Kyoto Essentials Tour - Excursion in Japan - Japanspecialist

Kyoto Essentials Tour

Half day (4.5 hours)

EUR 70,-


Learn all about Kyoto’s most important sights in one morning.

This sightseeing tour is ideal for first-time visitors in Kyoto. You'll visit the World Heritage Sites of Nijo castle, followed by a visit to the pure gold leaf covered Kinkaku-ji temple. The tour finishes with a visit to the Kyoto Imperial Palace, the Emperor's residence until about 150 years ago.



You'll meet your guide at Avanti's Sunrise Tours Desk (across from Kyoto Station Hachijo Exit). Transportation on this tour is generally by bus, but depending on the number of participants, a sedan or taxi van may be used instead.

You'll start by visiting the Nijo Castle built at the beginning of the 17th century as the Kyoto residence of the Tokugawa shogun, which later became a palladium of the Kyoto Imperial Palace. Now it's a World Heritage-recognized location with great examples of feudal castle palace architecture.

Don’t leave Kyoto without a photo of you with the Golden Pavilion in the background. This gold-leaf covered architectural masterpiece is a World Heritage site and icon of Kyoto.

Here you will learn a lot about the history of Japan, and Kyoto's history as the capital of Japan. The Kyoto Imperial palace was the former ruling palace of the Emperor until about 150 years ago.

When the Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed, the tour heads to Kitano Tenmangu Shrine instead. This Shinto shrine is famous for housing the god of scholarship, and is popular among students who come to pray for success in their studies. 

The shrine is especially worth a visit during the plum blossom in the spring and autumn season to enjoy the beauty of hundreds of maple trees in their red and orange glory.

Guests can continue on from here independently.

What is included

What is included

- Government-licensed English speaking guide and interpreter 
- Admission fees
- Transportation costs

What is not included

- Pick-up service 
- Lunch 
- Drop-off service 

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