Tours & activities by Sacred Destinations from Viator

  • Location: Osaka, Japan
  • Duration: 6 hours (approx.)
From USD $78.50

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Travel round-trip by rail to Kyoto and visit key cultural landmarks in the former capital. View the splendid gardens of Heian Shrine, see 1,000-armed statues at Sanjusangendo Hall and take in beautiful panoramic views from the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kiyomizu Temple. Aboard a comfortable coach, you’ll explore these iconic sites with a knowledgeable local guide who informs you about the city’s rich religious heritage.


  • Instant Confirmation
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • All entrance fees included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Hotel pickup included
After you’re picked up from your Osaka hotel, walk with your guide to Osaka Station for your journey to Kyoto. Board the JR rapid service train (non-reserved seating) and disembark at Kyoto Station for a short walk to the New Miyako Hotel, where you’ll hop aboard your comfortable coach.
Your afternoon tour of Kyoto highlights begins at Heian Shrine, which reflects the graceful elegance of life in the ancient Japanese court. Admire the brightly colored shrine with its vermilion pillars and green roof, along with enchanting inner gardens and ponds.
Next, travel by coach to the renowned Sanjusangendo Hall, Japan's longest wooden structure, which features 1,001 Bodhisattva statues that date back to the 13th century. Marvel at the 1,000-armed wooden statue of Kannon — the goddess of mercy — flanked on each side by 500 human-sized statues standing in rows. After approximately 30 minutes exploring this awe-inspiring sight with your guide, re-board the coach for Kiyomizu Temple.
A quaint old lane lined with pottery shops leads up to this famous temple, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Translated as Pure Water Temple, Kiyomizu was established amid wooded hills near the Otowa Waterfall in the 8th century. Enjoy sweeping views of the entire city of Kyoto, as well as surrounding cherry and maple trees, from its lofty terrace!
Your tour concludes with a guided journey on the JR rail back to Osaka Station, where you’ll make your own way back to your hotel.

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Pickup is available at select Osaka hotels (Hotel Granvia Osaka, Hilton Osaka, Swissotel Nankai Osaka)
Departure Time:
12:30pm - Hotel Granvia Osaka
12:20pm - Hilton Osaka Hotel
12:00pm - Swissôtel Nankai Osaka

Hotel pickups commence prior to this time

6 hours (approx.)
Return Details:
Concludes at Osaka Station

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Kyoto Afternoon Tour to Heian Shrine, Sanjusangendo Hall and Kiyomizu Temple from Osaka

Kiyomizu Temple and Cherry Blossom

  • Hotel pickup (select Osaka hotels only)
  • Transportation by Motorcoach and JR Rail from Osaka to Kyoto return
  • Admission Fees
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel drop-off
  • Gratuities (optional)
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Pickup is only available from select locations in Tokyo. Please refer to “Departure Point” for listed locations
  • Please note: Make sure you select the correct pickup location at checkout, as failure to appear at the pickup location at the scheduled time and location may result in a cancellation of your reservation with no refund
  • Chishaku Temple will be visited when Heian Jingu Shrine is closed to Jidai Festival on Octorber 22nd. If the festival is postponed, changes in the itinerary may also be postponed
  • Public transportation will be used between Osaka and Kyoto Seating may not be available
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Cancellation Policy

If you cancel at least 8 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 3 and 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Michael D, December 2015

Very interesting took lots of photos thoroughly enjoyable tour guide Saiko very knowledgable and friendly.

Reviewed by: Susan V, April 2014

This tour was great. We saw two of the most amazing temples. Only complaint would be I would have liked a little more free time to look around the amazing market at the Kiyomizu Temple.