Enjoy a full day of private sightseeing alongside our expert local guide. Begin our tour with a visit to Nijo Castle
, Kyoto's largest and best preserved castle. This ornamental castle, surrounded by stunning gardens, was built by Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu (1542-1616) as his Kyoto residence. It shows the power that the Shoguns wielded over the emperors throughout the Edo
After that, we visit Kinkakuji
, or the Golden Pavilion, a Zen temple in northern Kyoto whose top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf. It was originally built in 1393 as a retirement villa for Shogun Yoshimitsu Ashikaga (1358-1409). After his death, his son converted the building into a Zen temple of the Rinzai school named Rokuonji, in accordance with Ashikaga's wishes.
We then take a 1.5-hour drive to NARA
, the ancient capital of Japan from 710 to 784. Many of the temples and shrines built at that time still remain.
Visit Todaiji Temple
, a complex of buildings that includes the world's largest wooden structure, the 48m high Daibutsu-den. This building is home to Japan’s largest Buddha, the 15-meter gilt bronze Big Buddha (Daibutsu).
Our next destination is Kasuga Taisha
, Nara’s most celebrated shrine.
Proceed to Nara Park
, home to hundreds of deer, venerated here as divine spirits, which you have the opportunity feed by hand and take some photos with them.
After the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Kyoto.
Overnight in Kyoto.