Day 1: Arrive Kyoto
On arrival into Kyoto International Airport you will be greeted by a representative and assisted to your shared transfer that will escort you to your hotel in Kyoto.
The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 2: Kyoto
Today you’ll have the services of an English speaking guide to show round this former imperial capital. Start your day with a visit to Nijo Castle, an ornamental castle surrounded by stunning gardens and famous for its Momoyama architecture. Next up, visit two of Kyoto’s most important temples, Ryoan-ji Temple and Kinkaku-ji (the Golden Pavilion).
In the afternoon, meet your guide at Nishiki Market for a guided stroll through the local food stalls to buy the ingredients for your Japanese cooking class. The class will take place in a machiya, a well-restored wooden house that is typical for Kyoto. Learn how to make rolled sushi, miso soup and salad and of course you can enjoy what you make afterwards!
Day 3: Kyoto – Day trip to Nara
Today we’ve included a day trip to nearby Nara. It’s home to Todai-ji Temple, an 8th century Buddhist temple that houses a 15m tall bronze Buddha. Next, head to Kasuga Taisha, the most celebrated Shinto shrine in Nara, famous for its bronze and stone lanterns, only lit twice a year during the lantern festival.
After lunch you will return to Kyoto and Kyomizu-drea, a temple situated on Mount Otowa, famous for its impressive veranda, built without any nails and enjoying breath-taking views, particularly in spring or autumn. A stroll through the Higshiyama district rounds off the day and a chance to pick up some local crafts and souvenirs from the quaint shops located in the busy lanes.
Day 4: Depart Kyoto
Today is a free day until you are collected by shared transfer and taken to the airport for your onward journey.