Architecture & gardens of Kyoto historic castles
Visiting magnificent Kinkaku-ji & Kyoto Imperial Palace
Marvelling at renowned ancient shrines & temples
Learning about the spiritual lifestyle of the imperial era
Exploration of uniquely landscaped green spaces
About this activity
What's included, what's not
Guided tour of Kyoto
Live tour commentary provided in English
Lunch: A set menu meal
Drinks, bottled water and snacks
What you can expect
Spend a full day discovering the best sights Kyoto has to offer, including grand castles and sacred temples. These spectacular attractions make your time in Kyoto an unforgettable experience.
Proceed first to Nijo Castle, where you detect the notable contrast between its solemn exterior appearance and gorgeous interiors. Be sure to pass through its beautiful gardens, whose floral diversity displays vibrant colours.
Continue your journey with a stop at Kinkaku-ji – also called the Temple of the Golden Pavilion – a Buddhist Japanese temple with a famously exquisite Japanese-style garden. Founded in 1397, the top two levels of this elegant structure are adorned with intricate gold-leaf gilding that is sure to dazzle.
Travel next to the ancient Kyoto Imperial Palace, the home of the imperial family for over 1,000 years, which has been preserved since the time of Japan’s ancient dynasties. Break and enjoy a delicious buffet lunch.
Afternoon tour will visit Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine at the beginning, chosen on a travel website as the number 1 sightseeing spot people want to see in Japan. This spot is known for its thousands of brilliant red torii gates, called Senbon Torii.
Stop and view the Goddess of Mercy to see a collection of 1,001 statues of this important figure that date from the 13th century. Finally, walk down a charming old lane filled with local retailers that leads to Kiyomizu-dera – the Pure Water Temple – and enjoy spectacular views before heading back.