Kyoto, the Ancient Capital

  • Port

    Osaka, Japan

  • Activity Level

    Moderate

  • Excursion Type

    City Tour, Local Sightseeing, All

  • Wheelchair Accessible

    NO

  • Cost

    USD USD USD USD

    Price over $151
  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 9 Hours

  • Meals Included

    Yes

A city of profound history and rich tradition, Kyoto represents the very soul of Japan. This must-see tour begins with a ride from Osaka to the ancient capital of Kyoto, then sets out to discover some of Japan's best-known sights.

An impressive starting point is the Kinkaku-ji Temple, originally built in 1397 as a retirement dwelling for Shogun Yoshimitsu, then reconstructed in 1955, faithful to the 14th-century design. Elaborate gold foil lends the structure an almost gaudy appearance, as well as honoring its name -- Golden Pavilion.

Next is the ostentatious, 1603 Nijo Castle, complete with 'nightingale' floors which were designed to squeak to warn the inhabitants of intruders. Kyoto's 1,100th birthday was celebrated with the construction of the Heian Shinto Shrine. Surrounded by gardens, this two-thirds scale model of the Heian Imperial Palace features a Chinese-style bridge.

Finish up your visit to Kyoto with a stop at the Handicraft Center for some souvenir shopping . Lunch will be served en route.

Notes:

Wear comfortable walking shoes. Some of buildings in the temples or shrines area may be closed for repair/renovation without prior notice.