• Location: Kyoto, Japan
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
From USD $63.04

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Soak up temple and palace sights on this half-day guided city tour, great for those who want to see Kyoto’s top attractions in a short time. Travel by coach in the morning and visit UNESCO-listed Nijo Castle and the gold-covered Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion) with an informative guide. Then wander through the Kyoto Imperial Palace — home to the emperor until 1868 — and see how royalty lived.


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  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • All entrance fees included
After pickup from the Kyoto New Miyako Hotel or your selected hotel in Kyoto, your first sightseeing stop is Nijo Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site. With your guide, spend almost an hour exploring the former residence of the Tokugawa Shogun, built in 1603.

Noted for the contrast of its solemn appearance and gorgeous interiors, the complex contains the ruins of Honmaru Palace as well as Ninomaru Palace with its five connecting buildings made of cypress. See living quarters lavishly decorated in gold leaf and tour the kitchens, guardhouse and several gardens.

Note: When Nijo Castle is closed, Ryoanji Temple will be visited instead.

Next on your itinerary is Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion), Kyoto's most popular temple. During 45 minutes here, your guide points out perhaps the world's most authentic and exquisite Japanese garden as well as the celebrated Golden Pavilion.

Continue to Kyoto Imperial Palace, which 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, and admire the Japanese taste for simplicity and tranquility.

Note: When Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed, Kitano Tenmangu Shrine or Nishi Honganji Temple will be visited instead.

Your tour ends with drop-off at the Kyoto New Miyako Hotel.

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Schedule details

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Tour departs from Kyoto Avanti B1F (Sunrise Tour Desk) or select hotels in Kyoto (ANA Crowne Plaza, Karasuma Kyoto Hotel, Kyoto Hotel Okura)
Departure Time:
8:35am from ANA Crowne Plaza (Cloak)
8:40am from Karasuma Kyoto Hotel (Front) 
8:20am from Kyoto Hotel Okura (Lobby) 
8:25am from Kyoto Avanti B1F (Sunrise Tour Desk)

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

4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Return Details:
Concludes at Kyoto Avanti B1F (Sunrise Tour Desk)

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Kyoto Morning Tour: Kyoto Imperial Palace, Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle

Kyoto Morning Tour: Kyoto Imperial Palace, Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle

  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Entrance fees
  • Hotel pickup (select hotels only)
  • Local tax
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks
  • 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
  • Wheelchair accessible - if assistance is required, passenger must provide their own carer
  • Some parts of the road on this tour are made of gravel and may have steep inclines
  • Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed on Monday. When Monday is a National Holiday, Monday will be open and the following day will be closed instead. When the palace is closed, the tour will visit Kitano Tenmangu Shrine or Nishi Honganji Temple instead
  • Nijo Castle is closed every Tuesday during January, July, August, and December. The tour will visit Ryoanji Temple or Daitokuji Daisen-in Temple
  • Please note you will be asked to fill in your full name, nationality, gender, and age before entering the Kyoto Imperial Palace (forms will be handed out on the
    day of the tour)
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Cancellation Policy

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.

Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Sally L, October 2016

Fantastic tour - liked that is was just the morning but we got to see alot

Reviewed by: William C, September 2016

Got to see everything I wanted to in a short space of time and I was well informed about each location by a very friendly tour guide. Would definitely recommend.