Kyoto Imperial Palace

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Kyoto: Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Ticket

Kyoto: Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Ticket

Discover the highlights of Kyoto with a same-day or 2-day ticket on this convenient hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus. Admire the panoramic views from onboard the open-top double-decker bus, and hop on or off at any of the stops along the route. Enjoy informative audio commentary on board the bus, available in 7 languages. Choose this efficient way of exploring the must-see places and attractions in Kyoto. The bus takes you past many of the city's top attractions, including UNESCO World Heritage sites such as Nijo Castle, Kinkakuji, and Kiyomizu-Dera Temple. You can enjoy unlimited rides for the duration of your ticket's validity. Bus stops along the route:  • Kyoto Station • Nishihonganji ( Kyoto Tokyu Hotel) • Shijo Karasuma / Nishiki-ichiba Market • Nijo-jo Castle • Kitano-tenmangu Shrine / Kamishichiken • Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion) • Daitokuji Temple • Kyoto Imperial Palace (Doshisha University) • Ginkakuji Temple (Silver Pavilion) • Heian-jingu Shrine / Okazaki Park • Gion (Kotowa-Kyoto Yasaka) • Gojozaka (Kiyomizu-dera Temple / Gion) • Sanjusangendo / Kyoto National Museum (Hyatt Regency Kyoto)

Kyoto: Private Tour with Local Licensed Guide

Kyoto: Private Tour with Local Licensed Guide

Discover Kyoto’s historical sites, favorite local spots, and hidden gems on a private walking tour with a nationally licensed guide. Choose from a 6 or 4-hour tour, whose itinerary can be customized to fit your interests. See both the modern and traditional sides of this dynamic and ancient city as well as some of the best sightseeing areas, restaurants, and shops. Visit places like the Fushimi Inari Shrine, famous for the Torii Gate Corridor. Explore the filming location for the film “Memoirs of a Geisha”, displaying a colorful crimson scenery with a mysterious atmosphere. Walk through the shrine’s corridors that were erected as a symbolic continuing gate from the current world to the world of the dead inhabited by the gods. Go to the Kinkaku-ji Temple (Temple of the Golden Pavilion), which was given its name from the golden color of its reliquary hall. Admire its simple yet bold structure that features beautiful mountain views in the background. Enter the ancient Kiyomizu-dera temple to get panoramic city views from its large veranda. Walk from the path from the temple to Gion, to find many Kyoto-esque shops filled with unique souvenirs. Grab a snack or enjoy a delicious dinner at one of the many fine restaurants in the Gion district. Your guide will give you dining recommendations that are sure to delight your palate.

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 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

From Kyoto: Kyoto and Nara Golden Route Full-Day Bus Tour

From Kyoto: Kyoto and Nara Golden Route Full-Day Bus Tour

Explore the historic landmarks of the cities of Kyoto and Nara on this educational and adventurous full-day experience. Visit popular and famous temples, see historical monuments, discover sacred shrines, and meet the charming deer of Nara park. Choose to depart from either Osako or Kyoto, traveling with ease in a comfortable bus. During the tour you will visit the Todaiji Temple ─ its Great Buddha is one of the most famous historical landmarks in Nara. It is the largest wooden structure in the world and stands at around 15 meters in height. While in this city, you will also enjoy meeting the friendly and charming deer in Nara park and visiting the general worship area of Kasuga Taisha shrine. Be escorted by your driver and guide to the Kyoto Imperial Palace and discover its sprawling beautiful garden which spreads through the historical center of Kyoto. Then experience Kinkakuji Temple ─ one of the most famous Buddhist temples in Kyoto and a must-visit landmark. Then walk through the gorgeous natural scenery and bamboo grove of Arashiyama. Don't forget to take a picture for your memories!

