• Location: Kyoto, Japan
  • Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
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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

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 coach. Listen as your guide sets the historical scene for Kyoto; hailed the cradle of Japan’s cultural heritage, the former capital is replete with 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

Ronald W United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

History , the guide was very knowledgable. excellent, highly recommended .


excellent.

Nindya

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Definitely recommended! The tour was fun and it took us the most fascinating places in Kyoto. Kyoto is indeed have a lot of beautiful and historical things to offer. I had so much fun and learned a lot fo things about Kyoto although i have to say that one day tour is somehow isn't enough to explore Kyoto.

Michael S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

The first part of the tour was amazing. The tour company said on the day I went that there would be five busloads of people on the morning tour. I was concerned I wouldn't be able to see anything. However, that turned out not to be an issue. The Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle, and the Kyoto Imperial Castle were all great to see. The tour guide on the am part was excellent in explaining things and did a great job of moving a lot of people through some very crowded attractions.

Lunch was chaotic. We were told that there were too many tourists on the tour and those on the pm tour would be seconded for lunch. When we went through, on the first pass, most of the food was out and we had to wait an inordinate amount of time to eat anything. After the hall cleared out, it was much better and we got a fair amount to eat.

The afternoon sights were good, but not as impressive as the morning sights. This pm tour guide seemed annoyed, but did explain things in an understandable way. Overall, this was an excellent tour of Kyoto and allowed me to cover much more of the city than I would have been able to alone.

Daniel G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Really good experience. Can't fault it.

deanap

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

This full day tour was really very good. We could never have visited all of the sites that we saw in the same time on our own. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and her English was good. We were fortunate enough to have quite a small group around 20 as during busier seasons, the groups are much larger. It would have been helpful to have known beforehand that we'd have lunch at the Kyoto Handicraft Centre near Heian Shrine because then we wouldn't have made the effort to go there on an earlier date during our stay in Kyoto. We would definitely recommend this tour for anyone who has limite time in Kyoto.

Kate L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Really enjoyed the full day tour, would not have been able to see this much on our own. Tour guide spoke excellent English and answered all our questions :

mikeowen68

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Fabulous day with wonderful sights seen. Only down side was the high number of tourists at these sights but this didn't spoil the day. Mike.

Levana B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Fantastic tour! Our guide was quite funny and very enjoyable to spend the day with.
The castles and temples were absolutely gorgeous. No way could have seen all this on my own in one day. Lunch was way too long (almost 2 hrs)but other than that this tour was fantastic. Must do if in Kyoto!!

amy h

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Wonderful tour, very informative with a great guide. Would highly recommend.

CARMEN GRICELL V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Good explanation about all the sites we visited

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