- Kyoto morning highlights tour
- Tour the UNESCO-listed Nijo Castle with a knowledgeable guide
- Marvel at Japanese gardens and design at Kinkakuji Temple and Kyoto Imperial Palace
- Includes pickup from selected Kyoto hotels or New Miyako Hotel
Recent Photos of This Tour
- Golden Palace among the crowdsPhoto by: Brett
- Golden PavilionPhoto by: Kenneth J B
- Imperial Palace Cherry ...Photo by: Eric G
- P1040899Photo by: Jayne D
- Golden PavillionPhoto by: Gayle W
Australia, 12 2009
- Nijo Castle GardenPhoto by: Gayle W
Australia, 12 2009
- Imperial PalacePhoto by: Gayle W
Australia, 12 2009
What You Can Expect
Start your Kyoto experience with pickup at select hotels, which begins in the early morning, arriving at the Kyoto New Miyako Hotel to begin your excursion. Head out to your first stop of the day, where you’ll see the UNESCO World Heritage site of Nijo Castle. This one-time home of the Tokugawa Shogun, constructed in 1603, contains five connecting structures made of Cypress wood. The complex is renowned for its elegant design and striking interiors, including the gold leaf-covered living quarters and the home’s extensive kitchen, guardhouse and multiple gardens. Please note: on days when Nijo Castle is closed, the tour will visit Ryoanji Temple instead.
Head next to the glorious Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavillion), the most popular temple in all of Kyoto. Spend 45 minutes admiring the intricate architecture and serene Japanese gardens, along with the site’s namesake structure, the celebrated Golden Pavillion.
Proceed on to the Kyoto Imperial Palace, once the residence of the Japanese Emperor before the national capital was relocated to Tokyo in 1868. View the former site of the imperial enthronement ceremonies and observe the elegant simplicity of the building’s interior design and architecture. Please note: on days when the Imperial Palace is closed, your tour will visit Kitano Tenmangu Shrine or Nishi Honganji Temple as substitutes.
Finish your day with a drop-off back at the Kyoto New Miyako Hotel.
This tour was fantastic!!
Our tour guide was amazing, he was so knowledgeable and very funny. We would highly recommend it to anyone.
Amazing tour guide. Very informative and interesting. Even though it was raining, it was still very enojyable.
Excellent value for the money. We covered a lot of ground in one morning: the Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle, and Imperial Palace. It was a bit hectic, but we were on a tight schedule and this was the only way to fit in so many sights. It would have been much more difficult and confusing to do this on our own, as we don't speak Japanese. However, the guide's English was very good and his explanations added a lot to the tour, as English signage was limited. Very worthwhile.
This was a wonderful choice for us and we enjoyed it so much we signed up to continue on the afternoon tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and helpful.
Jesse United States of ...
Even though this was my second time on this tour, this was again a really great second tour, lots of visits to historically significant sites such as the Kyoto Imperial Palace and other sites visited. Had great tour guides who were all very knowledgeable regarding past and current historical facts related to the beautiful Kyoto Imperial Palace, the Golden Pavilion, and Nijo Castle. I would recommend this tour to anyone having an interest in the rich history in the Kyoto area.
Good overview of Kyoto.
This tour was very interesting and our tour guide was very nice and funny. Can recommend it to anyone visiting Kyoto.
Covered the major attractions and our guide was very informative
Great Tour and Tour Guide
This was an excellent tour of these fabulous historical sites. Our tour guide Tammy was a delightful and entertaining lady, as well as being very informative and organised. We really enjoyed our tour. Thanks!