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  1. Japan
  2. Kyoto Prefecture
  3. Kyoto
  4. Nijo Castle

Kyoto: Full Day UNESCO Tour with Guide

Product ID: 250672
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Explore many of Kyoto’s UNESCO World Heritage sites. Visit three different temples, one castle, and the famous geisha district of Gion.
About this activity
Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Visit 3 of Kyoto's most famous temples in a single tour
  • Learn the history and stories of the temples from your guide
  • Explore Nijo Castle, where the Shogun (ruler of Japan) lived in the 17th century
  • Stroll around Gion, Kyoto's most famous Geisha district
Full description
Begin your day at one of the most famous zen temples of Japan, Ryoan-Ji. Rest and meditate in its legendary rock garden and try to see all of the rocks from a single perspective. Next, visit Nijo Castle, the residence of the Shogun (ruler of Japan) during the 17th century. The main hall is richly decorated, showing the wealth of old times.

Enjoy a traditional Japanese style vegetarian lunch in a 100-year-old machi-ya, the typical residence of old Kyoto’s middle class. After lunch, head to one of Kyoto's most famous landmarks, Kiyomizu-Dera temple. It is famous for its large wooden terrace where you will be able to enjoy the view of Eastern Kyoto’s treasure Higashiyama. 

Continue your tour to explore Sanjusangendo, a temple in eastern Kyoto that is famous for its 1001 statues of Bodhisattva Kannon, the Buddhist goddess of mercy. This site, usually skipped by most tourists, will add some charm to your day. Finally, take a stroll around Gion, Kyoto’s most famous geisha district. You might be lucky enough to spot one in this wonderful traditional area.
  • Round-trip transportation by bus
  • English-speaking guide
  • Japanese-style vegetarian lunch in a traditional machi-ya house
What’s Not Included
  • Entrance fee for Kiyomizu-dera, Ryoan-ji, Nijo Castle, and Sanjusangen-do (unless option chosen)

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Meeting point

9:40 AM at Kyoto VIP Lounge, 6 Nishikujotoriiguchicho, Minami-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 1F, 2F. Google maps: Instructions on how to get there:

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Important information
Know before you go
• Please note that Kyomizu-Dera is under renovation until March 2020
• Please note that the tour schedule is subject to traffic conditions
• Please advise of any dietary requirements when booking
• The onboard commentary may be given in English and Chinese simultaneously
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VIP Japan Tours

Product ID: 250672