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Kyoto Day Trips from Osaka

Kyoto Day Trips from Osaka

Formerly the imperial capital of Japan, Kyoto is home to some of most beautiful and fascinating palaces, castles, and temples found anywhere in the country, all of which are easily accessible via day trips from Osaka. Here’s what you need to know about guided tours of Kyoto from Osaka.

Group Tours

Taking a small-group tour of Kyoto from Osaka offers a convenient way to see the top attractions and UNESCO World Heritage Sites—Arashiyama, Kyoto Imperial Palace, the Golden Pavilion, Sagano Bamboo Forest, Kinkakuji Temple, and Nijo Castle—without blowing your travel budget. Group sizes are limited, so you’ll have plenty of opportunity to ask questions and learn about what you’re seeing from your local tour guide. Full-day tours to Kyoto from Osaka often include stops in Nara and Kobe as well. 

Private Tours

With your own dedicated guide, a private tour to Kyoto affords you even greater flexibility to plan your perfect day and see the sights you want to see most, skipping those you don’t. A fully customizable day tour, complete with an English-speaking driver, can also include visits to nearby cities of interest, like Nara and Kobe.

Things to Know

  • Choose between the value of a small-group tour and the flexibility of a private tour.

  • Morning, afternoon, or full-day Kyoto tours from Osaka are available.

  • Day trips to Kyoto from Osaka can last between six and 13 hours, depending on the option you choose.

  • Focus your day trip on Kyoto, or visit nearby Nara and Kobe as well.

  • Visit Kyoto by bus, private vehicle, or bullet train from JR Osaka Station.