Kyoto: Meet-&-Greet, Maiko Show & Experience For All

Kyoto: Meet-&-Greet, Maiko Show & Experience For All

Join us for an extraordinary and rare experience where you can watch a Geisha-in-training dance, take commemorative photos and have an interactive chat with a Maiko. If you ever wondered about where you can see a real life Maiko, we have the answer. If you haven't heard of the term Maiko before... A Maiko (meaning dancing child) is a young apprentice Geisha in Japan and are exclusive to the Kyoto region. Maiko are required to undertake strenuous training in traditional Japanese arts which include dance, music, and the tea ceremony, alongside mastering the art of conversation, social etiquette, and hospitality. Generally, the Maiko don intricately designed kimono, glamorous hairstyles adorned with distinctive hairpieces, and captivating makeup indicated by the trademark white face paint amidst contrasting red and black accents. Main activities are centered on regularly entertaining guests at teahouses and participating at traditional events while refining their skills and cultivating their own unique style as they make their transformation into a Geisha. This simple and easy to book event would fit right into your travel plans while you are adventuring around Kyoto; same-day booking is also possible. You are welcome to join as a single guest or along with friends or family. We guarantee you an unforgettable time where you can meet and relish in the intimate and personal encounter with Kyoto’s rarest personalities. Good times, await. We hope to make your dream come true. MEET MAIKO Event Schedule -At 5pm we will start the introduction of a Maiko who is an apprentice geisha in Kyoto. - She will perform two traditional dances. -Next, we will have an English speaking staff acquaint you with in-depth breakdown about her aesthetics and her background. -You will be able to ask any questions and freely chat with the Maiko. -To follow, we have 10~15 minutes dedicated to taking photos. -To wrap up, the Maiko will present you with her Hanameishi which is the Maiko's cheerfully customized name card and Kyoto Handicraft Center will also provide you with a small gift with the opportunity to shop for high-quality Japanese goods right after the show.

Welcome to Kyoto: Private Walking Tour with a Local

Welcome to Kyoto: Private Walking Tour with a Local

Transform the way you travel and make it as much about the people you meet as the places you see. Get a welcome to Kyoto from a local host eager to share all the tips and tricks to help you make the most of your stay. Meet at your hotel or accommodation and get familiar with your local neighborhood. Learn about the best places to eat, buy groceries and the easiest ways to get around. Alternatively, arrange to meet at a central landmark or intersection to start your walking tour. Hear about the top things to do, customized to your interests. By the end of the tour, you will feel more comfortable navigating the city on your own with all the information you need.

Cool Kyoto: 5-Hour Walking Tour with the Last Samurai

Cool Kyoto: 5-Hour Walking Tour with the Last Samurai

Explore the glorious city of Kyoto. Led by an authentic Samurai guide, Joe Okada knows the city as well as he knows his own swordsmanship! Kyoto was the 2nd capital of Japan from 794-1868, with a legacy of 72 Emperors and 3 Shoguns. The site still retains much of its history among more modern developments. The tour starts at the Kyoto City Hall Plaza, from there visiting a variety of traditional arts and crafts shops, including a wood engraver and a brush & ink maker. Visit a Buddhist temple and Shinto shrine before heading to the Kyoto Imperial Palace Forest.  Continue onward to a typical Japanese market to sample the produce and enjoy a light lunch. Afterwards Samurai Joe will demonstrate his skills, and he'll need a volunteer to help!

