THE TEMPLE, SHRINES AND NATURAL BEAUTY OF KYOTO

  • Port

    Kobe

  • Level of difficulties

    Moderate

  • Type

    Cultural, Meal included

  • Price

    Adults

    EUR180.0

  • Duration in hours

    10.5

  • Shore excursion code

    6514

Description Kyoto is a treasure trove of gems with a unique and breathtaking charm. On this excursion, we will explore unmissable temples, Fushimi Inari Shrine, a sacred place where spirituality and nature combine, and the colourful Nishiki market where we can soak up the city’s vibrant commercial life.

What we will see
  • Kinkakuji Temple with its golden façade
  • Visit to the colourful Nishiki Market
  • Lunch in a local restaurant
  • Kiyomizu-dera Temple
  • Fushimi Inari Shrine and the sacred Mount Inari


What we will do
  • We will set off to Kyoto on our coach and travel to 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.
  • After marvelling at the beautiful exterior of this temple, 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.
  • We will stop at a local restaurant for about an hour before continuing our excursion to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 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.
  • Before we return to the port, our coach will take us to the last stop on our tour, Fushimi Inari Shrine. It is an important Shinto temple built just before the city itself, famous for its picturesque paths and thousands of torii (gates) that lead into the forest and to the sacred Mount Inari, which reaches a height of 233 metres above sea level. Like so many other Japanese shrines, Fushimi Inari is dedicated to Inari, the Shinto god of rice. Along the paths that lead to the top of the mountain, we will find some statues that represent foxes, animals that are sacred to the Japanese and considered messengers for Inari.

What you need to know
  • Some parts of Kiyomizu-dera Temple are currently undergoing restoration work.
  • Money cannot be exchanged at the port; we recommend buying Japanese currency beforehand.
  • This excursion is not recommended for guests with limited mobility.