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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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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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$206.76
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$206.76
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Nijo Castle Official English Guided Tour

Nijo Castle Official English Guided Tour

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This tour is a guided tour by the Kyoto City Certified Interpreter Guide "Kyoto Municipal Visitors Host". While listening to a meaningful commentary on the guide, you can enjoy Nijo Castle by spinning around Ninomaru Garden, Nijo Castle and gardens. You can also enter places that are not open to the general public. Please join us!
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  • 1 hour
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$8.86
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$8.86

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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$108.30
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$108.30
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Nijo-jo Castle Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

Nijo-jo Castle Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

Our nationally-licensed and experienced multilingual guides will introduce you to sides of Japan that ordinary tourists do not usually get to see. This short trip is a fantastic, value-packed way of experiencing Niji-jo Castle! We are here to help you discover and experience new places and things at Niji-jo Castle. Learn why the best example of feudal era castle architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage Site is significant in terms of history, culture, and art history. Come enjoy the tour, the best way to explore Nijo-jo Castle! Learn more about this 400-year old feudal era castle and UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its significance on Japanese history, culture, and art on this short, value-packed tour accompanied by one of our nationally-licensed and experiened English-speaking guides. Note*1: The Nationally-licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$23.17
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$23.17
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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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$108.30
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$108.30
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Kyoto Half-Day Small-Group Cultural Small Group or Private Tour

Kyoto Half-Day Small-Group Cultural Small Group or Private Tour

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Discover the Zen gardens, colorful temples, and ancient shrines of Kyoto on this small-group walking tour that’s limited to just 12 participants. Experience the elegant architecture and religious monuments of this historic Japanese city, once the imperial capital, as you join a guide on visits to the Gion Geisha district, Tofukuji Temple, and more.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$75.90
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$75.90
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Gion Walking Tour by Night

Gion Walking Tour by Night

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Discover Kyoto’s magical Gion district, which is known for being the city’s Geisha area. Don't worry about language barriers, as a guide is there to help you translate and explain the difference between maiko, geiko, and other Japanese words. The unmarked narrow streets of Gion can make it easy to get lost at night, but this is not a problem with a guide to navigate and lead the way. Upgrade to a longer, private tour for a closer look at Geisha culture.
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  • 1 hour 40 minutes
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$11.81
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$11.81
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Traditional Tea Ceremony wearing a Kimono in Kyoto MAIKOYA

Traditional Tea Ceremony wearing a Kimono in Kyoto MAIKOYA

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If you’re visiting Japan for the first time, receive a cultural introduction to the country during a tea ceremony in traditional kimonos. During the ceremony, learn about Japanese history and sample matcha green tea, a local specialty. Plus, wearing a traditional kimono means you leave the experience with fantastic photographs to commemorate your time in Kyoto.
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  • 2 hours
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$69.57
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$69.57
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Hidden Kyoto E-Biking tour

Hidden Kyoto E-Biking tour

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Cycle past a mix of Kyoto’s most-famous sights and its lesser-known secrets during this half-day ‘Hidden Kyoto’ bike tour. Take a 4.9-mile (8-kilometer) ride that starts by winding past iconic Kyoto temples and shrines like Kinkakuji, Koto-in, and Kitano Tenmagu. You’ll continue ‘off the beaten path,’ discovering intimate Zen gardens and charming backstreets known only to locals.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$92.67
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$92.67

5 Top Highlights of Kyoto with Kyoto Bike Tour

5 Top Highlights of Kyoto with Kyoto Bike Tour

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Kyoto’s traditional neighborhoods and scenic parklands are ideal for exploring by bike. On this tour, save time by cycling around the city and visit five of Kyoto’s most popular attractions in one day. Enjoy stunning views of the Golden Pavilion and the Kiyomizu Temple; pose for photos by the red torri gates of Fushimi Inari Shrine; and hop off to stroll around the Bamboo Forest and explore the geisha district.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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$162.63
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$162.63

Kyoto Early Bird Tour

Kyoto Early Bird Tour

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Kyoto is one of Japan’s most popular travel destinations and with over 50 million annual visitors, it can get busy. This tour makes an early start so you can avoid the crowds and cram much more into your day. Stroll around the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove before the tour groups arrive, visit Kinkaku-ji temple (Golden Pavilion) right as it opens, and walk through the torii gates of Fushimi Inari (Shrine) before the midday heat.
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  • 5 hours 15 minutes
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$121.97
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$121.97
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Short Trip in Kyoto Nishiki Market Walking Tour (Small group)

Short Trip in Kyoto Nishiki Market Walking Tour (Small group)

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Nishiki Market is a foodie’s dream and one of Kyoto’s most loved markets, but it can be tricky as an outsider to know which of the 130+ shops are the best ones to visit. This tour helps you shortlist Nishiki Market highlights by having an insider’s top tips. You’ll try local food, visit souvenir shops, and hear about the market from a local’s perspective.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$31.00
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$31.00

