Kyoto Half-Day Tour Including the Golden Pavillion

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Kyoto Half-Day Tour Including the Golden Pavillion

From $96 per person

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
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Your hotel in Kyoto
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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)
  • Transportation from meeting point to attractions (customer and guide)
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Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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4.7 / 5

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The booking process was easy and efficient. I wish there was a way to communicate with the guide to prepare the itinerary of our private tour. At pick up location, our guide, Hiro-san, was surprised that we are 3 people (but which we have paid for 3 persons in the booking). He is an elderly gentleman and he knows a lot about the Nijo Castle and Golden Pavillion. However, he is 72 years old so his voice is slightly weak (my parents are also in their 70's) and we cannot hear him too well. He also needs to improve on photo taking skills. Otherwise, we are satisfied with the experience and Hiro-san is very knowledgeable and kind.

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November 8, 2019

Flexible guide

The guide thought we had had his photo; so he was waiting for us in the hotel lobby while we were next to him waiting for him. Once presented, he explained to us the course of the day: the golden pavilion and the castle Nijo jo Having already made the castle, he offered us the silver pavilion. Since the entry was cheaper he refunded us the difference The guide did everything to have a good day.

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August 3, 2019

Awesome 1/2 day tour with a

Our tour guide (Hiro?) was very knowledgeable. I loved his orange tipped pointer to explain what we would be seeing and the routes through the castle. He reminded me of my scientist Father. We started out at the Nijyo Castle, Kinkakuji Temple and ended at the Golden Pavilion. We were going to say good bye when he wanted to make sure we made it back towards our Hotel. I expressed interest in a Sushi restaurant in Pontocho. We found it with his help. I invited him to lunch with us because it seemed difficult to order. He ordered for the three of us and we enjoyed one of our best meals.

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March 10, 2019

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