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Description Enchanting temples, majestic statues and sacred places are the main ingredients of this full immersion in Kyoto, with some room for tradition with a visit to Nishiki Market and lunch in a local restaurant.

What we will see
  • Todaiji Temple, bronze statue of Vairocana Buddha
  • Kiyomizu-dera Temple
  • Lunch in a local restaurant
  • Colourful Nishiki Market
  • Heian Shrine
  • Kinkakuji Temple with its golden façade

What we will do
  • Our coach will be waiting at the port to take us to Nara, the ancient capital of Japan, where we will visit Todaiji Temple, one of the most important in the country, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with other sites in the city. Inside the temple, we will find the Great Buddha Hall, which is home to a huge 14-metre-tall bronze statue of Vairocana Buddha, the symbol of Nara. The Great Buddha Hall is the largest wooden structure in the world, measuring 57m x 50m.
  • We will get back on our coach and travel for approximately 1 hour to Kyoto and 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.
  • After this visit, we will enjoy a delicious lunch in one of the city’s restaurants before setting off again 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 get back on our coach and in just 15 minutes we will reach 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 a short visit and before returning to the port of Kobe, we will head 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.

What you need to know
  • This excursion is not recommended for guests with limited mobility.
  • Money cannot be exchanged here so we recommend buying local currency beforehand.
  • Some parts of Kiyomizu-dera Temple are currently undergoing restoration work.
  • A visit to the Heian Jingu Shrine’s gardens is not included.