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.

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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. 

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3. Philosopher’s Walk

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

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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.

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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.

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5. Gion 

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

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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.

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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


12 Jan 2016

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Recent Tour Reviews in Kyoto

“ An enjoyable day in Kyoto ”

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6 hours ago Traveler: Andy -   Tour Guide: Kenji

Kenji was very prompt, patient and professional. He explained the history of places that we visited, took us through secret routes for pictures and great local restaurant for dons. I would highly recommend Kenji as your guide.
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9 hours ago Traveler: Erin -   Tour Guide: Yasuna

Yasuna was a great guide who accommodated our request to start our tour earlier and avoid crowds. She took us to 3 temples and told us the history and information about Kyoto. She was kind and knew her way around the city. She gave us directions on how to navigate the public transit and answered all our questions. Plus she gave us the cutest origami leaves with our names on them! Great day in Kyot...
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1 day ago Traveler: Jeffrey -   Tour Guide: MAKOTO

Mak was great - we saw the Nijo-Jo castle and the Golden Pavilion and 2 other wonderful sites. We ate an authentic Japanese lunch and we even had green tea ice cream. Mak is knowledgeable and communicates well. WE glided about the city in cabs and even took the metro. I would use Mak again and will recommend him to any of my friends who travel to Japan.
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“ Satisfied! ”

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1 day ago Traveler: BoonKiat -   Tour Guide: Moe

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1 day ago Traveler: Divya -   Tour Guide: Koichi

When we initially met Koichi, he was just a guide. By the time we left Kyoto, he was a family member. Koichi is a kind, generous, and hospitable man who sees guiding as his calling. He met us at Ippudo and then we toured Western Kyoto (Arashiyama bamboo forest, monkey park, and boating on the Hozugawa river). I was struck by his genuine kindness. For example, when I mentioned I was afraid to f...
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1 day ago Traveler: Camilla -   Tour Guide: Lisa

Lisa was absolutly amazing, kind, easygoing, and so good with all the rich information about the coulture and history. We were so lucky to Have her in Kyoto! We wanted to keep her for at least two more days! Took us to an excellent restaurant and gave us so many tips about everything. We are grateful! Thank you Lisa!!!
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“ Great day in Kyoto ”

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2 days ago Traveler: Deborah -   Tour Guide: Toshi

We thoroughly enjoyed our day with Toshi in Kyoto. I sent him a list of the places we were hoping to visit and he arranged an itinerary to fit. He was able to also fit in some places we would not have thought to visit, like the Okochi Sanso garden, which was one of the highlights of the day.
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2 days ago Traveler: Maria -   Tour Guide: Toshiyo

Toshiyo was patient, very knowledgeable, kind, friendly, and considerate. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! We had about 8 main must see places on our list and we saw all, but 1 because of the time constraint (we arrived late from Tokyo). With the complex and multiple modes of transportation between the places we wanted to see, we would’ve never been able to accomplish this without her! It was a particularl...
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2 days ago Traveler: Linda -   Tour Guide: Hiroko

Hiroko and I had been communicating through Triple Lights for a few months before my trip. I took the Shinkansen from Kobe to Kyoto, and recognized Hiroko right away. It was like seeing a long-lost friend! She is warm, generous, speaks perfect English and loves to smile and share her love for Japan. We went to the Torii Gates, to the Kennin-ji temple, the oldest Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto, w...
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“ One day tour of Kyoto ”

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2 days ago Traveler: Reenu -   Tour Guide: Mari

Mari was excellent! She was timely and organized and did her best to show us all the sites in Kyoto in one day (9 hours). She was excellent with her communication and provided insight into the sites we were visiting. I really liked the fact that she wanted to make sure everyone was having a good time. The only thing I would recommend for anyone traveling is perhaps limit the number of sites you ar...
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