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Kyoto: Nijo-jo Castle and Ninomaru Palace Guided Tour

1. Kyoto: Nijo-jo Castle and Ninomaru Palace Guided Tour

Nijo Castle was originally built in 1603 as the Kyoto residence of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first shogun of the Edo Period. After the Tokugawa Shogunate fell in 1867, Nijo Castle served as an imperial palace, before being donated to Kyoto City and opened to the public as a historic site. These buildings are arguably the best surviving examples of castle architecture from Japan's feudal era. Designated a UNESCO world heritage site in 1994, Nijo Castle is divided into three distinct areas: the Honmaru or main circle of defence; the Ninomaru, or secondary circle of defence; and the gardens encircling both the Honmaru and Ninomaru.  Inside the castle grounds, you'll find the extravagant Karamon Gate, the entrance to the Ninomaru, and the castle's main attraction, the Ninomaru Palace. The Ninomaru Palace once served as the shogun's residence and office on visits to Kyoto and remains intact to this very day.

Kyoto: Imperial Palace & Nijo Castle Guided Walking Tour

2. Kyoto: Imperial Palace & Nijo Castle Guided Walking Tour

Ever wanted to spontaneously book a tour on the same day you take it? This short guided walking tour will have you visiting two of Kyoto’s majestic sites in just two hours! This is perfect if you only have a couple of hours to spare. You can also choose from multiple start times for a time that suits you. The historical city of Kyoto is one of Japan’s most famous cities. It was once the capital of Japan and the place of the emperor’s residence for more than a thousand years. In this guided walking tour, we’ll explore the grandeur and rich history of Japan’s past with a visit to Nijo Castle. Admire the castle’s impressive architecture, beautiful gardens, and intricate interiors that offer a glimpse into the lives of Japan’s shoguns. Learn about the Kyoto Imperial Palace and how it was once the residence of Japan’s imperial family. Your friendly TripGuru will take you around the impressive structure, giving you time to admire the stunning architecture, beautiful gardens, and more.

Kyoto: Private Walking Tour with Government Certified Guide

3. Kyoto: Private Walking Tour with Government Certified Guide

Embark on a whimsical exploration of Kyoto's hidden gems through a personalized walking tour, where you'll discover secluded shrines, meander through captivating bamboo forests, and indulge in serene tea ceremonies at traditional tea houses. Follow your private guide as they unveil fascinating tales of samurai legends and geisha mystique. Traverse winding alleyways, sample delectable street food, and discover hidden art studios. Immerse yourself in captivating cultural activities like calligraphy and kimono dressing. Experience the thrill of a rickshaw ride through historic neighborhoods and revel in the mesmerizing beauty of illuminated temples at night.

Kyoto: Nijo Castle and Ninomaru Palace Ticket

4. Kyoto: Nijo Castle and Ninomaru Palace Ticket

Secure your tickets to visit one of Kyoto’s world-famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the complex of Nijo Castle and Ninomaru Palace. Learn more about Japan’s fascinating history and culture as you wander around its grounds. Marvel at this ancient home, built in 1603 and used as the residence of the first shogun of the Edo Period. Explore the castle’s grounds and make your way to Ninomaru Palace, the home and office of the shogun during his visits to Kyoto. Be in awe at the palace’s well-preserved rooms and beautifully decorated ceilings. Enjoy a stroll around the palace’s traditional Japanese garden.

Kyoto memory bike tour (E-bike or sport bike)

5. Kyoto memory bike tour (E-bike or sport bike)

Your journey through the illustrious lanes of Kyoto demands perfection. Providing these crucial details ensures that the canvas of your experience is painted without a single brush out of place. Before starting new tour, you will be fitted for helmets,give a bike,and ready for the tour on two wheels. We believe that cycling is the best way to truly immerse yourself in the culture and beauty of Kyoto. Our knowledgeable and friendly guides will lead you through the most picturesque streets and hidden gems,sharing fascinating stories and historical insights along the way. Your safety and comfort are our top priorities. We provide well-maintained bicycles and safety equipment,to ensure a smooth and enjoyable ride our group sizes are small,allowing for a personalized and intimate experience

