What To Expect
Visit some of Kyoto's famous landmarks and experience its 1,200 year history in one morning!
Visit Nijo Castle, the residence of the Tokugawa era shoguns. Marvel at the gold-leaf covered Golden Pavilion, which houses sacred relics of Buddha, and stroll through the garden surrounding it, said to be the most beautiful Japanese garden in the world. Stop by Kyoto Imperial Palace before watching traditional Japanese artisans work their crafts at the Kyoto Handicraft Center. You can even make your own woodblock print under the direction of one of these talented professionals!
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 most authentic and exquisite Japanese-style garden in the world, plus the celebrated Golden Pavilion.
The ancient Imperial Palace clearly shows the Japanese taste for purity, simplicity and calmness (not available on 23-25 October 2016).
Enjoy a Japanese - Western style buffet lunch.
After lunch, enjoy making your own woodblock print or cloisonne (of your choice) with assistance of the English-speaking staff of Handicraft Center.
English-speaking guide service
Tips and gratuities
Optional Activity costs
Pick ups are available from selected Kyoto hotels.
Children 5 years old and below are free of charge, provided they sit on an adult's lap. If they need a seat, they will be charged (child rates).
Before entering Kyoto Imperial Palace, it is required to complete a form indicating your full name, nationality, gender, and age.
Please provide advance notice if your party consists of 5 or more Japanese citizens. Your party's entry to the Kyoto Imperial Palace may be denied if advance notice is not given.
*The Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed every Monday (Tuesday if Monday is a National Holiday) and on 28 December 2016 to 4 January 2017. The Imperial Household Agency has announced that Kyoto Imperial Palace will also be closed on 23 to 25 October 2016 due to the Emperor's scheduled visit. As an alternative, this tour will visit Kitano Tenmangu (23 and 24 October) and Nishi Hongani (25 October).
On Tuesdays (Wednesday if Tuesday is a national holiday) in January, July, August, and December, and during year-end/New Year's holidays, the Nijo Castle is closed. The tour will visit Ryoanji Temple or Daitokuji Daisen-in Temple instead.
The timetable for craft workshops (woodblock print or cloisonne) is provided after arriving at Handicraft Center.
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