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Kyoto tours and excursions

Kyoto tours

Taxi Tours

Several taxi companies offer private sightseeing tours that can be tailored to interests and time constraints. The company Kyoto MK suggests day long, chauffeur-guided outings that take in temples and mountain scenery and provides English-speaking guides.

Tel: +81 75 757 6212
Website: http://www.mktaxi-japan.com

Bus tours

Kyoto Regular Tour Bus organise half-day trips that take in different areas of the city with English-language audio guides available. Popular packages include tours of Kinkaku-ji Temple, Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Ginkaku-ji Temple, as well as an exploration of the Gion geisha district with a meal and show included.

Tel: +81 75 672 2100
Website: http://www.kyoto-regulartourbus.com

Kyoto excursions

Osaka

Step aboard a futuristic Shinkansen (high-speed train) and in the space of half an hour, Kyoto’s history-drenched streets can be exchanged for the ultramodern skyscrapers of Osaka. This neon-lit port city is famous for its dining scene, with hundreds of restaurants cramming streets around the Dōtonbori Bridge. Vibrant nightlife and some interesting sights, including the impressive Osaka Castle, add to the city’s appeal.

Website: http://www.osaka-info.jp/en

Nara

Less than an hour south of Kyoto is the ancient city of Nara, the first permanent capital of Japan and one that remains adorned in cultural riches. Day-trippers should head straight for Todaiji Temple, one of the city’s eight UNESCO sites and home to a bronze Buddha of epic proportions. Those staying longer can visit the celebrated Kasuga Shrine and Kofuku-ji Temple, full of treasured Buddhist artefacts.

Website: http://www.narashikanko.or.jp

Takahama

Japan is the first Asian country to obtain the Blue Flag award for its beaches, one of which is Wakasa Wada Beach in Takahama town, just a short two-hour train ride away from Kyoto. The surrounding translucent waters are best explored on a kayak or a Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP).

Website: http://www.wakasa-takahama.jp

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