Kyoto 1 Day Tour

Kyoto 1 Day Tour

Visit the ancient capitals most famous sites! This one-day tour takes you across Kyoto to world-renowned temples, shrines, and palaces like Nijo Castle, Sanjusangendo, Kiyomizu Temple, and more. With transportation, guide, and lunch included, this tour makes planning your Kyoto day trip a breeze! view tour »

Price : JPY13,200 Duration : approx. 9 hours
Departs :New Miyako Hotel - 08:35 (Everyday)
Visits : [Kyoto] Nijo-jo Castle / Kinkaku-ji Temple / Kyoto Imperial Palace / Heian Jingu Shrine / Sanjusangendo Temple
Includes : ✔ English Speaking Guide ✔ All transportation ✔ All admission fee ✔ 1 Lunch

Tour Itinerary :

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1 Nijo-jo Castle (50 min)

A UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tour the historical castle completed in 1626, which was built to provide lodging for Tokugawa Shogun and as a palladium for Kyoto Imperial Palace.

Remarks : Nijo Castle is closed on Tuesdays (or Wednesday if Tuesday is a national holiday) in January, July, August, and December and over the New Year's holidays. On these days, the tour will visit Ryoan-ji Temple.

Kyoto - Nijo-jo Castle
2 Kinkaku-ji Temple (45 min)

Visit this World Heritage Site, also known as the Golden Pavilion. The wooden architecture is covered in thin layers of pure gold and is surrounded by a beautiful lake.

Kyoto - Kinkaku-ji Temple
3A Kyoto Imperial Palace (except Saturdays, Sundays, holidays, and specific days) (40 min)

Gain exclusive access to the former residence of the Emperor of Japan, which oversaw many important functions until the capital moved to Tokyo in 1869.

Remarks : On Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays, Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed. On these days, the tour will visit Kitano-tenmangu Shrine instead. The same is true of the period before and after the public viewing of Kyoto Imperial Palace in spring and autumn, 14 - 17 May due to the Aoi Festival, year-end New Year's holidays, and whenever there is an Imperial Household event.

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3B Kitano-Tenman-gu Shrine (Saturdays, Sundays, holidays, and specific days) (40 min)

This shrine's main hall is a designated national treasure and is famous for housing the God of scholarship. The shrine is especially great to see during the plum blossom and autumn leaf seasons.

Remarks : On 25 Jan, 25 May and 25 Aug, Nishi Hongan-ji Temple will be the alternative for Kitano-tenmangu Shrine.

Kyoto - Kitano-Tenman-gu Shrine
4 Lunch (50 min)

Japanese set meal

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5 Heian-jingu Shrine (25 min)

Prowl the gorgeous inner gardens of the shrine built to celebrate the 1100 year anniversary of the founding of the city of Kyoto.

Remarks : This tour will not enter Heian Jingu Shrine's Shin-en garden. During the Jidai Festival on 22 October, Heian Shrine is closed to the public and will be replaced in the itinerary by Chishaku-in Temple. If the Jidai Festival is postponed, we will follow suit with the itinerary change.

Kyoto - Heian-jingu Shrine
6 Sanjusangen-do Temple (30 min)

Browse the world's longest wooden structure, housing 1,001 life-size statues of Buddhist Kannon deities dating back to the 13th century.

Kyoto - Sanjusangen-do Temple
7 Kiyomizu-dera Temple (70 min)

View the city of Kyoto from this hilltop temple and take a sip from the Otowa waterfall flowing from beneath the main hall, known to grant wishes to those who drink it.

Kyoto - Kiyomizu-dera Temple
8 Hotels in Kyoto

Remarks : Connection to the Kyoto Night Tour and Kyoto Maiko Dinner is available at Kyoto Hotel Okura and Kiyomizu-dera Temple's bus parking lot.

Kyoto - Kyoto New Miyako Hotel

Travel Condition :

Pickup service : Convenient pick-up service provided from major hotels in Kyoto. (see hotel list)
Departs : New Miyako Hotel (08:35)
Disband : Drop-off services are available to hotels with pick-up services available. (18:30 - 19:30)
Duration : approx. 9 hours. Guide : English Speaking Guide
Participants : 1 - 20 Meal : 1 Lunch
Remark :
  • On Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays, Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed. On these days, the tour will visit Kitano-tenmangu Shrine instead. The same is true of the period before and after the public viewing of Kyoto Imperial Palace in spring and autumn, 14 - 17 May due to the Aoi Festival, year-end New Year's holidays, and whenever there is an Imperial Household event.
  • On 25 Jan, 25 May and 25 Oct, Nishi Hongan-ji Temple will serve as the alternative for Kitano Tenmangu Shrine.
  • On Tuesdays (or Wednesday if Tuesday is a national holiday) in January, July, August, and December and over the year-end New Year's holidays, Nijo Castle is closed. The tour will visit Ryoan-ji Temple instead.
  • During the Jidai Festival on 22 October, Heian Shrine is closed to the public and will be replaced in the itinerary by Chishaku-in Temple. If the Jidai Festival is postponed, we will follow suit with the itinerary change.
  • During the Gion Festival (14 - 16July), drop-off service to Karasuma Kyoto Hotel, Hotel Nikko Princess Kyoto, and Hotel Monterey Kyoto is unavailable due to traffic restrictions.
  • Please note that before entering the Kyoto Imperial Palace you will be required to fill out a form with your personal information such as your full name, sex, age, and nationality. (The form will be provided on the tour day.)
  • Connection to the Kyoto Maiko Dinner is available at Kyoto Miyako Hotel and Kiyomizu-dera Temple's bus parking lot.
  • This tour will not enter Heian Jingu Shrine's Shin-en garden.
  • Vegetarian option is available.

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