Kyoto served as the imperial capital of Japan for over a thousand years. The city has over sixteen hundred temples and several hundred shrines. During a drive around the city, you will pass the Heian Shrine, built in 1895 on the 1,110th anniversary of the Heian Capital foundation. You’ll see the Kamo River, running through the city centre and Nijyo Castle with its outer fortifications and moat. Other landmarks will come into view en route, such as the Kyoto Station, Kyoto Tower, and Toji (East Temple).
No visit to Kyoto would be complete without seeing the famous Kinkakuji Temple, or Golden Pavilion. You will have the opportunity to take a photograph of this glorious building, its serene gardens and mirror-like lake (exterior view).
Seven storeys of traditional crafts, works of art, clothing and souvenirs such as dolls, paper lanterns, kites, and Japanese sandals await you at the Kyoto Handicraft Centre, the ideal place to purchase a souvenir of your visit.
Relax over a mixture of Western and Japanese-style luncheon, which will be served in a local restaurant in Kyoto.
This tour will operate by coach and on foot.Guests are advised that the stop at the Golden Pavilion is for photographs only. The drive between Kobe and Kyoto is approximately 1½ hours The view of the Golden Pavilion is from a distance and the tour involves a short walk over a gravel path at the Pavilion. Guests must be able to negotiate the steps onto and off the coach. Traffic delays are to be expected. Only Japanese Yen will be accepted by local vendors.