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UNESCO World Heritage Site Nijo-jo Castle, a fortified complex dating from 1603, was the official residence of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first Tokugawa shogun. Walk in the pretty gardens or visit Ninomaru Palace to see fine Japanese artworks. It’s one of the most popular attractions in Kyoto, a city already full of must-visit attractions.

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Kyoto Cultural Forest, Shrine and Temple Tour with Options

Kyoto Cultural Forest, Shrine and Temple Tour with Options

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This guided tour helps you discover lots of Kyoto’s dispersed temples, shrines, and cultural attractions in one day. Save time researching and planning your trip, by having the itinerary organized for you. Travel in an air-conditioned coach for a hassle-free day. Highlights include Kiyomizu-Dera Temple, Fushimi Inari Shrine, Sagano Bamboo Forest, and Tenryuji Temple.
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  • 9 to 11 hours
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$152.38
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Private Highlights of Kyoto Tour

Private Highlights of Kyoto Tour

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Immerse yourself in the cultural and architectural splendor of Kyoto on this private tour, ideal for first-time visitors. Choose from two different routes, both of which cover major Kyoto attractions including Nijo Castle and Kiyomizu Temple, and explore the city with a personal guide. On the northwest-bound route, you’ll visit the Golden Pavilion, Nishiki Food Market, and the bamboo groves of Arashiyama Park. Alternatively, the southeast course covers the Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kiyomizu Temple, and the Gion area. Receive undivided attention from your guide on this private tour. 
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$212.49
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Kyoto Highlights 1 Day Trip - Golden Pavilion and Kiyomizu Temple from Kyoto

Kyoto Highlights 1 Day Trip - Golden Pavilion and Kiyomizu Temple from Kyoto

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Immerse yourself in the captivating culture of Kyoto on a full-day sightseeing tour. See the tranquil Kiyomizu Temple amid its verdant surroundings; absorb the Imperial majesty of Kyoto Imperial Palace; and stroll amid the botanical beauty of Kinkaku-ji Temple. Behold the beguiling beauty of the Fushimiinari Taisha Shrine and enrich your knowledge of Kyoto’s rich historical heritage with commentary from an informative guide. Moderate levels of fitness are advisable for this tour, on which a lot of walking occurs.
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  • 10 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$144.85
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Private Kyoto Custom One Day Tour by Chartered Vehicle

Private Kyoto Custom One Day Tour by Chartered Vehicle

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Immerse yourself in Japanese culture and history using this private full-day vehicle charter from Kyoto. After selecting your preferred choice of transportation from a van, bus or limousine, your group will enjoy a private tour through the ancient city of Kyoto, complete with UNESCO-listed temples and numerous culture attractions. Explore the city at your own pace and customize the day to see only what you want to, all with the help of a guide/driver. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the best Kyoto has to offer.
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  • 8 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$695.03
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Kyoto and Nara 1 Day Trip - Golden Pavilion and Todai-ji Temple from Kyoto

Kyoto and Nara 1 Day Trip - Golden Pavilion and Todai-ji Temple from Kyoto

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Discover the history and religions of ancient Japan during this full-day exploration of Kyoto and Nara. See Kyoto’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kinkaku-ji and Nijo Castle, along with its Imperial Palace. Then drive from Kyoto to Nara to explore its own World Heritage Site, Todai-ji Temple (including Great Buddha Hall), plus Kasuga Shrine. You also visit Nara’s deer park and sample a Japanese and Western-style meal for lunch. Your Nara and Kyoto visit also includes a guide, coach transport, and all entrance fees.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$152.28
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Kyoto Morning Tour - Golden Pavilion and Kyoto Imperial Palace from Kyoto

Kyoto Morning Tour - Golden Pavilion and Kyoto Imperial Palace from Kyoto

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Marvel at the some of the top UNESCO World Heritage-listed temples and palaces of ancient Kyoto on this half-day tour. This quick introduction to the sights of Kyoto covers Nijo Castle, Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion), and the Japanese Emperor’s former Imperial Palace—a perfect way to see the city if you’re short on time. Your guided morning Kyoto excursion includes entrance fees and transport between sites by coach.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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$72.43
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Kyoto Private Custom Walking & Sightseeing Tour

