Full Day Kyoto Tour - The Most Popular Sights of Ancient Kyoto

by Luke - TripleLights travel specialist

We introduce the most popular itineraries amongst our customers who choose tours on Triplelights. We hope it helps you to plan your perfect itinerary during your trip to Japan. In our nineteenth post of the series, we focus on the most popular sights around Kyoto.

 

In this eight hour full day itinerary, we visit the Temple of the Golden Pavilion, the Temple of the Silver Pavilion, before losing ourselves to deep thought as we wander down Philosopher’s Walk. Finally, we explore the interesting attractions at Kiyomizu-Dera, before finally taking a stroll around the historic area of Gion.

 

1. Kinkakuji

Full Day Kyoto Tour - The Most Popular Sights of Ancient Kyoto

A World Heritage Site, and perhaps one of the most beatiful temples in Japan. Kyokochi Pond which sits below the temple reflects the shine of gold like a mirror, and is simply incredible to look out during a winter season that has brought with it snow. But, you can enjoy Kinkaku all year around, when the temple itself stands out against a backdrop of seasonal nature.

More Information 

 

2. Ginkakuji

Full Day Kyoto Tour - The Most Popular Sights of Ancient Kyoto

Experience traditional Japanese culture at Ginkakuji, otherwise known as the Temple of the Silver Pavilion. Tea ceremony, Noh drama, and flower arranging can be enjoyed here. Beautiful landscape gardens and a strolling pond garden help to representative Higashiyama culture. 

More Information

 

3. Philosopher’s Walk

Full Day Kyoto Tour - The Most Popular Sights of Ancient Kyoto

(image by flickr.com)

This impressive 1.5km walking path can be enjoyed throughout the year, and the changing of seasons make it a place worth visiting numerous times. Passing shrines and temples along the way, this sacred path has been nominated as one of the best 100 streets in Japan. Completed in the Meiji Era, Philosopher’s Walk remains a highlight of any trip to Kyoto.

More Information

  

4. Kiyomizu-Dera

Take the Kiyomisu-zaka road through winding streets of small souvenir shops to the top of Mt. Kiyomizu, and atop you will find this incredible World Heritage temple. The temple is stunning, and includes a variety of sights and things to do, including entering the ‘womb’ of Daizuigu Bosatsu, taking part in old traditions, and exploring the Moon Garden. The view from Kiyomizu-dera is another feature that makes this temple one of the most visited spots in Kyoto.

More Information

 

5. Gion 

Full Day Kyoto Tour - The Most Popular Sights of Ancient Kyoto

(image by flickr.com)

A wander through the streets of Gion offers a chance to see a true representation of old Kyoto, in the style of maiko and geisha dressed in kimono. The rest of the streets here feature old houses, small restaurants, and tea houses, making it a great place to soak up the traditional atmosphere of a historic Kyoto.

More Information

Need help planning your trip to Kyoto ?

If you are interested to know more and save your time during your trip to Kyoto, You can send a message to our local guides to get a customized itinerary and quotation for an unforgettable experience.

In the TripleLights website you can find the best professional guides all over Japan to help you plan your trip. Check our local guides for Kyoto


Plan your trip to Kyoto

Chat with a local tour guide who can help organize your trip.
Get Started

Recent Tour Reviews in Kyoto

“ Evening walk kyoto ”

Luar biasa
1 hour ago Traveler: Ramya -   Tour Guide: Kazuhiko

Our walking tour of kyoto on the evening of 26th November with the guidance of Mr.Kazuhiko, we visited the enchanting Tori gate shrine of Fushimi Inari and the enthralling Kiomizudera with its beautiful illumination. Mr.Kazuhiko is an excellent guide with facts & figures about kyoto and surroundings. We were pleasantly surprised to see the similarities between the Indian & japanese traditions ...
read more

“ Day Visit to Kyoto - 25 November 2019 ”

