Explore historic Kyoto (full day without lunch)
Nature, Culture, Lunch not included
Description See the best of Japan’s ancient city on a full-day tour that embraces Kyoto’s historic past.First your day at Kiyomizu Temple, in the eastern part of Kyoto, where you can find the famous Kiyomizu Stage – a veranda that extends out over a cliff and was built without a single nail.Continue to Kinkaku-ji, the Temple of the Golden Pavilion. The upper stories of this serene lakeside pavilion are covered with gold leaf. It is considered the premier example of Muromachi Era (1337 - 1573) design. The current pavilion dates only to 1955; it was destroyed by arson in 1950. Ironically the arsonist was a deranged Buddhist monk. After your visit, enjoy lunch on your own at Nishiki Market.Finally drive to Arashiyama area and disembark your motor coach for the walk to Nonomiya Shrine and the beginning of the bamboo forest path - which is mentioned in 'The Tale of Genji,' the 11th century novel by Lady Murasaki Shikibu. For seven centuries, maiden Imperial princesses visited the shrine to purify themselves before serving at the Great Shrine of Ise. Your walk through the tranquil bamboo forest takes you to the Okochi Sanso.After your walk, board your motorcoach for the return to ship from the Arashiyama parking area.