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Kyoto Highlights 1 Day Trip - Golden Pavilion & Kiyomizu Temple from Kyoto

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Discover tranquil temples, Imperial palaces and ancient shrines on this 9-hour full-day Kyoto sightseeing tour. Explore top city attractions such as Nijo Castle and the ornate gardens of Kinkaku-ji Temple. Visit the Kiyomizu Temple and the Kyoto Imperial Palace, once home to the Imperial family. Marvel at the Fushimiinari Taisha Shrine. and behold the Thousand Armed Kannon at Sanju-Sangendo Hall. This tour is ideally suited to those short on time keen to explore Kyoto’s rich cultural heritage. Please note there’s quite a lot of walking involved.
  • Great way to discover Kyoto’s highlights in a day-long tour
  • Learn fascinating historical information from your guide
  • See a UNESCO World Heritage Site—Nijo Castle
  • Time-saving and hassle-free tour with entrance fees and lunch included
What to Expect
Start your action-packed day meeting your guide and group at the tour office. The tour will be a lesson in itself about Japan’s fascinating history and heritage with useful commentary from your guide. You’ll soon arrive at Nijo Castle, shortly followed by Kinkaku-ji Temple, which is often labelled the most popular of all of Kyoto’s temples. This might be because of its grand Japanese gardens or the impressive Golden Pavilion. Next stop will be Kyoto Imperial Palace followed by Sanju-Sangendo—a Buddhist Temple famous for its 1,000 life-size statues, covered in gold leaf. The final part of the day involves walking past traditional pottery shops on the way to Kiyomizu Temple. It’s not only the temple that’s impressive here—the vantage point boasts panoramic views of this ancient city. A beautiful way to end the day before a comfortable journey back to your departure point.
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Important Information
Departure Point
JTB SUNRISE TOURS DESK KYOTO, Japan, 〒601-8003 Kyoto, Minami-ku, Higashikujō Nishisannōchō, 町南区東九条西山王町31番地 KYOTO AVANTI B1F
Departure Time
8:30 AM
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Professional English guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Lunch
  • Entry/Admission - Kyoto Imperial Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Kinkakuji Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Kiyomizu-dera Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Nijo Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Sanjusangendo Temple
  • Gratuities
  • Entrance to Heian Jingu Shrine's Shin-en Garden
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Some parts of road on this tour are gravel and steep inclines
  • Infant rates apply provided they do not occupy a seat. Infant meals not included
  • This tour will not enter Heian Jingu Shrine's Shin-en garden
  • [2019]The tour will visit Nishi Hongan-ji Temple instead of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine on February 25, March 25 and November 25.
  • [2020]The Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed on the following days. As such, the tour will visit Kitano Tenmangu Shrine instead. (Mondays, Tuesday if Monday is a national holiday, May 14-17 for the Aoi Festival, New Year's holidays, and whenever there is an Imperial Household event).
  • [2020] The tour will visit Nishi Hongan-ji Temple instead of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine on May 25.
  • [2020]Nijo Castle is closed on Tuesdays in January, July, August, and December. (Closed on the following day if Tuesday is a holiday.) If closed, or if the tour is during the year-end/New Year's holidays, Ryoan-ji Temple will be visited instead.
  • [2020]During the Gion Festival (Sakimatsuri, July 15 - 16), drop-off service to Karasuma Kyoto Hotel and Hotel Nikko Princess Kyoto will be unavailable due to traffic restrictions.
  • [2020]Please note that due to repair and restoration work, part or all of the Kiyomizu-dera Temple Main Hall will not be visible.
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • [2019] A Japanese set meal will be served for lunch. Vegetarian, halal, gluten-free, and other meal requests are not available, so please book the plan without lunch included if you have any dietary restrictions. (The 'without lunch' plan provides customers with free time to eat on their own in the Kyoto Station area.)
  • [2020] A set menu meal will be served for lunch. For those who would like a vegetarian meal, please make sure to inform us at the time of reservation. If requests are not provided in advance, same-day changes cannot be accepted. Halal, gluten-free, and other meal requests are not available.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
Cancellation Policy
If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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This was just enough time to see the six listed destinations and have lunch. We made it back in time to eat and catch the shinkansen back to Himeji. Saico, our guide, was fun and well conducted.
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We booked this from the US before we left for Japan. Our hotel was within walking distance of the Kyoto main railway station and the tour started across the street from the station. We found it very convenient. The bus was large and comfortable with a very colorful scene on the
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This trip really took my sister and me to all the major temples/touristy sites to see. The tour guide was the sweetest lady. It’s a long day but worth it to check all the major boxes. My only complaint was lunch. I know we’re in Japan, but the lunch was uneatable and
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Gucci was our guide and very knowledgeable. This is a great all day tour covering 6 sites. Lunch was very nice, site down hot pot. We did not feel rushed in any of the locations. Very glad we did this tour as the bus took us from site to site so we saved a lot of time by not
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I took a lot of JTB Sunrise tours during my Japan trip, and this Kyoto tour one one of the best. It covered most of the top shrines and temples in Kyoto, along with the Kyoto palace. The guide was good and knowledgeable.
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