Kyoto Morning & Craft Tour
07:45 – 08:35
Hotels in Kyoto City
Pick-up service provided from major hotels in Kyoto.
New Miyako Hotel
Depart New Miyako Hotel to visit the following by bus.
Nijo Castle (50 min)
Tour the historical castle completed in 1626, which was built to provide lodging
for Tokugawa Shogun and as a palladium for Kyoto Imperial Palace.
Remarks: On Tuesdays (or Wednesday if Tuesday is a national holiday)
in January, July, August, and December and over the year-end New Year’s holidays,
Nijo Castle is closed. The tour will visit Ryoan-ji Temple instead.
Kinkaku-ji Temple (45 min)
Visit the Golden Pavillion, designated as a National Special Historic Site and
National Special Landscape, with 2 floors covered entirely in thin layers of pure gold
and detailed architecture incorporating three disctinct styles of shinden, samurai, and zen.
Kyoto Imperial Palace (from Mondays to Fridays) (40 min)
Gain exclusive access to the former residence of the Emperor of Japan,
which oversaw many important functions until the capital moved to Tokyo in 1869.
Remarks: On Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays, Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed.
On these days, the tour will visit Kitano-tenmangu Shrine instead.
The same is true of the period before and after the public viewing of Kyoto Imperial Palace
in spring and autumn, May 14 – 17 due to the Aoi Festival, year-end New Year’s holidays,
and whenever there is an Imperial Household event.
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine (Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays) (40 min)
It is famous as God of study. The main shrine is appointed to a national treasure.
It is particularly worth visiting for Japanese plum blossoms and colored leaves.
Remarks: On Jan. 25, May 25 and Aug. 25, Nishi Hongan-ji Temple will be
the alternative for Kitano-tenmangu Shrine.
Lunch (50 min)
Craft workshop at Kyoto Handicraft Center (60 min)
The tour lets you experience block print, cloisonné work,
or many other crafts at the craft workshop.
15:00 – 15:30
The tour disbands after craft workshop ends.