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 Fushimi Inari Taisha 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
- Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine
- Sanjusangendo Temple
- Kiyomizu Temple
|without lunch||with lunch|
|Adult||£ 90||£ 94||£ 96||£ 100|
|Child||£ 76||£ 80||£ 82||£ 85|
|(Jpns Yen for reference)||Adult||12,600||13,100||13,500||14,000|
- Pick-up service
- Transportation by coach
- English-speaking guide service
- Entrance fee (if required) to places mentioned in the itinerary
- Lunch (Japanese style) for "with lunch" option
- Drop-off service
- Other meals
08:00 – 08:30
Travel from hotel to Sunrise Tour Desk inside Avanti
Avanti Sunrise Tour Desk
All transportation on this tour is by bus. Stops will be made for pick-up at hotels along the way.
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.
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 Mondays) (40 min)
See the Kyoto Imperial Palace, which was used as the Emperor’s residence until about 150 years ago.
Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed to the public on the following days. During these times, Kitano Tenmangu Shrine will be visited instead: (Mondays, Tuesday if Monday iss a national holiday, May 4-17 for the Aoi Festival, New Year’s Holidays, and whenever there is an Imperial Household event).
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine (Mondays (and Tuesdays when Monday is a national holiday)) (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 Feb 25, Mar 25 and Nov 25, Nishi Hongan-ji Temple will be visited instead of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine.
Japanese-style lunch (60 min)
Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine (30 min)
This is the head shrine of 40,000 inari-jinja shrines located all over Japan. The bright red Senbon Torii gates are a must-see attraction.
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.
Please note that due to repair and restoration work, part or all of the Kiyomizu-dera Temple Main Hall will not be visible.
From Kiyomizu-dera Temple to each hotel, participants will be dropped off at Kyoto statoin, then at hotels.
During the Gion Festival (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 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.