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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

Randi K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Really informative guides with strong English skills. Both were charming and had a good sense of humor. Don't do full day tour lunch is terrible

ddavidsontx

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great tour, very enjoyable.

Kelvin H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The tour guide was both informative and humourous. I believe his name was Yasutoke sp?. Made the trip very enjoyable.

Mickeychuchu

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

It was a great tour and it covered all of the places that I wanted to see in Kyoto in one day. Kyoto is not a place like Tokyo that one can just take the subway and get to places, so this tour really helped make visiting these famous places in Kyoto easy and comfortable. The tour guides were helpful and knowledgeable too! Highly recommend this tour!

felixangli

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Excellently planned tour. While the schedule seemed packed, there was enough time to do sightseeing at each of the attractions with some time to spare. Considering that public transportation in Kyoto is more bus-centric than train-centric, this is a better choice than self-guided tours during busier seasons.

Yuko G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

It was a nice tour and I will recommend to my friends.

dseed

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great tour, would not have been able to see this much in a day on our own. Tour guide was informative and helpful. Even got to see something we would not have had access to on our own. Great way to see a lot without trying to work it all out for yourself

Kevin F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Great way to see many of the sites in Kyoto in one day. I would have liked more time at the Golden Pavilion and Nijo Castle in the morning, but the time was sufficient to get great photos. More than enough time at lunch.

roger h

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Both guides were very knowledgeable. The day was well organized except lunch was a little too long which made the day seem a bit long.
We would recommend it.

KAREN M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

It was very informative, I had a lovely time on this tour. There was a large group of us and both our tour guides were lovely, funny and made us feel very welcomed.

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