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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 Tour

Duration 4h Free cancellation No booking or credit card fees
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$57.53

Total price is $57.53, taxes included

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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

  • Roundtrip transportation to and from select Kyoto city center hotels

  • 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.

  • If Nijo Castle is closed, you will visit the Ryoan-ji temple instead.

  • If the Heian Shrine is closed—typically during the Jidai Festival or on national holidays—you will visit the Chishaku-in temple instead.

  • If the Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed—typically on Mondays or the day after a national holiday—you will visit the Kitano-Temangu Shrine instead.


Cancellation Policy

You can cancel free of charge until 5 days before your reservation starts. After that time, no cancellations, changes or refunds will be made.

Location

Kyoto, Japan

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