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Enjoy the sights of Kyoto on a sightseeing tour to Nijo Castle, Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavilion), Kyoto Imperial Palace and the Kyoto Handicraft Center. You'll learn about Kyoto’s rich history and culture from your guide as you take in some of the city’s favorite landmarks, then get a hands-on experience of traditional Japanese crafts during a workshop with a professional craftsman at Kyoto Handicraft Center. Your tour includes an expert guide, lunch, transportation, and hotel pickup at selected hotels in central Kyoto.


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  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Buffet lunch included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
After morning pickup from selected hotels, travel by comfortable coach to your first stop, UNESCO World Heritage-listed Nijo Castle. As you make your way there, your guide shares informative commentary about Kyoto's history and significance to the nation.

Nijo Castle was constructed in 1603 for the Tokugawa shogun. Note the contrast between the castle’s solemn exterior—with massive gate, stone walls and moat—and brightly decorated interiors that shimmer with gold leaf. Hear about the squeaky ‘nightingale’ floors, designed to make noise that warned residents of intruders.

Continue to the second World Heritage site on your tour, Kinkaku-ji Temple, the most popular temple in Kyoto. Learn from your guide about the history of the temple as you view its exquisite Japanese gardens and breathtaking Golden Pavilion.

Next up, head to the Kyoto Imperial Palace, where the imperial family lived from 794 until 1869 when the capital moved to Tokyo. As you hear about its fascinating history, your guide shows you around the stunning palace, including the Shishinden, considered one of the most important buildings on the grounds. Imperial coronations and other royal ceremonies have taken place in the Shishinden.

Take a break from sightseeing for a delicious Japanese-style lunch, then travel by coach to the Kyoto Handicraft Center.

At the Handicraft Center, experience the Japanese arts firsthand during a workshop on traditional crafts. Choose to make either a woodblock print or cloisonné pendant with a staff artist who teaches you about the craft and provides the necessary materials. Afterward, take your artwork home with you as a souvenir of your time in Kyoto.

Your tour ends after the craft-making workshop. You may want to browse in the Handicraft Center’s excellent gift shop before making your own way back to your hotel.

Temple Closures:
  • Nijo Castle, will be closed every Tuesday in January, July, August and December. Instead you'll visit Ryoan-ji Temple, famed for its zen gardens and temple.
  • Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. Instead you'll visit Kitano-tenmangu Shrine, one of Japan's most important shrines honoring the Shinto god of education and scholarship.

Schedule details

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Pickup is available at select hotels in Kyoto (ANA Crowne Plaza, Karasuma Kyoto Hotel, Kyoto Hotel Okura, Kyoto Avanti B1F)
Departure Time:
8:35am from ANA Crowne Plaza (Cloak)
8:40am from Karasuma Kyoto Hotel (Front) 
8:00am 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.

6 to 7 hours
Return Details:
Tour concludes at the Kyoto Handicraft Center

Pricing information

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Pricing information

Kyoto City Tour: Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle, Kyoto Imperial Palace and Handicraft Center

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 Center activity (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
  • Pickup is available for this tour at select central Kyoto hotels; if you are not staying at one of the selected hotels, please choose the most convenient one from the list at checkout
  • Please note: Make sure you select the correct pickup location at checkout, as failure to appear at the pickup location at the scheduled time and location may result in a cancellation of your reservation with no refund
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Vegetarian option is available,
  • Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed on Monday and, if Monday is a national holiday, Monday will be open and the following day will be closed. When Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed, you will visit Kitano-tenmangu Shrine instead. The schedule applies to the period before and after the public viewing of Kyoto Imperial Palace in April and Oct, and the Aoi Festival from May 14-17, as well as other Imperial Household events please advise at time of booking if required
  • You will be asked for your full name, nationality, gender and age to follow the necessary procedures before entering Kyoto Imperial Palace
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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: Jenny L, July 2016

Amazing tour guide!! Kasy is the best tour guide ever!

Reviewed by: Rach, June 2016

great tour guide she was super funny and engaging. a jam packed day full of great sights