Kyoto is an old-fashioned but incredible land for anyone interested in Japanese culture and history. This ultimate Kyoto shore excursion covers all worth-visit attractions from Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, Kinkakuji Temple, Kiyomizu-Dera Temple and Nijo Castle to Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine. Discover the former capital of Japan little by little.

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Duration: 9.5 hours
Start/End: Osaka port/Osaka port
Highlights: Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, Kinkakuji Temple, Nijo-jo Castle, Higashiyama District, Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine
Tour Customizable: Absolutely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)
Tour Categories: Kyoto shore excursions

Small Group – Big Deal

Cruise: Celebrity Millennium
Date: 7 Apr 2020
Only 10 left
Expected Group of 15 – 16
US $177/person

Number of participants810121416
Price per person (USD/ pax)232252219195177
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Ultimate Kyoto Sightseeing Tour

Your trip starts with being picked up from port and drive to the west to reach Arashiyama Bamboo Grove. Soak in the endless green space created by thousands of bamboo trees covering your eyes. There is a scenic trail in the middle of the forest that provides the way to have a walk and feel the peaceful atmosphere like getting lost in another world. Then, leaving the bamboo forest behind to drive through Togetsukyo Bridge. Dating back to over 400 years, this wooden bridge spans the Katsura River with the background of Arashiyama Mountain. The view is breathtaking, especially in autumn.

Arashiyama Bamboo Kyoto shore excursions

Reach the next attraction, Kinkakuji Temple. Also having the name of Golden Pavilion, this temple has two top floors covered in gold leaf, making a sparkling appearance. Lying next to a large pond, Kinkakuji Temple stands out of the green background with extravagant Kitayama culture revealed in its impressive architecture. After that, head to Nijo-jo Castle. Serving as the residence of the first shogun in Edo period, the castle lands on a large space with a magnificent gate leading to the inner ground. The castle park is spectacular all year round with cherry blossoms in spring, green trees in summer, plums, and maples in autumn, and a little perfect white snow in winter.

Golden Pavilliion Kyoto shore excursions

Having a quick lunch before taking a walk in Higashiyama District. This place is one of the best-preserved ancient districts in Kyoto. Lined up by narrow lanes, wooden houses, and traditional merchant shops, Higashiyama help to remind about a glory old day with a beautiful smile of geisha lively shining the streets. Continue on to Kiyomizu-Dera Temple, or Pure Water Temple as widely known by foreigners. The temple stands on a hill providing a spectacular view over hundreds of cherry blossom and maple trees. Moreover, inside the main hall is a small statue of Kannon with seven faces and a thousand arms.

kyoto Kiyomizu-Dera Temple

The trip will complete with a visit to Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine – one of the most symbolized sites in Kyoto. The shrine attracts visitors by being home to thousands of vermilion torii gates lining up a trail leading to the scared forest next to Mount Inari. The shrine’ gate and main hall are also impressive sights with an important spiritual meaning dedicated to the resident deity. The trip finishes with a return back to port for your next departure.

Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine of Kyoto shore excursions

What’s included?

  • English-Speaking-Guide (licensed)
  • Chartered car/coach including high-way and parking fee
  • Entrance: Nijo-jo Castle, Kinkakuji Temple, Kiyomizu-dera Temple

What’s included?

  • Meals & Drinks
  • Tips for Guide and Driver