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Private Highlights of Kyoto Tour
"The tour starts at 9am from the Hotel Granvia Kyoto in the JR Kyoto Station building. You are requested to select one of two different courses Northwest-bound course or the Southeast-bound course. The Northwest-bound course visits the Bamboo Grove the Rock Garden (Ryoanji Temple) the Golden Pavilion and the Nijo Castle or the Nishiki Market. The Southeast-bound course visits the Sake Brewery the Fushimi Inari Taisha the Sanjusangendo Temple the Kiyomizudera Temple and the Ninenzaka or Sannenzaka Slope.Tour ends at 4pm near the Gion area
From JPY10,000.00
Kyoto Full-Day Sightseeing Tour including Nijo Castle and Kiyomizu Temple
"Following a morning pickup from your Kyoto hotel meet your guide and hop aboard your air-conditioned coach to begin your city tour. Widely considered to be the cradle of Japan's cultural heritage Kyoto was the country’s capital and the Emperor's residence from 794 until 1868. Today it stands as Japan’s seventh largest city with a population of 1.4 million people and a modern face which belies its status as Japan's most traditional city. Head first to Nijo Castle noted for the stark contrast between its solemn appearance and beautiful interior. Built in 1603 as the Kyoto residence of the Tokugawa Shogun Nijo Castle is a joy to explore. Wander past the inner walls to Honmaru Palace and its garden and hear of their history and heritage from your guide. Discover Ninomaru Palace with its five connecting buildings made of cypress — lavishly decorated in gold leaf — and admire the kitchens
From JPY13,200.00
"Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto
"Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto Nara and Kobe from Osaka""You will be picked up at either Umeda (8:40am) or Namba (9am). Upon arrival at Arashiyama you will tour the Arashiyama district located in the Western part of Kyoto. This area becomes most attractive around early April and late November when the cherry blossoms bloom and fall color seasons usually peak. During the summer months traditional cormorant fishing is practiced on the Hozu River for tourists to watch. One highly recommended spot is the Sagano Bamboo Forest. It is a pleasantly cool 100m long walkway that begins from the side of the world heritage Tenryuji Temp you will have lunch at a buffet of filled with an assortment of  60 Kyoto dishes.After lunch you will tour the Kinkaku-ji temple. Kinkaku
From JPY12,176.00

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Kinkaku-ji Temple

By bus from downtown we reached Kinkaku-ji Temple after 40’. First we took some cold coffee from the machines outside the temple grounds and then we walked inside, purchased our ticket (¥400) and we...
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Nov 09, 2016

Golden magnificent temple

From Arashiyama I headed to Ktano-Hakubaicho. Note that you can pay 210 yen or you can use your Icoca card upon exit.From there, I stopped over a small restaurant and had a miso soup and rice toppings...
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Aug 02, 2014

Kinkakuji -The Golden Pavillion.

Kinkakuji is a Zen temple. Its top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf. The temple was originally built as the retirement villa of the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, and according to his will...
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May 05, 2014

Kinkaku-ji: the Golden Pavilion

Some sights are so much talked about and so often visited that you wonder if they can really be that wonderful. The Golden Pavilion is one such sight – and yes, it really is that wonderful. You will...
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Dec 18, 2013

Kinkaku-ji Temple: a beautiful strolling garden

After viewing the Golden Temple of Kinkaku-ji from most sides, the path leads you round the rest of the gardens. These have retained their original design from the days of Yoshimitsu, the Shogun who...
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Dec 18, 2013

Extremely photogenic temple covered in Gold!

Located in the northern area of Kyoto city, this is a zen based temple covered in gold leaf (popular coating of choice of the rich in old time japan). Once upon a time ago, it was actually a...
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Jun 30, 2013

The star attraction of Kyoto

So when someone has vision's of Japan you imagine 2 things ... first... the modern neon lights, crowded Japan and then the 2nd vision is the peaceful gardens with ancient temples ...... And the Golden...
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May 03, 2012

Kinkakuji - a feast of colors

Three-storey Zen Buddhist temple. Each floor was done in different architectural style - the ground floor is Heian imperial architecture, the second floor typifies warrior aristocracy and the top...
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Nov 23, 2011

Golden Glory

This pavillion is absolutely a sight to behold. It is stunning and well worth the visit. I visited in April, the air was bright and crisp, but it made for a perfect viewing day.After viewing Kinkakuji...
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Feb 06, 2011


This is one of the most famous sites in Japan, the Kinkaku-ji or Golden Pavilion. It is situated in a very pictureque setting, but the main downside is that you can't get all that close to it.It's a...
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Oct 15, 2010

Kinkakuji Temple

Kinkakuji is one of the most iconic temples in Japan, and I had spent quite a while in the area before deciding to visit. I was worried that Kinkakuji would not live up to all the hype about it, so...
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Jul 26, 2010

Visiting Kyoto Temples

There are some excellent audio guides to many of the principal Kyoto temples at, including Kinkaku-ji, Ginkaku-ji, Ryoan-ji, Sanjusangendo, Kiyomizudera, Nijo Castle and...
Jul 08, 2010
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Things to Do Near Kinkaku-ji - Golden Pavilion

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Hirano Shrine

Hirano Shrine is a popular place for Kyoto natives to view cherry blossoms, although foreigners don't often come here. The shrine was designated as one of the top shrines in the nation during the...
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Kitano Tenmangu Shrine

You can't blame anyone. Kyoto has so many temples and shrines that you can't visit all of them in your limited time. Some shrines will be always on the top ten and some will be neglected. Kitano...
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Ryoanji Temple

After the Golden Pavilion we took bus 59 for just 2 stops downhill (we could have walked for about 25’ but we had the day-pass) and reached another famous temple. This one is Ryoan-ji Zen Temple that...
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Imamiya Shrine

This shrine was built to worship three goddesses who are believed to act together as the gods of the plague. When Kyoto was the capital, offerings were made to these goddesses to ensure the good...
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Myoshinji Temple

Keishun-in is one of Myoshinji's subtemples, known for its garden. It was built in 1598. You can walk through the temple to see the tea house and then through the gardens. The walkway is nice, but to...
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Nishijin Textile Center

The Nishijin Textile Center is a good place to stop for three things: 1 - to learn about the textile industry in Kyoto, with displays that show the history of this district over the centuries. You can...
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Getting to Kinkaku-ji - Golden Pavilion


1 Kinkaku-ji-cho, Kita-ku, North Kyoto


  • Sunday 09:00 to 17:00
  • Monday 09:00 to 17:00
  • Tuesday 09:00 to 17:00
  • Wednesday 09:00 to 17:00
  • Thursday 09:00 to 17:00
  • Friday 09:00 to 17:00
  • Saturday 09:00 to 17:00