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Comprehensive Nijo castle & Kyoto highlights

by Rick
(6) Reviews
6h $ 166 Price up to 5 people


  • Nijo castle
  • Kyoto Imperial Palace
  • Nishiki market
  • Option: Gion amusement quarter (+1.5h)

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165.60 USD

Price up to 5 people
FREE cancellation 14 days prior

Extras (optional)

Option (Gion amusement quarter 1.5h).
$ 41.40
Extra person.
$ 41.40


Nijo castle is not just an old castle but it is a great showcase of Japanese art, history and architecture. Kyoto certified tourgude Rick will explain deep inside of this Nijo castle taking double time of standard tour. After that we will visit Kyoto Imperial Palace and Nishiki market. Option for walking around Gion amusement quarter can be added.

What to Expect

This tour will take you to the inside of the Japanese art scene, history of architecture and then take you to the center of food culture. You must be satisfied with this sophisticated and unique tour to feel other side of Kyoto than visiting temples & shrines. Recommended to the art, history and food lovers or Kyoto repeaters!

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  • Nijo castle
  • Kyoto Imperial Palace
  • Nishiki market
  • Option: Gion amusement quarter (+1.5h)


Please send me a message in advance if you want to reserve a tour of two or more cosecutive days.

The tour will not be operated on every Tuesday in January, July, August, December and between Dec.26 2017 to Jan.4 2018 because Ninomaru Palace of Nijo castle will be closed.

Kyoto Imperial palace will be closed every Monday except Apr.30, Jul.16, Sep.17,24, Oct.8, Dec.24 2018. Also it might be closed on some specified days for some events. In this case, other visiting spot will be replaced. The information is given upon inquiry.

What‘s included
Guide fee, Hotel pick-up in central Kyoto area
What‘s not included
Transportation fee (apx. 800JPY for Subway), Lunch, Entrance fee(600JPY for Nijo castle), Foods in Nishiki market
Meeting Point
At the lobby of your hotel in central Kyoto
Ending Point
Nishiki market
6 hours
Starting time
09:30 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 5 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.

Reviews ( 6 )

2 weeks ago |   by Boris

“ Great alternative to a group tour ”

Rick was very helpfull and gave us a very good presentation of Kyoto. He was very attentive and was very accomodative to all of our needs

1 month ago |   by Roberta

“ Tour of Kyoto ”

Rick picked us up at our hotel in Osaka and we took public transportation to and from and around Kyoto. We toured the Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine and then the entire area around the Bamboo Gardens, including the monkeys! We would have never been able to navigate on our own. Rick gave us background, history, understanding of ceremonies we saw and symbolism. He was a great guide with excellent English.

1 month ago |   by Don

“ Extreme patience ”

Our tour started with me forgetting something in the room. Next came the zipper on our daypack breaking and having to find an alternative to carry our things. I lost my hat later to cap it all off (pun intended). As someone who is follicallly challenged, hats are a necessity on sunny days. Rick was very patient and helped offer solutions to each problem that arose. Rick never seemed to get flustered when things did not go according to schedule. He was very knowledgeable in the history and details of the places that we visited, especially Nijo-jo castle. We doubt that we could have found our way around the subway by ourselves. There are just a few signs in English. Fewer signs in English than the train system has and you wind around several times to get down to the two subway lines. We are very thankful we had a guide like Rick and would recommend him to anyone wanting an English speaking guide.

1 month ago |   by Carolyn

“ Rick was very organized and planned a great day ”

When we visited Kyoto it was my husband's birthday. I wanted to do something special and Rick pre-arranged to have a very delicious beautiful birthday cake made and delivered to the restaurant where we were going for lunch. My husband was quite surprised! He also suggested we take a boat ride on the canal and booked the tickets for us in advance. My understanding is these boat trips sell out very quickly. It was a lovely ride amidst the cherry blossoms. Rick was very flexible and worked with me as I changed my mind several times as to our itinerary and the day of the tour we ended up changing things again based on how we felt that day. In all, it was a lovely day in Kyoto.

2 months ago |   by Jocelyn

“ Well planned tour, very kind and helpful tour guide ”

I would definitely endorse Rick to make your tour an enjoyable and well planned tour. Even before our tour began, I know my family will enjoy the 3 hr kyoto tour. Rick was fast in responding to all my queries and was most helpful in suggesting to store our luggage in coin lockers in train station. We went to Fushimi Inari shrine, Nijo Castle and Nishiki market. We went beyond the 3 hr time,and he did not charge us extra. In the train station, he made sure we used the escalator because he saw we were tired of walking. I would definitely contact Rick again when I go back to Kyoto.

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