Kyoto is a city of fine arts, crafts, and traditions, and is without a doubt the reigning cultural capital of Japan. The former Imperial capital is home to over 2,000 shrines and temples, and 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, a selection of which feature on this classic tour of the city’s most iconic sights.
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Next on the list is the serene Ryoan-ji Temple, which is famous for its well-maintained rock garden, known to be the home of the Myoshinji School of the Rinzai Buddhist sect.
Just a short distance from Ryoan-ji is the stunning golden pavilion collectively known as Kinkaku-ji Temple. The temple grounds are relatively smaller than that of most temples and shrines in Kyoto, but its pavilion covered in gold leaf is nothing short of amazing.
A visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple follows later in the day. The view from the 13-meter high building is indeed breathtaking and the fact that this veranda was built without using any nails or joiners is quite unbelievable.
The tour ends with a stroll along the busy streets of Higashiyama district, a collection of narrow alleyways lined with local stores, souvenir shops, small eateries, and even pottery centers.
Our services include:
– English speaking guide
– Food and drinks at all venues (set menu)
Our services do not include:
– International and domestic flights (quoted separately)
– Transfers to and from the venue
– Meals and/or drinks other than mentioned above
– Personal expenses (e.g. drinks, laundry, telephone, etc.)
– Travel insurance
– Other services not indicated in the package inclusions above
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