- Feel the calmness at the Zen rock garden
- Experience the daily life and culture of the Japanese people
- Recall the scenes from "Memoir of Geisha" by walking through the corridors of red gates
Explore the temples, shrines and gardens that make' Kyoto' Japans capital of culture on this unique tour of the city. Founded as the national capital more than 1,200 years ago,' Kyoto' originally developed as a centre of aristocratic culture, and is most famous for its Zen gardens and Geisha traditions.
On this' Kyoto' tour, you'll discover some of the magic of the city through cultural explorations and local experiences. First we'll head to' one of the citys must-see sights, the Tofukuji Temple. Originally built in the 13th century, and famous for its traditional, yet modern,' Zen garden, this is a great place to' escape to a' relaxed atmosphere' in' the city. Learn about the origin and inspiration for the garden, and what it means to the Monks who continue to live and study here.
Next we walk through a nice local residential neighbourhood to the Fushimi Inari Shrine. Home to a seemingly endless stretch of iconic red torii gates spread across a thickly wooded mountain, this shrine is a world unto itself. Walk through snaking corridors of red gates, made famous in the film "Memoirs of Geisha", stopping to admire the shrines and many fox statues. Major photo opportunity alert!
As the sun begins to set on the Toriis, we leave behind the foxes and head to Gion, famously known as' Kyotos Geisha district. This area was the model for Memoirs of Geisha, and it comes alive with people and lights in the evening. Stroll past the 17th-century traditional restaurants and teahouses, many of which are still exclusive establishments for Geisha entertainment, see the theatres and traditional shops, and soak up the atmosphere of this historic quarter.
This iconic neighbourhood makes for the ideal end to this' Kyoto' city tour, and is sure to leave you completely enthralled with this dynamic city.
- Local english speaking guide
- Transportation fare
- Entry to tofukiji.
- Items of a personal nature
- Tips / gratuities for your guide.
If cancelling less than 48 hours before the chosen start date no refund applies.