Golden Pavilion & Nijo Castle, 2 UNESCO World Heritage Tour

6. Golden Pavilion & Nijo Castle, 2 UNESCO World Heritage Tour

This morning half-day tour last ~4 hours. from 8:30 am to 12:30. ★ ITINERARY From Kyoto Station 8:30 AM ◼︎ GOLDEN PAVILION Located in northwest Kyoto, the Golden Pavilion (or Kinkaku-ji) is not only a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site but also one of the most sought-after destinations for tourists visiting Kyoto. This magnificent temple was originally built as a villa for the revered 14th Century shogun, Ashikaga Yoshimitsu. However, after his passing, the villa was transformed into a Zen Buddhist temple, providing a serene space for religious meditation known as zazen. ◼︎ NIJO CASTLE In addition to exploring Kinkaku-ji, this tour also includes a visit to Nijo Castle, another UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, known for its historical significance. In this place I will clearly show you the history of the struggles between the samurai, the feudal lords and the control of the Shogun, the powerful military dictator. The end of the samurai era and the beginnings of Japan's modernization. ◼︎ ROKKAKUDO TEMPLE This is our third place. Walking from Nijo Castle take 10~12 minutes on foot. The place from where is said the city was planned so is considered the navel of Kyoto. In its small pond swans swim peacefully. 12:30 It is a good place to end our tour because we will be in the center of the city and very close to a subway station, restaurants, and places you can visit in the afternoon as the Nishiki Market. Embark on this tour and immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of Kyoto, witnessing the splendor of Kinkaku-ji, the historical significance of Nijo Castle, and the mythical allure of Rokkakudo Temple.

Kyoto self-guided tour app with multi-language audioguide

7. Kyoto self-guided tour app with multi-language audioguide

With our audio guide (available in 6 languages), you will have access to detailed information and fascinating facts about each place you visit. The Kyoto tour is sectioned as follows: - NORTH KYOTO: Distributed in 19 points of interest with detailed information and audio guide for each point, you can also tour this area through our driving route that will guide you through each place such as: Kinkaku Temple, Ryoan Stone Garden, Shimogamo Shrine, Daikaku Temple, Myoshin Temple, Ryoan Temple, Mount Kurama, Kamigamo Shrine, Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. - SOUTH KYOTO: In this section you have at your disposal audio-guided information about the main points such as: Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, Daigo Temple, Ninna Temple, Jonangu Shrine and others. You can visit each point with the route by car that we offer you. - HIGASHIYAMA: In this section you have available 27 points of interest with audio-guided information, a route by car to visit this beautiful prefecture of Kyoto. Among the points of interest are: Heian Shrine, Kyoto National Museum, Sanjusangendo Temple, Eikan Temple, Kyoto Museum of Art, Nijo Castle, Chion Temple, Railway Museum... - ARASHIYAMA: This section contains audioguided points of interest to visit this area. Some of them are: Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, Daikaku Temple, Tenryu Temple, Saiho Temple... And other points to visit with our walking route. - Gion: You can visit this geisha district of Kyoto through our audio-guided tour visiting each point of interest as: Gion district, Yasui Shrine, Pontocho Street among others.... - KIOTO MUST SEE: In this particular section you will be able to contemplate and visit the most characteristic sites of Kyoto, thanks to our audioguided tours with each 'point of interest such as: Kiyomizu Temple, Ryoan Temple, Higashiyama Street, Heian Shrine, Kinkaku Temple, Nijo Castle, Philosopher's Path among others... Book now your self-guided experience with audio guide and let yourself be captivated by the magic of this charming Japanese city.

Kyoto: Private Full-Day Tour by Car

8. Kyoto: Private Full-Day Tour by Car

Experience the enchanting beauty of Kyoto with our private guided tour tailored to your preferences. Explore the historic streets, majestic temples, and serene gardens while learning about Kyoto's rich culture and traditions from a local guide. Let us craft a memorable day filled with discovery and wonder as you immerse yourself in the essence of this timeless city. Meet your guide at your hotel and start your day in Kyoto! Let's explore these places to the fullest extent possible within the time available, such as Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kiyomizu Temple, Kinkakuji, Bamboo forest.

