Kyoto Highlights 1 Day Trip - Golden Pavilion and Kiyomizu Temple from Kyoto

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Kyoto Highlights 1 Day Trip - Golden Pavilion and Kiyomizu Temple from Kyoto
from £109.33
Discover tranquil temples, Imperial palaces and ancient shrines on this 9-hour full-day Kyoto sightseeing tour. Explore top city attractions such as Nijo Castle and the ornate gardens of Kinkaku-ji Temple. Visit the Kiyomizu Temple and the Kyoto Imperial Palace, once home to the Imperial family. Marvel at the Fushimiinari Taisha Shrine. and behold the Thousand Armed Kannon at Sanju-Sangendo Hall. This tour is ideally suited to those short on time keen to explore Kyoto’s rich cultural heritage. Please note there’s quite a lot of walking involved.
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In Brief

Kyoto, Japan
10 hours
Instant Confirmation
Comprehensive tour of the city
All entrance fees included
Buffet lunch included
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Kyoto Imperial Palace, 3 Kyoto-Gyoen, Kamigyo, Kyoto 602-0881 Kyoto Prefecture

Except Mondays

Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Kinkakuji Temple, 1 Kinkakujicho, Kita-ku, Kyoto 603-8361 Kyoto Prefecture


Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Kiyomizu-dera Temple, 1-294 Kiyomizu, Higashiyama, Kyoto 605-0862 Kyoto Prefecture


Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes

Stop At: Nijo Castle, 541 Nijojocho, Nijodori Horikawa-nishiiru, Nakagyo, Kyoto 604-8301 Kyoto Prefecture


Duration: 50 minutes

Stop At: Sanjusangendo Temple, 657 Sanjusangendo Mawaricho, Higashiyama, Kyoto 605-0941 Kyoto Prefecture


Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, 68 Fukakusa Yabunouchicho, Fushimi, Kyoto 612-0882 Kyoto Prefecture


Duration: 30 minutes


  • Professional English guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Lunch
  • Entry/Admission - Kyoto Imperial Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Kinkakuji Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Kiyomizu-dera Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Nijo Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Sanjusangendo Temple


  • Gratuities
  • Entrance to Heian Jingu Shrine's Shin-en Garden
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Departure Point

JTB SUNRISE TOURS DESK KYOTO, Japan, 〒601-8003 Kyoto, Minami-ku, Higashikujō Nishisannōchō, 町南区東九条西山王町31番地 KYOTO AVANTI B1F

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Some parts of road on this tour are gravel and steep inclines
  • Infant rates apply provided they do not occupy a seat. Infant meals not included
  • This tour will not enter Heian Jingu Shrine's Shin-en garden
  • The Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed on the following days. As such, the tour will visit Kitano Tenmangu Shrine instead. (Mondays, Tuesday if Monday is a national holiday, May 14-17 for the Aoi Festival, New Year's holidays, and whenever there is an Imperial Household event).
  • The tour will visit Nishi Hongan-ji Temple instead of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine on May 25.
  • Nijo Castle is closed on Tuesdays in January, July, August, and December. (Closed on the following day if Tuesday is a holiday.) If closed, or if the tour is during the year-end/New Year's holidays, Ryoan-ji Temple will be visited instead.
  • During the Gion Festival (Sakimatsuri, July 15-16), drop-off service to Karasuma Kyoto Hotel and Hotel Nikko Princess Kyoto will be unavailable due to traffic restrictions.
  • Please note that due to repair and restoration work, part or all of the Kiyomizu-dera Temple Main Hall will not be visible.
  • A set menu meal will be served for lunch. For those who would like a vegetarian meal, please make sure to inform us at the time of reservation. If requests are not provided in advance, same-day changes cannot be accepted. Halal, gluten-free, and other meal requests are not available.
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

