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Osaka, Japan-port

Osaka is the third largest city in Japan and the central metropolis of the Kansai region. Osaka dates back to the Asuka and Nara period. Under the name Naniwa, it was the capital of Japan from 683 to 745, long before the upstarts at Kyoto took over. Even after the capital was moved elsewhere, Osaka continued to play an important role as a hub for land, sea and river-canal transportation. In a nation of obsessive gourmands Osaka is known as an excellent place to eat.

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Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Gourmet Explorer Gourmet Explorer
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Bullet Train to Kyoto
    Most Active or StrenuousRegent Choice
  • Highlights of Kyoto
    Moderate Activity/WalkingMeal
  • Highlights of Osaka
    Most Active or Strenuous
  • Himeji Castle and Kobe Highlights
    Moderate Activity/WalkingRegent ChoiceMeal
  • Osaka Castle & Namba On Your Own
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine
    Moderate Activity/Walking

Bullet Train to Kyoto

Most Active or Strenuous Regent Choice

Duration: 5 1/2 hours

Tour Code: OSA-006

Depart from the pier and drive directly to the train station, where you'll board the famed Shinkansen, known familiarly as the Bullet Train for its high speed and sleek shape. Traveling in complete comfort, you'll zip over the specially built train rails at a speed of more than 150 miles per hour, arriving in downtown Kyoto within a half hour. The bullet train's advanced technology and ever-changing scenery along the way are truly awe-inspiring.

Continuing on, now by motor coach, you'll drive to Kiyomizu Temple, one of the most famous temples in Kyoto. The temple's pillars and beams were constructed using no nails, but rather a unique mortise joint. The main hall's large verandah extends out over the hillside and has led to the popular expression "To have the courage to jump from the platform balcony of Kiyomizu-dera Temple" when starting anything new, which is the English version of "taking the plunge". The panoramic view (weather permitting) of Kyoto City from the balcony is magnificent. Located beneath the main hall is the Otowa waterfall, where three channels of water fall into a pond. Visitors can catch and drink the water, which is believed to have wish-granting powers. Following your visit of approximately ninety minutes, you'll re-board your coach and drive back to Osaka.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 hours of moderate walking and there are a significant number of steps to negotiate. The temple sits atop a hill and there are inclines. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and may not be suitable for those with mobility concerns who are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Casual, weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses, and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. It is suggested that participants bring along local currency for any purchases as U.S. currency is not widely accepted and many merchants cannot take credit cards. The Bullet Train cannot accommodate motorized scooters. The drive between Kyoto and Osaka is approximately 90-minutes and is subject to traffic delays.