Kyoto Morning Tour: Kyoto Imperial Palace, Golden Pavilion

Tours & Sightseeing in Kyoto
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Tour description

Soak up temple and palace sights on this half-day guided city tour, great for those who want to see Kyoto’s top attractions in a short time. Travel by coach in the morning and visit UNESCO-listed Nijo Castle and the gold-covered Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion) with an informative guide. Then wander through the Kyoto Imperial Palace — home to the emperor until 1868 — and see how royalty lived.

After pickup from select locations in Kyoto, your first sightseeing stop is Nijo Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site. With your guide, spend almost an hour exploring the former residence of the Tokugawa Shogun, built in 1603. Noted for the contrast of its solemn appearance and gorgeous interiors, the complex contains the ruins of Honmaru Palace as well as Ninomaru Palace with its five connecting buildings made of cypress. See living quarters lavishly decorated in gold leaf and tour the kitchens, guardhouse and several gardens.Next on your itinerary is Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion), Kyoto's most popular temple. During 45 minutes here, your guide points out perhaps the world's most authentic and exquisite Japanese garden as well as the celebrated Golden Pavilion. Continue to Kyoto Imperial Palace, which was the residence of the imperial family until the capital was relocated to Tokyo in 1868. View the Shishinden Imperial state chamber where enthronement ceremonies took place, and admire the Japanese taste for simplicity and tranquility. When the tour concludes, you will be dropped off at the location where you were picked up.

What's included

  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (select hotels in Kyoto only)
  • Entry/Admission - Kyoto Imperial Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Kinkakuji Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Nijo Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Nishi Honganji
  • Entry/Admission - Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
  • Entry/Admission - Ryoanji Temple

What's not included

  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks

Highlights

  • Instant Confirmation
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • All entrance fees included