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Kyoto Morning Tour - Golden Pavilion & Kyoto Imperial Palace from Kyoto

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    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.

    After meeting your guide, 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 Pavilion), 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 Pavilion. 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 Kyoto Station.
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    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
    4h 30m
    Return Details
    Kyotoeki Bus Stop, Higashishiokojicho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, 600-8216, Japan
    • Professional English-speaking guide
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • Admission
    • Entry/Admission - Kinkakuji Temple
    • Entry/Admission - Nijo Castle
    • Gratuities
    • Food and drinks
    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Some parts of the road on this tour are made of gravel and may have steep inclines
    • Nijo Castle is closed every Tuesday during 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.
    • [2019] The tour will visit Nishi Hongan-ji Temple instead of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine on February 25, March 25 and November 25.
    • 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).
    • Near public transportation
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • [2020] The tour will visit Nishi Hongan-ji Temple instead of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine on May 25.
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 44 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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    Reviewed 6 August 2019

    It was unfortunately a very hot day in Kyoto for our tour but the tour guide did excellent. It is not my first time in Kyoto but my brought my teenagers for this tour. There are so many places to see in Kyoto but this...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Overtherainbow555
    Reviewed 10 April 2019 via mobile

    Feels like your sheep and the tour guide is a shepherd. Don’t waste your time on this one and hire a private guide.

    Thank GnomeRunner
    Reviewed 31 March 2019

    It’s everything you ever imagined about Japan and more . Weather was much kinder on this our second visit to the Golden Pavillion No glimpse of Geiko this time unfortunately Maybe next time

    Date of experience: November 2018
    Thank Anastaciahausen
    Reviewed 15 September 2018

    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

    Date of experience: September 2018
    1  Thank KrispyOhio
    Reviewed 20 May 2018 via mobile

    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

    8  Thank Jennifer P
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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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