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Kyoto, Highlight One Day Tour; Nijo Castle,Golden Pavilion,Ryoanji Temple, Nishiki Market

Takatoshi T.

4.97(29) reviews
English, Japanese (Native)
8 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 4 people

Kyoto was the capital of Japan and home of the Imperial Court for more over 1,000 years,AD794 - AD1868. Countless temples, shrines and other historically structures including 17 world heritage sites survive in the city today.


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Meeting Point

KYOTO station or at your hotel in Kyoto.

Nijo Castle : Built in the beg.17th Century and it was used as the residence of Tokugawa shoguns in Kyoto.In 1867, it was the stage for the declaration by Tokugawa Yoshinobu, returning the authority to the Imperial Court. The palace grounds are large with several beautiful gardens as well as groves of plum and cherry trees.

Kinkakuji Temple(Golden Pavilion): This is a three storied Zen temple whose top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf.

Ryoanji Temple: It is a Zen temeple with the most famous dry landscape garden. Originally an aristocrat's villa during the Heian Period, the site was converted into a Zen temple in 1450.

Nishiki Market: It is Kyoto’s largest traditional food market which is is a narrow, five block long shopping arcade lined by more than one hundred shops and restaurants.

Ending Point

KYOTO station or at your hotel in Kyoto.

What to Expect

Nijo Castle is the stage of the opening and closing ceremonies of the last feudal period, theEdo period. It is also the starting point of the modern Japan. A traditional landscape garden with a large pond, ornamental stones and manicured pine trees extends outside the palace. Kinkakuji Temple(Golden Pavilion) , the temple structure and its garden designed for strolling are representative of Muromachi-period(14th-16th centuries) . Ryoanji temple is a calm Zen training temple with its simple and remarkable dry landscape garden. It is completely different from the traditional pond-strolling gardens of Nijo Castle.

Ryoanji and Kinkakuji were built around the same period, so the contrast between them will surely arouse your interest. Visitors will find the two different faces of structure in the temple and the garden gorgeous and simple, even though it was the same period of Muromachi period.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee, Hotel pick-up in Kyoto city area.

What‘s not included

transportation fee(you and guide), lunch, dinner,entrance fee. ex)

One day ticket of subway & Kyoto city Bus; JPY900 (adult)

Admission fee : Nijo castle JPY600(adult),Kinkakuji Temple JPY400(adult),Ryoanji Temple JPY500(adult),

Insurance policy:No insurance.No responsibility for accidents.

Important Information

7days are requested prior to the date of guiding. Overtime fee: 3,000JPY/Hour

Japanese garden are two distinct types : A pond gardens designed for strolling which are historically, attached to the estates of aristocrats or feudal lord, and a dry landscape gardens(also known as a rock garden) are typically associated with Zen Buddhism, thus some famous Zen temple have this type of garden.

The 1,000years of Kyoto has several different periods like Heian, Kamakura, Muromachi, Edo. The ruler has changed many times during these period but the Tenno (Emperor) of the Japanese imperial line has been succeeded by the male bloodline since the first Emperor Jinmu to the hundered and twenty-fifth present Emperor (so-called `unbroken line of Emperors,'

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting time



Grace A.

Oct 23, 2019

Nara and Ikaruga

Takatoshi made our trip very memorable! He was kind, patient and knowledgeable. His itinerary was great and we ended the tour trying Japanese tapas style dishes pairing with Sake. I highly recommend him! Thank you very much Takatoshi! :-)

Takatoshi T.

Thank you very much for your kind review. I have also enjoyed the tour with both of you visiting places and having sake at that time. As mentioned, Nara has several cities and places to where you have to visit like Asuka etc. as for the foundation area of Japan. You are always welcome and looking forward to visiting again in Nara.


Debra R.

Oct 10, 2019

Fabulous Kyoto Tour

Takatoshi is a wonderful guide! He is knowledgeable, thoughtful, and so ready to share his love for his country and culture. We spent the day touring many sites in Kyoto and learned so much. We toured beautiful gardens and mastered the subway system. He’s totally fluent in English and our day was an enjoyable learning experience. We highly recommend him!

Takatoshi T.

Dear Debra san, Thank you for your nice comment to my tour yesterday. I really appreciate it and have also enjoyed tour time with your member. Hopefully, we will see you again anywhere in this small world. I wish your safely back to your home as well as your and your family's good health and prosperity in future.


Nathalie C.

Oct 7, 2019

Very great guide for discovering a bit of Japan

We spent one day of visit in Kyoto with Takatoshi. He knows a lot about history and the different tips along the road. We had a great English discussion about any topics. We do recommend Takatoshi who also walked with us to a really nice Sake local place. Hope to see you again in Japan

Takatoshi T.

Thank you for your positive review to my tour in Kyoto. It was also nice time for me during the tour. I convince that you have spent great days in Japan , how was in Fukuoka ? Hope you had a nice time at Yakitori restaurant . I wish you and your family's prosperity in future and see you again anyplace in this small globe.

David L.

Aug 23, 2019

Awesome day in Nara!

This was such a great day in Nara. Takatoshi took us all over, showing us the highlights and adding a lot of history and depth at each location. He was able to answer every question we had about the different places with great detail which I really liked. He also knows the city since he lives in the area and was able to take us to cool places that I would never have even known existed. His English proficiency is also one of the best we had in Japan which makes a huge difference. If you are thinking of doing a half day/day in Nara, hire Takatoshi. Seriously, you will not regret it.

Takatoshi T.

Thank you for your positive and kind comment to my Nara tour. I really appreciate having a time with you and your wife on that day, though the temperature was more than 32 degree and high humid . If we could have more time, I would be glad to show you other places, but I will expect your next opportunity among any city in the west Japan. I wish your nice further journey in Japan and your safely back to your home. I have already sent pictures taken by me to you address. Hope you have well received it.

$245/ per group

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