Kyoto Private Custom Walking & Sightseeing Tour

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Take control of your Kyoto sightseeing and visit only the sights you wish to see on this private walking tour. Ideal for first-time visitors, this tour lets you customize a half-day or full-day itinerary. Opt to visit the Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku-ji), Fushimi Inari Shrine, and Nijo Castle, or to stray from the beaten path to see an alternative side of Kyoto. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 2 to 8 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$157.00
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Kyoto and Nara 1 Day Trip - Golden Pavilion and Todai-ji Temple from Osaka

Kyoto and Nara 1 Day Trip - Golden Pavilion and Todai-ji Temple from Osaka

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See Kyoto and Nara’s spectacular sights on a full-day sightseeing tour of the cities from Osaka. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, gain fascinating insight into the rich historical heritage of the region’s legendary landmarks. Begin your cultural excursion with a guided tour of the ancient Nijo Castle, and then absorb the aesthetic majesty of both Kyoto Imperial Palace and Kinkaku-ji Temple. Revitalize with a traditional Japanese and western-style buffet lunch then explore nearby Nara, home to majestic monuments like the Great Buddha of Tadoi-ji Temple and Kasuga Shrine.
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  • 11 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$180.14
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SnapKyoto's Cycle Photo Shoot and Tour (Kyoto's hidden gems)

SnapKyoto's Cycle Photo Shoot and Tour (Kyoto's hidden gems)

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The most unique tour will take you to a castle, palace, temple, shrine, a local shopping street, and a Japanese garden while offering three amazing things: 1. Cycle through the streets of Kyoto with a local without waiting or queuing for bus/train or behind other tourists. 2. Get your photos taken by a professional photographer to document your amazing memories and the next day you will receive 50-100 stunning images to share with family/friends. No need for camera/selfie stick. 3. Learn about the history, culture and the people of Kyoto and Japan from an expat who's lived in Kyoto for 12 years. No need to worry where to go and what to see. I'll take care of it all. You just enjoy the sites. If your prefered time is not available, please get in touch and I will create one. If you want a tour that includes Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, Fushimi Inari, and Gion Geisha area by public transport, I offer Half-day and Full-Day Photo tours, so please check snapkyoto my Instagram.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$95.23
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Kyoto Historical Highlights Cycling Tour with the Golden Pavilion

Kyoto Historical Highlights Cycling Tour with the Golden Pavilion

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- Kick off the tour by checking out Nijo Castle and Seimei Shrine You will be surprised to find how calm and peaceful this ancient city is! Start this historical sights tour by learning about Nijo Castle and how to pray at a Japanese shrine at the unique Seimei Shrine. - Breeze through the old capital's Imperial Palace and enjoy a delicious lunch at a Japanese tea house! After seeing the magical golden pavilion get ready to cycle again for a nice downhill ride to the Imperial Palace where your guide will give you some insights to the old days! - Enjoy the local Kyoto oasis that is Kamogawa river with a relaxing cycle After chowing down on some delicious Kyoto cuisine and taking a break hop back on your bike and finish the tour off with a super-relaxing ride. Magical Trip is a local tour operator with the TripAdvisor certificate of excellence that offers various types of small-group tours throughout Japan! Check out our Trip Advisor Page for more tours and our reviews!
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$85.80
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Private Custom Tour: Kyoto in One Day

Private Custom Tour: Kyoto in One Day

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Make the most of your time in Kyoto by booking a customized private tour with an expert guide. Create your own sightseeing itinerary, choosing from among dozens of cultural and historic landmarks, including 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites such as Nijo Castle or Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavilion), and Fushimi Inari Shrine. Choose either a half-day or full-day itinerary and travel via public transport accompanied by your guide. Transportation and lunch is included on this comprehensive and flexible Kyoto tour.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$252.56
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Kyoto Private Tour with a Local: 100% Personalized, See the City Unscripted

Kyoto Private Tour with a Local: 100% Personalized, See the City Unscripted

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It can be daunting as a first-time visitor to Japan to cope with language barriers and navigate around a new place. On this Kyoto half-day tour, take the stress out of travel planning by having a local host plan your day. Explore one or two neighborhoods of your choice, walking past multiple top attractions and learning about Japanese culture from your guide. By traveling with a local, you learn about hidden secrets off the beaten track that tourists wouldn’t usually visit.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$112.92
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KYOTO & NARA by Land Rover Discovery Sport 2018 Customize Your Itinerary

