Kyoto Morning Tour - Nijo Castle, Kinkaku-ji Temple and Imperial Palace

Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and kept the tour moving. The tour allowed enough time to see everything and not be rushed. Would recommend it to anyone!Yvette B., Australia – See more reviews
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Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion)
Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion)
Nijo Castle
Nijo Castle
Kyoto Imperial Palace
Kyoto Imperial Palace
Nijo Castle
Nijo Castle
Kyoto Morning Tour - Nijo Castle, Kinkaku-ji Temple and Imperial Palace - Picture 5
Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion)
Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion)

What To Expect

This morning tour of Kyoto includes the chance to visit most Kyoto's most beautiful sights! Experience Japan's former capital, and immerse yourself in Japanese history.


  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites - Nijo Castle and the "Temple of the Golden Pavilion" Kinkaku-ji

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

  • Professional English-speaking tour guide throughout

  • With pick-up from select Kyoto hotels


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Experience Kyoto's 1200 year history, Japan's capital from 794 to 1868. Visit Nijo Castle, the residence of the Tokugawa era shoguns, and marvel at the gold-leaf covered Golden Pavilion, which houses sacred relics of Buddha and is surrounded by an exquisitely beautiful garden. Walk through Kyoto Imperial Palace and see its elegant interiors.


Mondays - Fridays

  • 08:35 Assemble at Kyoto Station

Visit the following by motorcoach:

  • Nijo Castle (50 minutes)

  • Kinkakuji Temple (45 minutes)

  • Kyoto Imperial Palace (40 minutes)

  • 12:40 - 13:00 Tour disbands at Kyoto Station

Saturdays, Sundays, National Holidays

  • 08:45 Assemble at Kyoto Station

Visit the following by motorcoach:

  • visit Nijo Castle (50 minutes)

  • Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion) (45 minutes)

  • Kitano-Tenmangu Shrine (40 minutes)

  • Nijo Castle (50 minutes)

  • Kinkakuji Temple (45 minutes)

  • 12:45 - 13:00 Tour disbands at Kyoto Station

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.

Rokuon-ji or the Temple of the Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku-ji)

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.


  • Services of an English-speaking guide

  • Pick-up at most of the major hotels


  • Meals and drinks (unless specified)

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • *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.

  • 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.

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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