Kyoto: Tempio Kiyomizu Pagode Gion "Geisya" (guida italiana)

9. Kyoto: Tempio Kiyomizu Pagode Gion "Geisya" (guida italiana)

Tour a piedi delle antiche vie di pellegrinaggio che conducono al tempio buddista Kiyomizu-dera, nella zona sviluppata dall'VIII sec. fino a oggi, strade affiancate da innumerevoli negozi di souvenir e di dolcetti e bar ecc. per offrire intrattenimento e divertimento ai visitatori di ogni epoca, provenienti da tutto il Giappone e dal mondo. La guida nativa di Kyoto, la millenaria capitale del Giappone, illustra i particolari storici, culturali e religiosi, segreti ma imperdibili lungo la strada, e risponde a tutte le vostre domande in italiano. Eventuali assistenze necessarie ai partecipanti durante il tour. Itinerari e orari flessibili a richiesta nei limiti del possibile.

KYOTO; UNSCRIPTED WALKING TOUR W/LOCALS 3H 5H 8H

10. KYOTO; UNSCRIPTED WALKING TOUR W/LOCALS 3H 5H 8H

Enjoy a 100% unique experience with a Kyoto local that loves Kyoto/Japan & loves Japanese culture. This tour is 100% `unscripted` personalize to you, your needs, interest and time. Upon booking the tour please fill out a small survey on your interest, hopes & expectations. You`ll select the start time, the hours of the tour and 1 of the 3 meet up locations (①Your place of lodging ② Disney store in Downtown Kyoto, ③Starbucks in Sanjo-Ohashi) Upon meeting we`ll have a small 5~min conversation for introductions and to talk about the plan of the day (please remember this is `unscripted`) Be ready for lots of walking, history, Kyoto/Japan, sightseeing, learning, fun, memories, pictures and a unforgettable time. The tour will be with some that has been in Kyoto for 5+ years and loves the city and wants to share the love of the city with as many people as he/she/they can. The tour will end and the location of your choice as well, but the main choices are A) Meeting Location B) Previously agreed ending location C) Tour Location (E.g FUSHIMI-INARI, KIYOMIZUDERA, NIJO CASTLE, etc.)

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Kyoto: Nijo-jo Castle and Ninomaru Palace Guided Tour

Kyoto: Nijo-jo Castle and Ninomaru Palace Guided Tour

Nijo Castle was originally built in 1603 as the Kyoto residence of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first shogun of the Edo Period. After the Tokugawa Shogunate fell in 1867, Nijo Castle served as an imperial palace, before being donated to Kyoto City and opened to the public as a historic site. These buildings are arguably the best surviving examples of castle architecture from Japan's feudal era. Designated a UNESCO world heritage site in 1994, Nijo Castle is divided into three distinct areas: the Honmaru or main circle of defence; the Ninomaru, or secondary circle of defence; and the gardens encircling both the Honmaru and Ninomaru.  Inside the castle grounds, you'll find the extravagant Karamon Gate, the entrance to the Ninomaru, and the castle's main attraction, the Ninomaru Palace. The Ninomaru Palace once served as the shogun's residence and office on visits to Kyoto and remains intact to this very day.

Kyoto: Imperial Palace & Nijo Castle Guided Walking Tour

Kyoto: Imperial Palace & Nijo Castle Guided Walking Tour

Ever wanted to spontaneously book a tour on the same day you take it? This short guided walking tour will have you visiting two of Kyoto’s majestic sites in just two hours! This is perfect if you only have a couple of hours to spare. You can also choose from multiple start times for a time that suits you. The historical city of Kyoto is one of Japan’s most famous cities. It was once the capital of Japan and the place of the emperor’s residence for more than a thousand years. In this guided walking tour, we’ll explore the grandeur and rich history of Japan’s past with a visit to Nijo Castle. Admire the castle’s impressive architecture, beautiful gardens, and intricate interiors that offer a glimpse into the lives of Japan’s shoguns. Learn about the Kyoto Imperial Palace and how it was once the residence of Japan’s imperial family. Your friendly TripGuru will take you around the impressive structure, giving you time to admire the stunning architecture, beautiful gardens, and more.

Kyoto: Private Walking Tour with Government Certified Guide

Kyoto: Private Walking Tour with Government Certified Guide

Embark on a whimsical exploration of Kyoto's hidden gems through a personalized walking tour, where you'll discover secluded shrines, meander through captivating bamboo forests, and indulge in serene tea ceremonies at traditional tea houses. Follow your private guide as they unveil fascinating tales of samurai legends and geisha mystique. Traverse winding alleyways, sample delectable street food, and discover hidden art studios. Immerse yourself in captivating cultural activities like calligraphy and kimono dressing. Experience the thrill of a rickshaw ride through historic neighborhoods and revel in the mesmerizing beauty of illuminated temples at night.

