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Kyoto, Highlight One Day Tour; Nijo Castle,Golden Pavilion,Ryoanji Temple, Nishiki Market

(26) Reviews
8h $ 282 Price up to 4 people

Highlights

  • Nijo Castle : Built in the beg.17th Century and it was used as the residence of Tokugawa shoguns in Kyoto.In 1867, it was the stage for the declaration by Tokugawa Yoshinobu, returning the authority to the Imperial Court. The palace grounds are large with several beautiful gardens as well as groves of plum and cherry trees.
  • Kinkakuji Temple(Golden Pavilion): This is a three storied Zen temple whose top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf.
  • Ryoanji Temple: It is a Zen temeple with the most famous dry landscape garden. Originally an aristocrat's villa during the Heian Period, the site was converted into a Zen temple in 1450.
  • Nishiki Market: It is Kyoto’s largest traditional food market which is is a narrow, five block long shopping arcade lined by more than one hundred shops and restaurants.

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282.00 USD

Price up to 4 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra hour.
$ 28.20

Overview

Kyoto was the capital of Japan and home of the Imperial Court for more over 1,000 years,AD794 - AD1868. Countless temples, shrines and other historically structures including 17 world heritage sites survive in the city today.

What to Expect

Nijo Castle is the stage of the opening and closing ceremonies of the last feudal period, theEdo period. It is also the starting point of the modern Japan. A traditional landscape garden with a large pond, ornamental stones and manicured pine trees extends outside the palace. Kinkakuji Temple(Golden Pavilion) , the temple structure and its garden designed for strolling are representative of Muromachi-period(14th-16th centuries) . Ryoanji temple is a calm Zen training temple with its simple and remarkable dry landscape garden. It is completely different from the traditional pond-strolling gardens of Nijo Castle.
Ryoanji and Kinkakuji were built around the same period, so the contrast between them will surely arouse your interest. Visitors will find the two different faces of structure in the temple and the garden gorgeous and simple, even though it was the same period of Muromachi period.

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Highlights

  • Nijo Castle : Built in the beg.17th Century and it was used as the residence of Tokugawa shoguns in Kyoto.In 1867, it was the stage for the declaration by Tokugawa Yoshinobu, returning the authority to the Imperial Court. The palace grounds are large with several beautiful gardens as well as groves of plum and cherry trees.
  • Kinkakuji Temple(Golden Pavilion): This is a three storied Zen temple whose top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf.
  • Ryoanji Temple: It is a Zen temeple with the most famous dry landscape garden. Originally an aristocrat's villa during the Heian Period, the site was converted into a Zen temple in 1450.
  • Nishiki Market: It is Kyoto’s largest traditional food market which is is a narrow, five block long shopping arcade lined by more than one hundred shops and restaurants.

Important

7days are requested prior to the date of guiding.
Overtime fee: 3,000JPY/Hour

Japanese garden are two distinct types : A pond gardens designed for strolling which are historically, attached to the estates of aristocrats or feudal lord, and a dry landscape gardens(also known as a rock garden) are typically associated with Zen Buddhism, thus some famous Zen temple have this type of garden.
The 1,000years of Kyoto has several different periods like Heian, Kamakura, Muromachi, Edo. The ruler has changed many times during these period but the Tenno (Emperor) of the Japanese imperial line has been succeeded by the male bloodline since the first Emperor Jinmu to the hundered and twenty-fifth present Emperor (so-called `unbroken line of Emperors,' read more

What‘s included
Guide fee, Hotel pick-up in Kyoto city area.
What‘s not included
transportation fee(you and guide), lunch, dinner,entrance fee. ex)
One day ticket of subway & Kyoto city Bus; JPY900 (adult)
Admission fee : Nijo castle JPY600(adult),Kinkakuji Temple JPY400(adult),Ryoanji Temple JPY500(adult),
Insurance policy:No insurance.No responsibility for accidents.
Meeting Point
KYOTO station or at your hotel in Kyoto.
Ending Point
KYOTO station or at your hotel in Kyoto.
Duration
8 hours
Starting time
09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 4 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 in the first 14 day(s) before the meeting date ,there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting date ,there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 26 )
David David United States ( Couple )
Excellent
22 hours ago

