Best of Kyoto Day Tour - Nijo Castle, Kinkaku-ji, Imperial Palace, Heian Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera

Really enjoyed the tour; got to see outstanding Kyoto sites. Unfortunately, individuals returned to the bus late, and the rest of the stops were too rushed.Roberta C., USA – See more reviews
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Nijō Castle Honmaru Palace
Nijō Castle Honmaru Palace
Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion)
Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion)
Nijō Castle karamon main gate to Ninomaru Palace
Nijō Castle karamon main gate to Ninomaru Palace

What To Expect

Explore Kyoto, learn about its history and visit its most beautiful sights! Nijo Castle, the Kyoto Imperial Palace, Heian Jingu Shrine, Sanjusangendo Temple and the Kiyomizudera Temple are just some of the interesting places you'll get to see.


  • See some of Kyoto's remarkable UNESCO-listed World Heritage sites - Nijo Castle, Kinkaku-ji and Kiyomizu-dera

  • Walk through the Kyoto Imperial Palace, former residence of the Imperial family

  • Visit the Heian Jingu Shrine and Sanjusangendo Temple

  • Enjoy Japanese-style lunch

  • Professional English-speaking tour guide throughout

  • With pick-up from select Kyoto hotels


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Experience Kyoto, Japan's capital from 794 - 1868. Visit Nijo Castle, the residence of the Tokugawa era shoguns, and the gold-leaf covered Golden Pavilion, which houses sacred relics of Buddha and is surrounded by exquisite gardens renowned for their beauty. Walk through Kyoto Imperial Palace and see its elegant interiors. Visit Heian Jingu Shrine, a partial replica of the Imperial Palace. Walk through Sanjusangendo Temple, Japan's longest wooden structure, famous for its 1,001 human-sized Kannon statues, and browse through the specialty shops leading up to Kiyomizudera Temple for a sweeping view of the city.

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)

The most authentic and exquisite Japanese style garden in the world, plus the celebrated Golden Pavilion.

Kyoto Imperial Palace*

The ancient Imperial Palace clearly shows the Japanese taste for purity, simplicity and calmness.

Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine

The main shrine has been designated a national treasure. It is famous as the God of Study.

Enjoy Japanese and Western-style buffet lunch before we continue to Heian-Jingu Shrine.

Heian Jingu Shrine

Graceful old court life is reflected in the brightly colored shrine with its vermilion pillars and green roof, and in its enchanting inner gardens and ponds.

Sanjusangendo Hall

A renowned long wooden hall housing 1,001 statues of the Buddhist deity Kannon that date back to the 13th century.

Kiyomizudera Temple

A quaint old lane lined with pottery shops leads to the temple. Enjoy a sweeping view of the entire city from its lofty terrace.


  • Lunch

  • Services of an English-speaking guide

  • Hotel pick up


  • Drinks

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Personal expenses

  • Optional activity costs

Please Note

  • 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).

  • *The Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed every Monday (Tuesday if Monday is a National Holiday), on 28 December 2016 to 4 January 2017 and whenever there is an Imperial Household event. On these days, tour will visit Kitano Tenmangu Shrine instead.

  • Please note that you are required to follow necessary procedures before entering the Kyoto Imperial Palace. Please give your full name, nationality, gender and age upon entry.

  • 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.

  • On Tuesdays (Wednesday if Tuesday is a national holiday) in January, July, August, and December, Nijo Castle is closed. The tour will visit Ryoanji Temple or Daitokuji Daisen-in Temple instead.

  • Drop off service to the Karasuma Kyoto Hotel is not available during the Gion Festival (July 14 - 17).

  • Pick-up service from Kyoto Hotel Okura, Karasuma Kyoto Hotel, Hotel Monterey Kyoto and Nikko Princess Kyoto will not be available dunring the Gion Festival (17 July) and the Jidai Festival (22 October) due to traffic restrictions.

  • Connection point for Kyoto Maiko Dinner will change from Rihga Royal to Kyoto Hotel Okura (Kiyomizu Temple still available also).

  • On Jan. 25, May 25 and Oct. 25, Nishi Hongan-ji Temple will serve as the alternative for Kitano Tenmangu Shrine.

  • This tour will not enter Heian Jingu Shrine's Shin-en garden.

  • Vegetarian option is available.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 9 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 30% Cancellation Fee (70% reimbursement): between 3 to 8 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 2 days or less prior to date of activity.

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