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City of Culture Kyoto
- 3.5 hours
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Kyoto may no longer be the capital of Japan, but it’s staged a comeback and is now considered Japan's capital of culture. Take that Tokyo! Join this Kyoto tour to learn about zen gardens, Geisha and all things Kyoto.
* Walk through corridors of the city's iconic bright red torii gates
* Spot the thousands of fox statues in the Fushimi Inari Shrine
* Experience the peace of the legendary Zen gardens
* Discover the modern and traditional aspects of Tofukuji Temple
* Explore Gion, and discover the culture of Japan’s Geisha district
What's included in this trip
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Please present your voucher to the local guide at the beginning of the tour.
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If you have your voucher then your tour is confirmed. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting point. If you need to contact us for any reason, please use the number on the voucher during business hours.
Children must be aged 6 to 11 years inclusively. Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.
If you are happy with the services provided by your local guides, a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid Urban Adventures destinations. Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses on this tour
Experience the temples, shrines and gardens that make Kyoto Japan’s 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 the outskirts of the city to visit 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!
Next on this Kyoto culture tour, head to another of the city’s must-see sights, the Tofukuji Temple. Originally built in the 13th century, and famous for its traditional, yet modern, Zen style garden, this is a great place to soak up the relaxed atmosphere of 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.
As the sun begins to set, leave the tranquil gardens behind and head to Gion, famously known as Kyoto’s 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.
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