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

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Immerse yourself in the captivating culture of Kyoto on a full-day sightseeing tour. See the tranquil Kiyomizu Temple amid its verdant surroundings; absorb the Imperial majesty of Kyoto Imperial Palace; and stroll amid the botanical beauty of Kinkaku-ji Temple. Behold the beguiling beauty of the Fushimiinari Taisha Shrine and enrich your knowledge of Kyoto’s rich historical heritage with commentary from an informative guide. Moderate levels of fitness are advisable for this tour, on which a lot of walking occurs.
  • Full day tour of Kyoto's cultural and historic attractions
  • Discover top city highlights such as Nijo Castle, Kinkaku-ji Temple, and the Fushimiinari Taisha Shrine
  • Explore the Kyoto Imperial Palace with your guide, once residence of Japan’s Imperial family
  • Admire the Thousand Armed Kannon and the legion of 1,000 life-size statues at the Buddhist temple of Sanju-Sangendo Hall
  • Visit the Kiyomizu Temple and enjoy panoramic views over Kyoto from the temple’s terrace
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Professional English guide
Air-conditioned vehicle
Hotel pick-up and drop-off
JTB SUNRISE TOURS DESK KYOTO , Japan, 〒601-8003 Kyoto, Minami Ward, Higashikujō Nishisannōchō, 31 B1F AVANTI

8:30AM Kyoto Avanti B1F(Sunrise Tours desk) Please be ready 10 minutes prior to the pick-up time.

8:30 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Emerge early and depart in a comfortable, climate-controlled vehicle. Listen as your guide sets the historical scene for Kyoto; hailed the cradle of Japan’s cultural heritage, the former capital is replete with monuments and legend-shrouded landmarks.

Venture first to Nijo Castle, a superficially deceptive structure that harbors a magnificent interior; stroll the lavishly decorated chambers and marvel at glittering gold leaf and opulent tones as your guide offers tales of the building’s heritage.

Next, absorb the sacred ambiance of Kinkaku-ji Temple, an elegant ecclesiastical structure declared Kyoto’s most popular temple. Stroll the exquisitely beautiful Japanese garden and the celebrated Golden Pavilion before venturing to the next destination.

Satisfy cultural cravings at Kyoto Imperial Palace and marvel at the regal resplendence of the residence. Appreciate the simple and serene Japanese style as you explore opulent chambers and learn of ancient ceremonies that still occur within the walls.

Enjoy a moment of quiet reflection at the vibrant Fushimiinari Taisha Shrine then head to the Buddhist temple of Sanju-Sangendo Hall and gaze at the 1,000 life-size statues that inhabit the grand hall. Conclude your tour with a leisurely stroll down a charming lane lined with pottery shops and arrive at Kiyomizu Temple. Marvel at panoramic vistas of the city from the vertiginous vantage point of a lofty terrace then return to your comfortable vehicle for the relaxing journey on your way back.
Stop At:  
Nijo Castle
Duration: 50 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Kinkakuji Temple
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Kyoto Imperial Palace
Except Mondays
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Sanjusangendo Temple
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • At reception, please show your reservation confirmation sheet, a printout of the reservation confirmation e-mail, or show the e-mail on your mobile device screen to staff.
  • If the minimum number of participants (1) is not met by 4 days before the scheduled date, the tour on that date may be canceled.
  • To prevent infection, please participate wearing face masks.
  • On the day of the tour, a health check and temperature screening will be conducted. Those with a temperature of 37.5 and above as well as those who do not feel well may not be allowed to participate.
  • The Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed to visitors on the following days. As such, the tour will visit Kitano Tenmangu Shrine instead. If the closed day falls on the 25th, the tour will visit Nishi Hongan-ji Temple. (Mondays, Tuesday if Monday is a national holiday, and whenever there is an Imperial Household event) Nijo Castle is closed on Tuesdays in January, July, August, and December. (Closed on the following day if Tuesday is a holiday.) If closed, Ryoan-ji Temple will be visited instead.
  • Connections from this tour can be made to the "Kyoto Maiko Dinner" and "Kyoto Night Tour."
  • Participants will walk from the parking lot to Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine (about 15 min one-way). Thank you for your understanding.
  • The order of activities and arrival times may differ depending on road conditions and congestion at destinations.
  • Seats may not be designated.
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Depending on the number of tour participants, transportation to be used may be other than a large bus (mid-size bus, small bus), a hired car (van, minivan - MK Co., Ltd. or Yasaka Group), or a taxi.
  • For "2023 With Lunch" option, 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.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • For those that don't require lunch, please make a booking for the '2023 Without Lunch' plan (tour code: NG002S). The '2023 Without Lunch' plan provides customers with free time to eat on their own in the Kyoto Station area.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 44 travelers
  • OPERATED BY JTB Global Marketing & Travel Inc.
You can cancel up to 7 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 7 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • Any changes made less than 6 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • For a 50% refund, you must cancel 3–6 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Kyoto Highlights 1 Day Trip - Golden Pavilion and Kiyomizu Temple from Kyoto?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Kyoto Highlights 1 Day Trip - Golden Pavilion and Kiyomizu Temple from Kyoto?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Kyoto Highlights 1 Day Trip - Golden Pavilion and Kiyomizu Temple from Kyoto?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Kyoto Highlights 1 Day Trip - Golden Pavilion and Kiyomizu Temple from Kyoto?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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  • "Unless you are into temples, recommend you consider a half day tour." See review
  • "I recommend this trip to visit many sites in one day" See review
  • "This tour nails all the main sights in one day, and is a fantastic use of the day." See review

