Your guide will meet you at the pier to take you on a tour of Kyoto by public transport
Today, you will explore the former imperial capital with a knowledgeable local guide, utilizing Kyoto’s comprehensive bus system to visit some of Kyoto’s World Heritage Sites. 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. Nijo Castle is an ornamental castle that was built by the founder of the Edo Shogunate as his Kyoto residence and is surrounded by stunning gardens. The main building was completed in 1603 and is famous for its architecture, decorated sliding doors, and "chirping" nightingale floors.
The final stop today is Kiyomizu (Pure Water) Temple. From the 13m high veranda jutting out from the Main Hall, you can enjoy amazing views of the whole of Kyoto whilst pondering the fact that both the Main Hall and Veranda were built without the use of nails or any kind of joiners.
At the end of the tour, transfer back to the port.
Your guide will meet you at the pier to take you to new districts of Kyoto by public transport.
Arashiyama is a pleasant district in the western outskirts of Kyoto. The area has been a popular destination since the Heian Period (794-1185), when nobles would enjoy its natural setting. Okochi Mountain Villa is the former villa of the popular samurai film star Okochi Denjiro (1896-1962) and consists of several beautiful gardens and buildings, including living quarters, tea houses, and a zen meditation hall. Here you will enjoy some matcha green tea with a snack. Next, take a walk through Arashiyama’s famous bamboo groves, which are particularly attractive when there is a light wind and the tall bamboo stalks sway gently back and forth. The bamboo has been used to manufacture various products, such as baskets, cups, boxes, and mats at local workshops for centuries. Nonomiya shrine is a Shinto shrine where, in ancient times, unmarried imperial princesses stayed for a year or more to purify themselves. Ranked among Kyoto's five great Zen temples, Tenryuji is the largest and most impressive temple in Arashiyama. Founded in 1339 at the beginning of the Muromachi Period (1338-1573), the temple is one of Kyoto's UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In addition to its temple buildings, there are attractive gardens with walking paths.
Lunch will be in a traditional building inside the temple grounds overlooking the beautifully landscaped garden. Enjoy a delicious vegetarian shojin-ryori (traditional Buddhist cuisine) lunch built around yuba, tofu, and seasonal vegetables.
Departures: 08:00 AM, 09:00 AM,
Meeting instructions: Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.
Special instructions: - Lunch at a local restaurant is included in the price of this tour, but beverages are not.
- Please dress comfortably according to the season.
- We recommend that you carry as little as possible to enjoy your tour.