Excursion KOB1 - 8 Hours - £145pp
Kyoto served as Japan's capital and the emperor's residence from 794 until 1868. It is one of the country's ten largest cities with a population of 1.5 million people and a modern face.
Over the centuries, Kyoto was destroyed by many wars and fires, but due to its exceptional historic value, the city was dropped from the list of target cities for the atomic bomb and escaped destruction during World War II. Countless temples, shrines and other historically priceless structures survive in the city today.
Departing Kobe and travelling by coach, our first stop is Arashiyama, on the western outskirts of Kyoto. Famed for the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove you will have free time to walk and explore this.
Nishiki Market is a narrow, five block long shopping street lined by more than one hundred shops and restaurants. Known as "Kyoto's Kitchen", this lively retail market specialises in all things food related, like fresh seafood, produce, knives and cookware, and is a great place to find seasonal foods and Kyoto specialties, such as Japanese sweets, pickles, dried seafood and sushi.
Nishiki Market has a pleasant but busy atmosphere that is inviting to those who want to explore the variety of culinary delights that Kyoto is famous for. The stores found throughout the market range in size from small narrow stalls to larger two-story shops. Most specialise in a particular type of food, and almost everything sold at the market is locally produced and procured.
Lunch will be served in a local Japanese restaurant.
At the heart of Kyoto lies Gion, the city’s most famous entertainment district and the centre of its traditional arts, here you can enjoy a walk through its street with the hope of catching glimpse of a Geisha.
Fushimi Inari Shrine is an important Shinto shrine in southern Kyoto. It is famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates, which straddle a network of trails behind its main buildings. The trails lead into the wooded forest of the sacred Mount Inari, which stands at 233 meters and belongs to the shrine grounds.
Please note that this excursion requires considerable walking and therefore would not be suitable for those with walking difficulties.
- Panoramic city sightseeing by private charter coach
- Coach transfer to/from Kobe
- Experienced and knowledgeable Japanese/English speaking guide
- Visit to Arashiyma, Togetskyo Bridge and Bamboo Forest
- Escorted walk through Nishiki Market and lunch stop
- Escorted walk through Gion
- Typical Japanese lunch including one soft drink
- Entrance to the Fushimi Inari Shrine