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  • Location:Kyoto, Japan
  • Duration:9 hours (approx.)

Kyoto Full-Day Sightseeing Tour including Nijo Castle and Kiyomizu Temple

Immerse yourself in the captivating culture of Kyoto on a full-day sightseeing tour. See the tranquil Kiyomizu Temple amid its verdant surroundings; absorb the Imperial majesty of Kyoto Imperial Palace; and stroll amid the botanical beauty of Kinkaku-ji Temple. Behold the beguiling beauty of the Heian Shrine and enrich your knowledge of Kyoto’s rich historical heritage with commentary from an informative guide. Moderate levels of fitness are advisable for this tour, on which a lot of walking occurs.

Highlights

  • 9-hour tour of Kyoto's cultural and historic attractions
  • Discover top city highlights such as Nijo Castle, Kinkaku-ji Temple and the Heian Shrine
  • Explore the Kyoto Imperial Palace with your guide, once residence of Japan’s Imperial family
  • Admire the Thousand Armed Kannon and the legion of 1,000 life-size statues at the Buddhist temple of Sanju-Sangendo Hall
  • Visit the Kiyomizu Temple and enjoy panoramic views over Kyoto from the temple’s terrace
  • Tour includes a pickup from selected Kyoto hotels

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What You Can Expect

Kyoto Full-Day Sightseeing Tour including Nijo Castle and Kiyomizu Temple

Admire the famous Heian Shrine during your walking tour in Kyoto

Emerge early and depart from your Kyoto hotel in a comfortable, climate-controlled minivan. Listen as your knowledgeable guide sets the historical scene for Kyoto; hailed the cradle of Japan’s cultural heritage, the former capital is replete with significant monuments and legend-shrouded landmarks.

Venture first to Nijo Castle, a superficially deceptive structure that harbors a magnificent interior; stroll the lavishly decorated chambers and marvel at glittering gold leaf and opulent tones as your guide offers tales of the building’s heritage.

Next, absorb the sacred ambience of Kinkaku-ji Temple, a elegant ecclesiastical structure declared Kyoto’s most popular temple. Stroll the exquisitely beautiful Japanese garden and the celebrated Golden Pavilion before venturing to the next destination.

Satisfy cultural cravings at Kyoto Imperial Palace and marvel at the regal resplendence of the residence. Appreciate the simple and serene Japanese style as you explore opulent chambers and learn of ancient ceremonies that still occur within the walls.

Enjoy a moment of quiet reflection at the vibrant Heian Shrine then head to the Buddhist temple of Sanju-Sangendo Hall and gaze at the 1,000 life-size statues that inhabit the grand hall. Conclude your tour with a leisurely stroll down a charming lane lined with pottery shops and arrive at Kiyomizu Temple. Marvel at panoramic vistas of the city from the vertiginous vantage point of a lofty terrace then return to your comfortable vehicle for the relaxing journey back to your hotel.

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Customer Reviews

steven h

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

a really memorable experience - everyone who visits Kyoto should see these sights

Blake R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Tour guide was very interesting, friendly and informative, no matter what the question. The tour was well paced to provide sufficient time at each location and explored some very beautiful Kyoto sights.

Blake R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Tour guide was very interesting, friendly and informative, no matter what the question. The tour was well paced to provide sufficient time at each location and explored some very beautiful Kyoto sights.

aleksei g

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Very nice tour which contains of two tours divided by lunch. Professional and knowledgable guide.

Samata K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Amazing! It had everything we could have wanted. it made seeing some of the top sights super easy and convenient.

Phil W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

a fantastic tour. Day filled with exciting sights and history.

Audrey T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

What made the tour great were the warm, friendly, hospitable and knowledgeable guides. Well-organized and great tour overall.

Kyla D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Overall this tour was worth it, below are some key points of the two tours morning and afternoon.
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Morning Tour:
1. The tour guide was awesome. She made jokes all morning and had lots of useful information. I learned a lot from her, not only about the tour locations we went to but about Kyoto while we drove around.

2. The tour was only slightly rushed in the morning, and only due to the Imperial Palace having strict arrival and departure rules. Overall we moved at a comfortable pace.

3. Every location we went to was worth the visit. None of the areas were too packed with people.
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Lunch:
The lunch was a good Japanese meal. It wasn't the most amazing meal I have had, but It surpassed my expectations for a meal that was included in a tour. I left full and satisfied, the meal was prepared well and tasted good.
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Afternoon Tour:
1. The tour guide for the afternoon tour was different then the morning. She was good, but I preferred the morning tour guide because she seemed to have more fun with jokes and interacting with us. The afternoon tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable. She kept us on schedule and informed with history of the areas we were in. She also taught us the correct way to enter temples and shrines.

2. The locations we visited in the afternoon seemed to be more full with tourists. I am not sure if that was due to the later in the day schedule or the locations.

3. Pacing was perfect. Never felt rushed and we covered a lot of ground.
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If I had to choose between the morning or afternoon tours, I would select the afternoon one. The locations we covered were more interesting to me personally and the pacing perfect. The morning one is very much worth it though, so if you have time to do the full day tour I suggest it.

Mary Jeanne M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Tour guide was informative, helpful with a great sense of humor. Helped to get a feel for the city and history.

Joann L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great tour! Saw and learned a lot

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