A must see destination in Japan, Kyoto is the nation’s former capital and was the residence of the emperor from 794 until 1868. It is a city of culture that offers a plethora of temples, shrines and other historically priceless structures that still survive today.
You will start your day with a visit to Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion), which was originally built as a retirement villa for the Shogun. After his death it became a Buddhist Temple at his request, and is now one of Kyoto’s most famous temples. From here, move on to Nijo Castle, an ornamental castle built by the founder of the Edo Shogunate as his Kyoto residence. Surrounded by stunning gardens, the main building was completed in 1603, and is famous for its architecture, decorated sliding doors and ‘chirping’ nightingale floors.
After some free time for lunch, look into Kyoto’s everyday life with a visit to Nishiki Market. Known as “Kyoto’s Kitchen,” Nishiki is a narrow shopping street lined more than 100 shops, selling fresh seafood and vegetables, pickles, Japanese sweets, and sushi.
End your day with a stroll in the Gion District, whose streets are lined with traditional townhouses. If lucky, you might see geisha heading to their first appointments of the evening.
Lunch on your own (not included in program price)
The tour will be mostly outside. Please wear warm clothes.
Bring spending money for shopping and lunch on your own.