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Captivating Holidays to Kyoto

Be mesmerised by Kyoto, a city full of temples, markets, towering bamboo, Zen like gardens, merchant houses, amazing food and wooden tea houses. You will want to spend more time there than you have.

  • Mountain Shrines

  • Brightly coloured temples

  • Geisha area

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Holiday To Kyoto

What Places Should I Visit In Kyoto?

Start your day by catching a train to Fushimi Inari Shrine; make sure you wear comfortable shoes and take water as it’s quite a climb!  Walking upwards you will pass underneath thousands of bright orange painted torri gates, on the paths that snake up Mt Inari.  Discover smaller shrines en-route and witness lots of fox statues lining the way.  These foxes are believed to be messengers of the God Inari. At many Shinto temples you can buy an amulet that is believed to provide you with protection; here you will find them in the shape of a fox.

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In the evening wander through Gion, the geisha area of Kyoto.  Here you will discover many wooden merchant houses and exclusive restaurants.   Head to Shoren-In and Chion-In temples, which are located very close to each other.  Both have spectacular gardens to explore and will give you an opportunity to take lots of photos.

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Temples and Monkeys!

Early in the morning, head to the Northwest of Kyoto and the Kinkaku-ji Temple. Here, in the centre of a beautiful garden, you will see the famous Golden Pavilion which appears to be floating on a small lake.  Nearby Tenryu-ji, a Zen Temple which was constructed in 1339. You will come across Sogenchi Teien, a pond garden, which is delightful.  It is kept in pristine condition-just don’t accidently take your foot off the gravel, as you will be told off.

From the gardens of Tenryu-ji you can walk straight into the Bamboo forest.  The bamboo towers all above you, making it a nice place to escape the sun.  If you have children (or just like monkeys) visit the Arashiyama Monkey Park. Over 200 Japanese monkeys live here, and a climb up the hill will give you a great view of Kyoto. 

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Holiday To Kyoto

JAPAN SMALL GROUP TOUR

Tokyo > Nagano > Matsumoto > Takayama > Kanazawa > Hiroshima > Kurashiki > Kyoto > Tokyo

13 NIGHTS

What's Included?

  • 13 nights accommodation & breakfast
  • 14 day Japanese Rail (JR) Pass
  • City Transport Pass
  • Transport between destinations
  • Shared Wi-Fi deviCE
  • Tour Guide
  • Entrance to monkey park
  • Entrance to Zenko-ji temple
  • Geisha district walking tour

(International flights are additional)

GUIDE PRICE 2023 £2610pp

Day 1: Tokyo

Arrive at a centrally located hotel & meet your fellow touring companions in the evening.

Day 2:

Walking tour...visit Meiji Shrine, Japanese gardens and the Asakusa area. 

Dat 3: Nagano

Head to towards the Japanese Alps.  Free time to explore this beautiful city before relaxing in the local hot spring baths.
Stay at traditional Japanese accommodation tonight.

Day 4: Matsumoto
Visit the snow monkeys of Yudanaka!

Then head to the beautiful alpine city of Matsumoto. Its castle, 'The Black Crow' is a must visit.

Day 5: Takayama

With your tour leader wander around the merchant houses of this riverside town. Try sake and explore all the artisan shops.

Enjoy a Japanese dinner with your group.


Day 6: Takayama

Spend the morning the market. 

Visit the Hida no Sato folk museum with your tour leader.

Day 7: Kanazawa
Visit Kenrokuen, a beautiful garden of this traditional city.

Stroll around the Samurai and Geisha districts, then visit the Omicho Fish Market.
 

Day 8: Hiroshima

Your tour leader will take you on a walk through the beautiful Peace Park & museum.

Day 9:
Catch a ferry to Miyajima, a beautiful island-look for the 'floating Torii gate' and deer.

Day 10: Kurashiki
A bullet train ride takes you to this wonderful town, with lots of preserved Edo architecture.

Cycle through rice fields and villages.

Day 11-12: Kyoto

A guided tour around this incredible city.

Day 13: Head back to Tokyo by bullet train. Hopefully you will see Mt Fuji on the journey!

 

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Flight Time

Direct flights from London to Tokyo and Osaka with B.A and JAL.
Direct flights are around 12 hours.

When To Go

You can visit Japan all year round.
In summer (June to September) it can be hot and humid.
Spring & Autumn are often though of as the best times to visit.

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