Meet your English speaking guide at the hotel lobby.
Strolling in Arashiyama area & Bamboo Grove. Despite being one of the city’s top attractions, the mystical bamboo path at Arashiyama is a great change of pace from your typical sightseeing day in Kyoto. While the 500 meter path generously accommodates both pedestrians and bicyclists, a leisurely stroll could easily become a one-hour trek— a very, very photogenic one.
Kinkakuji temple. Kinkakuji is a Zen temple in northern Kyoto whose top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf. Formally known as Rokuonji, the temple was the retirement villa of the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, and according to his will it became a Zen temple of the Rinzai sect after his death in 1408.
Lunch at a local restaurant (Buffet style).
Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kimono. This intriguing shrine was dedicated to the god of rice and sake by the Hata clan in the 8th century. As the role of agriculture diminished, deities were enrolled to ensure prosperity in business enterprises. The magical, seemingly unending path of over 5000 vibrant orange torii gates that wind through the hills behind Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine makes it one of the most popular shrines in Japan. This shrine also features dozens of statues of foxes. The fox is seen as the messenger of the god of grain foods, Inari, and the stone foxes are often known by the same name. The keys often depicted in the fox mouths are ones to granaries. This shrine is the central location for some 40,000 Inari shrines throughout the entirety of Japan.
Dinner at a local restaurant “Ganko Takasegawa Nijo-en”
Enjoy Japanese Kaiseki style cuisine and performance of Maiko/Geiko.
Return to hotel by coach.
Included Meals: lunch, dinner