Kyoto Optional Tour
Kyoto optional tour is guaranteed to be operated by JTB as scheduled 28th Nov. 2010 with reaching minimum number person required. We are looking forward to your application to this tour.
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The history of Kyoto and heritage lives on in the 1.5 million population modern city: Seventeen UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites are situated in a cityscape dominated by 2000 temples and shrines. The city offers you endless opportunities to gain meaningful hands-on experience of rich Kyoto culture through Tea Ceremony, sake brewing, kimono wearing, swordsmanship, and more. Japan is renowned for its safety and the compactness of Kyoto makes for wonderful strolling during free time.
In the year 794, the Emperor Kammu built a new city named “Heian-Kyo” - Capital of Peace. Kyoto remained the Imperial seat for over a millennium. In the twenty-first century the vibrant city proudly shows you why the undisputed culture heart of Japan is best city of choice.
A thousand years as the capital city has left a legacy of tradition and elegance making Kyoto a living museum. Indeed the concentration of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites in Kyoto is not matched by anywhere else in the entire world. The result: a truly unique, truly Kyoto programme cherished in the memory of each participant.
In this tour, you can visit Kinkakuji-Temple, Nijo-Castle and Kiyomizu-Temple.
|Kyoto Optional Tour|
|Contents||(08:00) Departure from Kobe Portopia Hotel === (10:00) Arrive at Kinkakuji Temple === (11:00) Departure from Kinkakuji Temple === (11:30) Arrive at Nijo Castle === (12:30) Departure from Nijo Castle === (12:45) Lunch (Japanese cuisine) *1hour === (14:15) Arrive at Ninen Zaka === ~~Walking to Kiyomizu Temple~~ === (16:30) Departure from Kiyomizu Temple === (18:30) Arrive at Kobe Portopia Hotel|
|Date||November 28 (Sun)|
|Fee||Jpy 15,000 / per person|
*This tour includes admission fee, lunch (exc. drink), transportation
|Maximum number of|
|Note||This tour will be accompanied by a certified English-speaking tour conductor (guide).|
Ninen-Zaka & Sannei-Zaka
Kinkakuji-Temple (Golden-Pavilion Temple)
The temple richly adorned in gold leaf reflects beautifully in the water of Kyokochi, the mirror pond.
It is perhaps the most widely-recognized image of Kyoto. Seen reflected in the adjoining "mirror pond" with its small islands of rock and pine, Kinkakuji-Temple, "The Temple of the Golden Pavilion," is a breathtaking must-see.
The building's first purpose was to serve the retiring Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu (1358-1409) as a residence. The gold-leaf-adorned building was converted into a Zen temple shortly after his death. In an event that was later fictionalized by the renowned author Yukio Mishima, a 21-year-old monk burned Kinkakuji down in 1950. The temple was rebuilt in 1955 and continues to function as a storehouse of sacred relics.
The temple's garden is also a scenic delight and contains in its grounds a charming teahouse.
For those with an interest in Japanese feudal past and an eye for magnificent interiors, Nijō Castle is a fascinating destination. If you're after peace and quiet, try an early-morning or late-afternoon visit. Nijō Castle was built in 1603 as the official residence of Tokugawa Ieyasu Shogun. The ostentatious style was intended as a demonstration of Ieyasu's prestige and to signal the demise of the empero's power. To safeguard against treachery, Ieyasu had the interior fitted with 'nightingale' floors (intruders were detected by the squeaking boards) and concealed chambers where bodyguards could keep watch and spring out at a moment's notice. Fans of ninja movies will recognise these features immediately. The Momoyama-era Kara-mon gate, originally part of Hideyoshi's Fushimi-jō in the south of the city, features lavish, masterful woodcarving and metalwork.
The expression "to jump off the stage at Kiyomizu" is the Japanese equivalent of the English expression "to take the plunge".
Kiyomizu Temple is perhaps the most beloved of Kyoto's temples and is a fixture in the minds of the Japanese people. The temple's veranda juts out of the side of a mountain supported by 13-meter-high wooden columns. The main hall with its distinctive hip-shaped roof of cypress bark rests to the rear of the veranda and houses within it a priceless statue of Kannon Bodhisattva, the goddess of mercy. From the veranda, one can appreciate fine views facing west over the city of Kyoto. This is an auspicious place to watch the sunset, which may also explain the romantic associations accorded to the temple.