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Kyoto Morning Tour: Kyoto Imperial Palace, Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle

  • Kyoto morning highlights tour
  • Tour the UNESCO-listed Nijo Castle with a knowledgeable guide
  • Marvel at Japanese gardens and design at Kinkakuji Temple and Kyoto Imperial Palace
Kyoto Morning Tour: Kyoto Imperial Palace, Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle
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Kyoto Morning Tour: Kyoto Imperial Palace, Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle
Marvel at the some of the top UNESCO World Heritage-listed temples and palaces of ancient Kyoto on this 4.5-hour tour. This quick introduction to the sights of Kyoto, covering the Nijo Castle, golden Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavillion) and the Japanese Emperor’s former Imperial Palace, is the perfect way to see the city if you’re short on time. Your morning Kyoto excursion also includes pickup from select hotels, transport between sites by coach, entrance fees and an English-speaking guide.
What to Expect
Admire the incredible historical legacy of Kyoto, the former capital of Japan, as you explore the city’s top castles, temples, palaces and gardens. It’s a great introduction to this ancient city for those that have limited time during their visit.

Start your Kyoto experience with pickup at select hotels, which begins in the early morning, arriving at the Kyoto New Miyako Hotel to begin your excursion. Head out to your first stop of the day, where you’ll see the UNESCO World Heritage site of Nijo Castle. This one-time home of the Tokugawa Shogun, constructed in 1603, contains five connecting structures made of Cypress wood. The complex is renowned for its elegant design and striking interiors, including the gold leaf-covered living quarters and the home’s extensive kitchen, guardhouse and multiple gardens.

Head next to the glorious Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavillion), the most popular temple in all of Kyoto. Spend 45 minutes admiring the intricate architecture and serene Japanese gardens, along with the site’s namesake structure, the celebrated Golden Pavillion. Proceed on to the Kyoto Imperial Palace, once the residence of the Japanese Emperor before the national capital was relocated to Tokyo in 1868. View the former site of the imperial enthronement ceremonies and observe the elegant simplicity of the building’s interior design and architecture. When the tour concludes, you will be dropped off at the location where you were picked up.
Reviews (198)
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Great tour if your family can only tolerate so much history

My wife and daughter get bored and tired quick when listening to tour guides so on and on so this was the perfect way for me to expose them to some of the culture. I can see if you like to take lots of pictures...More

Thank KrispyOhio
Reviewed 20 May 2018 via mobile
"Waste of time and money"

Started at Nijo castle and got herded through so fast that we barely saw anything. The tour guide's English was awful and hard to understand. The other 2 attractions; golden pavilion (take a picture then leave) and the Imperial palace (take lots of pictures, then...More

4  Thank Jennifer B
Reviewed 29 April 2018
bus tour to 3 Unesco sites

very poor , full bus, very crowded so very short times at each of the 3 sites. average Japanese guide. - not a lot of history provided whilst on bus and couldn't hear her as we toured around the sites. Felt it was a waste...More

3  Thank Jayne H
Reviewed 13 April 2018
Save your money

I was on numerous sunrise tours while visiting Japan. They were all average at best. The guides did not engage and often were difficult to understand. In Kyoto I found a private guide who took us on a private two hour tour which was much...More

3  Thank Lee E
Reviewed 17 March 2018 via mobile

This was a great introduction to 3 key places in Kyoto. I didn’t feel it was too rushed.... I wouldn’t have spent any longer if I’d been there on my own. Yuki, our guide, explained everything very clearly, and with lots of extra information in...More

Thank MichelleStaines
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19 April 2018|
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Response from MichelleStaines | Reviewed this property |
The JTB Sunrise tour covers those sites and would probably get you back to the station in time for your train. But if you’ve booked a specific train that leaves at 13.00 ish then you probably need to check with the tour... More
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