Once booked, this trip is fully non-refundable

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

Tour included 6 sites on a busy holiday weekend. We had enough time at each to understand the significance of the site with history and other info provided by our guide. English language tour and the guide was excellent and spoke excellent English. She provided little bits of info about Japan in general and led the group in spite of the crowds to each site. I recommend this trip to visit many sites in one day
• Submitted 06 Nov 2019
We had ‘KC’ as our guide, he was fantastic. Knowledgable, entertaining and timely! This tour nails all the main sights in one day, and is a fantastic use of the day. You could achieve the same yourself, but you’d never receive the wealth of information given by the guide, or the efficiency of getting around and into places.
• Submitted 19 Jul 2019
Michi was wonderful. She was efficient and knowledgeable. Full of energy despite the hot weather! We love the tour for covers the main highlights/attractions of Kyoto all in one day. Even the tour bus driver was pleasant and kind to take us all in our hotel for it rained at the end of the tour. The lunch was superb. Thank you Viator and JTB tours
• Submitted 05 Jul 2019
This tour was well organised and a great way to see the major sights of Kyoto. Our guide, Yumi, was excellent, very knowledgeable, friendly, humorous and helpful. The Japanese lunch was delightful.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
We really enjoyed our tour in Kyoto. Our guide was excellent and gave us lots of information. The locations visited were very interesting and the Japanese lunch was great.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
Our Tour guide Jun-san was so friendly and knows a lot of history about Kyoto. Her English is great as well. Lunch was great food and good ambiance. Worth a try if you want to see the Kyoto Highlights. I just wish that not much people in Fushimi Inari.
• Submitted 13 May 2019
Amazing sights. Tour guide was wonderful, she was very informative and helpful. She gave clear instructions, meeting times and places for each place we visited. Highly recommend.
• Submitted 08 Mar 2019
Very nice places. Good guide. Will go back to these places again...timing is punctual and meet up point is very convenient.
• Submitted 18 Jan 2019
Well organized, on time. Very professional. both guides were superb!! really worth it, historic visits.
• Submitted 28 Nov 2018
Gucci our guide was very good fun and very patient with our many questions. We managed to see a lot of Kyoto. in a relatively short time. Such a beautiful place. Thank you
• Submitted 31 Oct 2018
History , the guide was very knowledgable. excellent, highly recommended . excellent.
• Submitted 19 May 2018
Definitely recommended! The tour was fun and it took us the most fascinating places in Kyoto. Kyoto is indeed have a lot of beautiful and historical things to offer. I had so much fun and learned a lot fo things about Kyoto although i have to say that one day tour is somehow isn't enough to explore Kyoto.
• Submitted 15 Apr 2018
The first part of the tour was amazing. The tour company said on the day I went that there would be five busloads of people on the morning tour. I was concerned I wouldn't be able to see anything. However, that turned out not to be an issue. The Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle, and the Kyoto Imperial Castle were all great to see. The tour guide on the am part was excellent in explaining things and did a great job of moving a lot of people through some very crowded attractions. Lunch was chaotic. We were told that there were too many tourists on the tour and those on the pm tour would be seconded for lunch. When we went through, on the first pass, most of the food was out and we had to wait an inordinate amount of time to eat anything. After the hall cleared out, it was much better and we got a fair amount to eat. The afternoon sights were good, but not as impressive as the morning sights. This pm tour guide seemed annoyed, but did explain things in an understandable way. Overall, this was an excellent tour of Kyoto and allowed me to cover much more of the city than I would have been able to alone.
• Submitted 03 Apr 2018
Really good experience. Can't fault it.
• Submitted 21 Mar 2018
This full day tour was really very good. We could never have visited all of the sites that we saw in the same time on our own. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and her English was good. We were fortunate enough to have quite a small group around 20 as during busier seasons, the groups are much larger. It would have been helpful to have known beforehand that we'd have lunch at the Kyoto Handicraft Centre near Heian Shrine because then we wouldn't have made the effort to go there on an earlier date during our stay in Kyoto. We would definitely recommend this tour for anyone who has limite time in Kyoto.
• Submitted 18 Mar 2018
Really enjoyed the full day tour, would not have been able to see this much on our own. Tour guide spoke excellent English and answered all our questions :
• Submitted 14 Mar 2018
Fabulous day with wonderful sights seen. Only down side was the high number of tourists at these sights but this didn't spoil the day. Mike.
• Submitted 19 Feb 2018
Fantastic tour! Our guide was quite funny and very enjoyable to spend the day with. The castles and temples were absolutely gorgeous. No way could have seen all this on my own in one day. Lunch was way too long (almost 2 hrs)but other than that this tour was fantastic. Must do if in Kyoto!!
• Submitted 10 Feb 2018
Wonderful tour, very informative with a great guide. Would highly recommend.
• Submitted 23 Jan 2018
Good explanation about all the sites we visited
• Submitted 22 Jan 2018
This tour was amazing!
• Submitted 04 Jan 2018
It was a great tour for both of us. I personally had been to Kyoto several times before and so I already knew some of the sight-seeing places. But I got a lot of interesting new information, and I could fully enjoy it. For my partner on the other hand it was all new, a discovery and extremely exciting. Actually for him it was a very good start getting to know Japanese culture.
• Submitted 29 Dec 2017
It was a great day tour and you get to see so many sites in a short period. Both guides were very knowledgeable and provided an excellent service. I would recommend and felt it was good value for money.
• Submitted 23 Dec 2017
In total we spent four days in Kyoto. Spent our last day on a full day trip with Viator.Overall, an excellent day going to sites we may not have gone to by ourselves. Lunch time was too longtwo hours. Guide was very good
• Submitted 10 Oct 2017

In Brief

Kyoto, Japan
10 hours
Instant Confirmation
Comprehensive tour of the city
All entrance fees included
Buffet lunch included
Informative, friendly and professional guide