4.5 star rating: Recommended 30 Reviews

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  • Location: Osaka, Japan
  • Duration:  6.5 hours (approx.)

Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Kyoto Morning Tour of Kinkakuji Temple, Nijo Castle and Kyoto Imperial Palace from Osaka. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

We enjoyed this tour from beginning to end!
The tour employees were with us every step of the way.
Their English was great. We understood everything they said.
In hindsight we should have booked with Viator in Toyko
instead of the Holland America Cruise Line tour.
It was very disappointing.
Next time we will certainly look into the Viator tours first.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

Comprehensive and complete trip. We were well taken care of.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2015

Lots to see in the morning. Staff were friendly and informative. Very professional. Only problem was too little time at the 3 shrines.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2014

Great tour. The tour guide is very knowledgable and has a good sense of humor.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2014

Excellent itinerary and guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

Very nice tour, the tour guide is very good.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2013

Excellent tour guide, fantastic locations!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2013

My family and I is fully satisfied with this tour. Our guide is so helpful and always smiling. Our children learned a lot from this tour that they can share beautiful and memorable stories to their friends.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2012

The tour was as described and was well planned. I enjoyed the tour guide and the other guests. The sites were beautiful and interesting.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2010

Guides were on time, very friendly and accommodating. couldn't ask for more.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2010

Our guide was very prompt and met us exactly where where we expected. The sites were very interesting, and we spent plenty of time at each site. Our guide was very friendly.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2010

The morning tour was great! I have no complaints about it.

Catherine F
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2008

The tour was very good and well organized.

4 star rating: Recommended
June 2015

Very good tour, take a lot of photos and beautiful day.


4 star rating: Recommended
July 2014

Overall, very nice tour. I met the tour guide (first tour guide) at Granvia Hotel Osaka and later with a group of other tourists we took the JR train to Kyoto. At Kyoto, a coach was waiting for us, and we visited the Nijo Castle, a temple and Kyoto Imperial Palace. The whole trip was well-organized. The tour guide (second tour guide) at Kyoto explained everything clearly. Later at around 12:30pm, I was sent back to the hotel near Kyoto JR station, and the first tour guide took be back (by train) to Osaka. Thanks Viator!

4 star rating: Recommended
April 2014

Nice tour, kindly Guides, but the time is very short for those 3 visits.

4 star rating: Recommended
March 2014

Great tour and excellent service by the guide.

4 star rating: Recommended
August 2013

Worth doing !!!

4 star rating: Recommended
August 2013

On-time schedule and tour guide was very helpful. Good choice for a short tour of Kyoto

4 star rating: Recommended
October 2011

Good tour. I went on a Saturday, so no Imperial Palace as advertised. I would choose a different day if I could. Overall a nice tour.

4 star rating: Recommended
January 2011

All was very good and worth of price paid. No negative comments.

Belinda B

4 star rating: Recommended
November 2008

Fantastic if your looking for a quick cultural experience of Japan. Highly recommended.


4 star rating: Recommended
August 2008

It's worth doing because you don't expect anything less. We saw what we wanted to see, all within the time allocated. The guides were helpful and friendly.

Raymond B
United Kingdom

4 star rating: Recommended
May 2008

This trip was good value for money and well organized, with pick-up and return times adhered to. The guide was very knowledgeable and had a good command of the English language, certainly better than my Japanese! Of the three attractions, it was only possible to get into Nijo Castle, but all in all it was a worthwhile trip.

3 star rating: Worth doing
July 2015

I was disappointed that we were not able to visit Nijo Castle, although I understand the reason and the temple we did visit instead was very nice. I did not think our tour guide helped to enhance the tour experience. His descriptions were factual but not interesting.

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