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Kyoto Highlights 1 Day Trip - Golden Pavilion & Kiyomizu Temple from Kyoto

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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.
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Reviewed 6 days ago

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.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Arati2015
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Emi B
Reviewed June 13, 2019 via mobile

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

1  Thank matthewcY8551MT
Reviewed May 30, 2019 via mobile

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

Date of experience: May 2019
1  Thank V3ga74
Reviewed May 11, 2019

Jun was and excellent guide for the day. She had lots of enthusiasm, information and patience. She was always very clear about when and where to meet after seeing each of the sites. The full day tour packed in 6 major sights, plus a lovely...More

Date of experience: April 2019
2  Thank Neil S
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