. In Arashiyama, you'll visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Tenryuji, known for its beautiful architecture, gorgeous classic gardens, and lovely vistas. Then it's on to the world famous bamboo grove. Picture time! Afterwards, we slip away to the quiet, rarefied environs of the Okochi Sanso estate for gardens, architecture, and a matcha tea break too. Much more to see and stroll about in Arashimaya before we head to the awe-inspiring, ever-popular Fushimi Inari, where thousands of red gates ("torii") snake up the mountain. We'll talk about the significance and sites as we make our way up the holy pathway, but it's a private tour, so we only go as high as you want!
While not included, we are happy to suggest a lunch stop along the way.
This tour can be customized, so do feel free to consult with us if you've something special in mind that we don't cover on the standard tour.
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About the city

For over a thousand years Kyoto was the capital of Japan and it is probably the best preserved of all its cities. It’s a beautiful vibrant city where modern life meets old traditional Japan. The city is surrounded by the mountains of Western Honshu and is a perfect base when visiting the Kansai region. The city is rich in heritage sites and culture, it has a great variety and number of restaurants and is fairly easy to navigate around. Its rich culture and heritage permeates from each and every architecture and customs. Kyoto has thousands of temples and shrines, including the spectacular golden Kinkaku-ji, Ryoanji with its Zen garden, the popular Kiyomizu-dera, Sanjusangendo with its life-size statues of Kannon and the more tranquil Tenryu-ji in Arashiyama. Also in Arashiyama, there is the famous Bamboo Grove. A wonderful thing to do in Kyoto is a walking tour of Gion, one of the main Geisha districts. Its wooden buildings and lamps create the perfect ambiance. Kyoto is one of the greatest historical cities in the world, filled with temples, shrines, teahouses and imperial residences. Kyoto is a city steeped in culture and heritage it’s a must for anyone with an interest in Japanese history and culture.

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Hotel Elcient Kyoto

  • At 3.2 km from the center
  • 13 higashisannocho, higashikujo, minami, Kyoto 601-8004
A stay at HOTEL ELCIENT KYOTO places you in the heart of Kyoto, within a 15-minute walk of Kyoto Tower and Higashi Honganji Temple. This hotel is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Kawaramachi and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Nishiki Market. Don't miss out on recreationa...
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  • Standard Double Room Smoking (1)


  • 2 Accommodation nights

1 Activities

Multi-Day Bus Tour of Shirakawago, Mt. Fuji from Osaka (Economy Hotel)

day 3 - NEW Twin (Kyoto) 09:00

Day 1: Osaka - Hida Takayama

Stop At: Gujo Hachiman Castle Town Plaza, 69 Hachimanchō Tonomachi, Gujo, Gifu 501-4213, Japan
**From May 1st 2020, will no longer go to Gujo-Hachiman**
Gujo-Hachiman, also called the Water City, Gujo Hachiman is famous throughout Japan for its pristine rivers, water springs, and for maintaining traditional ecological practices that have kept the water running through the town exceptionally clean for centuries. Enjoy a relaxing lunch in a local restaurant, where you will also be able to witness firsthand how Japanese food samples (food replicas) are made (12:20-1:40 pm) . If you feel creative, you can also make your own samples and take them back as souvenirs.
Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes

Stop At: Shirakawago, 517 Hatogaya, Shirakawa-mura, Ono-gun 501-5629 Gifu Prefecture
Shirakawa Village, or Shirakawago (3:10 - 4:30 pm). Explore and allow yourself to be fascinated by this World Heritage site with Gassho style houses said to have stood for over 300 years. The village was once considered a wild and unexplored region, with a natural environment that limited the interaction with neighboring areas. This made for unique cultural practices and lifestyle, all which can still be experienced today.
Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes

Stop At: Kenrokuen Garden, 1-1 Marunouchi, Kanazawa 920-0937 Ishikawa Prefecture
**New Itinerary from May 1st 2020**
Explore Kanazawa City freely by yourself! You can choose to go to Kenrokuen Garden, one of Japan most beautiful garden. Located in Kanazawa Prefecture, next to Kanazawa Castle, the garden spreads across 11.4 acres of land, with a large artificial pond, hills and houses dotted throughout telling the tale of past times.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, 1-2-1 Hirosaka, Kanazawa 920-8509 Ishikawa Prefecture
**New Itinerary from May 1st 2020**
Explore Kanazawa City freely by yourself! You can choose to go to 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art. You will be able to see the famous Leandro Erlich's "Swimming Pool" installation art and any other interesting arts!
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Lunch: Japanese Style Set lunch. Halal&vegetarian menu available with reservation 1 week in advance. From 1/5/20 menu change.

Accommodation included: Country Hotel Takayama or equivalent

Day 2: Hida Takayama - Tokyo

Stop At: Mt. Fuji 5th Station, Narusawa-mura, Minamitsuru-gun 401-0320 Yamanashi Prefecture
Upon arriving at Mt. Fuji 5th Station, spend the following 40 minutes discovering and soaking in the breathtaking views of Japan. A well-known symbol of Japan standing at 3776 meters high, the spectacular Mt.Fuji has made the subject of literature and art throughout Japanese history.
Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Matsumoto Castle, 4-1 Marunouchi, Matsumoto 390-0873 Nagano Prefecture
You will stop by Matsumoto Castle and get a chance to capture the beauty of one of the most popular castle in Japan.
Duration: 20 minutes

Meals included:
• Lunch: Lunch menu is Kamameshi, Japanese style hot pot rice. Will be given to you inside the bus.
No accommodation included on this day.
Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
Not wheelchair accessible
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Infant meals not included
Infants are free provided they do not occupy a seat
Vegetarian and Halal option is ONLY available as per request. Request should be made at least 1 week before departure date
Stroller accessible
Near public transportation
Infants must sit on laps
Please note that the bus will leave as scheduled and will not wait for late arrivals
Meeting Time at Osaka Umeda, Hearton Hotel Nishi-Umeda: 7:15 AM
Meeting Time at Osaka Namba, OCAT: 7:45 AM
Meeting Time at Kyoto Avanti: 8:45 AM
Emergency call center available from 7 am to 6:30 pm everyday
There will be no tour conductor in Kanazawa City area, you will have 60 minutes free time on your own
Most travelers can participate
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 42 travelers
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
1: Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, 1-chōme-8-1 Nishiikebukuro, Toshima City, Tōkyō-to 171-0021, Japan
2: Shinjuku Center Building, 1-chōme-25-1 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku City, Tōkyō-to 163-0690, Japan


From Osaka to Kyoto - A Mini Japan Trip
From Osaka to Kyoto - A Mini Japan Trip