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The Wonders of World Heritage Sites

Stay at the Hotel Granvia Kyoto and enjoy a 1-day private tour of Kyoto World Heritage Sites!


Come experience the magic of Kyoto in all the beautiful season and enjoy a specially created tour to make your visit really memorable. This wonderful one day tour has been created to introduce World Heritage Sites in Kyoto.

Kyoto is a city of wonders, and among these wonders there are 17 that are recognized as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO, including 13 Buddhist temples, 3 Shinto shrines and one castle. They are among the most popular destinations in the city and have attracted millions of visitors.

Our tour has been created for international travelers who are eager to visit these sites as well as to enjoy such uniquely Japanese cultural experiences as tea ceremony and sake tasting. We will provide a private sedan car with a knowledgeable English-speaking driver who will help guide you during the pleasant 8-hour day of touring the ancient capital’s most beloved sites.

The following is the standard course that we at the Hotel Granvia Kyoto have put together for you, but you are free to modify the course as you wish: 1. Tea Ceremony at Unryu-in Temple; 2. Golden Pavilion, 3. Silver Pavilion, 4. Sake tasting at Hino Memorial Sake Brewing Museum, 5. Nishiki Market, and 6. Gion district.

Itinerary details


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Unryu-in Temple Unryu-in Temple is a sub-temple of the Sennyū-ji Temple, and is located in the Higashiyama district of Kyoto. Originally founded in 1372, it was rebuilt by Emperor Gokouin after it was destroyed in the Ōnin War. At this historic temple you can enjoy your own private Tea Ceremony (informal style) in the traditional tea room, and you can also immerse yourself in the splendor and beauty of the Japanese garden located inside the temple walls. In addition, a shakyo (the Japanese form of sutra transcription) is available upon your request. True morning tranquility and a relaxing Japanese aesthetic experience await you at this wondrous hidden Kyoto gem.

Kinkaku-ji Temple (Rokuon-ji Temple aka Golden Pavilion) *World Heritage Site

Probably the most famous Kyoto Temple, Kinkaku-ji is covered in gold leaf and shimmers above a beautiful mirror-like pond. It is particularly delightful in winter when a light blanket of snow graces its elegant roof. It was inspired by the flamboyant culture of Kitayama (Northern Mountains) which flourished in the mid 15th century.

Ginkaku-ji Temple (Jisho-ji Temple aka Silver Pavilion) *World Heritage Site

In contrast to the Golden Pavilion, the Silver Pavilion has a completely different architectural style and landscape, being representative of the striking Higashiyama (Eastern Mountains) culture which was prevalent in the late 15th century. Ginkaku-ji is famous for its Zen inspired gardens known as "Sea of Silver Sand" and the "Moon Platform."

-Lunch at your leisure-

Your driver suggest the perfect restaurant according to your preference. (There may be additional charges depending on the restaurant) Photo: Lunch image

Sake Tasting at Kinshi Masamune Horino Memorial Museum(A museum of Sake Brewing and traditional Kyoto Machiya town house)

This well-preserved traditional Machiya Town house was once one of Kyoto’s most famous sake breweries. Here you’ll see how sake was made using the traditional implements, all in a setting of a beautiful old town house. After your tour, you’ll have the opportunity to taste various sakes made by Kinshi Masamune.

Nishiki Market

Known as Kyoto’s Kitchen, the Nishiki Market, located in the busy downtown area called Shijo, is a narrow, bustling 400-meter-long lane (only a few meters wide) with over 150 shops selling fresh and processed foods and ingredients including many Kyoto specialties. As you enjoy strolling through it, you’ll get an idea of what goes into Kyoto’s rich culinary culture.

Stroll Gion Entertainment District

A stroll through this famous district, located just in front of Yasaka Shrine, will be like going back in time. You’ll find lovely old traditional buildings now housing restaurants and shops, dim lantern lights from the past, cobblestone roads and old canals. If you’re lucky you might catch a glimpse of a Geisha going from one house to another as this is one of the most exclusive Geisha districts in the city

16:00 Return to Hotel


This world heritage tour program starts from JPY26,000 per person (based on two persons touring together) and includes the following:

  • One day (up to 8 hours) sightseeing tour ( inclusive casual lunch ) with a YASAKA private car and an English-speaking driver
  • All admissions and entrance fees for up to two persons based on the above program
  • All parking fees based on the above program

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For Reservations:

  • Please access the “Reservation” page, “Reservation” page, select a check-in date and proceed the room booking.
  • Fill out “Comments and Special Requests” Form to submit your request for a tour program. Please write the name of the tour, numbers of participants and preferred date.We will get back to you shortly with availability and details of the requested program.


  • Cancellation policy: Following percentage of the above rate is to be charged for cancellation.3 days prior to the arrival day: 100%
  • Payment: Prepayment upon check-in
  • Please read " Terms and Conditions " to book this package

For further inquiries, please contact: Overseas Marketing, Hotel Granvia Kyoto.
Tel: +81-75-342-5855; Fax: +81-75-344-4400;

Other unique courses:

In addition to the standard World Heritage Site tour, there are other unique courses now being offered for our discerning guests. Since these courses require prior permission from some of the temples, they can only be booked on a per-request basis ( Please make your inquiry at least 20 days prior to your desired tour date.

1) The Saiho-ji Course Click here for details [PDF]
2) Fushimi Inari Shrine & Tea Ceremony Course Click here for details [PDF]

*World Heritage Site

The 17 properties of the World Heritage Sites are located in Kyoto Prefecture.

These are:
1. Kamigamo-jinja Shrine (Kamowakeikazuchi - jinja Shrine)
2. Shimogamo-jinja Shrine (Kamomioya - jinja Shrine)
3. To-ji Temple (Kyo-o-gokoku - ji Temple)
4. Kiyomizu-dera Temple
5. Enryaku-ji Temple
6. Daigo-ji Temple
7. Ninna-ji Temple
8. Byodo-in Temple
9. Ujigami-jinja Shrine
10. Kozan-ji Temple
11. Koke-dera Temple (Saiho - ji Temple)
12. Tenryu-ji Temple
13. Kinkaku-ji Temple (Rokuon - ji)
14. Ginkaku-ji Temple (Jisho - ji)
15. Ryoan-ji Temple
16. Hongwan-ji Temple
17. Nijo-jo Castle

For details, visit This page - Welcome to Kyoto

For further inquiries, please contact: Overseas Marketing, Hotel Granvia Kyoto.

Tel: +81-75-344-8888; Fax: +81-75-344-4400;

Fax: +81-75-344-4400;