This Kyoto shore excursion is highlighted by a lunch and tea ceremony with Maiko, a sightseeing time at Nijo-jo Castle, and learn about Japanese traditional religion in Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

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Duration: 7 hours
Start/End: Kobe or Osaka port/Kobe or Osaka port
Highlights: Nijo-jo Castle, Lunch & Tea Ceremony with Maiko at Jinmatsuan, Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Tour Customizable: Absolutely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)
Tour Category: Kyoto shore excursions

  • Full Itinerary
  • Inclusion & Exclusion

Kyoto-shore-excursions-Lunch-with-MaikoMeet your guide and driver at port and transfer to Nijo-jo Castle – the five-story palace serving as the former residence for the first shogun of Edo Period in the past. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has the featured Japanese feudal architecture with stone walls, huge gate, and moats surround creating an inviolable fortress. Outside of the palace, take a scenic walk around the Ninomaru Garden to get a glimpse of the traditional Japanese landscape garden.

Nijo-jo Castle - Kyoto highlight tourNext, head to Jinmatsuan and sample a savory lunch with tea ceremony while entertaining by Maiko. Learn how to prepare your own green tea with Japanese traditional sweet – Wasanbon under Maiko’s guide, enjoy Maiko’s dances in beautiful and unique costumes. Then, taste a lunch with full of delicious local dishes.

Jinmatsuan & Tea Ceremony with MaikoAfter that, visit Kiyomizu-dera Temple, also known as the Pure Water Temple. Its name starts from the pure water of the pond surrounding the temple in autumn. The temple ground is full of various cherry and maple trees that cover your eyes with porcelain-pink and red-orange colors. Take a look at the Japanese traditional religion by witnessing practices of local people coming here to sightsee and pray. Trip ends with a drive back to port at a nice time.


What’s included?

  • English-Speaking-Guide (licensed)
  • Chartered car/coach including high-way and parking fee
  • Entrance fee and port fee
  • Mineral water

What’s excluded?

  • Other drinks
  • Tips
  • Other personal expenses
  • Lunch en route (on clients’ own account)