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Kyoto Palaces and Shrine Tour

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Key Highlights
  • Explore the historic Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines
  • Discover the enchanting monuments of the heritage city of Kyoto
  • Visit the beautiful Kinkakuji Temple, which is known for its gold-leaf covered pavilion
  • Lunch at Handicraft Restaurant included in the price of the tour
  • The tour is accompanied by an expert, English speaking guide
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    05 Jan - 30 Dec: Daily


    Approx. 9 hours

    Start time

    Start time: Between 0800h (08:00am) to 0845h (08:45am), depending upon your hotels location
    Duration: Approx. 9 hours

    Meeting Point

    Your hotel in Kyoto. (Please mention your hotel details at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 48 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details)

    Ending Point

    Your hotel in Kyoto

  • Overview & Itinerary
    Overview Take this trip to the enchanting monuments of the heritage city of Kyoto, the most sought-after tourist destination in Japan. Japan's erstwhile capital from 794 to 1868, Kyoto boasts of literally thousands of historic Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines as well as some of Japan's most beautiful gardens and palaces.

    See the Nijo Castle, which was built in 1603 as a luxurious fortified residence by the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate. Visit the beautiful Kinkakuji Temple, which is known for its gold-leaf covered pavilion. A must-visit in Kyoto is the impressive Sanjusangendo Temple, which houses 1001 carved wooden statutes of Kannon - the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy. The trip includes a visit to the most popular tourist attraction of Kyoto, the Kiyomizu Temple.

    Admire the aesthetically built palaces and the revered shrines of Japan on this trip to the heritage city of Kyoto.


    After pick up from your hotel in Kyoto, proceed on a full-day visit to the attractions of this historic city and capital from 794-1868. You will explore:

    Nijo Castle: "Nijo Castle" was built in 1603 as a luxurious fortified residence by the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate. A UNESCO World Heritage Site now, it is surrounded by massive walls and a moat, Nijo Castle is famed for its lavish painted screens from the Kano school and the “Nightingale” floor that “chirps” when you walk on it.

    Golden Pavilion (Kinkakuji Temple): Golden Pavilion, also known as "Kinkakuji Temple", is perhaps the most well-known temple in Japan. The main pavilion is covered in gold leaf and shimmers in sunlight.

    Kyoto Imperial Palace: Kyoto Imperial Palace, which is also known as "Kyoto Gosho", is surrounded by beautiful entrance gates that are built in the traditional way. Each gate was used for different auspicious occasions and ceremonies. The palace also has perhaps the most beautiful and well-maintained park in the city, which is filled with groves of cherry and plum trees.

    Here, you will have lunch at the Handicraft Centre. After having lunch you will continue to:

    Heian Shrine: Heian Shrine, which is dedicated to Emperor Kammu and Emperor Komei, the 121st emperor of Japan.

    Sanjusangendo Temple: The temple name literally means “Hall with thirty three spaces between columns”, describing the architecture of the long main hall of the temple.

    Kiyomizu Temple: Its main hall is built out onto pillars. The effect is that of a deck reaching out from the foot of the mountain. The original Kiyomizu Temple dates from the eighth century.

    After the memorable trip, you will be transferred back to your hotel in the evening.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions
    • Entrance fee to the Temples
    • English speaking guide
    • Lunch
  • Please note & Additional info
    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.

    Nijo Castle is closed on Tuesdays in January, July, August and December. The tour will take you to Ryoanji temple instead.

    Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed on weekends and national holidays. The tour will take you to Kitano Tenmangu temple instead.

    For hotel pick-up, come to the lobby 10 minutes before the scheduled pick-up time

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have

  • reviews
    • Inspiring Cultural experience

      Inspiring cultural experienced. Guides very knowledgable and spoke very good english. Lunch nice, tradtional style, served prompty. Prompt and welcoming pickup and drop off back...

      Deborah M Bridge, Azerbaijan, 05/Jun/2014
    • Inspiring Cultural experience

      Inspiring Cutlural experience Guides very knowledge with excellent English. Pick-up and drop off from accommodation hassle-free and prompt. Lunch ready on time, nice food served...

      Deborah M Bridge, Australia, 05/Jun/2014
    • Good to discover Kyoto but too much west time

      Spent too much time...

      ERDAL YENER, Turkey, 20/May/2013
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