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Great overview of important sites in Kyoto
Marlon C
, Nov 2019
Tour included 6 sites on a busy holiday weekend. We had enough time at each to understand the significance of the site with history and other info provided by our guide. English language tour and the guide was excellent and spoke excellent English. She provided little bits of info about Japan in general and led the group in spite of the crowds to each site. I recommend this trip to visit many sites in one day
Excellent one day tour
, Nov 2019
Perfect day to discover Kyoto. our guide Yuki was were nice Lunch was excellent and organization went very well
Lost in Kyoto
Sasan R
, Oct 2019
I took a cab from Royal Park Hotel to the pickup place but the driver got lost and I missed the bus. I joined them two hours later. But then another passenger on the bus told me that she was also staying at the same hotel, and she was picked up from another hotel just 2 blocks away from our hotel. Why did the tour not inform me of the opportunity to be picked up 2 blocks away so I would not have to go through that hassle?! I had made my reservation 4 months earlier, and that other passenger only the night before!!!
Hits the big spots in one easy day!
, Jul 2019
We had ‘KC’ as our guide, he was fantastic. Knowledgable, entertaining and timely! This tour nails all the main sights in one day, and is a fantastic use of the day. You could achieve the same yourself, but you’d never receive the wealth of information given by the guide, or the efficiency of getting around and into places.
Best Tour
, Jun 2019
Michi was wonderful. She was efficient and knowledgeable. Full of energy despite the hot weather! We love the tour for covers the main highlights/attractions of Kyoto all in one day. Even the tour bus driver was pleasant and kind to take us all in our hotel for it rained at the end of the tour. The lunch was superb. Thank you Viator and JTB tours
Nice but too quick
, Jun 2019
The locations on the tour were good but the guide went too quickly and did not wait for the group to come together before starting to talk about the location/area of interest. Also the speaker unit was extremely soft so it was difficult to hear the guide. The other aspect that I did not like was the fact that the guide kept on telling the group to be on time back to the bus of they would be left behind and would need to catch up on their own - she never followed through with this and the same people made the group 10 minutes late the first time and almost 20 minutes late the second time. We almost missed our train back to Osaka since the people were late and the guide did not leave.
Great day out
, Jun 2019
We really enjoyed our tour in Kyoto. Our guide was excellent and gave us lots of information. The locations visited were very interesting and the Japanese lunch was great.
Great day in Kyoto
, Jun 2019
This tour was well organised & a great way to see the major sights of Kyoto. Our guide, Yumi, was excellent, very knowledgeable, friendly, humorous & helpful. The Japanese lunch was delightful.
Lovely temples
, Jun 2019
Full day tour is long and perhaps too rushed. Unless you are into temples, recommend you consider a half day tour. I have done this tour before and the guide was more informative.
Great Tour if Time is Limited
, Jun 2019
If your time is limited, but want to see all the major highlights of Kyoto without breaking the bank then this is the tour for you. However, if you are one to enjoy a lot of free time at each point of interest, then I recommend that you look elsewhere. Provided that this tour covers a lot of sites spread within Kyoto within a day's duration, many visits will feel rushed, but acceptable. Tour begins with meetup at the the tour's main office (Avanti Building near Kyoto Station) at specified time, then everyone makes a short 5 minute walk to the nearby bus terminal for boarding. Once on the bus, guide will provide day's itinerary and stress the importance of being on time for each visit return (e.g. like shinkansens and trains in Japan, punctuality is really important to many Japanese, so be respectful in this area). Like stated in prior reviews, day