Kyoto: Kiyomizu Temple, Imperial Palace & Arashiyama Forest

Kyoto: Kiyomizu Temple, Imperial Palace & Arashiyama Forest

From $119.72 per person

Visit Kyoto's most iconic sites on this full-day minibus tour. Discover the Kiyomizu Temple, the Imperial Palace, and the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest.

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 7 hours
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Driver
English, Japanese
Pickup optional
Please wait in the hotel lobby 5 minutes before your scheduled pickup time.
Wheelchair accessible
Private or small groups available

Experience

Highlights
  • Take in panoramic views of Kyoto from the deck of Kiyomizu Temple
  • Make a quick photo stop at Heian Shrine's
  • Learn about the history of Japan at the Imperial Palace
  • Take photos with the famous Golden Temple in the background
  • Marvel at the beauty of the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest
Full description
First stop will be the Kiyomizu Temple. Early in the morning before the crowds arrive, explore the temple's impressive architecture and take photos from Kyoto's most famous viewpoint  called 'the stage of Kiyomizu'. Next, walk down to the Otowa Waterfall and pray for your fortune. Your driver-guide will tell you about its history and the proper manner to drink the water. Then make a quick photo stop at the massive torii gate of the Heian Shrine.  Next stop is the massive Kyoto Imperial Palace, located in central Kyoto. Inside the palace, hear about the many different buildings and what role each one played. Explore the beautiful and tranquil Japanese garden.  You can then make a quick lunch stop at a local shopping mall, where you can choose from a variety of options. Experiencing real local life in this shopping mall, where there are few tourists. After lunch, visit Kinkakuji, also known as the Golden Pavilion, one of the most famous temples in Japan. Your driver-guide will take photos of you with the Golden Pavilion behind you, and explain about the different customs of the temple.  Finally head to Arashiyama in the western area of Kyoto city. This area is famous for its beautiful bamboo forest. Walk through the forest slowly to fully enjoy the serene atmosphere it has to offer. Walk past the Imamiya shrine and back up to Okochi Sanso.  After enjoying the time in the bamboo forest, walk back to the bus to head back to central Kyoto. If you wish to stay longer in the Arashiyama area to visit other places such as Monkey Park, the Tenryuji Temple or the Okochi Sanso garden, you can say goodbye to your group here. Your driver-guide will tell you how to get back to central Kyoto.
Includes
  • Transportation by minivan
  • English-speaking driver-guide
  • Admission fees to all sites
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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Meeting point

Meet at exit 2 of Gojō Station.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Comfortable clothes

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • This is a small group tour of up to 8 people
  • This tour involves a lot of walking, so please wear comfortable shoes
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 / 5

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Review summary

  • Guide
    5.0/5
  • Transportation
    5.0/5
  • Value for money
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We had an absolutely wonderful experience! Our guide, Yuka, was incredibly knowledgeable, flexible to our interests, and a great photographer. would definitely recommend to anyone visiting Kyoto.

March 18, 2021

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