3 Hours Kyoto Insider Sake Experience

3 Hours Kyoto Insider Sake Experience

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Gain a better understanding of sake during this tour that explores the Fushimi Sake District of Kyoto. Visit Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum, one of the largest sake breweries in Fushimi, and end your visit with a sake-tasting session. Not only will your guide be able to explain the basics of sake and introduce you to new kinds you may have never tried, but your tastings will also be paired with Japanese snacks that enhance the tasting experience. 
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$78.78
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Kyoto Arashiyama & Sagano Walking Food Tour

Kyoto Arashiyama & Sagano Walking Food Tour

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Spend some time getting acquainted with the food and culture of two historically important and beautiful districts of Kyoto on this guided walking tour. Stroll over the ninth-century Togetsukyo bridge and make stops to sample local snacks. After a visit to the 14th-century Tenryu-ji temple, head to a beautiful bamboo garden and indulge in some traditional Japanese sweets. This tour of Arashiyama and Sagano is a great way to get to know Kyoto.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$110.70
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Kyoto Rickshaw Tour

Kyoto Rickshaw Tour

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Step into an authentic Japanese rickshaw for the ride of a lifetime, through some of the most scenic and historic districts in Kyoto, Japan. You have the option of exploring the verdant Bamboo Grove and impressive shrines of west Kyoto’s Arashiyama district or the intriguing wooden buildings and stone alleys (maybe even spotting a geisha or two) in Kyoto’s famed Higashiyama area, all with a knowledgeable local guide and rickshaw driver. This authentic, customizable Kyoto adventure is a fun introduction to this beautiful city.
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  • 30 minutes to 3 hours
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$44.31
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$44.31
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Daytime Kyoto -Nishiki Market and Gion District Cultural Walking Food Tour

Daytime Kyoto -Nishiki Market and Gion District Cultural Walking Food Tour

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Get an excellent introduction to the cuisine of Kyoto on this small-group guided tour of the city's best food spots. Start at the deliciously vast 400-year-old Nishiki Market, nicknamed 'Kyoto's Kitchen,' where over 130 food shops and stalls beckon your taste buds. Stroll through the market with the guide, learning about the history of food in the city and taste many dishes unique to Kyoto, including pickled vegetables, fried fish cakes, Japanese pike conger eel, mochi and Japanese omelet. After the market, visit a shrine dedicated to the god of education.
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  • 3 hours
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$100.10
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$100.10

Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine Highlights Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine Highlights Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

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Most visitor to Kyoto go to Fushimi Inari-taisha shrine to snap a photo of the red torii gates then leave, This guided tour offers a much richer experience, with insights into the origin of the shrine and its connection to local culture.
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  • 1 hour
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$23.17
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Kyoto Moto Rikyu Nijo Castle

Kyoto Moto Rikyu Nijo Castle

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Nijo Castle, a world heritage that Kyoto is proud of. Beyond 400 years, to the stage of history Nijo Castle was built by Ieyasu Tokugawa in the 8th year of Keicho (1603) as an accommodation for the protection of the Kyoto Imperial Palace and the Shogun of the Shogun, and moved the remains of Fushimi Castle by the 3rd Shogun Iemitsu. (1626) completed. You can get a glimpse of the whole picture of the Momoyama period by combining Ieyasu's architecture of the Keicho period and paintings and sculptures made by Iemitsu.
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  • 2 hours
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$11.21
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$11.21

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
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$157.00
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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
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$83.48
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Full Coverage Kyoto Private City Tour

Full Coverage Kyoto Private City Tour

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Checkmark from your travel bucket list the main spots of the city on an extended tour of Kyoto and get to know the city like the back of your hand. All you have to do is trust your local guide, they got you and will show the best of their city. Your local guide has a jam-packed itinerary full of history, culture, stories, and sights. See must-sees of the city, plus get current recommendations about local hot spots, family owned eateries, and up and coming districts of Kyoto you must pay a visit. Yes, this tour is the city guide that will help you enjoy Kyoto in the best way possible. Withlocals Full Coverage City Tour™ is one of Withlocals' signature tours available in major cities worldwide. We work with passionate local guides who earn a fair fee. We support local economies by only offering local produce and prevent over-tourism with only small non-intrusive groups. Our tours are carbon-neutral and away from the standard tourist routes.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$199.47
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$199.47
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Local Style Kyoto Day Trip with an a Native English Speaker in Japan 36 years!

Local Style Kyoto Day Trip with an a Native English Speaker in Japan 36 years!

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Visit ancient shrines and temples of Kyoto-- Nanzen-ji Temple, Kiyomizudera Temple, and Yasaka Shrine. Your guide shows you how to respectfully cleanse yourself and offer prayers before entering the sacred places. This small group tour includes information about each stop and history of the area going back 2,677 years. Lunch is included, and the tour ends with shopping and sake tasting in the Gion district, where you may see Geisha and Maiko (apprentice Geisha).
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  • 8 hours
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$361.40
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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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$117.45
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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
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$676.29
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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.
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How much does it cost to visit Nijo-jo Castle 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Nijo-jo Castle costs USD 8.86. Guided Nijo-jo Castle tours start around USD 8.86 per person.
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