tours are usually broken up in three parts: morning session with one group / lunch / and afternoon session with another group. Therefore, don't be surprised that your tour guide may changed from morning to afternoon. For our visit, we were fortunate to have the same tour guide (Yuki who spoke excellent English) for both sessions. After morning session is complete, bus will bring you to a Japanese restaurant near the bus terminal where you will be served a Japanese Lunch (not sure if a Western Lunch is an option). Prior and during lunch, you will be provided by clear instructions by guide of where to meetup for the afternoon session. At conclusion of tour, for lucky few depending on where your lodging accommodations are will be provided drop-off by bus, for all others, you will be dropped off at Kyoto Station where you can take a taxi, local bus, or train back to your hotel. All in all, I enjoyed the tour as it provided me a preview of many locations at a reasonable cost, where I could later decide to revisit certain sites with my family at our own pace (e.g. Fushimi Inari) if we enjoyed it during the tour.
Review of the tour to 2019Nijo Castle-Kinkakuji temple-Kyoto Imperial-Fushimiinari Taisha Shirine
, May 2019
The two guides were very good to explain details of the history. Time is very strict. However, as the places we visited were so crowded, we could not enjoy it.
Nijo Castle tour
, May 2019
It was a decent tour. Covered a lot of sites in a single trip.The only issues were that the pick up process was fairly long. And it is actually two separate tours. So you do the first tour, and then lunch and then have to meet the second tour at a different location. The lunch was good, but then they told us to meet in front of the restaurant at 1:00, so we went for a walk around the area and came back at 10 to one. When we got back, everyone was gone and we just got lucky in that we saw some of the people for the tour across the road at a different bus stop. When we got overt to the bu, they said we were to be in front of the lunch restaurant at 12:45, which was different than what we were told after the morning tour. We almost missed the afternoon portion due to this error on their part. And it was an error on their part. All of the people continuing the tour for the afternoon hear the same instructions as we had, which was to be at the front of the restaurant at 1:00. It all worked out, but if you are taking this full day tour, be aware that it is actually two tours, and you have to be at the front of the restaurant at 12:45, for a 1:00 bus departure.
Great Kyoto Highlights and Tour Guide
, May 2019
Our Tour guide Jun-san was so friendly and knows a lot of history about Kyoto. Her English is great as well. Lunch was great food and good ambiance. Worth a try if you want to see the Kyoto Highlights. I just wish that not much people in Fushimi Inari.
, Apr 2019
Great trip to see the Japanese culture and shrines temples etc. Need to come again to see what I missed.
Great tour.
, Mar 2019
Amazing sights. Tour guide was wonderful, she was very informative and helpful. She gave clear instructions, meeting times and places for each place we visited. Highly recommend.
, Jan 2019
Very nice places. Good guide. Will go back to these places again...timing is punctual & meet up point is very convenient.
awesome day in Kyoto
Luis M
, Nov 2018
Well organized, on time. Very professional. both guides were superb!! really worth it, historic visits.
great day
, Oct 2018
Gucci our guide was very good fun and very patient with our many questions. We managed to see a lot of Kyoto. in a relatively short time. Such a beautiful place. Thank you
History , the guide was very...
, May 2018
History , the guide was very knowledgable. excellent, highly recommended . excellent.
Definitely recommended! The tour was...
, Apr 2018
Definitely recommended! The tour was fun and it took us the most fascinating places in Kyoto. Kyoto is indeed have a lot of beautiful and historical things to offer. I had so much fun and learned a lot fo things about Kyoto although i have to say that one day tour is somehow isn't enough to explore Kyoto.

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