Kyoto: Kyoto & Nara with Lunch Full Day Tour
- 11 Hours
- 11 Hours
- On request
Set out to explore some of Kyoto's most famous sites and discover the history behind this one thousand year capital. Tour Nijo Castle, noted for its gorgeous interiors and its "squeaky" nightingale floors which alerted residents to unwanted intruders (if Nijo Castle is closed, visit Ryoanji Temple instead). Continue to Kinkakuji Temple, famous for its Golden Pavilion covered entirely in thin layers of pure gold as well as for its exquisite Japanese gardens and koi ponds. Afterwards, visit Kyoto's Imperial Palace and gain exclusive access to the former residence of the Emperor of Japan (if the Palace is closed, visit Kitano Tenmangu Shrine instead). After a Japanese- and Western-style buffet lunch, set out by coach for Nara (90 minutes). Visit Todaiji Temple, which houses the world's largest bronze statue, the tallest of the three Great Buddha statues of Japan. The friendly wild deer roaming freely around the temple are considered to be sacred messengers of the Shinto gods. Continue to the Kasuga Grand Shrine, famous for its hundreds of bronze lanterns which hang from the buildings and line walking paths through the woods. Finally, make a stop at Nara Nagomikan, where you can splurge on a variety of food products, sweets and goods, all exclusive to Nara. Return to Kyoto between 6:30-7:30pm.
Duration: 11 Hours
Departs: 8 a.m. - Returns: 7 p.m.