KNI – 039- 1-Day Kyoto & Nara Tour
Depart from Sunrise Tours Desk inside Avanti (across from Kyoto Station Hachijo Exit)
Pick-up service is available at hotels in Kyoto city.
All transportation on this tour is by bus.
Nijo Castle (50 min)
A World Heritage site. Tour the historical
castle completed in 1626, which was built to provide lodging for Tokugawa Shogun and as a palladium for Kyoto Imperial Palace. The impressive, elaborate carvings and decors in the Ninomaru Palace are a must-see.
Nijo Castle is closed on Tuesdays in January, July, August, and December (Closed on the following day if Tuesday is a holiday.) If the castle is closed, or if the tour is during the year-end/New Year's holidays, Ryoan-ji Temple will be visited instead.
Kinkaku-ji Temple (45 min)
A World Heritage site. The wooden architecture is covered in thin layers of pure gold and is surrounded by beautiful pond.
[Except Mondays] Kyoto Imperial Palace (40 min)
See the Kyoto Imperial Palace, which was used as the Emperor's residence until about 150 years ago.
On Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays, Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed. On these days, the tour will visit Kitano Tenmangu Shrine instead.
(Mondays, Tuesday if Monday is a national holiday, May 14-17 for the Aoi Festival, New Year's holidays, and whenever there is an Imperial Household event).
[Mondays (and Tuesdays when Monday is a national holiday)] Kitano Tenmangu Shrine (40 min) On Mondays (and Tuesdays if a national holiday falls on the preceding Monday), this tour will visit Kitano Tenmangu Shrine instead of the Kyoto Imperial Palace. 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.
The tour will visit Nishi Hongan-ji Temple instead of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine on September 25 and December25.