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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.


  • 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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Everything was breathtaking! We also had time to see everything, the guide made sure we tied everything perfectly. I will definitely book again! And I highly recommend Viator, you won't be disappointed!

Edward H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Great tour. Our male guide in the morning tour was excellent.

Jamie S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Great tour!!

Greg J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Excellent tour for a visit to some of Kyoto's great sites. Two small notes I would add. One, I would note the famously photographed bamboo forest in the Arashiyama area is not part of the itinerary, as the tours are focused on the East part of Kyoto. Two, the lunch provided is okay, but not great.

Overall an excellent tour with very good tour guides. I would recommend this tour to my friends.

Kevin S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Great time and a helpful guide made seeing some of the highlights of Kyoto easy.

Marie-Therese D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

A good tour to have a global view of Kyoto.

Phil S United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

An excellent tour led by very knowledgeable and informative tour guides.

Pallavi M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

You cant ask for more! The Kyoto tour was very good! I am amazed at the effortless experience these tour operators provide us with meticulous planning!! The full day tour included the most important places out of the innumerable historical places in Kyoto. English speaking enthusiastic guide gave basic information of Japan and Kyoto in a lighter vein. We had 45 mins stop for most places that included Nijo Castle, Kinkaku-ji Temple, Buddhist temple of Sanju-Sangendo Hall and the Kiyomizu Temple that offered panoramic views of Kyoto. Kiyomizu being the last stop, we left the tour to soak in the environment. I would have liked more time in each place but that is the compromise you need to do.

Karineh G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

All in all, a great way to see Kyoto if you only have a day. Our guide was great fun and very helpful. The most impressive place was by far the Kiyomizu-dera temple complex.

Melanie Clare S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Excellent trip, would recommend sound equipment when really crowded as it was impossible to hear the guide.

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