Day Tour

Kyoto Morning Tour: Nijo Castle, Kinkaku-ji Temple, Kyoto Imperial Palace (Round-trip from Kyoto)

  • Shrine
  • Heritage
  • Castle
  • Pick up
  • Half Day

per person USD 59

This tour is recommended for those traveling to Kyoto for the first time. Visit popular sightseeing spots efficiently, all before noon! This tour is accompanied by a National Government Licensed English Guide Interpreter. Visit the World Heritage Site of Nijo Castle. The impressive, elaborate carvings and decors in the Ninomaru Palace are a must-see. Visit Kinkaku-ji Temple, with its beautiful golden Shariden (a building in which Buddha's ashes are enshrined), and see its elegantly beautiful garden.

Day 1: KYOTO



Avanti's Sunrise Tours Desk (across from Kyoto Station Hachijo Exit)

*Please refer to [Bus Company]

Nijo Castle (50 mins)

A World Heritage site. Tour the historical castle completed in 1626, which was built to provide lodging for the Tokugawa Shogun and as a palladium for Kyoto Imperial Palace. The impressive, elaborate carvings and decors in the Ninomaru Palace are a must-see.

*Please refer to [Exemptions/Itinerary Guarantee: Itinerary/Destinations].

Kinkaku-ji Temple (45 mins)

A World Heritage site. The wooden architecture is covered in thin layers of pure gold and is surrounded by a beautiful pond.

[Regular] Kyoto Imperial Palace (40 mins)

See the Kyoto Imperial Palace, which was used as the Emperor's residence until about 150 years ago. *Please refer to [Exemptions/Itinerary Guarantee: Itinerary/Destinations]. 

[Kyoto Imperial Palace Closed Days] Kitano Tenmangu Shrine (40 mins)

Kitano Tenmangu Shrine is the substitute for Kyoto Imperial Palace on days it is closed to visitors. It is famous for housing the God of Scholarship. This shrine's main hall is a designated national treasure. The shrine is especially great to see during the plum blossom and autumn leaf seasons.

*Please refer to [Exemptions/Itinerary Guarantee: Itinerary/Destinations].


Tour ends at Kyoto Station

No drop-off service to hotels will be provided. Please head to your next destination on your own from Kyoto Station.

Departure Date

2023: Jan. 12-Dec. 27, Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. (Exceptions apply)


No meals included.


English-speaking guide service is included. English-speaking assistant will be accompanied round trip between Osaka and Kyoto.


Minimum participants required: 1 person.

Meeting Place

Avanti's Sunrise Tours Desk (across from Kyoto Station Hachijo Exit)


[Reception Method]
At reception, please show your reservation confirmation sheet, a printout of the reservation confirmation e-mail, or show the e-mail on your mobile device screen to staff.


[Operation Conditions/Tour Conditions]
- Customers are to prepare the necessary visa requirements, etc. for traveling to Japan on their own.
- Please check the following for the most up-to-date information on infection control measures.
- Please register in advance on Visit Japan Web and use Fast Track. For details, please check the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs of Japan website or the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare website.
- Please be sure to guide the customer to enroll in private insurance for medical care.
- If the minimum number of participants (1) is not met by 4 days before the scheduled date, the tour on that date may be canceled.
- To prevent infection, please participate wearing face masks.
- On the day of the tour, a health check and temperature screening will be conducted. Those with a temperature of 37.5 and above as well as those who do not feel well may not be allowed to participate.
- The above are subject to change depending on the infection status. Please be sure to follow the guide's instructions.
Please check the following for the most up-to-date information.


[Exemptions/Itinerary Guarantee: Itinerary/Destinations]
The Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed to visitors on the following days. As such, the tour will visit Kitano Tenmangu Shrine instead.
If the closed day falls on the 25th, the tour will visit Nishi Hongan-ji Temple. (Mondays, Tuesday if Monday is a national holiday, and whenever there is an Imperial Household event)
Nijo Castle is closed on Tuesdays in January, July, August, and December. (Closed on the following day if Tuesday is a holiday.) If closed, Ryoan-ji Temple will be visited instead.
During the Gion Festival (Sakimatsuri, July 15 - 16), drop-off service to Karasuma Kyoto Hotel and Hotel Nikko Princess.
Kyoto will be unavailable due to traffic restrictions. Connections from this tour can be made to the "Kyoto Maiko Dinner" and "Kyoto Night Tour."
Participants will walk from the parking lot to Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine (about 15 min one-way). Thank you for your understanding.
The order of activities and arrival times may differ depending on road conditions and congestion at destinations.
Seats may not be designated.


[Bus Company]
Teisan Kanko Bus Co., Ltd. (in general); Yasaka Sightseeing Bus Co., Ltd.; Yuai Kanko Bus Co., Ltd.; Toh-ho-kanko Bus
Co., Ltd.; Kyoto Kanko Bus Co., Ltd.; or Senriyama Bus Co., Ltd.
*In general, Teisan Kanko Bus will be used.
If otherwise, it will be specified in the final itinerary.
*Depending on the number of tour participants, transportation to be used may be other than a large bus (mid-size bus, small bus), a hired car (van, minivan - MK Co., Ltd. or Yasaka Group), or a taxi.
Standard transportation for approximate number of customers: - Large bus: around 26 people or more, Mid-size bus: around 11-25 people, Small bus: around 9-10 people, Van (hired car): around 5-8 people, Minivan (hired car): around 3-4 people, Taxi: around 1-2 people


[Important Notes/Supplements: Meeting/Pick-up/Pick-up Location]
Sunrise Tours Desk inside Avanti (across from Kyoto Station Hachijo Exit) / 8:20

Please contact JTB Reservation Center for the pickup service to assembly place.
JTB Reservation Center : Tel 1(800) 223-6104, email

Date & Price Tour Start Tour End Departure Adult Child Infant Single Supplement
01/12/2023 12/27/2023 Kyoto $ 59 $ 52 $ 0 $ 0
Cancellation rates will apply to the tour fare as below. If notice of cancellation is received on tour starting date, or in case of failure to show without notice 100% of the tour fare, 1 day prior to the starting date of the tour 40%, 7 to 2 days prior, 30%, 8 days or more days prior, no charge. Cancellation period is based on United State PST time.. Notice must be received during JTB USA office hours. Mon. - Fri., 9:00AM-5:30PM PST Except National Holidays.

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