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Feel the Life of Shoguns in Kyoto (1 day)

by Katsuko
(9) Reviews
8h $ 258 Price up to 5 people

Highlights

  • - Kinkaku-ji temple, also known as Golden pavillion
  • - Nijo castle
  • - Ginkaku-ji temple, also known as Silver pavillion
  • - An authentic tea ceremony experience

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Overview

Visit the villas and the palaces where Shoguns used to stay. Experience the day of Shoguns. All the sites are designated as the UNESCO world heritage site.

Pick-up at your hotel -> Kinkaku-ji temple (Golden pavillion) -> Nijo castle -> Lunch -> Ginkaku-ji temple (Silver pavillion) -> Tea ceremony experience -> your hotel

What to Expect

You can visit the places where Shoguns used to stay. You can feel the life of the Shoguns at that time.

- Kinkaku-ji temple, also known as Golden pavillion
This temple was originally built as a retirement villa in the end 14th century for the third Shogun of the Muromachi Shogunate, Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, who brought the power of the Murimachi Shogunate to its peak. This villa became an important cultural center, because Yoshimitsu encouraged the development of arts such as Noh and Renga.

- Nijo castle
Nijo castle was built by the first shogun of the Tokugawa Shogunate, Ieyasu, in 1603, as the residence of the Tokugawa Shoguns in Kyoto, to demonstrate the authority of Tokugawa Shogun.

- Ginkaku-ji temple, also known as Silver pavillion
This temple has its origin in the villa called the Higashiyama-dono, which was established by the eighth Muromachi Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa in mid 15th century. During Yoshimasa's reign, Japan saw development of the culture, such as tea ceremony (Sado), flower arrangement (Kado or Ikebana), Noh drama, and Indian ink painting. Yoshimasa frequently used this place to hold gathering for cultural enjoyments such as tea ceremony, incense appreciation and flower arrangement.

- An authentic tea ceremony experience

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Highlights

  • - Kinkaku-ji temple, also known as Golden pavillion
  • - Nijo castle
  • - Ginkaku-ji temple, also known as Silver pavillion
  • - An authentic tea ceremony experience

Important

Please firstly make an inquiry on availability before booking

This tour is not covered by insurance, so please participate in this tour at your own risk.

What‘s included
guide fee
What‘s not included
Transportation fare (public transport, taxi) are not included in the tour price.
Admission fee of the temples are not included in the tour price.
Lunch is not included in the tour price.
Meeting Point
At your hotel in Kyoto city
Ending Point
At your hotel in Kyoto city
Duration
8 hours
Starting time
08:30 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 5 people

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 ( 9 )

Good
2 weeks ago |   by Shela

“ Tour of Kyoto ”

Kyoto tour was good except it finished earlier bc of rain. We were told of alternate areas to be visited however were not taken there so was disappointed.

Excellent
3 weeks ago |   by Andrew

“ Fabulous guide ”

We just completed 2 days with Katsuko In Kyoto. She is well travelled and her English is excellent Her knowledge on all the sites we visited was outstanding and our brief of wanting to visit traditional Japanese gardens was delivered to our full satisfaction . We moved around Kyoto in buses , trains and taxis to make the most of our time. She booked an amazing restaurant for lunch in Kifune (after liaison with us ) that had platforms over the river where tables are set up.The food was traditional Japanese and delicious. We were most impressed with Katsuko and would definitely recommend her for any guide work in Kyoto.

Excellent
3 weeks ago |   by Tricia

“ Wonderful day in Kyoto ”

Katsuko is a brilliant tour guide. She is so friendly,knowledgeable, helpful and patient. I had told her the places we wanted to see, and she planned the most efficient ways for us to travel. As we toured each site she told us many interesting facts about the history and culture. I just wish I could remember it all! I would definitely recommend booking a tour with Katsuko.

Very Good
3 weeks ago |   by Urs

“ Nice city tour in Kyoto with Katsuko ”

We enjoyed a nice 4hours city tour of Kyoto with Katsuko. She guided us very well through the interesting sites of Kyoto and gave us a great recommendation for a restaurant for lunch. Thanks Katsuko!

Excellent
1 month ago |   by Michelle

“ Amazing tour of Kyoto ”

We highly recommend Katsuko. We saw some major highlights in a 6 hour window. Her English was excellent, and she was so organized and relaxed in getting us to places. She shared excellent information with us. She stayed right on schedule so we could make it back to our cruise ship in Kobe. Our tour with Katsuko was the highlight of our trip.

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