Experience the culture of Japan through this tour of all things Kyoto. Though Kyoto is not the capital of Japan but it has left no stone unturned to give you the real feel of Japanese culture. Explore the Zen gardens, the shrines, know about the traditions of Geisha in this tour.
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.