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Kyoto Half-day Tour

Kyoto Kinkakuji

Kyoto was the Imperial Capital of Japan for more than 1000 years. It is now the capital of Kyoto Prefecture, as well as a major part of the Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe metropolitan area called Kansai.With temples, shrines, parks, bustling business districts, markets, regal estates and tightly packed neighborhoods, Kyoto exemplifies the harmony between modern and classic. Kyoto is one of the oldest and most famous Asian metropolitan city!

Kyoto Half-day Tour: Take a half-day tour to some of Kyoto's most famous sites and discover why this ancient political capital of Japan is now its history and sightseeing capital! The tour finishes around lunchtime.



Assemble in the lobby for a half-day sightseeing tour of Kyoto by chartered coach with an English-speaking guide.

You will visit the following.

Nijo Castle
: Visit the historical castle completed in 1626 built to provide lodging for the Tokugawa Shogun, who governed Japan, with the emperor as nominal ruler and as a guardian for Kyoto Imperial Palace.

Nijo Castle

Distant view of Nijo Castle


Kinkakuji Temple: Visit the Golden Pavillion, designated as a National Special Historic Site and National Special Landscape, with two floors covered entirely in thin layers of pure gold and detailed architecture incorporating the three distinct styles of shinden, samurai, and zen.

Kyoto MaikoKyoto Maiko


Kyoto Imperial Palace: Get rare access to the former residence of the Emperor of Japan, who oversaw many important functions until the capital was moved from Kyoto to Tokyo in 1869.

Kyoto Imperial PalaceKyoto Imperial Palace Main Gate

Return to your hotel or continue to another program.

departure day

Everyday: 9:00am-1:00pm

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Tour Highlights

  • 01 Nijo Castle
    The founder of the Tokugawa Government, Shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa, directed the building of the castle in 1603 in order to display his collection 16th century paintings and sculptures.

  • 02 Kinkakuji Temple
    Founded by the third Muromachi shogunate Yoshimitsu Ashikaga in 1397, this gold-placed temple is located next to the pond in the middle of a beuautiful garden.

  • 03 Kyoto Imerial Palace
    The Imperial palace served at the center of Japanese politics for over one thousand years.


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