[NEW] Kyoto: Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle & Ryoanji Temple Tour
You will visit three fascinating sites located in the northern part of Kyoto City.
Each of the three unique facilities will be visited: the most beautiful building from the Muromachi period, a castle built by the shogun in the Edo period to guard the emperor, and a Zen Buddhist garden from the early Edo period.
We will gather at the Ozora Plaza on the rooftop of the Kyoto Station Building and tour the following three locations.
(1) Nijo Castle: This was the castle where the Tokugawa shoguns stayed in Kyoto. Located near the Imperial Palace where the emperor resided, visitors can see the Ninomaru Palace, the garden, and the Karamon Gate, all of which are national treasures. The castle is divided by pillars and fusuma sliding doors, and is decorated with beautiful paintings on the walls. Visitors can also learn about the lives of the shoguns, feudal lords, and other samurai, as well as the political order.
(2) Kinkakuji Temple: Kinkakuji Temple, also known as the "Golden Pavilion" by scholars from around the world, because of its gold-leaf-covered Shariden (a small hall for the nobility). The Kinkakuji Temple is registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
(3) Ryoan-ji Temple: This is one of the most famous Zen gardens in Japan. The garden represents themes such as "know thyself" and control of excessive desires. This garden is a karesansui (dry landscape garden) in which the spirit of Zen is concentrated with 15 natural stones on a bed of white sand. The stone garden is famous worldwide as the "Zen Garden," having been visited and praised by the philosopher Sartre and Queen Elizabeth II.
The meeting place for this tour is JR Kyoto Station's Rooftop Sky Garden.
The tour route is as follows:
JR Kyoto Station Rooftop Sky Garden - Nijo Castle - Kinkakuji Temple - Ryoanji Temple - JR Kyoto Station
Total Price = Basic Fee + Fee per Person * Number of Participants + Tax
・ Food & drink, shopping expenses, etc.
・ Transportation to the meeting place
・ Transportation from the tour end place
※ If you wish to be picked up from your hotel, an additional 3,300 yen (tax included) will be added to the fee.
◆ This is a shared program. Multiple groups may take this program at once.
◆ Please follow the instructions of the guide during the program. We will not be responsible for any accidents that may occur due to disobedience of the guide's instructions.
◆ The program will be operated in accordance with the guidelines stipulated by the Japan Tourism Agency. As a measure against COVID-19, you will be asked to disinfect your hands and wear a mask, and we will measure your temperature before starting the experience.
◆ Walking tours may be subject to change due to facility closures or weather conditions. In such cases, we will guide you to alternative locations.
◆ The program duration stated is only approximate. Please note that the duration of the experience may vary depending on the situation and the number of guests.
◆ For walking tours, you are requested to meet our guide at a designated meeting place. If you are late, please contact us at 03-6432-0195 during business hours (weekdays from 9:00 to 18:00). We may also provide you with an additional telephone number to contact in advance of the program.
◆ If you require special assistance during the program due to any of the following: religious reasons, physical conditions, illness, allergies, or the age of children, please be sure to indicate this in the remarks section of the reservation form at the time of application. Please note that we cannot guarantee any arrangements or changes to the program without prior inquiry.
◆ The minimum number of participants for this program is 2.
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