Kyoto: Nijo Castle and Ninomaru Palace Ticket

Kyoto: Nijo Castle and Ninomaru Palace Ticket

Secure your tickets to visit one of Kyoto’s world-famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the complex of Nijo Castle and Ninomaru Palace. Learn more about Japan’s fascinating history and culture as you wander around its grounds. Marvel at this ancient home, built in 1603 and used as the residence of the first shogun of the Edo Period. Explore the castle’s grounds and make your way to Ninomaru Palace, the home and office of the shogun during his visits to Kyoto. Be in awe at the palace’s well-preserved rooms and beautifully decorated ceilings. Enjoy a stroll around the palace’s traditional Japanese garden.

Kyoto memory bike tour (E-bike or sport bike)

Kyoto memory bike tour (E-bike or sport bike)

Your journey through the illustrious lanes of Kyoto demands perfection. Providing these crucial details ensures that the canvas of your experience is painted without a single brush out of place. Before starting new tour, you will be fitted for helmets,give a bike,and ready for the tour on two wheels. We believe that cycling is the best way to truly immerse yourself in the culture and beauty of Kyoto. Our knowledgeable and friendly guides will lead you through the most picturesque streets and hidden gems,sharing fascinating stories and historical insights along the way. Your safety and comfort are our top priorities. We provide well-maintained bicycles and safety equipment,to ensure a smooth and enjoyable ride our group sizes are small,allowing for a personalized and intimate experience

Golden Pavilion & Nijo Castle, 2 UNESCO World Heritage Tour

Golden Pavilion & Nijo Castle, 2 UNESCO World Heritage Tour

This morning half-day tour last ~4 hours. from 8:30 am to 12:30. ★ ITINERARY From Kyoto Station 8:30 AM ◼︎ GOLDEN PAVILION Located in northwest Kyoto, the Golden Pavilion (or Kinkaku-ji) is not only a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site but also one of the most sought-after destinations for tourists visiting Kyoto. This magnificent temple was originally built as a villa for the revered 14th Century shogun, Ashikaga Yoshimitsu. However, after his passing, the villa was transformed into a Zen Buddhist temple, providing a serene space for religious meditation known as zazen. ◼︎ NIJO CASTLE In addition to exploring Kinkaku-ji, this tour also includes a visit to Nijo Castle, another UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, known for its historical significance. In this place I will clearly show you the history of the struggles between the samurai, the feudal lords and the control of the Shogun, the powerful military dictator. The end of the samurai era and the beginnings of Japan's modernization. ◼︎ ROKKAKUDO TEMPLE This is our third place. Walking from Nijo Castle take 10~12 minutes on foot. The place from where is said the city was planned so is considered the navel of Kyoto. In its small pond swans swim peacefully. 12:30 It is a good place to end our tour because we will be in the center of the city and very close to a subway station, restaurants, and places you can visit in the afternoon as the Nishiki Market. Embark on this tour and immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of Kyoto, witnessing the splendor of Kinkaku-ji, the historical significance of Nijo Castle, and the mythical allure of Rokkakudo Temple.

Kyoto self-guided tour app with multi-language audioguide

Kyoto self-guided tour app with multi-language audioguide

With our audio guide (available in 6 languages), you will have access to detailed information and fascinating facts about each place you visit. The Kyoto tour is sectioned as follows: - NORTH KYOTO: Distributed in 19 points of interest with detailed information and audio guide for each point, you can also tour this area through our driving route that will guide you through each place such as: Kinkaku Temple, Ryoan Stone Garden, Shimogamo Shrine, Daikaku Temple, Myoshin Temple, Ryoan Temple, Mount Kurama, Kamigamo Shrine, Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. - SOUTH KYOTO: In this section you have at your disposal audio-guided information about the main points such as: Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, Daigo Temple, Ninna Temple, Jonangu Shrine and others. You can visit each point with the route by car that we offer you. - HIGASHIYAMA: In this section you have available 27 points of interest with audio-guided information, a route by car to visit this beautiful prefecture of Kyoto. Among the points of interest are: Heian Shrine, Kyoto National Museum, Sanjusangendo Temple, Eikan Temple, Kyoto Museum of Art, Nijo Castle, Chion Temple, Railway Museum... - ARASHIYAMA: This section contains audioguided points of interest to visit this area. Some of them are: Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, Daikaku Temple, Tenryu Temple, Saiho Temple... And other points to visit with our walking route. - Gion: You can visit this geisha district of Kyoto through our audio-guided tour visiting each point of interest as: Gion district, Yasui Shrine, Pontocho Street among others.... - KIOTO MUST SEE: In this particular section you will be able to contemplate and visit the most characteristic sites of Kyoto, thanks to our audioguided tours with each 'point of interest such as: Kiyomizu Temple, Ryoan Temple, Higashiyama Street, Heian Shrine, Kinkaku Temple, Nijo Castle, Philosopher's Path among others... Book now your self-guided experience with audio guide and let yourself be captivated by the magic of this charming Japanese city.

