• Location: Kyoto, Japan
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
From USD $ 61.01 View price calendar

Low Price Guarantee

Marvel at the some of the top UNESCO World Heritage-listed temples and palaces of ancient Kyoto on this 4.5-hour tour. This quick introduction to the sights of Kyoto, covering the Nijo Castle, golden Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavillion) and the Japanese Emperor’s former Imperial Palace, is the perfect way to see the city if you’re short on time. Your morning Kyoto excursion also includes pickup from select hotels, transport between sites by coach, entrance fees and an English-speaking guide.


  • Kyoto morning highlights tour
  • Tour the UNESCO-listed Nijo Castle with a knowledgeable guide
  • Marvel at Japanese gardens and design at Kinkakuji Temple and Kyoto Imperial Palace

What You Can Expect

Kyoto Morning Tour: Kyoto Imperial Palace, Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle

Kyoto Morning Tour: Kyoto Imperial Palace, Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle

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.

View additional info

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Really practical way to get to the must-see Kyoto sites.

Karen L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

This tour was amazing!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Great tour for those short on time in Kyoto. The Golden Pavilion and Nijo Castle were the highlights. Highly recommended.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Knowledgeable tour guides, good amount of time at each place.

Daniel V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

The tour was excellent and I highly recommend it.

Rolando G USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Very good tour guide who was able to manage moving the tour along despite the crowds. The tour guide was well-informed and very knowledgeable.

Helen A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Some beautiful spots, highlights really worth seeing.

James H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Picked up on time - fun, energetic guides, who were very informative - comfortable transport. All in all - an excellent experience!

The Big E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Covered a lot of ground in short time. All beautiful and scenic.

Bahri N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

We like Kyoto and with very limited time, this tour is very much worth going

Viator uses cookies to improve your experience on our website. Learn more about how we use cookies and how to change your cookie settings | Close message