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Duration: 11h 30m
Location: Kyoto, Japan | Kyoto, Japan
Category: Tours & Sightseeing
Guided tour to explore the beauty of Kyoto's cultural sites
Visit to National Special Historic Site—Kinkaku-ji temple
Ancient 16th-century Nijo Castle with elegant paintings
View of Sanjusangendo, a National Treasure of Japan
Enchanting waterfall inside Kiyomizu-dera temple compound
Guided tour of Kyoto
One-way transportation from select Osaka hotels to Kyoto
Return transportation back to Osaka Station
Live tour commentary provided in English
Visit Kyoto, one of the most charming cities in Japan, on this tour from Osaka. View ancient relics of culture like Nijo Castle, Kinkaku-ji temple, Kyoto Imperial Palace, Heian Jingu Shrine, as well as Sanjusangendo and Kiyomizu-dera temples. In between sites, take a break to enjoy a local lunch.
After pickup from your hotel, join your guide on a train ride to Kyoto and make your way to the 16th-century Nijo Castle. Hear the floors squeaking, intended as a security measure, and view the elegant paintings on sliding doors. Next, visit Kinkaku-ji, a National Special Historic Site, and marvel at the 3-story temple with 2 stories covered in pure gold leaf. Inside, each floor has a different architectural style.
Continue to the 4,300-foot (1,300-m) Kyoto Imperial Palace and admire the low rooflines and wooden structures in classical Japanese style. Stop by a local restaurant for a delicious lunch. Afterward, head to the Heian Jingu Shrine where you pass a large red gate at the entrance and view the elegant Japanese-style garden and a pond filled with turtles and fish.
At the Sanjusangendo Temple see the main deity of the temple, Thousand Armed Kannon—deemed a National Treasure of Japan—and 1,000 life-sized statues of the Thousand Armed Kannon. Lastly, visit Kiyomizu-dera, a temple built without a single nail, and admire the complex's charming waterfall flowing from nearby hills. Your tour wraps up in the evening at the Osaka Station.
Cancellation Policy: 9 days
Know before you book:
Children 5 and younger are complimentary.,
This activity is not wheelchair accessible.,
Tour stops may vary.,
Hotel pickup is available from most centrally located Osaka hotels. Please arrange pickup from your hotel or a nearby location when you call to confirm your reservation.,
If Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed, you will visit Kitano Tenmangu Shrine instead.,
Check-in is 10 minutes prior to the booked tour start time.
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