Kyoto: Private Full-Day Tour by Car

Kyoto: Private Full-Day Tour by Car

Experience the enchanting beauty of Kyoto with our private guided tour tailored to your preferences. Explore the historic streets, majestic temples, and serene gardens while learning about Kyoto's rich culture and traditions from a local guide. Let us craft a memorable day filled with discovery and wonder as you immerse yourself in the essence of this timeless city. Meet your guide at your hotel and start your day in Kyoto! Let's explore these places to the fullest extent possible within the time available, such as Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kiyomizu Temple, Kinkakuji, Bamboo forest.

Kyoto: Tempio Kiyomizu Pagode Gion "Geisya" (guida italiana)

Kyoto: Tempio Kiyomizu Pagode Gion "Geisya" (guida italiana)

Tour a piedi delle antiche vie di pellegrinaggio che conducono al tempio buddista Kiyomizu-dera, nella zona sviluppata dall'VIII sec. fino a oggi, strade affiancate da innumerevoli negozi di souvenir e di dolcetti e bar ecc. per offrire intrattenimento e divertimento ai visitatori di ogni epoca, provenienti da tutto il Giappone e dal mondo. La guida nativa di Kyoto, la millenaria capitale del Giappone, illustra i particolari storici, culturali e religiosi, segreti ma imperdibili lungo la strada, e risponde a tutte le vostre domande in italiano. Eventuali assistenze necessarie ai partecipanti durante il tour. Itinerari e orari flessibili a richiesta nei limiti del possibile.

KYOTO; UNSCRIPTED WALKING TOUR W/LOCALS 3H 5H 8H

KYOTO; UNSCRIPTED WALKING TOUR W/LOCALS 3H 5H 8H

Enjoy a 100% unique experience with a Kyoto local that loves Kyoto/Japan & loves Japanese culture. This tour is 100% `unscripted` personalize to you, your needs, interest and time. Upon booking the tour please fill out a small survey on your interest, hopes & expectations. You`ll select the start time, the hours of the tour and 1 of the 3 meet up locations (①Your place of lodging ② Disney store in Downtown Kyoto, ③Starbucks in Sanjo-Ohashi) Upon meeting we`ll have a small 5~min conversation for introductions and to talk about the plan of the day (please remember this is `unscripted`) Be ready for lots of walking, history, Kyoto/Japan, sightseeing, learning, fun, memories, pictures and a unforgettable time. The tour will be with some that has been in Kyoto for 5+ years and loves the city and wants to share the love of the city with as many people as he/she/they can. The tour will end and the location of your choice as well, but the main choices are A) Meeting Location B) Previously agreed ending location C) Tour Location (E.g FUSHIMI-INARI, KIYOMIZUDERA, NIJO CASTLE, etc.)

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We learned s lot about the history and significance of the castle and its grounds during this tour. The group was small enough that we felt very cared for. It was a very memorable experience.Thank you so much Junko-san for your wonderful knowledge and expertise.

Katz was attentive to our needs (my husband has limited mobility). He was very knowledgeable, kind and personable. He took us to the taxi area and communicated to the driver where we wanted to go, Highly recommend this tour and Katz.

The guide Kats was really friendly and professional, the only criticism is that sometimes it was difficult to hear what he was saying in the castle due to low speaking volume.

It was great, our guide Omae did a fantastic job and showed us and told us so many things. We took so many impressions with us on our trip. Thank you for the great tour.

Saki was a wonderful tour guide. We all thoroughly enjoyed learning about Japanese history and Nijo-jo castle.