Excursion KYO1 - 8.5-9 Hours - £120pp
Surrounded by wonderful scenery of nature, the Togetsukyo Bridge is one of the symbols of Arashiyama. Here you can listen to the relaxing sound of the river, spot rowing boats, and run into tourists enjoying their rickshaw rides. Although only one river runs under the bridge, the names differ on each side of the bridge. The river is called “Honzu River” on the west side of the bridge, and “Katsura River” on the east side.
The most famous and probably the most visited spot in Arashiyama is the Bamboo Grove. Walking through a bamboo grove is not something that you can encounter every day. Bamboos in Arashiyama grow thick and strong giving shade to cool down the summer heat while letting in beams of sunshine during winter for warmth.
Nishiki Market situated in Downtown Kyoto is known to locals as “Kyoto’s pantry”, Nishiki Market is easily the best and largest traditional food market in the city. Running between Teramachi and Shinmachi, one block north of Shijo, here you will have lunch in a local restaurant.
Kiyomizudera (literally "Pure Water Temple") is one of the most celebrated temples of Japan. It was founded in 780 on the site of the Otowa Waterfall in the wooded hills east of Kyoto, and derives its name from the fall's pure waters. The temple was originally associated with the Hosso sect, one of the oldest schools within Japanese Buddhism, but formed its own Kita Hosso sect in 1965. In 1994, the temple was added to the list of UNESCO world heritage sites.
Fushimi Inari-taisha, located on the mountain of Inari-san, in Fushimi-ku, Kyoto, is known as the headquarters of all the Inari shrines nationwide, said to total 40,000. The shrine is believed to have been built in 711 by one Hata-no-Irogu, who came over to Japan from the continent, and the Hata family administered the shrine over many generations. The shrine is sacred to Uka-no-mitama-no-kami who presides over the five cereal crops and was originally worshipped as the god of foods and agriculture, but later as the god of commerce and fisheries as well.
Please note that this tour requires considerable walking and therefore would not be suitable for those with walking difficulties. Lunch is included and consists of a typical Japanese set-menu and includes one soft drink.
Please note: Kiyomizudera's main hall is covered up from February 2017 to March 2020 for the renovation of its roof. Visitors will be able to enter the main hall during the renovations.
- Experienced and knowledgeable Japanese/English speaking guide
- Coach transfer to and from Kyoto
- Panoramic city sightseeing by private charter coach
- Visit to Arashiyma, Togetskyo Bridge and Bamboo Forest
- Escorted walk through Nishiki Market and lunch stop
- Escorted walk through Gion
- Lunch including one soft drink
- Entrance to Kiyomizudera
- Entrance to the Fushimi Inari Shrine