Wander through the royal gardens and majestic interiors of Kyoto’s famous castles and palaces. Get a glimpse of the historic lifestyles of imperial Kyoto on this guided morning tour, and marvel at the beautifully landscaped gardens and traditional architecture.
Begin your tour with a visit to Nijo Castle, built in 1603 as the residence of the Tokugawa Shogun during Japan’s feudal military dictatorship. Stroll along the legendary hallways and view the 2 fortified rings of defense at the castle site, each made up of a heavy wall and moat. Proceed to the magnificent gardens and admire the curated greenery that comprises this serene setting.
Continue to Kinkaku-ji, sometimes called the Temple of the Golden Pavilion, renowned as the home of the most authentic and exquisite Japanese-style garden in the world. Be dazzled by the intricate architectural details and gold-leaf ornamentation that adorns the top 2 levels of this elegant structure.
The ancient Kyoto Imperial Palace is a testament to the Japanese fondness for purity, simplicity, and peace. Here, learn about the lifestyle of the imperial family that ruled Japan for over 1,000 years, until the capital was relocated to Tokyo. Browse ancient artifacts and beautiful interiors symbolizing the nobility of the Land of the Rising Sun before returning to your hotel.