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The cancellation policy on this tour is outside of the normal ShoreTrips Terms of Service. The tour is non refundable 18 days prior to the tour date. If your ship does not make port, this tour will be non-refundable. Please take out travel insurance to cover this rare occurrence. This tour will NOT be refundable in cases in which conditions make it impossible for the ship to dock and disembark passengers in a timely manner.
Per Person (Based on 2 participants) $473 USD
Per Person (Based on 3 participants) $343 USD
Per Person (Based on 4 participants) $281 USD
Per Person (Based on 5 participants) $243 USD
Per Person (Based on 6 participants) $216 USD
Per Person (Based on 7 participants) $198 USD
Per Person (Based on 8 participants) $186 USD
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It is difficult for me to point to my favorite part of Kyoto. It was wherever we were at the time and whatever we were doing. I could never have enough time in this city.

The city of Kyoto sits in a basin traversed by several rivers and surrounded on three side by mountains. It is a city of magic and accessible due to its grid pattern. Wherever you are in the city, you will find hundreds of tiny alleys, curving paths that follow canals, and streets that lead to large temple precincts, markets, playgrounds and tiny parks unmarked on tourist maps. A jumble of architectural styles from traditional to modern, you can find over 1500 Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, often with famous gardens and works of art.

Your guide will facilitate your day by using incredible public transportation. As you move along the streets, you can talk about the lifestyle in Kyoto. The comprehensive bus system allows you to visit some of Kyoto's World Heritage Sites, and your day will begin with a visit to Kinkakuji Temple, referred to as the Golden Pavilion. This was originally built as a retirement villa for the Shogun, the military commander at the time. It then became a Buddhist Temple after his death at his request.

You will move on to the Nijo Castle, an ornamental villa surrounded by stunning gardens. Kyoto is known for its gardens and here you will find a wonderful example of why. Nijo Castle can be divided into three areas: the Honmaru (main circle of defense), the Ninomaru (secondary circle of defense) and some gardens that encircle the Honmaru and Ninomaru. The entire castle grounds and the Honmaru are surrounded by stone walls and moats. The main building was completed in 1603, and is famous for its architecture, decorated sliding doors and ‘chirping’ nightingale floors, created to warn the shogun of ninjas.

This area of the city is also known for its market. Though every city and town in Asia has their marketplace, Nishiki Market is special. Not only does it invite exploration into culinary delights, but known as 'Kyoto's Kitchen', it has all things food related. The market is made of actual stalls and stores and almost everything here is locally produced and procured. Often you will be offered tastes of items and your guide will help you out by identifying unusual specialities.

You have spent your time in Central Kyoto and to give you a sense of the vastness of the city, your last stop is Kiyomizu (Pure Water) Temple in the East. From the 13 meter high veranda jutting out from the Main Hall you can enjoy amazing views of the whole of Kyoto, whilst pondering the fact that both the Main Hall and Veranda were built without the use of nails or any kind of joiners. This is one of the most celebrated temples of Japan and again, the process of construction is one of the factors that makes this stand out as an unbelievable feat.

The temple is in a lovely and interesting neighborhood called Kiyomizudera. You will pass through on your approach to the temple along the steep and busy lanes of the atmospheric Higashiyama District. The many shops and restaurants in the area have been catering to tourists and pilgrims for centuries, and products on sale range from local specialties such as Kiyomizu-yaki pottery, sweets and pickles to the standard set of souvenirs. On your way back, you might want to stop and window shop or taste some of the treats if time allows.

Your full day has given you an overview of everyone's favorite city in Japan.

  • This Tour Includes:
  • English-speaking licensed guide
  • Escorted tour of Kyoto using public transportation (costs included)
  • Visit Kinkakuji Temple, the Golden Pavilion
  • Tour portions of Nijo Castle, an ornamental villa surrounded by stunning gardens
  • Walk Nishiki Market
  • See Kiyomizu Temple
  • Time for lunch (not included in tour cost)
  • Additional Languages Available
  • Unknown
  • *Possible upcharge at checkout for languages denoted with ($) symbol.

Days of Operation

Mon - yes
Tue - yes
Wed - yes
Thu - yes
Fri - yes
Sat - yes
Sun - yes

Departures (local time)

  • 9:00 AM (8 hrs)

Transfer / Meeting Instructions

No Taxi Required Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.

Special Instructions

• Tour is done using public transportation (costs included).
• Tour includes time for lunch (not included in tour cost).
• Entrance to the Kinkaku-ji Temple, Niko Castle and Kiyomizu Temple are included in the tour cost.


• Nijo Castle is closed on Tuesdays in January, July, August, and December, and from December 25-January 3. When it is closed, Ryoanji temple will be visited.
• During peak season (April/May, November), the course may be changed due to traffic conditions.
• We will do our best to confirm the tour at the standard pricing, however there may be a surcharge on holidays and from the end of December to the New Year.
The cancellation policy on this tour is outside of the normal ShoreTrips Terms of Service. The tour is non refundable under any circumstance 18 days prior to the tour date.
• Due to the extreme costs of hospitalization and medical services in Japan, we strongly recommend purchasing independent travel insurance that will cover you for injuries or illness while in Japan.