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Kyoto Half-Day Tour Including the Golden Pavillion

Product ID: 67323
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During this half-day private tour you’ll explore 2 UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kyoto. Visit the Castle of Nijyo jyo and its grounds, and also the Temple of Kinkaku-ji, known as the Golden Pavilion, and one of the top attractions in Japan.
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Duration 4 hours
Starting time 9:00 AM
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  • Tour the Nijyo-jyo Castle complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Visit Kinkaku-ji Temple, known as the Golden Pavilion
  • Learn about the history of these important Kyoto monuments
Full description
On this 4-hour guided tour you’ll visit 2 important monuments in Kyoto, including a castle and temple that are both World Heritage sites.

Nijyo jyo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, marks the time of the last shogun returning the governing power to the emperor. It is a flatland castle comprising 2 concentric rings of fortifications, the Ninomaru Palace, the ruins of the Honmaru Palace, and several gardens, including groves of cherry and Japanese plum trees.

Kinkaku-ji Temple, also a World Heritage Site, is one of the most visited monuments in Japan. It is a Zen temple located in northern Kyoto, with its 2 top floors completely covered in gold leaf.

Formally known as Rokuonji, the temple was the retirement villa of the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, and according to his will it became a Zen temple of the Rinzai sect after his death in 1408.

Kinkakuji overlooks a large pond, and is the only building remaining from Yoshimitsu's former retirement complex. It has burned down numerous times, including twice during the Onin War, a civil war that destroyed much of Kyoto. It was destroyed again in 1950 when it was set on fire by a fanatic monk. The present structure was built in 1955.
  • Guide fee
  • Admission fees (Nijyo Castle and Kinkakuji Temple)
What’s Not Included
  • Transportation from meeting point to attractions (customer and guide)

From US$ 96 per person

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Product ID: 67323