Kyoto Sightseeing by Bus - Japanspecialist
A roundtrip through Kyoto’s iconic sights.
First time in Kyoto and ready to dive deep into the city's culture? This tour is for you. On it, you'll see Kyoto landmarks Nijo Castle, Kinkaku-ji, Kyoto Imperial Palace, Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, Sanjusangen-do Temple and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Many of the locations are World Heritage recognized, and all boast extraordinary architecture and legends.
You'll meet your guide at Avanti's Sunrise Tours Desk (across from Kyoto Station Hachijo Exit). Please arrive 10 minutes before the departure with your confirmation, after you'll transfer to your tour bus. Transportation may change depending on the number of participants.
Start the day with a visit to the World Heritage recognized site and one of the most beautiful examples of the Momoyama architecture, Nijo Castle. Originally built in 1603 as the residence of the first Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu (1542-1616), it was completed by his descendant, the third Shogun Tokugawa Iemisu, in 1626.
You'll continue on to Kinkaku-ji Temple, also called the Golden Pavilion and another World Heritage site. This is one of the three most visited temples in Kyoto and is surrounded by a peaceful garden and pond that reflects the temple's glittering gold beauty.
The last visit of the morning is to the Kyoto Imperial Palace, the Emperor's residence, until about 150 years ago.
On Mondays, or Tuesdays if Monday is a national holiday, you'll visit the lush foliage-flanked Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, known for housing the God of scholarship. The main hall is a designated national treasure.
You'll head to Kyoto Station, where you'll have an hour to eat or buy lunch independently.
After lunch, you'll head to the south of Kyoto, to Fushimi Inari Shrine, the head of Japan's 40,000 inari-jinja shrines. The place is known for the famous bright vermillion-red Senbon Torii gates, a major symbol of Kyoto.
The tour continues with a visit to Sanjusangen-do Temple, Japan's longest wooden structure. Inside the building, you will discover 1,001 life-size statues of Buddhist Kannon deities dating back to the 13th century.
Then finish the day with the visit to Kiyomizu-dera temple, a World Heritage site that boasts amazing views of Kyoto city from its wooden stage 13 meters above the ground.
The bus drops you at Kyoto Station, then various hotels (check the list of the hotels to find your most convenient drop off destination).
Length: One day (10 hours)
Visiting places: Nijo Castle, Kinkaku-ji Temple, Kyoto Imperial Palace, Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, Sanjusangen-do Temple, Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Departing from: Kyoto
Price: EUR 130,- (learn more about prices)
- Nijo Castle is closed on Tuesdays in January, July, August and December. Closed on the following days if Tuesday is a holiday. If Nijo Castle is closed, you will visit the Ryoan-ji Temple.
- The Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed on Monday (Tuesday if Monday is a national holiday), during the Aoi Festival (May 14-17), New Year’s Holidays and during Imperial Household event. On those days you will visit the Kitano Tenmangu Shrine instead.
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