Soak up the sights of Kyoto on this guided half-day city morning tour. Travel by coach and visit Nijo Castle, the gold covered Kinkakuji Temple and Golden Pavilion. Wander through the Kyoto Imperial Palace - home to the emperor until 1868 and see how royalty lived!
- Marvel at the Nijo Castle, Kinkakuji Temple and Imperial Palace
- Free shuttle service from Kyoto Handicraft Center to major Kyoto Hotels
- English speaking local guide
- Hotel pickup from selected Kyoto hotels
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Visit the main temple and palace sights of Kyoto on a half-day city tour including:
The Kyoto Residence of the Tokugawa Shogun built in 1603, Nijo Castle is noted for the contrast of its solemn appearance and gorgeous interiors. The inner walls contain Honmaru Palace and its garden, Ninomaru Palace with its five connecting buildings made of cypress and lavishly decorated in gold leaf, the kitchens, guard house and several gardens.
Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion)
Kyoto's most popular temple is the home of perhaps the world's most authentic and exquisite Japanese Garden, as well as the celebrated Golden Pavilion.
Kyoto Imperial Palace
The ancient Imperial Palace shows the Japanese taste for simplicity and calmness and was the residence of the Imperial family until the capital was relocated to Tokyo in 1868. View the Shishinden Imperial state chamber where enthronement ceremonies took place.
Reviewed by Beverley R, Australia, April 2013
Tour guides are almost as important as tour itineraries, and we were very lucky on this tour to have 'Casey' as guide. His commentary on the three wonderful sites we visited was not just informative but enlivened with a gentle humour and the addition of fascinating snippets of historical and contemporary detail.
The organisation of the tour was efficient, and overall it provided an excellent introduction to Kyoto and its treasures and pleasures.
Reviewed by Barrington D, January 2013
The tour was very enjoyable and informative thanks mostly to Mr. Yoshitaka Harada. He was very conscious of the members of the group and made a great effort to help us understand the Japanese culture and the places that we visited. Would well recommend this tour and would love to attend more tours