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Description Everything in Japan balances between tradition and modernity, and Kyoto is a perfect example. A tour of some of the most majestic and charming treasures of Japanese culture: the colours and atmosphere of the quaint Nishiki Market, followed by a unique experience on board the Shinkansen, the famous bullet train that is a symbol of the country’s cutting-edge technology.

What we will see
  • Kinkakuji Temple with its golden façade
  • Heian Shrine
  • Lunch at a local restaurant
  • Colourful Nishiki Market
  • Kiyomizu-dera Temple
  • Experience on board the Shinkansen

What we will do
  • We will meet our coach that will take us to see Kyoto’s highlights. We will stop and admire the outside of Kinkakuji Temple, better known as 'the Golden Pavilion'. It was built in 1397 as the residence of Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa during the Muromachi period. The building was later converted into a temple and the top two floors are still covered in gold leaves. As well as making the temple look exceptional, the gold also symbolises purification.
  • Before stopping at a local restaurant for lunch, our coach will take us to Heian Shrine, a precious piece of Japanese cultural heritage dedicated to two emperors who contributed substantially to Japanese history: Emperor Kammu, the founder of Kyoto, and Emperor Komei, the city’s last emperor.
  • After enjoying a delicious traditional lunch, we will get back on the coach and head to the colourful Nishiki food market, with its series of quaint stalls covering five blocks. We can taste some local specialities here and also buy souvenirs and handicrafts in a setting that combines tradition and modernity.
  • The last stop on our tour is Kiyomizu-dera Temple, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. The temple is one of the most visited in the country and an unmissable stop for anyone visiting Kyoto. Built in the 17th century on the waters of Otowa waterfall (it is not by chance that the temple’s name means 'Pure Water Temple'), it boasts enchanting views of the surrounding vegetation and the city.
  • Then our coach will take us to Kyoto station where we will board the Shinkansen, the famous 'bullet train' that will take us back to Kobe in just 30 minutes.

What you need to know
  • This excursion is not recommended for guests with limited mobility.
  • Some parts of Kiyomizu-dera Temple are currently undergoing restoration work.
  • Electric scooters cannot be brought onto the coach or the Shinkansen (bullet train).
  • Money cannot be exchanged at the port; we recommend buying Japanese currency beforehand.
  • A visit to the Heian Jingu Shrine’s gardens is not included.