This one-day tour offers us an overview of one's favorite city in Japan as well as a chance to visit the highlights in Kyoto such as symbolic Kinkakuji Temple, magnificent Nijo Castle, vibrant culinary Nishiki Market and famous Kiyomizu Pure Water Temple.

Tour Code: JSK01
Duration: 8 hours
Start/End: Kyoto port/ Kyoto port
Highlights: Kinkakuji Temple, Nijo Castle, Nishiki Market, Kiyomizu (Pure Water) Temple in the East
Tour Customizable: Absolutely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)
Tour Category: Kyoto shore excursions

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On arrival at the cruise terminal, you will be welcome by our tour guide and privately transferred to Kinkakuji Temple which is also known as the Golden Pavilion. Located in northern Kyoto, Kikkakuji is a Zen temple which was built with an exquisite architecture including a large pond and two top floors covered completely in gold leaf.

Kinkakuji-Temple-Kyoto-shore-excursions-from-KobeThen we will continue to visit Nijo Castle, which was built in 1603 as a residence for Tokugawa Leyasu – the first shogun of the Edo period. The castle is ornamented beautifully with spectacular gardens. The castle was organized as the world heritage site by UNESCO in 1994 while the castle’s buildings are the best surviving examples of castle architecture in Japan. NIjo Castle can be divided into 3 parts to visit: the Honmaru (the main circle of defense), the Ninimaru (the second circle of defense) and gardens that surround both the Honmaru and Ninomaru.

Kyoto shore trips - Nijo CastleNext, we will move on to Nishiki Market to having lunch with Japanese food as well as enjoy free time at the market known as the “Kyoto Kitchen” where offer more than hundred stalls and stores – interesting place to find seasonal foods and Japanese specialties like sushi, dried seafood, Kyoto’s sweets and pickles…

Kyoto Attractions - Nishiki MarketLeaving the culinary market, we will head on to the last stop of our trip today that is Kiyomizudera (Pure Water Temple) – one of the most famous temples in Japan. Its name was originated from it found in the area of Ottawa Waterfall in 780. The temple offers a stunning view of beautiful cherry and maple in the beautiful scenery of current season with its characters as well as the city of Kyoto from the distance. The temple was added to the list of UNESCO world heritage sites in 1994.

Pure-Water-Temple The temple is located in a lovely and interesting neighborhood along the steep and busy lanes of Higashiyama District with a variety of shops and restaurants which are catering to tourist and pilgrims for centuries. You might want to stop and window shop as well as try to taste some of the specialties if the time allowed. Trip ends.

What’s included?

  • Round trip transfer from the port in private air-conditioned vehicle
  • English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fee and port fee
  • 1 bottle of water per person per day

What’s excluded?

  • Pre & After accommodation
  • Other drinks
  • Lunch
  • Tips
  • Other personal expenses