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Kyoto Morning Tour

by JTB Global Marketing & Travel Duration 4h 20m Free cancellation available No booking or credit card fees
per adult Price is $65

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.

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.

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8:25 AM, AVANTI Sunrise Tours Desk in English

Duration 4h 20m No booking or credit card fees

Live Commentary in English.

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$64.46

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Kyoto Morning Tour

Activity Location

Kyoto

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

    Higashikujo Nishisanno-cho 31 Minami-ku

    Kyoto


Highlights

  • Exploration of Kyoto’s cultural history & notable places

  • Scenic vistas of famous palaces & age-old architecture

  • Gaining a deeper understanding of ancient imperial lifestyle

  • Beautifully landscaped gardens surrounding various castles

  • Scenic view of the ancient Nijo Castle


Inclusions

  • Guided tour of Kyoto

  • Admission fees

  • Live 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.

  • Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed to the public on the following days. During these times, Kitano Tenmangu Shrine will be visited instead: (Mondays, Tuesday if Monday is a national holiday, May 14-17 for the Aoi Festival, New Year's holidays, and whenever there is an Imperial Household event).

  • In 2018, The tour will visit Nishi Hongan-ji Temple instead of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine on June 25, September 25 and December 25.

  • In 2019, The tour will visit Nishi Hongan-ji Temple instead of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine on February 25, March 25 and November 25.

  • Nijo Castle is closed on Tuesdays in January, July, August, and December. (Closed on the following day if Tuesday is a holiday.) If closed, or if the tour is during the year-end/New Year's holidays, Ryoan-ji Temple will be visited instead.

  • In 2019, After sightseeing at Kyoto Imperial Palace, the bus will stop by the lunch venue for the 1-day tour. Afterward, participants will view Heian Shrine from the bus, and be dropped off at Kyoto Station.


Kyoto Morning Tour ratings based on 10 Verified Reviews

Verified Reviews

4.3 out of 5

5/5 Apr 1, 2019

Great Tour! Packed a lot of interesting things into a half day agenda. Our guide, Jesse, was outstanding. Well worth the money.

Robert B

United States

4/5 Feb 22, 2019

I took a full-day tour around Kyoto 10 years ago when I went on a solo trip and found it great. For my honeymoon trip this past February with my husband, I booked the Kyoto Morning Tour through Expedia as I already knew a bit from my past travels to get to the afternoon tour locations (like Kiyumizudera) on our own. We found the morning tour a great supplement to exploring Kyoto ourselves and it's also nice to learn the historical background to a place through the tour guide Masako-san, who had excellent English, as opposed to just walking around not really knowing what the place is about. The morning tour starts at Nijo Castle, which in my opinion is the most impressive of the 3 sights visited (the others are Kyoto Imperial Palace and the Golden Pavillion). I recommend this reasonably priced tour, especially if you have a limited time in Kyoto and if it is your first time to visit. If you have plenty of time and know your way around, you might be happier to sightsee on your own.

4/5 Oct 29, 2018

Great informative guide and the three stops we visited were amazing. Unfortunately there wasn’t any time to look around or get souvenirs as it was straight back on the bus for the next location

Charlotte L

New Zealand