Nara is the ancient capital of Japan. It is located south of Kyoto, and Nara is a perfect destination for a day trip from Osaka or Kyoto. Don’t miss Todaiji Temple Great Buddha stature, wild deers in Nara parki, and ancient temples and shrines including Horyuji, Kasuga Shrine, and many others.
Day trip to Nara from Osaka
There are several day tours available from Osaka to visit Nara. Some of them just visit Nara only, and others combine with Kyoto. If you have time, it is strongly recommended to take a Nara only trip. There are a lot to see in Nara.
Day trip to Nara from Kyoto
If you are staying in Kyoto, you may visit Nara by yourseof by train. But to cover the most of Nara, it is recommended to take a tour. Public transport in Nara is not necessarily good.
Nara trip from Tokyo
If you are in Tokyo, day tour to Nara is not impossible but not recommended. You should take a 2-day or 3-day tour from Tokyo to visit Nara, many of which actually combine Nara and Kyoto.
If you are staying in Osaka, and like to have a 1-day visit to Kyoto, consider taking a tour from Osaka. There are several tours available from Osaka to Kyoto. Some tours cover Nara and/or Kobe in addition to Kyoto while other tours spend more time in Kyoto.
Kyoto private tours from Osaka
If you are a group, then consider taking a private tour to Kyoto. You can avoid wasting time to wait for other people who delay everytime.
Kyoto group tours from Osaka
If you are travelling alone or like to save money, then choose a group bus tour. Prices are usually less than 10,000 yen per person for a tour.
Kyoto customized tours
If you like to customize your itinerary in Kyoto, then choose a flexible customizable tour by private cars.
Nikko is located in the northern part of the Kanto region, Tochigi prefecture. Since it became a mausoleum of the first Shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu, and the third, Tokugawa Iemitsu, during the Edo period, it has been thriving as a town of Nikko Toshogu Shrine.
There are many historical buildings, and Nikko Futarasan Shrine and Nikkosan Rinnoji Temple are world heritage sites as “Nikko Shrines and Temples”. Also blessed with abundant nature, popular spots such as Kegon Falls and Lake Chuzenji are the recommended sightseeing spots in Nikko area.
Most popular Nikko tour from Tokyo Shinjuku
Nikko 1-Day Bus Tour : World Heritage of Nikko Toshogu, Lake Chuzenji, Kegon Falls is the most popular Nikko tour from Tokyo. This is a full-day tour departing from KEIO PLAZA HOTEL in Shinjuku. Lunch is optional.
This tour visit Nikko Toshogu Shrine, Kegon Fall and some other places.
There is no cancellation fee if you cancel this tour at least 7-days in advance.
This tour involves a long-hour drive in bus. So if you do not like to spend hours in the bus, then choose a tour that uses train.
Nikko Day-tours from Tokyo
Nikko is a perfect one day destination from Tokyo. There are so many Nikko tours conducted from Tokyo everyday. Bus tours, train tours, group tours, and private tours with guide are all available.