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Kyoto Morning Tour - Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle, Kyoto Imperial Palace including Lunch

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  • Location: Kyoto, Japan
  • Duration: 6-7 hrs (approx.)
  • Tour code: 2142KYO_N210

Enjoy the sights of Kyoto on this morning tour. Visit Nijo Castle, marvel at the gold covered Kinkakuji Temple - Golden Pavilion, walk through Kyoto Imperial Palace - The emperor's residence until 1868 and enjoy buffet lunch at the Kyoto Handicraft Center, where you will also have the opportunity to make your own woodwork print.


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  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Buffet lunch included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

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.

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 clearly shows the Japanese taste for purity, simplicity and calmness. 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.

Kyoto Handicraft Center - Enjoy a buffet lunch and shopping at Kyoto Handicraft Center. After lunch, enjoy making your own woodblock print or cloisonné (enamel on metal) with assistance of the English-speaking staff at the Handicraft Center.

Your tour will conclude at the Kyoto Handicraft Center where a free shuttle service is provided to major Kyoto hotels.

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Selected Kyoto hotels
Departure Time:

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

6-7 hrs
Return Details:

Tour concludes at the Kyoto Handicraft Center. The Handicraft Center offers free shuttle services to major hotels at 3pm.

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Kyoto Morning Tour - Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle, Kyoto Imperial Palace including Lunch

Kyoto Morning Tour - Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle, Kyoto Imperial Palace including Lunch

  • Hotel pickup (from selected Kyoto hotels only)
  • Transportation by Motorcoach
  • Admission Fees
  • Buffet lunch
  • Handicraft Centeractivity (woodblock or cloisonné)
  • English speaking guide
  • Tax
  • Hotel drop-off
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • You will be asked for your full name, nationality, gender and age to follow the necessary procedures before entering Kyoto Imperial Palace
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required

Temple Closures

  • Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. During these dates, the tour will visit Kitano-tenmangu Shrine or Nishi Honganji Temple.
  • Nijo Castle, will be closed every Tuesday in January, July, August and December. During these dates the tour will visit Ryoanji Temple, famed for its zen gardens and temple.
Terms and Conditions:
If you cancel at least 8 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 3 and 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Ngakane C, March 2014

Was a great introduction to a fantastic city. The tour guide and bus driver were very professional, curteous and knowledgeable. Really enjoyed everything we saw and visited and ate! I was travelling with my six year old son and he also had a memorable trip. Definitely will recommend this tour to family and friends.

Reviewed by: Albert S, October 2013

Excellent tour in every respect. Guide was very knowledgeable, locations excellent, bus and driver fault-less, even the group lunch was first rate. We were the only couple to undertake the Handicraft Centre activity after lunch and it was a unique experience - learning how to enamel and how to do woodblock printing. Highly recommend this tour and this company.

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Tour code: 2142KYO_N210