Nijo Castle (50 min) – A World Heritage site. Tour the historical castle completed in 1626, which was built to provide lodging for Tokugawa Shogun and as a palladium for Kyoto Imperial Palace. The impressive, elaborate carvings and decors in the Ninomaru Palace are a must-see.
Kinkaku-ji Temple (45 min) – Visit this World Heritage Site, also known as the Golden Pavilion. The wooden architecture is covered in thin layers of pure gold and is surrounded by a beautiful pond.
[Except Mondays] Kyoto Imperial Palace (40 min) – See the Kyoto Imperial Palace, which was used as the Emperor’s residence until about 150 years ago.
[Mondays (and Tuesdays when Monday is a national holiday)] Kitano Tenmangu Shrine (40 min)
Famous for housing the God of scholarship. This shrine’s main hall is a designated national treasure. The shrine is especially great to see during the plum blossom and autumn leaf seasons.
After lunch, ravel by bus to Nara.
Todai-ji Temple (Great Buddha) / Nara Park (60 min)
A World Heritage Site, this is the symbol of the Nara Period and one of the world’s largest wooden structure. Its huge main hall and bronze Great Buddha are impressive to behold.
Kasuga Taisha Shrine (40 min)
This Nara Period shrine is designated as a World Heritage Site. The deer of Nara Park are through to be the shrine messengers.
Nara Nagamikan (20 min)
The largest souvenir shop in Nara. Enjoy this spacious shop and look for the perfect souvenir.
Travel back to Kyoto where the tour will conclude at your hotel.