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

(18) 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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Price up to 4 people
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$ 26.70
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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: 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),
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 ( 18 )
Michael Michael United States ( Couple )
Excellent
1 day ago

“ Excellent Kyoto highlights tour ”

We spent 8 hrs with Takatoshi and stopped at five Kyoto sites including a stop for lunch. We greatly appreciated his teaching us about Japanese history and culture, how to navigate the Kyoto transit system, and restaurant etiquette! He was very patient with us and a willing photographer in the busiest sites in Kyoto. He also provided invaluable help when we found ourselves observing a ceremony at Chion-in. After a day with Takatoshi, we felt well prepared for the remainder of our vacation. Thank you!

Takatoshi:

Dear Michael-san, Thank you for your very positive review to my Kyoto tour in 8 hours. I also spent a nice time with you both in all places visited. It was a good occasion in Chion-in having a ritual ceremony which was first time for me. I am anytime ready for both of you to make a tour in the Kasai area.Looking forward to seeing you again in near future. Sincerely yours, Takatoshi

Elsie Elsie Australia ( Solo )
Excellent
5 days ago

“ Temples, food and sake ”

If you are looking for a fun knowledgeable guide this is guy for you! I was finding it hard to do a food tour and he custom made one up for me for Osaka. He took me to a brilliant Sake tasting place and to some great food places! I never would have been able to do this on my own without Takatoshi. As a solo traveler it can be difficult and also language barrier trying to eat out. He was fantastic the whole time. I learnt so much about the temple, and also about eating and drinking habits when out. Like vodka with hot water. I have never heard of this! It was great for someone to explain these things! Please do not hesitate in contacting him. If I ever come back I will definitely hire him for a guide for Nara. Highly recommend. You will have a great time whatever it is you d... read more

Takatoshi:

Dear Elsie-san, Thank you very much for your very positive review on my Osaka tour. I hope you could have a nice stay in Nara as well. As we have talked, tasting for drinking and eating of any country would be best understanding of culture,history and people in the country. I really appreciate it if you could come again in near future to see among cities in the west Japan. Awaiting your next visit to Japan !

Paul Paul United Kingdom ( Family )
Excellent
6 days ago

“ Our day with takatoshi ”

The day was excellent , wonderful sights made far more interesting by the knowledge provided by a wonderful guide

Takatoshi:

Thank you very much for your very positive review. I also had a nice time with you in Kyoto. Have a wonderful time in the rest time in Japan! Hope we may see you again in anywhere !

Mark Mark United States ( Couple )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Great day with Takatoshi ”

Takatoshi was an exceptional tour guide. He exceeded our expectations and took great care of us. We went everywhere we had wanted to and more. He was so knowledgeable of Japan and it’s rich history and we learned so much from him . His enthusiasm for his country was very apparent.. He made our day exceptional and we can’t thank him enough. We will always remember our time in Kyoto with great fondness. Anybody that has Takatoshi as their guide will be in for a memorable time.

Takatoshi:

Dear Mark san & Julie san, Thank you very much for your review with best score.I really appreciate spending time with you in Kyoto. I wish soonest recovery from Julie san's uncle problem and hope you have a nice day too in Nara next day and a further wonderful trip in Japan. May have you and your family's good health as well as prosperity in future. Looking forward to seeing you again anywhere in this globe . Sincerely yours, Takatoshi

Sarah Sarah United States ( Friends )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Great day in Nara! ”

The tour was great and so was Takatoshi! He met us at the train station and we walked around Nara for the day! It was so nice to not have to worry about figuring out where to go by ourselves. The place we went for lunch was one of my favorite meals in Japan. Takatoshi was very nice and a great guide!

Takatoshi:

Dear Sarah san, Thank you very much for your very positive review and for sharing your time with my tour. It was also nice time for me having strolling in Nara . I guess you already start new semester after your return. I wish your good health and prosperity in future. Looking forward to seeing you again anywhere in this globe . Takatoshi

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