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Kyoto Imperial Palace & World Culture Heritage Sites Tour

by Etsuko
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3h $ 85 Price up to 3 people


  • 1.Kyoto Imperial Palace
  • 2.NIjo Castle
  • 3.Kiyomizu Temple(Temple of Clean-Water)
  • 4.Kinkakuji Temple(Temple of Golden Pavilion)
  • 5.Ryoanji Temple(Temple of Stone Garden)
  • 6.Honganji Temple(Temple of the Original Vow)
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84.60 USD

Price up to 3 people
FREE cancellation 14 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra hour.
$ 28.20


Kyoto is an ancient capital of Japan and the center of her civilization for over a thousand year.The Imperial Family had resided here until 1869 when the seat of the court was transferred to Tokyo.Kyoto is also a religious center of Japan.There are about 1600 Buddhist temples and some 300 Shinto Shrines.

What to Expect

This is a sight-seeing tour of Kyoto Imperial Palace and the World Cultural Heritage Sitles.
These six spots listed below are very accessible because they are located within the Kyoto City.
You can visit 2 to 3 spots in 3 hours.

1.Kyoto Imperial Palace:You can see "Coronation Hall",O-tsune-Goten where Emperor Meiji lived till 1869,Seiryoden which was the Emperor's private residence in Heian Period and imperial gardens.
2.Nijo Castle:The Castle was built by Ieyasu Tokugawa,the 1st Shogun of the Tokugawa Shogunate in 1963 and served as the Kyoto residence of Tokugawa Shoguns and their messengers.
3.Kiyomizu Temple:The main hall has a unique structural style standing on a cliff.From its platform a panoramic view of Kyoto can be enjoyed.
4.Kinkakuji Temple(Temple of Golden Pavilion):Golden Pavilion stands in its beautiful garden.
5.Ryoanji Temple(Temple of Stone Garden) :A temple of Zen sect of Buddhism noted for its five-hundred-year old rock garden.
6.Honganji Temple:A headquarters of the Jodo Shinshu Sect of Buddhism.

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Organized by Etsuko

Licensed Guide
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  • 1.Kyoto Imperial Palace
  • 2.NIjo Castle
  • 3.Kiyomizu Temple(Temple of Clean-Water)
  • 4.Kinkakuji Temple(Temple of Golden Pavilion)
  • 5.Ryoanji Temple(Temple of Stone Garden)
  • 6.Honganji Temple(Temple of the Original Vow)


・Make resavation by 6:00 PM on previous day.
・This tour available on Wednesday only.
・Rain or Shine,this tour is conducted.
・Children under 5 years old are free.
・For transportation,a taxi or a hire(¥2000/0.5h) is recommended for the reason of economy of time and energy.

What‘s included
Guide fee
Hotel pickup in Kyoto City
What‘s not included
Your entrance fees
Transportation fee(you and guide)
Meeting Point
At your hotel in Kyoto City
Ending Point
The same as above
3 hours
Starting time
10:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 3 people   Flexible

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make changes after I book?

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email

Starting and ending points of the tour.

After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.

What happens after I book a tour?

After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.

Is the price per person or per group?

The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.

Can I add more people to my booking?

Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel at least 14 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
  • If you cancel between 2 and 13 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 20% charge.
  • If you cancel within 1 day prior to the meeting date, there is a 40% charge.
  • If you cancel on the meeting date, there is no refund.

About Etsuko

Licensed Guide

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Contact Etsuko
Languages spoken
  • English ( License )

Ladies and Gentlemen from overseas,
Welcome to Kyoto!!
I'm Eko, a nationally licensed guide with 20 years ' experience.
 I was born, brought up and have been living near the Nijo Castle in Kyoto except 3 years I studied at UCLA in USA. After I came back to Kyoto, I began this guide business but at the same time I taught English at college. Meanwhile, I established a culture school where you can study all kinds of Japanese culture such as tea ceremony, flower arrangement, kimono-wearing, koto music and taisho-goto music, etc.
Now I retired college and am going to resume this guide business with three reasons: 1) To return favor to the people of the world who were very nice to me. 2) For my own good health-- walking is the best for this purpose. 3) To make a chance for tourists to talk with local Kyoto people in English.
I'd like to show you my home town, "Nijo Castle Town".
This area used to be a kimono producing center where many of the inhabitants engaged in kimono business and the best kimono was made here in Kyoto. Even the Empresses’ kimono was ordered from Kyoto.
Let me show you the Nijo Castle Town”. Detailed information on this tour, look at the Photo Gallery. You’ll know where you’ll be taken.

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Reviews ( 1 )

3 months ago |   by Gabriella

“ Most wonderful, elegant and kind guide ”

Etsuko was the MOST wonderful guide! She arrived at my hotel and swept me off to go to Inari Fushi and other places, and despite the rain and masses of people we had a truly lovely morning together. If you would like to see a glimpse of Kyoto with somebody who has lived there for a long time, and seen many changes -mixed with the openess of somebody who has travelled to the other side of the world- then she is your perfect guide! She has a huge amount of historical and cultural knowledge to tap into, and is happy to share it with you if you like, or to let you soak up the beauty of a place in peace. We talked about so many different things and I really got a bit more understanding about the Japanese culture and a sense of how society works; which is so important to me as a traveller and possible because her English is so good. Kyoto is so beautiful but understood through the eyes of someone living there, even more fascinating. She went far and beyond the call of duty to see that I was comfortable and made sure I had a bite to eat and got back into the right train to Tokyo too! I will keep in touch with her and wish her every success in her ‘new’ guide career and recommend her most highly. Thank you Etsuko for a memorable day in Kyoto!

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