08:00 - 08:40 Depart from Hotel in Kyoto City
All transportation on the tour will be by bus.
Remarks: In some cases participants will be picked up by taxi and taken to the bus terminal to transfer to the tour bus.
Nijo Castle (50 min)
A UNESCO 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.
Kinkaku-ji Temple (45 min)
Visit this World Heritage Site, also known as the Golden Pavilion. The wooden architecture is covered in thin layers of pure gold and is surrounded by a beautiful pond.
Kyoto Imperial Palace (Mondays to Fridays) (40 min)
The Kyoto Imperial Palace is the former ruling palace of the Emperor of Japan and served as residence since 1869.
Note: Kitano Tenmangu Shrine is visited as a substitute when Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed.
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine (Saturdays, Sundays, holidays, and specific days) (40 min)
The shrine's main hall is a designated national treasure and is famous for housing the God of scholarship. The shrine is especially great to see during the plum blossom and autumn leaf seasons.
Lunch (Japanese/Western style buffet lunch) (50 min)
Heian Jingu Shrine (25 min)
Don't miss the characteristic red architecture of this beautiful shrine built to celebrate the 1100 year anniversary of the founding of the city of Kyoto.
Sanjusangen-do Temple (30 min)
Visit the world's longest wooden structure, housing 1,001 life-size statues of Buddhist Kannon deities dating back to the 13th century.
Kiyomizu-dera Temple (70 min)
The view of Kyoto from the World Heritage Site of Kiyomizu-dera is superb. The historic shopping lane that leads to the temple adds to a wonderful experience.
17:30 - 18:30 Drop-off Service
From Kiyomizu-dera Temple to hotels