Meet with your guide in the hotel lobby for a departure to Kinkakuji by private coach.
Kinkakuji, also known as the Golden Pavilion, was originally built as a retirement villa for the Shogun. After the death of Shogun Yoshimitsu, it became a Buddhist Temple at his request. It is now one of Kyoto’s most famous temples, with its top two floors completely covered in gold-leaf.
After visiting the temple, a private coach will take you to the entrance to Arashiyama, to the Monkey Park Iwatayama, just south of the Togetsukyo Bridge
After hiking uphill for about ten minutes, visitors will find an open area with over a hundred monkeys roaming freely. There are also nice views down onto the city.
Walk to Tenryuji temple. Ranked among Kyoto’s five great Zen temples Tenryuji is the largest and most impressive temple in Arashiyama. Founded in 1339 at the start of the Muromachi Period, the temple is now considered important cultural property and ranked by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. You will visit only the beautiful gardens with walking paths.
After lunch, you will be able to enjoy your tour of Arashiyama wearing a traditional Japanese kimono. In a kimono shop, professional staff will carefully coordinate your kimono and help you wear it.
On the way to Nonomiya shrine your path will lead you through Arashiyama’s famous bamboo groves, which are unlike any other place in Japan. The bamboo has been used to manufacture various products, such as baskets, cups, boxes and mats at local workshops for centuries. Nonomiya shrine is a Shinto shrine where in ancient times, unmarried imperial princesses stayed for a year or more to purify themselves. The shrine is referenced in numerous works of literature, most notably in the world’s first novel; The Tale of Genji.
After the tour, change back into your clothes and head back to your hotel by private coach.
Included Meals: lunch