You will be picked up at either Kansai Airport (7:30am) the Hearton Hotel Nishi Umeda (8:30 am) or JR Namba OCAT station (9 am).
The Arashiyama district is located in the Western part of Kyoto. Upon arrival you will have a full three hours to tour Arashiyama. This area is considered to be most attractive around early April and late November when the cherry blossoms bloom and fall colors usually peak. During the summer months, traditional cormorant fishing is practiced on the Hozu River for tourists to watch. One highly recommended spot is the Sagano Bamboo Forest. It is a pleasantly cool 100m long walkway that begins from the side of the world heritage Tenryuji Temple. Later, you will have lunch (if selected) at designated restaurants escorted by the tour conductor. After lunch you will ride the local tram "Randen" from Arashiyama to Shijo-Omiya station. Randen has a 100-year-old history and is the only tram in Kyoto.
Afterward you will tour the Nara Park and the Todaiji Temple. Within Nara Park you will find the Todai-ji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The main gate to Todai-ji Temple, the Todai-ji Nandaimon Gate, is a national treasure.The great statue of Buddha within the temple is the biggest in Japan. Nara Park is famous for the 1,200 or so wild deer that live freely within the park.
Next, enjoy dinner (if option is selected) and shopping at the Kobe Mosaic. The Kobe Mosaic is a shopping mall which is located in the port of Kobe. There are roughly 80 restaurants and shops selling fashion goods and Kobe souvenirs. There is also a Ferris wheel at the amusement park in Mosaic Garden, which you can ride and enjoy the Kobe night scenery. Your dinner (if option is selected) will be an all-you-can-eat Shabu-Shabu which includes assorted vegetables, a drink bar (soft drinks), and soft serve ice cream. You will have the choice of beef, pork, chicken, or all three.
After dinner and shopping, you will be dropped off near the Namba 'OCAT' (9:15 p.m.) or the Hearton Hotel Nishi-Umeda (9:30 p.m.).
For guest departed from Kansai Airport, please inform the tour conductor where to dropped you off (Umeda or Namba).
*Kansai Airport Departure Available*