10 December 2016

 

Amazing things to do in
Kyoto

Kyoto

Sights and sounds of Kyoto

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Kyoto Back Street Bike Ride
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Kyoto Back Street Bike Ride

Go for a ride

With your local guide, cycle through the Miyagawacho and Gion geisha districts, hoping to see a geisha or maiko (apprentice geisha) as they dash between appointments. Then continue along the Shirakawa canal which is lined with weeping willow trees, past traditional Kyoto style tea houses for your next stop at the Imperial Palace Park with its beautiful gardens.

Cycle back to Kyoto station along the Kamogawa River, whose banks are popular with locals for strolling. Cherry blossoms bloom along the banks of the river in spring, and in summer restaurants have open balconies with lovely views. If you wish to carry on sightseeing in Kyoto on your bike after the tour has finished, you can arrange to keep the bike until 19:00 at no extra charge.

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Samurai Sword Dance Experience
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Samurai Sword Dance Experience

Live by the sword!

You will learn all about the legendary samurai warriors during this exciting trip. Dress up in a samurai costume then find out about the lifestyle and etiquette of the colourful samurai classes before you are finally given a sword and taught all the basics of kenbu, a highly stylized sword dance that the samurai used to perform as training and to work on their concentration.

This fascinating tour represents a unique experience to learn in-depth about the mysterious cultural heritage of Japan. The instructors are skilled Kenbu masters and are also fluent in English, and they will be happy to answer any of your questions. Pictures will be taken of you in full costume and you will receive a souvenir of your time in the kenbu dojo (training hall) at the end of your time there.

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Full Day Kyoto Tour
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Full Day Kyoto Tour

See Kyoto's highlights

You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning for a great day touring Kyoto. Begin with a visit to Nijo-jo Castle, which was completed in 1626 and built to provide lodging for Tokugawa Shogun and as a palladium for Kyoto Imperial Palace. Then stop at Kinkaku-ji Temple, visit the Golden Pavillion, which has two floors covered entirely in thin layers of pure gold and detailed architecture incorporating three distinct styles.

When you arrive at Kyoto Imperial Palace you will be given exclusive access to the former residence of the Emperor of Japan, which oversaw many important functions until the capital moved to Tokyo in 1869. Later view the city of Kyoto from a beautiful hilltop temple and take a sip from the Otowa waterfall flowing from beneath the main hall, known to grant wishes to those who drink its waters.

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Market Visit, Sake Brewery and Cooking Lesson
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Market Visit, Sake Brewery and Cooking Lesson

Take a cook's tour

Together with a local guide you take a walk along the mile-long Nishiki covered food markets, where there are many interesting food stores to explore as you help your guide buy the ingredients for your Japanese cooking class. This is a great opportunity to learn about local Japanese produce and after visiting the markets, you'll travel through the back streets and lanes of Kyoto, and visit a former sake brewery for a tour and sake tasting.

Finish the walk at a traditional wooden townhouse for your Japanese cooking class. Here you will learn how to make rolled sushi, miso soup and cooked salad with seasonal fruit for dessert, and then enjoy the results of your labour by sitting down to a memorable dinner. This fun tour will give you a great insight into the mysterious and exotic world of Japanese cuisine.

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Higashiyama Half Day Walking Tour
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Higashiyama Half Day Walking Tour

Walking wonders

The Higashiyama District along the lower slopes of Kyoto's eastern mountains is one of the city's best preserved historic districts, and a great place to experience traditional old Kyoto. The streets are lined by small shops, cafes and restaurants which have been catering to tourists and pilgrims for centuries. These businesses retain their traditional design and sell local specialties such as Kiyomizu-yaki pottery, sweets, pickles, crafts and souvenirs.

Start the day with a visit to Kodaiji Temple with its halls, gravel and landscape gardens, teahouses and a bamboo grove. Yasaka Pagoda, the last remnant of Hokanji Temple, is one of the most visible and recognizable landmarks in the area and you can climb up inside the five story pagoda. Then visit the Yasaka Shrine and the temple at Chionin whose entrance gate is the largest wooden gate in Japan and was featured in the movie Last Samurai.

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Kyoto Afternoon Walking Tour
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Kyoto Afternoon Walking Tour

From temples to geishas

Meet your English speaking guide at Kyoto station and from here you catch a bus to the beginning of your walking tour, the Kiyomizu Temple. This architecturally unique temple has a main hall with a wooden platform from which you have a great panoramic view of the city and surrounding countryside. Next visit the Kodaiji Temple which dates back to the 16th century.

Next stop on your walking tour is the Yasaka shrine, well known as the centre for the Gion Matsuri Festival, which is held in summer. Your final stop of the afternoon is the Gion district, the famous entertainment and geisha quarter with its traditional restaurants and tea houses. In the Edo period, ochaya (geisha houses) were built in this area and it still enjoys a traditional feel.


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Nara Morning Walking Tour
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Nara Morning Walking Tour

Give Nara the nod

This super tour begins when you meet your English speaking guide in front of the Nippon Travel Agency at Kyoto station and take the train to Nara, the Imperial Capital of Japan in the 8th century. First you visit Todaiji Temple, with its enormous bronze Bhudda image which you find in the Daibutsuden Hall, which is one of the largest wooden buildings in the world.

Next you visit Nara Park and see the thousands of tame deer, which are considered by the locals to be divine messengers. Finally you are taken to visit the 1,300 year old Kofukuji Temple with its five storey pagoda, which is the second highest in Japan. After your walking tour you can relax as you take the Kintetsu express train back to Kyoto.




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