This one-day tour offers us an overview of one's favorite city in Japan as well as a chance to visit the highlights in Kyoto such as symbolic Kinkakuji Temple, magnificent Nijo Castle, vibrant culinary Nishiki Market and famous Kiyomizu Pure Water Temple.
 

Tour Code: JSK01
Duration: 8 hours
Start/End: Kyoto port/ Kyoto port
Highlights: Kinkakuji Temple, Nijo Castle, Nishiki Market, Kiyomizu (Pure Water) Temple in the East
Tour Customizable: Absolutely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)

 
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On arrival at cruise terminal, you will be welcome by our tour guide and privately transferred to Kinkakuji Temple which is also known as the Golden Pavilion. Located in northern Kyoto, Kikkakuji is a Zen temple which was built with an exquisite architecture including a large pond and two top floors covered completely in gold leaf. Then we will continue to visit Nijo Castle, which was built in 1603 as residence for Tokugawa Leyasu – the first shogun of Edo period. The castle is ornamented beautifully by spectacular gardens. The castle was organized as world heritage site by UNESCO in 1994 while the castle’s buildings are the best surviving examples of castle architecture in Japan. NIjo Castle can be divided into 3 parts to visit: the Honmaru (the main circle of defense), the Ninimaru (the second circle of defense) and gardens that surround both the Honmaru and Ninomaru.

Ninomaru Palace, Nijo Castle, Kyoto, Japan

Ninomaru Palace, Nijo Castle, Kyoto, Japan

Next, we will move on to Nishiki Market to having lunch with Japanese food as well as enjoy free time at the market known as the “Kyoto Kitchen” where offer more than hundred stalls and stores – interesting place to find seasonal foods and Japanese specialties like sushi, dried seafood, Kyoto’s sweets and pickles…

Travelers at Nishiki Market, Kyoto, Japan

Strolling around the alleys of Nishiki Market, Kyoto

Leaving the culinary market, we will head on to the last stop of our trip today that is Kyyomizudera (Pure Water Temple) – one of the most famous temples in Japan. Its name was originated from it foundation on the area of Otawa Water Fall in 780. The temple offers a stunning view of beautiful cherry and maple in beautiful scenery of current season with its characters as well as the city of Kyoto from the distance. The temple was added to the list of UNESCO world heritage sites in 1994. The temple is located in lovely and interesting neighborhood along the steep and busy lanes of Higashiyama District with the variety of shops and restaurants which are catering to tourist and pilgrims for centuries. You might want to stop and window shop as well as try to taste some of specialties if the time allow. Trip ends.

Panorama of Nijo Castle, Kyoto

Panorama of Nijo Castle, Kyoto, Japan

What’s included?

  • Round trip transfer from the port in private air-conditioned vehicle
  • English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fee and port fee
  • 1 bottle of water per person per day

What’s excluded?

  • Pre & After accommodation
  • Other drinks
  • Lunch
  • Tips
  • Other personal expenses