Duration: 7 hours
Start/End: From the port
Highlights: Nijo-Jo Castle – Kinkakuji Temple (the Golden Pavillion) – Kiyomizu-Dera Temple – Stroll Higashiyama District if time permits
Tour Customizable: Absolutely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)
English-Speaking-Guide waits with welcome-board and then takes a scenic drive to Kyoto by chartered car. The first place of your trip is Nijo-Jo Castle served as the residence of the first shogun from the Edo Period, then became the imperial palace, and finally opened to the public as a historic site. The castle is famous for its elegant traditional Japanese architecture style and beautiful garden surrounding.
Before visiting the next place, have a walk to Kinkakuji Temple (the Golden Pavillion). This three-stories temple is built to overlook the large beautiful pond which in the middle standing an islet with two idyllic trees.
The next place is Kiyomizu-Dera Temple which has the name means Pure Water in English. This World Heritage Site is well-known for its wooden stage surrounding by a forest of cherry blossom and maple trees.
If time permits, the final place is Higashiyama District. This district is the best place to get a glimpse of ancient Kyoto where home to plenty of wooden houses, local restaurants, and traditional merchant shops along the streets. Your Japan shore excursion ends.