The Kyoto full day tour visits all the main highlights of this historic city. See Nijo Castle, with palace buildings arguably the best surviving examples of castle palace architecture of Japan’s feudal era, and a UNESCO World Heritage site; the Golden Temple (Kinkakuji), a Zen temple in northern Kyoto whose top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf; then on to the Imperial Palace. A Japanese lunch is included. Continue to the Heian Shrine, and Sanjusangendo the world’s longest wooden structure, housing 1,001 life-size statues of Buddhist Kannon deities dating back to the 13th century, and Kiyomizu Temple, a Buddhist Temple dating from 1633, built high on a hillside offering magnificent views of Kyoto. By coach with English-speaking guide throughout.

  • Nijo Castle
  • Golden Pavillon (Kinkakuji Temple)
  • Imperial Palace
  • Heian Jingu Shrine
  • Sanjusangendo Temple
  • Kiyomizu Temple

Operated: Daily

£ 95.00 per adult
£ 80.00 per child 6-11 yrs
Yen prices for reference:
Yen 13,200 per adult
Yen 11,100 per child 6-11 yrs

Included

  • Pick-up service
  • Transportation by coach
  • English-speaking guide service
  • Entrance fee (if required) to places mentioned in the itinerary
  • Lunch (Japanese style)
  • Drop-off service

Not included

  • Other meals

07:35 – 08:45

Hotels in Kyoto City
Pick-up service from hotels to New Miyako Hotel

08:35

New Miyako Hotel
All transportation on this tour is by bus.
Nijo Castle (50 min)
A UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tour the historical castle completed in 1626, which was built to provide lodging for Tokugawa Shogun and as a palladium for Kyoto Imperial Palace.
Remarks: Nijo Castle is closed on Tuesdays (or Wednesday if Tuesday is a national holiday) in January, July, August, and December and over the New Year’s holidays. On these days, the tour will visit Ryoan-ji Temple.
Kinkaku-ji Temple (45 min)
Visit this World Heritage Site, also known as the Golden Pavilion. The wooden architecture is covered in thin layers of pure gold and is surrounded by a beautiful lake.
Kyoto Imperial Palace (except Saturdays, Sundays, holidays, and specific days) (40 min)
Entry of international visitors generally require application in advance, but participants of this tour can enter only by going through a brief procedure.
Remarks: On Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays, Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed. On these days, the tour will visit Kitano Tenmangu Shrine instead. The same is true of the period before and after the public viewing of Kyoto Imperial Palace in spring and autumn, May 14 – 17 due to the Aoi Festival, year-end New Year’s holidays, and whenever there is an Imperial Household event.
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine (Saturdays, Sundays, holidays, and specific days) (40 min)
This shrine’s main hall is a designated national treasure and is famous for housing the God of scholarship. The shrine is especially great to see during the plum blossom and autumn leaf seasons.
Remarks: On Jan. 25, Apr. 25, Jul. 25 and Oct. 25, Nishi Hongan-ji Temple will be visited instead of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine.
Japanese-style lunch (50 min)
Heian Jingu Shrine (25 min)
Don’t miss the characteristic red architecture of this beautiful shrine built to celebrate the 1101 year anniversary of the founding of the city of Kyoto.
Remarks: This tour will not enter Heian Jingu Shrine’s Shin-en garden.
During the Jidai Festival on October 22, Heian Jingu Shrine is closed to the public and will be replaced in the itinerary by Chishaku-in Temple. If the Jidai Festival is postponed, the itinerary change will still be implemented on the postponed festival date.

Sanjusangen-do Temple (30 min)
Visit the world’s longest wooden structure, housing 1,001 life-size statues of Buddhist Kannon deities dating back to the 13th century.
Kiyomizu-dera Temple (70 min)
The view of Kyoto from the World Heritage Site of Kiyomizu-dera is superb. The historic shopping lane that leads to the temple adds to a wonderful experience.

17:30-18:30

Hotels in Kyoto City
From Kiyomizu-dera Temple to each hotel
Remarks: During the Gion Festival (July 14 – 16), drop-off service to Karasuma Kyoto Hotel, Hotel Nikko Princess Kyoto, and Hotel Monterey Kyoto will be unavailable due to traffic restrictions.

1. On Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays, Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed. On these days, the tour will visit Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. The same is true of the period before and after the public viewing of Kyoto Imperial Palace in spring and autumn, May 14 – 17 due to the Aoi Festival, New Year’s holidays, and whenever there is an Imperial Household event.
2. On Jan. 25, Apr. 25, Jul. 25 and Oct. 25, Nishi Hongan-ji Temple will be visited instead of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine.
3. 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.
4. During the Jidai Festival on October 22, Heian Jingu Shrine is closed to the public and will be replaced in the itinerary by Chishaku-in Temple. If the Jidai Festival is postponed, we will follow suit with the itinerary change.
5. During the Gion Festival (July 14 – 16), drop-off service to Karasuma Kyoto Hotel, Hotel Nikko Princess Kyoto, and Hotel Monterey Kyoto will be unavailable due to traffic restrictions.
6. Please note that before entering the Kyoto Imperial Palace you will be required to fill out a form with your personal information such as your full name, sex, age, and nationality. (The form will be provided on the tour day.)
7. Connection to the Kyoto Maiko Dinner is available at Kyoto Hotel and Kiyomizu-dera Temple’s bus parking lot. Connection to the Kyoto Night Tour is available at Kyoto Hotel Okura and Kiyomizu-dera Temple’s bus parking lot.
8. This tour will not enter Heian Jingu Shrine’s Shin-en garden.

Ref: N100