Birdwatching in Kyoto imperial palace

Tour Introduction

Kyoto imperial palace is a popular birdwatching spot, with over 30 avian species including residents and those that migrate from the continent in winter (November to February).

In March, winter birds leave the garden and fly to their nesting grounds. For our tour in March, we can use binoculars to observe mostly the winter birds before their migration, including the Dusky thrush, Pale thrush, Scaly Thrush, Daurian Redstart, and the Olive-backed Pipit, Brambling, Hawfinch that forage on the ground of the pine forest.

Japanese white-eyes are also present, in which their calls are a sign that spring is here. You can feel the changing of the Japanese seasons in this tour.

We will have a short lecture on how to use the binoculars and field guide, and how to actually find the birds, so beginners are welcome! English guidance is available.

Point of This Tour




About this tour


10/1~7/31(every year)




3 hours


4,000 JPY per person(including the binoculars rental)

Age restriction

7 years or older


Up to 10 guests


Clothes and shoes that allow for easy movement

How to book

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nothing to bring

In cases of rainy weather

Could be cancelled. Let you know befor 2 hours before the tour.

Moving distance during this tour

Approx 3km


Nothing to mention

Meeting point

Municipal subway Marutamachi Station north exit ticket gate)Please check a Google map

Venue of dismissal

Municipal subway Imadegawa StationPlease check a Google map

Tour Booking

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