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Discover tranquil temples, Imperial palaces and ancient shrines on this 9-hour full-day Kyoto sightseeing tour. Explore top city attractions such as Nijo Castle and the ornate gardens of Kinkaku-ji Temple. Visit the Kiyomizu Temple and the Kyoto Imperial Palace, once home to the Imperial family. Marvel at the Fushimiinari Taisha Shrine. and behold the Thousand Armed Kannon at Sanju-Sangendo Hall. This tour is ideally suited to those short on time keen to explore Kyoto’s rich cultural heritage. Please note there’s quite a lot of walking involved.
Great way to discover Kyoto’s highlights in a day-long tour
Learn fascinating historical information from your guide
See a UNESCO World Heritage Site—Nijo Castle
Time-saving and hassle-free tour with entrance fees and lunch included
What to Expect
Start your action-packed day meeting your guide and group at the tour office. The tour will be a lesson in itself about Japan’s fascinating history and heritage with useful commentary from your guide.
You’ll soon arrive at Nijo Castle, shortly followed by Kinkaku-ji Temple, which is often labelled the most popular of all of Kyoto’s temples. This might be because of its grand Japanese gardens or the impressive Golden Pavilion.
Next stop will be Kyoto Imperial Palace followed by Sanju-Sangendo—a Buddhist Temple famous for its 1,000 life-size statues, covered in gold leaf.
The final part of the day involves walking past traditional pottery shops on the way to Kiyomizu Temple. It’s not only the temple that’s impressive here—the vantage point boasts panoramic views of this ancient city. A beautiful way to end the day before a comfortable journey back to your departure point.
Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
Not wheelchair accessible
Some parts of road on this tour are gravel and steep inclines
Infant rates apply provided they do not occupy a seat. Infant meals not included
On Tuesdays (or Wednesday if Tuesday is a national holiday) in January, July, August, and December and over the year-end New Year's holidays, Nijo Castle is closed. The tour will visit Ryoan-ji Temple instead
This tour will not enter Heian Jingu Shrine's Shin-en garden
A Japanese set meal will be served for lunch. Vegetarian, halal, gluten-free, and other meal requests are not available.
The tour will visit Nishi Hongan-ji Temple instead of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine on February 25, March 25 and November 25.
The Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed on the following days. As such, the tour will visit Kitano Tenmangu Shrine instead. (Mondays, Tuesday if Monday is a national holiday, May 14-17 for the Aoi Festival, New Year's holidays, and whenever there is an Imperial Household event).
During the Gion Festival (Sakimatsuri, July 15 - 16), drop-off service to Karasuma Kyoto Hotel and Hotel Nikko Princess Kyoto will be unavailable due to traffic restrictions.
Connection to the Kyoto Night Tour or Kyoto Maiko Dinner is not possible.
Near public transportation
Infants must sit on laps
No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Gucci was our guide and very knowledgeable. This is a great all day tour covering 6 sites. Lunch was very nice, site down hot pot. We did not feel rushed in any of the locations. Very glad we did this tour as the bus took...More
I took a lot of JTB Sunrise tours during my Japan trip, and this Kyoto tour one one of the best. It covered most of the top shrines and temples in Kyoto, along with the Kyoto palace. The guide was good and knowledgeable.
Very nice trip and I am very glad we did it!! Our guide, Michi, was very good and explained the history behind the temples and shrines very well! The only downside was the fact that we did not visit imperial palace (it was closed due...More
This tour is hands down the best way to cover all the key highlights in Kyoto. Yumi was our tour guide and she did an excellent job providing insightful facts and detailed historical accounts at each site. She made the whole experience fun and interesting....More
The tour is fairly decent, since it provides a glimpse of many popular areas in Kyoto. The tour included about 6 areas with lunch. This being said, I had to manage many of my expectations.
1. Since the tour hits many areas, there’s very limited...More