Your first stop will be at the gold standard of Momoyama architecture, the Nijo Castle. Built by the first Tokugawa shogun in 1603, the Nijo Castle is built of primarily Japanese cypress and transom woodcarvings. During the construction of this castle the Shogun feared enemies to the point of building a moat and stone walls to protect his living quarters. He even installed Nightingale floors which squeaked when walked upon to alert the bodyguards of any potential intruders.
At the Kyoto Imperial Palace you will be able explore the grounds where the imperial family lived from 1331 until their move to Tokyo in 1868. Destroyed and rebuilt several times the palace shows designs from the Heian period which took pride in creating a tranquil environment for its inhabitants. Consider yourself amongst the company of Japan's most heralded royalty!
After lunch you will make your way to arguably the most visually stunning stop of your tour, the Sanjusangendo Temple. The impressive 1001 statues of the Kannon carved from Japanese Cypress will provide a spectacle that can't be matched anywhere else.
Departures: 08:00 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.
- The transportation for this program is done with public transportation which is included in the price of the tour.