Kyoto: Self-Guided Audio Tour

Kyoto: Self-Guided Audio Tour

Welcome to the enchanting city of Kyoto, where ancient traditions blend seamlessly with modern vibrancy. This self-guided audio tour is your key to unlocking the rich tapestry of Kyoto's history, culture, and timeless beauty at your own pace. Immerse yourself in the captivating stories that echo through the narrow streets, centuries-old temples, and serene gardens of this historic city. Kyoto, once the imperial capital of Japan, holds a unique place in the country's cultural heritage. This self-guided audio tour will take you on a journey through its iconic landmarks, revealing the secrets and tales that have shaped the city into the cultural gem it is today. As you stroll through the picturesque districts, listen to the carefully curated narration that unveils the history behind each site, providing context to the stunning architecture and serene landscapes. The tour is designed to be flexible, allowing you to explore Kyoto at your own pace. Whether you're an avid history enthusiast, a culture buff, or simply someone seeking a peaceful escape, this audio tour caters to all interests. Engage with the stories of samurai legends, the intricate rituals of tea ceremonies, and the spiritual significance of ancient shrines. This immersive experience is made possible through a user-friendly audio guide that seamlessly blends with your surroundings. Simply click and play, and let the narration guide you through Kyoto's timeless beauty. The carefully crafted commentary not only provides historical context but also offers insights into the local way of life, ensuring a holistic understanding of this city's allure. Venture beyond the well-trodden paths and discover hidden gems tucked away in the historic streets, allowing you to forge your own connection with this captivating city. Learn more about the top 23 tourist attractions in Kyoto. Its history, culture, myths, architecture, and other important facts are in this audio commentary which starts from the city's central station then the itinerary gradually moves one by one. 1. Kyoto Station Building 2. Higashi Honganji Temple 3. Senbon Torii (Thousands Torii Gate) 4. Tofukuji Temple 5. Sanjusangen-do Temple 6. Kiyomizu-dera Temple 7. Ninenzaka 8. Kōdaiji Temple 9. Kennin-ji Temple 10. Nanzen-ji Temple 11. Eikan-do Temple (Zenrin-ji Temple) 12. Heian Shrine 13. Higashiyama Jisho-ji (Ginkaku-ji) (Silver Pavilion) 14. Shimogamo Shrine 15. Kyoto Imperial Palace 16. Nijō Castle 17. Kitano Tenmangu 18. Kamigamo-jinja (Kamowakeikazuchi-jinja) 19. Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion) 20. Ryōan-ji 21. Arashiyama Bamboo Forest 22. Tenryu-ji 23. To-ji Temple Kyoto's self-guided audio tour is not just a journey through time; it's an invitation to be a part of the living history that defines this cultural treasure. So, lace up your walking shoes, hit play, and let the tales of Kyoto unfold as you embark on a personalized exploration of a city where tradition meets modernity in perfect harmony.

Kyoto: 4-hour Historical Highlights Cycling Tour with Lunch

Kyoto: 4-hour Historical Highlights Cycling Tour with Lunch

Go on this cycling tour and explore the peaceful side of Kyoto.  Start this activity by learning about Nijo Castle. At Seimei Shrine you can find out how to pray at a Japanese shrine. Check out the Golden Pavilion and get ready to take great photos at Kamishichiken, the oldest geisha district in Japan.  After seeing the magical Golden Pavilion continue to cycle for a nice downhill ride to the Imperial Palace. Your guide will give you some insights into the history of this place.  At a traditional Japanese restaurant, you can discover the local cuisine with a variety of Soba dishes, as well as desserts with matcha and mochi. Feel free to visit a beautiful Japanese garden and a souvenir shop next door.  After this break, the tour will continue cycling back a relaxing ride along a beautiful route through the city. Finish your tour at the Kamogawa river and immerse yourself in this unique atmosphere while watching the locals enjoying their time.

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What people are saying about Kyoto Imperial Palace

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4.5
(309 reviews)

The experience was breathe taking and so educational due to our guide Richard who was extremely knowledgeable and very talented at explaining all the important facts and details. This tour was different again in the fact that Richard was happy not to rush any part of the tour 10/10 The only improvement I would suggest is to clarify that the exit number 1 is in-fact the exit from the subway! Other than that a perfect tour 👍

We spent a very nice day with our tour guide Andy Murao. He was very knowledgeable and shared a lot of details on history, culture and traditions of Japan. He was very amiable and prepared for the day. Also, the alignment on the schedule and itinerary happened smoothly as he asked for our interests and adapted also last minute. Overall, we spent an extraordinary day with Andy which we will remember for a long time

Our guide was so funny and kind. Also very knowledgeable. He told us a lot of interesting facts about history, architecture and art. Highly recommend. Nijo was beautiful and a highlight of our trip!

The tour was very well organised and well informed. Boris general knowledge was a good complement to the historical sites

Full of wealth!!! The guide was wonderful and very attentive.