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Kyoto Crafts & Culture

Create crafts and memories in Japan's original capital

Kyoto 243 Booked

Experience the historic sites of Japan's oldest capital, and end the trip with a Japanese-style craft workshop

  • Experience the traditional serenity of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine

  • Explore the detailed architecture and grounds of the Kyoto Imperial Palace

  • View the golden glory of Kinkaku-ji Temple

  • Transport back to the 1600s with a visit to Nijo Castle

  • Create works of art with block print, cloisonné work and other techniques at Kyoto Handicraft Center

What We Love:

Inspire your creativity with the impressive sights of Kyoto. You'll experience the giant wooden Nijo Castle, the pure gold pavilion of Kinkaku-ji Temple and the ancient grounds of Kyoto Imperial Palace. Afterwards you'll end your trip with a craft workshop at Kyoto Handicraft center. Test out your creativity with block print, cloisonné work and other Japanese art techniques. It's an ideal trip for Kyoto-first timers wanting a mix of history and art.

Activity Details

6 Hours


Min 1

Pick Up

24 Hours



  • You will receive a confirmation email and your e-voucher within 1 business day

Inclusive Of:

  • Hotel pick up (please indicate your preferred pick up hotel at check out)
  • English speaking guide
  • Lunch
  • Admission fees
  • Transportation
  • Vegetarian options (please inform us at checkout)

Not Inclusive Of:

  • Return hotel drop off


  • 7:45am to 8:35am hotel pick ups
  • 8:35am meet at New Miyako Hotel
  • Nijo Castle (50 min)
  • Kinkaku-ji Temple (45 min)
  • Kyoto Imperial Palace (40 min)
  • Kitano-tenmangu Shrine (40 min)
  • Lunch (50 min)
  • Craft Workshop at Kyoto Handicraft Center (60 min)
  • 3pm tour ends
  • 3pm to 3:30pm tour disbands at Kyoto Handicraft Center

Additional Information:

  • Child ticket: Age 6-11
  • Public transportation is used with non-reserved seats
  • Nijo Castle is closed on Tuesdays (or Wednesday is Tuesday is a national holiday) in January, July, August, December and during the New Year's holidays. During these times the tour will visit Ryoan-ji Temple instead
  • On Saturdays, Sundays, national holidays, May 14 to 17 and New Year's holidays, the Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed. On these days the tour will visit Kitano Tenmangu Shrine instead
  • Everyone entering Kyoto Imperial Palace may be asked to complete a form indicating your full name, nationality, gender and age
  • Groups of 5 or more Japanese only customers cannot enter the Kyoto Imperial Palace. If your group consists of Japanese members only, please inform us when booking
  • On Jan. 25, Apri. 25, Jul, 25 and Oct. 25, Nishi Hongan-ji Temple will be visited instead of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine

How To Use

  • You can present either a printed or a mobile voucher for this activity
  • Meet up: 8:35am at New Miyako Hotel (unless hotel pick up arranged)
  • Address: 17, Nishikujo-Inmachi Minami-ku, Kyoto 601-8412, Japan
  • How To Get There: It's a 2 minute walk from Kyoto Station Hachijoguchi Exit served by JR/Shinkansen/Kintetsu Lines
  • For hotel pick ups, please arrive in the hotel lobby 10 minutes before scheduled departure
  • The tour ends at Kyoto Handicraft Center


  • A 70% refund will be issued for cancelations made at least 7 days prior to the tour

Reviews (4)


Great tour! Highly informative. The kids loved the crafts activities. Imperial Palace was very impressive and well preserved.


Good tour that touched on most of the big sites in Kyoto. Felt a little rushed, but there was quite a lot to cover. Recommended for travellers who don't have much time and are looking for a quick 1 day tour of Kyoto.


While I have been to Kyoto many times before, this is the first time (alone) with my two young children. Nijo Castle was really kid- friendly with its Nightingale floors and maze-like corridors. The palace grounds were awe-inspiring and the Golden Pavilion was incredibly beautiful. I would have liked to have been able to spend another 10 to 15 minutes in each spot - the tour felt quite rushed and there wasn't time for toilet stops built into the schedule, which can prove fatal for little ones. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and included lots of fun facts for the kids. The lunch stop was a little too long - we finished the lunch plate in ten minutes, Kyoto Handcraft Centre was a lot of fun. I highly recommend it to anyone traveling with kids. The kids had a choice of things to make, and they all turned out beautifully. The Centre has the best range of Kyoto souvenirs at the best prices I have seen in all of Kyoto.


I really like the guide's explanation about the different places that we visited, the food given at this tour is typical from Japan. They also give you a lot of information of places that are frequently visited by tourist, how to get there and what to see on your stay in Kyoto, I really recomend this tour to all travelers.

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