Admire the incredible historical legacy of Kyoto, the former capital of Japan, as you explore the city’s top castles, temples, palaces and gardens. It’s a great introduction to this ancient city for those that have limited time during their visit.
Start your Kyoto experience with pickup at select hotels, which begins in the early morning, arriving at the Kyoto New Miyako Hotel to begin your excursion. Head out to your first stop of the day, where you’ll see the UNESCO World Heritage site of Nijo Castle. This one-time home of the Tokugawa Shogun, constructed in 1603, contains five connecting structures made of Cypress wood. The complex is renowned for its elegant design and striking interiors, including the gold leaf-covered living quarters and the home’s extensive kitchen, guardhouse and multiple gardens.
Head next to the glorious Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavillion), the most popular temple in all of Kyoto. Spend 45 minutes admiring the intricate architecture and serene Japanese gardens, along with the site’s namesake structure, the celebrated Golden Pavillion. Proceed on to the Kyoto Imperial Palace, once the residence of the Japanese Emperor before the national capital was relocated to Tokyo in 1868. View the former site of the imperial enthronement ceremonies and observe the elegant simplicity of the building’s interior design and architecture. When the tour concludes, you will be dropped off at the location where you were picked up.