KYOTO & NARA by Land Rover Discovery Sport 2018 Customize Your Itinerary

Private VIP Tour in KYOTO & NARA allows you to “Customize Your Itinerary” to fit your specific travel expectations. You have your own private Land Rover Discovery Sport 2018 and English speaking driver for approximately 8 hours. Our team assists you to manage the tour, give recommendations, make reservations and check information. <<< You customize your own Day Trip in KYOTO & NARA >>> STEP1: We propose list of famous destinations while you share with us your travel desires and special requests. STEP2: With careful communication and planning, we share and exchange our draft detailed itinerary. STEP3: We revise/finalize the itinerary. ***You can always change the itinerary even on the day while traveling on the car. Please feel free to reach our team and driver for recommendation at any time. ***Extra 1 ~ 2 hours will be given for free only in case of heavy traffic jam and unexpected delay(s). ***Extra charges will be applied for over time service.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$809.49
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KYOTO by Land Rover Discovery Sport 2018 Customize Your Itinerary

KYOTO by Land Rover Discovery Sport 2018 Customize Your Itinerary

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Private VIP Tour in KYOTO allows you to “Customize Your Itinerary” to fit your specific travel expectations. You have your own private Land Rover Discovery 2018 and English speaking driver for approximately 8 hours. Our team assists you to manage the tour, give recommendations, make reservations and check information. STEP1: We propose list of famous destinations while you share with us your travel desires and special requests. STEP2: With careful communication and planning, we share and exchange our draft detailed itinerary. STEP3: We revise/finalize the itinerary. ***You can always change the itinerary even on the day while traveling on the car. Please feel free to reach our team and driver for recommendation at any time. ***Extra 1 ~ 2 hours will be given for free only in case of heavy traffic jam and unexpected delay(s). ***Extra charges will be applied for over time service.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$780.92
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Kyoto Highlights 1 Day Trip - Golden Pavilion & Kiyomizu temple from Osaka

Kyoto Highlights 1 Day Trip - Golden Pavilion & Kiyomizu temple from Osaka

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See all of Kyoto’s spectacular sights on a comprehensive full-day tour from Osaka. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, absorb the imperial majesty of legendary landmarks like Nijo Castle, Kiyomizu Temple, and the Golden Pavillion. Marvel at more than 1,000 Bodhisattva statues at Sanjusangendo Hall; stroll the manicured gardens surrounding Fushimi Inari Taisha; and discover the opulent chambers of the Kyoto Imperial Palace on a guided tour. Enjoy the convenience of round-trip transportation from central Osaka and a traditional Japanese lunch on this comprehensive cultural tour.
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  • 12 hours
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$164.35
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Nijo Castle and Imperial Palace Visit with Private Guide

Nijo Castle and Imperial Palace Visit with Private Guide

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Get a deeper insight into Japanese history than would be possible independently on this private guided tour of Nijo Castle and Kyoto Imperial Palace. As you explore the historic buildings, enjoy the undivided attention of your guide who introduces you to Japan's Edo period when it was under the control of a shogunate, and the establishment of Kyoto, the ancient capital.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$111.30
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Kyoto Celebrated Sites One Day Tour

Kyoto Celebrated Sites One Day Tour

This tour includes 4 celebrated sites in Kyoto such as a palace, a castle and temples. The two temples on this tour are less crowded but venerated ones with rich histories. Both of them have beautiful gardens that invite us to pause and to refresh ourselves. At the first temple, you can step into the same room where retired emperors and princes used to stay. At the other temple, you will know how the first lady spent her last days after her husband, a samurai leader, passed away. Comparing the Imperial Palace with Nijo Castle helps you to understand the difference between the emperor and the shogun. In this tour, you will learn about the culture of nobles and warriors and touch the lives of emperors and shoguns.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$167.14
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Kyoto Imperial Palace and Nijo Castle Walking Tour

Kyoto Imperial Palace and Nijo Castle Walking Tour

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This luxurious tour introduces all the important spots in Kyoto in one day: you can get to know the faith of the commoners of Japan, the characteristic food of Kyoto, the residence of the shogun, the palace of the Emperor, and also take a stroll through the geisha street. With this tour, you can deeply understand the lives and thoughts of the people of Kyoto and Japan.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$131.78
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Private Nijo Castle Sightseeing and Nishiki Food Tour