Luar biasa
3 hours ago Traveler: Anne -   Tour Guide: TOMOE

We docked at Kobe cruise port on 25 November 2019 and then took the Shinkansen to Kyoto. Prior to arriving, Tomoe had been very patient with our enquiries and was very informative with instructions as to how best to get to Kyoto by public transport. We also discussed many options of places to visit in Kyoto especially to see the temple/gardens with spectacular autumn colours. Tomoe helped us ac...
read more

“ BEST KYOTO GUIDE ”

Luar biasa
10 hours ago Traveler: Margaret -   Tour Guide: Kazuhiko

Kazu was a knowledgable and friendly guide with terrific preparation of interesting facts that ensured our Kyoto tours were packed full of interest. His English is excellent. He did not walk fast but managed to cover all our requested site visits in a relaxing and enjoyable way within a reasonable time schedule. He chose different styles of outstanding lunch restaurants. He would definitely be our...
read more

“ Day trip in Kyoto with Yasuro. ”

Luar biasa
13 hours ago Traveler: Tony -   Tour Guide: Yasuro

Hi. My family and I recently traveled to Tokyo for a one week stay. While there we arranged, through TripleLights, for several day tours. One of our tours, a day tour from Tokyo to Kyoto, was arranged and chaperoned by Yasuro. He picked us up at our hotel in Diaba at 7 AM sharp and we took the Shinkansen to Kyoto and back. Yasuro had planned an itinerary that included a number of sites we ...
read more

“ Kyoto 1 Day Tour ”

Luar biasa
23 hours ago Traveler: Lindy -   Tour Guide: Hiroyuki

Mr Hiroyuki is patience and the journey was well planned and not in a rush. He shared the culture and history for each place of interest which things we definitely will not know of. We enjoyed our day tour with him and will look for him again if we are going to different parts of Japan.
read more

“ Excellent Day With Mana ”

Luar biasa
1 day ago Traveler: Tony -   Tour Guide: Mana

We met Mana at Kyoto Station at 9am at Kyoto Station at the scheduled time, then started a day of touring Kyoto city, which included Bamboo place. Over all we had an excellent day with Mana. She prepared the day well in advanced. She took us to where we agreed to visit, and explained about each place we visited in detail. We also understood a lot more about Japanese culture and how they live their...
read more

“ Wonderful tour! I would give 6 stars if I could! ”

Luar biasa
1 day ago Traveler: Edward -   Tour Guide: ERIC

My wife and I were traveling to the Kyoto area for the first time, and we really wanted a well-informed tour guide given how much there is to do and see in this area. Eric was very well-rated for this region, and we could not have been happier with having had him as our tour guide. In the span of just over 8 hours, Eric took us to multiple historic sites and tourist attractions around Kyoto as wel...
read more

“ Amazing day in Kyoto ”

Luar biasa
1 day ago Traveler: Louise -   Tour Guide: Mari

As promised she met us in a timely manner at the port and proceed to guide us to our day trip in Kyoto. She always made sure the 7 of us were taken care of. During various stops she shared her knowledge about the visited places. She was flexible with the group's choice to eat locally rather than a sit down rstaurant for lunch. We saw all the sites as outlined and never felt rushed. Her command of...
read more

“ Good and efficient guide ”

Luar biasa
2 days ago Traveler: Sonya -   Tour Guide: Hiroyuki

Guide knowledge is great . Familiar with the tour package he offers
read more

“ Wonderful 1st visit to Kyoto ”

Luar biasa
4 days ago Traveler: Krystal -   Tour Guide: Masaki

First time visit to Kyoto to see autumn foliage and we chosen Makoon as our guide. He made a allergy card for my mum as it could be useful for my mum while we are in japan. We went to Arashiyama and we loved it. He shared with us his knowledge of Japanese culture and Kyoto history. The one day tour with Makoon as our guide is totally worth it. He took some pictures of us and these picture are memo...
read more

Related cities

Plan your trip to Kyoto

Chat with a local tour guide who can help organize your trip.
Get Started