Kyoto Morning Tour

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Duration: 4h
Location: Kyoto, Japan | Kyoto, Japan

Category: Day Trips & Excursio

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

Guided tour of Kyoto
Admission fees
Roundtrip transportation to and from select Kyoto city center hotels
Live commentary provided in English


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 charmingly 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 charming interiors symbolizing the nobility of the Land of the Rising Sun before returning to your hotel.

Cancellation Policy: 72 hours
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.

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