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Fushimi Inari-taisha, Sanjusangendo, Nijo Castle & Nara Park Guided Tour - from Osaka

  • When does it run?

    Daily

  • Start time

    Namba: 9:00 am

    Nipponbashi: 8:35 am

    Umeda: 8:30 am

  • Duration

    9.5 Hours - 10.5 Hours (depending on your point of departure)

Inclusions
  • Round Trip Bus fare (Your ride’s on us!)
  • Lunch - as per option selected (A little taste of pure Oriental magic!)
  • Admission Fee for Sanjusangendo and Nijo Castle - as per option selected (We got it all covered!)
  • A tour conductor (Accompanied by the best!)
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Key Highlights

  • Soak up the vibrant culture, history and seasonal beauty of Japan
  • Upgrade your tour to enjoy a meal at the famous Sake Village
  • Marvel at the line of 1000s of vermilion torii gates at the Fushimi Inari-taisha
  • Admire the exquisite 1001 statues at Sanjusangendo
  • Explore the spectacular premises of the UNESCO World Heritage listed Nijo Castle
  • Get up close with some adorable Sika deer at the charming Nara Park
  • Both printed or smartphone vouchers accepted!

Overview

Japan - the Land of the Rising Sun, is a truly beautiful country. From the vibrant reds and yellows of autumn to the mesmerising pink of cherry blossoms in the spring, the country seems to be always doused in a riot of colours. Blending in beautifully are the equally spectacular shrines and temples, painting a stunning picture of not just Japan’s otherworldly architecture and design aesthetics but also its incredibly vibrant culture. 

This guided tour from Osaka takes you to two of the most famous shrines in Kyoto - Fushimi Inari Taisha and Rengeoin Sanjusangendo, as well as the historic Nijo Castle and the lovely Nara Park. The trail begins conveniently from three different points - Namba, Nipponbashi and Umeda, so you can hop on to the journey from the location closest to you.

The tour also comes with three options, as follows:

  • Guided Tour with Return Bus Fares 

  • Guided Tour with Return Bus Fares + Entrance Fee for Sanjusangendo and Nijo Castle + Sashimi Rice Bowl Set

  • Guided Tour with Return Bus Fares + Entrance Fee for Sanjusangendo and Nijo Castle + Traditional Japanese Lunch

The first stop on our trail is one of the most iconic shrines in Kyoto, Fushimi Inari Taisha which is dedicated to the Shinto god of rice, Inari. Synonymous with the hundreds of vermilion torii gates that lead up to the sacred Mount Inari, the goddess has often been associated with business and each of the torii gate has been donated individual Japanese businessmen. Don’t forget to get that perfect shot for the #gram!

Having relished this visit, we’ll head to the renowned Fushimi Sakagura Village or Sake Village for an unforgettably delicious lunch of either a sashimi set or a traditional Japanese one (depending on what you would have chosen). Lined with hereditary establishments brewing sake for generations, the entire region is deeply entwined with life in the city.

Next up is the awe-inspiring Rengeoin Sanjusangen-do, a Tendai Buddhist temple dating back to 1164. With most of the architecture and sculpture dating back to the Heian to Kamakura periods, the temple is known for the line of 1001 statues of standing Thousand-armed Kannon, the Goddess of Mercy, as well as the statues of Fujin and Raijin - all of which have been designated as National Treasures.

After soaking up all the cultural knowledge, we’ll move on to a tryst with history as we visit the Nijo Castle - the former imperial palace of the first Edo shogun after the fall of the Tokugawa Shogunate. Built in the early 17th century and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the royal residence is houses the spellbinding ruins of the Honmaru Palace and the fortifications of Ninomaru Palace along with an array of spectacular gardens and tea houses - all of which we’ll spend time exploring.

Our final pit stop for the day is the charming Nara Park, one of the oldest in Japan. Home to hundreds of wild, freely roaming Sika deer, it is the perfect place to relax amidst a bunch of adorable animals and an exceptional way to end the day - you know you’ll return with an uncontrollable smile on your face!

Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?

    Daily

  • Duration

    9.5 Hours - 10.5 Hours (depending on your point of departure)

  • Start time

    Namba: 9:00 am

    Nipponbashi: 8:35 am

    Umeda: 8:30 am

  • Meeting Point

    Namba: Make your way to OCAT, Namba

    Nipponbashi: Make your way to Tsurutontan Soemoncho

    Umeda: Make your way to Hearton Hotel Nishi-Umeda

  • Ending Point

    Same as the start point

Inclusions & Exclusions

  • Round Trip Bus fare (Your ride’s on us!)
  • Lunch - as per option selected (A little taste of pure Oriental magic!)
  • Admission Fee for Sanjusangendo and Nijo Castle - as per option selected (We got it all covered!)
  • A tour conductor (Accompanied by the best!)
  • Gratuities (If you’re feeling generous, though, go right ahead!)
  • Hotel transfers (We bet you’ll be out and about!)

Please note

Voucher Information: No need to print! You can show your voucher on your smartphone or other devices. (But if you’d rather print a copy – that’s fine too!) 

The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details. They’re a nice bunch, and will happily answer any logistical questions you may have. Please give them a call at least 24 hours before your organised  activity to reconfirm. 

In case Nijo Castle is closed, we’ll visit the equally renowned Byodoin Temple instead. 

Please remember that little ones who are 2 years of age and below will not be given a separate seat.

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