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

(9) Reviews
8h $ 214 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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$ 17.80
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$ 26.70

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: 2,000JPY/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),
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 ( 9 )
Donald Donald United States ( Couple )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Personalized tour of Kyoto ”

Takatoshi worked very diligently to plan a perfect day for my husband and me on our first visit to Kyoto. We exchanged several emails prior to our arrival and found the perfect balance of temples, everyday life, transportation methods and historical sights. His pace allowed for understanding and appreciation of the many facets of Kyoto. Seeing the beautiful colors of the Fall maples was an additional bonus. Not only did he take lovely photos of us at memorable places but he also prepared a trip summary and forwarded all the other photos that he took. He is a good conversationalist and made us feel very comfortable. Booking with him was an excellent decision.

Takatoshi:

Dear Jane-san, Donald-san, Thank you very much again for sharing your time with me and I really appreciate your kind review to my tour. I have concerned legs of Don-san due to a long walking journey during a whole day, because I tried to show you nice places within a limited time as much as possible. Not only places in Kyoto, but also many fantastic places in Nara, Aska are welcoming your visit in near future. I wish your both healthy condition so to meet again any places in Japan. May soonest recovery of Don-san's legs and safely return to your home. Thank you very much again and looking forward to seeing you again! Sincerely yours, Takatoshi

Guia Guia Philippines ( Family )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Very interesting! ”

Takatoshi-san is a very well-informed guide during our one-day tour in Kyoto. I would highly recommend this for people who want to learn more about Japanese culture.

Takatoshi:

Dear Guia-san, Thank you very much for your positive review on my tour yesterday. I really appreciate you and your son of cooperation to do my tour on time. I look forward to seeing you possibly in Nara again to show you in my home town. You are always welcome to Japan and looking forward to seeing you again in near future. Sincerely yours, Takatoshi

Andy Andy United States ( Solo )
Excellent
3 weeks ago

“ Osaka- 6 century to now ”

Takatoshi was very professional, courteous and patient. He shared with us the history of places we visited, took pictures for us and arranged the best routes for our tour. I highly recommend Takatoshi as your guide.

Takatoshi:

Andy-san, Thank you for your quick comment to my tour. But your comment was cut, because you had used ‘at mark’ on this message. It is not allowed to use ‘at mark’ not telephone number as I had once informed when I introduced some restaurant near from your hotel. If you send comment message, please try to send it without ‘ at mark ‘. Thank you for your understanding. Takatoshi

James James United States ( Solo )
Excellent
3 weeks ago

“ Kyoto was a delight, and so was Takatoshi!! ”

I had a great tour of the several temples and shrines of Kyoto. Takatoshi mostly customized the itinerary so the days were very well organized. He was energetic and knowledgable, with a very warm personality. He was so disarming that when taking my photo, he even got me to openly smile (with my teeth) which I don't usually do! Definitely recommended! Thanks, Takatoshi!

Takatoshi:

Dear James-san, Thank you very much again your booking to my tour in Kyoto this time and I highly appreciate your positive comment of today. It was great time with you for two days in Kyoto and I have learned many things especially how to take a photo with having a customers satisfaction. In near future, I really look forward to having tour again with you, and also together with your partner, anywhere in the west Japan,ie. Nara, Osaka, Kyoto You are always welcome to Japan and please let me know when you have a chance to visit Japan again. Hope we will see you soon ! Thank you very much again and I remain, Takatoshi

Wendy Wendy United States ( Friends )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Fascinating day in Kyoto ”

Takatoshi-san was very personable, polite, and knowledgeable. He had a full agenda with handouts and a history lesson to help us appreciate what we were seeing. He had suggestions for best place for photos, zipped us to the head of ticket lines and taught us how to use the subway and buses so we had no problem getting around the next day on our own. He also helped us with information on places we wanted to see the next day. We could never have seen so much in one day without his help.

Takatoshi:

Dear Wendy-san, Thank you for sharing your time yesterday and your soonest review on my tour. I appreciate your positive comments with five stars score, although you may be very busy on preparation for next travel place. I hope we will meet again in near future and preferably in Nara or Aska area as for the place of establishment of Japan. I wish your all four member nice further journey and safely back to homes. Sincerely yours, Takatoshi P/s)Photos are sent separately this week end when I finish my this week tour.

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