“ Awesome day in Nara! ”

This was such a great day in Nara. Takatoshi took us all over, showing us the highlights and adding a lot of history and depth at each location. He was able to answer every question we had about the different places with great detail which I really liked. He also knows the city since he lives in the area and was able to take us to cool places that I would never have even known existed. His English proficiency is also one of the best we had in Japan which makes a huge difference. If you are thinking of doing a half day/day in Nara, hire Takatoshi. Seriously, you will not regret it.

Takatoshi:

Thank you for your positive and kind comment to my Nara tour. I really appreciate having a time with you and your wife on that day, though the temperature was more than 32 degree and high humid . If we could have more time, I would be glad to show you other places, but I will expect your next opportunity among any city in the west Japan. I wish your nice further journey in Japan and your safely back to your home. I have already sent pictures taken by me to you address. Hope you have well received it.

CHETAN CHETAN India ( Family with kids )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Enthralling Experience Of Nara with Takatoshi san.. ”

Takatoshi san, the licensed Guide at Nara took us around Nara. His experience and knowledge about this ancient capital of Japan elevates our understanding of this land that was the center of administration during the Asuka period. The Land of the Rising Sun unfolds several wonders at once. The Deer Park, famous Todaiji Temple dedicated to Lord Buddha, Shinto shrines that primarily believe in nature worship and rugged stone lanterns radiate history, faith and Takatoshi san gently shared with us the story about when and how the shrines were built. The strength of architecture of the past can be seen even though renovation through centuries has kept the structures stand as they do today. Takatoshi san enlightened us on the difference between Shintoism and Buddhism, how devotees bow and pray ... read more

Takatoshi:

Dear Chrtan san,Thank you for your nice review to my tour in Nara. I had also spent a nice time with you and your family on that day. I hope you could have a beautiful journey this visit to Japan. I wish you come to again even more ancient time place of Asuka area where is foundation place of Japan. As I told you , we have a close relation ship with India in terms of religious and culture things. Hopefully, we look forward seeing you again in near future. You or your family are expected to come here . Thank you again for your choosing my tour and sharing your time with me !

Vai Vai United States ( Family )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Memorable visit to Kyoto ”

Takatoshi-San was wonderful and took to all the places according to our interests - he came earlier to the train station and received us right outside the train- he answered all our questions and even helped me find a good bottle of sake. I would highly recommend him.

Takatoshi:

Thank you for your kind and review. I say also thank you for your short visit to Kyoto early morning from Tokyo and sharing your time with my tour. I look forward to seeing you next time maybe in Nara. Have a nice further journey and safely back to your home.

Theresa Theresa United States ( Family )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Afternoon in Kyoto ”

Spent an afternoon seeing temples and shrines. Takatoshi was very organized and pleasant with a vast knowledge of all Kyoto had to offer. We really enjoyed our time with him and would book again!

Takatoshi:

Thank you for your nice and positive review to my tour. It was also pleasant time with you and your family. I really await you and your family's next visit again in Nara, Asuka and Kyoto. As I sent photos with comment, I will anytime help with your son in Tokyo and please ask him to contact me if he needs.

Lawrence Lawrence United States ( Couple )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Knowledgeable guide for Kyoto sights. ”

Takatoshi met us at our hotel and led us to see several Kyoto highlights, such as Nijo Castle, Golden Pavilion, Ryoanji Temple, and the bamboo pathway. Takatoshi was a wealth of information about Kyoto and suggested some close-by tours of Uji and Nara as well. We really enjoyed learning the history of Kyoto with such an experienced guide!

Takatoshi:

Thank you for your glowing review which is and will be reffered to my future guiding. Hopefully , you had visited either Uji or Nara, if it was not , I expect you to come again in Japan . It was nice and wonderful time with you . Thank you again sharing your time with my guide tour in Kyoto.

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