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Kyoto Afternoon Tour

by JTB Global Marketing & Travel Duration 5h 15m Free cancellation available No booking or credit card fees
per adult Price is $56

Explore some of the most celebrated shrines and temples in the historic city of Kyoto. A knowledgeable guide leads your afternoon tour to several of Kyoto’s hallowed locations, and along age-old streets for a unique shopping opportunity.

Once you are picked up at the designated location, you head toward Heian Shrine(in 2018 only)—built in 1895 to commemorate the 1,100th anniversary of the founding of Kyoto, Japan’s capital at the time. You imagine the graceful old court life that took place in this brightly colored shrine as you walk around its vermilion pillars, green roof, and enchanting inner gardens and ponds.

In 2019, this tour will visit Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine (instead of Heian Shrine), chosen on a travel website as the number 1 sightseeing spot people want to see in Japan. This spot is known for its thousands of brilliant red torii gates, called Senbon Torii.

Your next stop is a spectacular homage to the bodhisattva Kannon, commonly known as the Goddess of Mercy. Housed within Japan’s longest wooden structure, you find an impressive arrangement of 1,001 statues of this important figure, some dating back to the 13th century. Learn about Buddhist religious rituals as Japanese monks observe long-standing practices during their daily routine.

Walk along the charming old lane that leads to the temple of Kiyomizu-dera—otherwise called the Pure Water Temple. Founded in 780 AD, it is nestled in the wooded hills of eastern Kyoto and is one of the most celebrated temples in Japan. Gaze out over its lofty terrace for a sweeping view of the city in the distance.

As evening sets in, ponder the day along the ride back to your hotel.

Explore some of the most celebrated shrines and temples in the historic city of Kyoto. A knowledgeable guide leads your afternoon tour to several of Kyoto’s hallowed locations, and along age-old streets for a unique shopping opportunity.

Once you are picked up at the designated location, you head toward Heian Shrine(in 2018 only)—built in 1895 to commemorate the 1,100th anniversary of the founding of Kyoto, Japan’s capital at the time. You imagine the graceful old court life that took place in this brightly colored shrine as you walk around its vermilion pillars, green roof, and enchanting inner gardens and ponds.

In 2019, this tour will visit Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine (instead of Heian Shrine), chosen on a travel website as the number 1 sightseeing spot people want to see in Japan. This spot is known for its thousands of brilliant red torii gates, called Senbon Torii.

Your next stop is a spectacular homage to the bodhisattva Kannon, commonly known as the Goddess of Mercy. Housed within Japan’s longest wooden structure, you find an impressive arrangement of 1,001 statues of this important figure, some dating back to the 13th century. Learn about Buddhist religious rituals as Japanese monks observe long-standing practices during their daily routine.

Walk along the charming old lane that leads to the temple of Kiyomizu-dera—otherwise called the Pure Water Temple. Founded in 780 AD, it is nestled in the wooded hills of eastern Kyoto and is one of the most celebrated temples in Japan. Gaze out over its lofty terrace for a sweeping view of the city in the distance.

As evening sets in, ponder the day along the ride back to your hotel.

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1:30 PM, Avanti Sunrise Tours Desk in English

Duration 5h 15m No booking or credit card fees

Live Commentary in English.

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per adult
$55.42

Total price is $55.42, taxes included

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Kyoto Afternoon Tour

Activity Location

Kyoto

Meeting/Redemption Point
  • Avanti Shopping Center (Sunrise Tour Desk B1F)

    Higashikujo Nishisanno-cho 31 Minami-ku

    Kyoto


Highlights

  • Excursion into the heart of Kyoto for an afternoon

  • Vistas of Kyoto’s sacred temples & shrines

  • Understanding the lifestyle of Japanese Buddhist monks

  • Exploring beautifully landscaped gardens at several temples

  • Unique souvenir shopping opportunity along ancient streets


Inclusions

  • Guided afternoon tour of Kyoto

  • Admission fees

  • Live tour commentary provided in English


Exclusions

  • Beverages, bottled water, and snacks


Know Before You Book

  • Children 5 and younger are complimentary when accompanied by a paying adult, but may not occupy their own seat.

  • In 2018, If the Heian Shrine is closed, you will visit the Chishaku-in temple instead.

  • Drop-off service to Karasuma Kyoto Hotel is unavailable during the Gion Festival.

  • Part or all of the Kiyomizu-dera Temple Main Hall will not be visible due to repair and restoration work.


Kyoto Afternoon Tour ratings based on 7 Verified Reviews

Expedia Verified Reviews

4.1 out of 5

2/5 May 4, 2019

Guide (Hajimi) was good. Gaveots of information regarding the three shrine. Being Golden week the crowds were suffocating. Although the gude was worried about a late arrival, we were back in Kyoto by 6:30 pm which i thought was reasonible.

4/5 Apr 21, 2018

Showed three important Shrines and temple. English speeking guide. Dropped back to our hotel. Guide very knowlrgeable. Hasslele free trip accept hotel pick up was not there. We did not have to get up early in morning as the trip is in aftrrnoon.

2/5 Apr 9, 2018

The tour mostly delivered what it promised with one exception. I had hoped to see the Imperial Palace but it is not open on Mondays. If this had been made clear I would have scheduled the tour for another day. The guide was knowledgeable but the crowds were intense at the sites. It was almost impossible to hear the guide with the primitive microphone she was using and the crowds were such that you could barely see the rooms at Nijo-jo. Even though the crowds were equally large at the Golden Pavilion, since it is outdoor venue i.e. you cannot enter the building, it was a more rewarding visit. The crowds, of course, are not the fault of the tour company but the person who books through them should be aware.

Ronald S

United States