Private Nijo Castle Sightseeing and Nishiki Food Tour

This is a Nishiki market private tour using public transportation. The destinations of the tour includes Nishiki market, Nijyo castle and Kyoto imperial palace. Let's try many kinds of seafood and traditional Japanese food while learning from the professional guide about the history of Nishiki market! Take a tour to eat and drink like locals! As an example, there are shops such as Hedgehog wharf, sea urchin, fried fish cake, hamo(pike conger) , Japanese-style egg omelet and more. Meal charges are not included in this tour fee. The average food and drink price per person at Nishiki market is 3,000 yen to 4,000 yen.Depending on the menu you choose, these charges will change. Choose what you like and eat a lot at Nishiki market! After eating, enjoy the ancient buildings and the history about them. For details of the destination, you can look at the what to expect, inclusions and excursions section of this web page.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$163.92
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Kyoto Morning Tour - Golden Pavilion & Kyoto Imperial Palace from Osaka

Kyoto Morning Tour - Golden Pavilion & Kyoto Imperial Palace from Osaka

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Experience the top cultural highlights in the ancient city of Kyoto during this half-day tour departing by train from Osaka. Head out with a local guide to explore two UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites, including Nijo Castle and Kinkaku-Ji (also known as the Golden Pavilion). Spend additional time visiting Kyoto’s regal Imperial Palace. This guided excursion of Kyoto includes round-trip JR rail ticket from Osaka to Kyoto and all admission fees.
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  • 7 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$100.28
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Kyoto Custom Full Day Tour

Kyoto Custom Full Day Tour

This private and customizable tour for Kyoto is perfect for guests who would like to have their own itinerary planned based on their interests and preferences, allowing guests to experience the city at their own pace.
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  • 8 hours
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$245.13
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Kyoto Splendid Nature, Castle & Garden Exploring Tour

Kyoto Splendid Nature, Castle & Garden Exploring Tour

Besides venerated temples and shrines, Kyoto is also a city rich in nature. In this tour, we will enjoy strolling around a picturesque landscape once loved by the nobles at the western end of the city. Afterwards we will visit the gorgeous Nijo castle built by the shogun. It shows off his power and authority, exceeding even that of the emperor. This castle witnessed the shogun and his family’s dominance of the nation from their rise to their fall. The castle is located at the center of Kyoto. Our last stop is one of the most famous zen temples in Japan situated at the bottom of Kyoto’s eastern mountains. Nanzenji Temple calms us down and invites us to the world of meditation.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$125.35
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Free Choice of Itineraries Kyoto Private Tour

Free Choice of Itineraries Kyoto Private Tour

This is a guided private custom Kyoto tour using by chartered taxi. Pick up at a hotel in Kyoto city. For the tour destination, choose four places where you are interested in Kyoto from the list below for your tour! Karesansui Rock Garden, Arashiyama Bamboo Groves, Togetsu Bridge, Kinkakuji Temple,Tenryuji Temple, Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, Kiyomizu Temple, Nijo Castle, Kyoto Imperial Palace, Sanjusangendo. Enjoy the ancient temples , shrines and wonderful bamboo groves with historical explanations by professional guides. You will receive an email after booking your tour from this web page. Please reply to the email with the 4 tourist sites you want to visit. The price for the displayed tour does not include the charter car fares. The fares is 55000 yen on average. However, it changes with the parking lot and toll road to use on the day. Charter fares will be charged on the day of the tour. For details of the tour, you can look at inclusions excursions section of this web page.
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  • 8 hours
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$214.75
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Japanese Tea Ceremony in authentic machiya house

Japanese Tea Ceremony in authentic machiya house

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Are you looking for an authentic tea ceremony? Our Tea Ceremony is held on the second floor of a 140-year-old traditional Machiya and led by certificated Tea Teacher who is born and based here in Kyoto. We can help you understand the correct manners for Tea and we offer with insights into the Way of Tea. After attending our class you will understand how to enjoy matcha tea,and you can enjoy at home. Please feel free to contact us for reservations, or with any questions you may have. We have organized our Tea space so it is accessible to anyone. You will sit on on tatami. You can sit on the chair if you would like to.We welcome children and the elderly.We are the member of Kyoto City Tourism Association.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$40.86
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Nijo-jo Castle can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 67 Nijo-jo Castle tickets and tours on Viator.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Nijo-jo Castle costs USD 9.11. Guided Nijo-jo Castle tours start around USD 9.11 per person. See all 67 Nijo-jo Castle tickets and tours on Viator.
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