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Kyoto Full-Day Sightseeing Tour including Nijo Castle and Kiyomizu Temple

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  • Location: Kyoto, Japan
  • Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
  • Tour code: 2142KYO_N100

Experience the magic of Kyoto on a full-day sightseeing tour of Japan's cultural jewel. You'll visit Kyoto's most popular attractions by coach and enjoy a Japanese - western set lunch.


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  • Comprehensive tour of the city
  • All entrance fees included
  • Buffet lunch included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Hotel pickup included

Known as the cradle of Japan's cultural heritage, Kyoto was Japan's capital and the emperor's residence from 794 until 1868. It is now the country's seventh largest city, with a population of 1.4 million people and a modern face, though it remains Japan's most traditional city. Visit the main temple highlights of Kyoto on this full-day tour including:

Nijo Castle

The Kyoto Residence of the Tokugawa Shogun built in 1603, Nijo Castle is noted for the contrast of its solemn appearance and gorgeous interiors. The inner walls contain Honmaru Palace and its garden, Ninomaru Palace with its five connecting buildings made of cypress and lavishly decorated in gold leaf, the kitchens, guard house and several gardens.

Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion)
Kyoto's most popular temple is the home of perhaps the world's most authentic and exquisite Japanese Garden, as well as the celebrated Golden Pavilion.

Kyoto Imperial Palace
The ancient Imperial Palace shows the Japanese taste for simplicity and calmness and was the residence of the Imperial family until the capital was relocated to Tokyo in 1868. View the Shishinden Imperial state chamber where enthronement ceremonies took place.

Heian Shrine
The brightly colored shrine with its vermilion pillars, enchanting inner gardens and ponds, reflects the elegance of life in the ancient Japanese court.

Sanju-Sangendo Hall
This Buddhist temple is known for its long wooden hall that houses the main deity—the Thousand Armed Kannon. See one thousand life-size statues that flank either side of the hall in 10 rows and 50 columns.

Kiyomizu Temple
A quaint old lane lined with pottery shops lead up to this famous temple. Enjoy a sweeping view of the entire city of Kyoto from its lofty terrace.

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Tour departs from Kyoto New Miyako Hotel or selected hotels in Kyoto

Departure Time:
8:35am from Kyoto New Miyako Hotel

Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.

Return Details:
Returns to original departure point at approximately 6:00pm

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Kyoto Full-Day Sightseeing Tour including Nijo Castle and Kiyomizu Temple

Kyoto Full-Day Sightseeing Tour including Nijo Castle and Kiyomizu Temple

  • Professional guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Entrance fees
  • Lunch
  • Hotel pickup (selected hotels only)
  • Local tax
  • Gratuities (optional)
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless you are booking within 7 days of travel. In this case, confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Wheelchair accessible - if assistance is required, passenger must provide their own carer
  • 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
Terms and Conditions:
If you cancel at least 4 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 3 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Jill D, November 2014

This was an excellent tour. Kyoto is a quaint city in some respects but unless you are prepared to really study the history and spend some serious time walking and taking the metro, you won't see these sites with this much information and this efficiently. The guide was excellent. All of the stops were extremely interesting and the guide explained all of the history. The time allotment was good. We traveled with kids (7 and 14) and they were interested in everything. Beware that if you have those who cannot climb a lot of stairs or walk an incline at the last stop, Kiyomizu Temple, they may have to wait at the bottom. It is an inclined road, leading to a lot of stairs with a very large and interesting complex at the top. The view is incredible and the site very interesting so don't skip it if you can handle the stairs. There is great shopping on the small streets below if you want to leave the tour there and make your way back to your hotel on your own. The last stop is right next to the Gion District. Our hotel was there so we shopped, tested sake, ate green tea ice cream and slowly walked back to our hotel. All other stops were fine for those with moderate walking ability.

Reviewed by: Robert C, October 2014

Excellent tour with excellent and humorous tour guide.

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Tour code: 2142KYO_N100