You will visit Kiyomizu-dera temple, Sanju-san-gen-do temple, Fushimi Inari Taisya shrine (Thousand Torii), Arashiyama, Sagano Bamboo Forest, Tenryu-ji temple, Kinkaku-ji temple (Golden temple).Great number of landmarks in Kyoto in a day!.
Kyoto boasts an abundance of UNESCO registered World Heritage sites. This tour allows you to efficiently move around the sites and even includes lunch.
Explore around Kyoto's must-see attractions on a half-day tour.
Explore Arashiyama by a Kyoto Sightseeing Bus and see the changing scenery of the four seasons at Arashiyama from a different angle on the Sagano Romantic train.
Exclusive Offer! Enjoy A Maiko performance with an authentic Kyoto-style dinner.
Stroll Shozan Resort garden and Night View at Higashiyama Sancho Park
Map & Spot
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine is the headquarters of the 30,000 Inari-jinja Shrines located throughout Japan and is commonly known as the "Inari". Said to have been built in 711 AD, the vermilion tunnel of the torii "Senbon Torii" is famous. The shrine is dedicated to prayers for prosperous business and gratitude and is said to have around 10,000 torii gates. The fox is considered a messenger to the god at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.
It is possible to visit the shrine during the day and night, but you can purchase amulets from 7: 00 to 18: 00, and pray from 8: 30 to 16: 30. Since Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine is spread all over Mt. Inari, you need to watch your step when visiting the shrine after sunset.
Kinkaku-ji Temple is officially called Rokuon-ji Temple and its Golden Shining Shariden "Kinkaku" is a true symbol of Kyoto while also being a designated World Cultural Heritage Site. There is a circuit style garden within the temple and the Kinkaku in Kyoko-ike Pond (Kyokochi) is the perfect photo spot.
The Kinkaku is a hogyo-zukuri three-story palace. It was burned by arson in 1950 and the current one was rebuilt in 1955. Of the three floors, one is built in Shinden-zukuri style (architecture representative of a nobleman's residence in the Heian period), the second is in Buke-zukuri style (architecture representative of a samurai family), and the third is in Zen style (architecture representative of a Zen temple). The second and third outer layers are covered with gold leaf. The afternoon provides the best viewing time when the sun is in the south.
Kiyomizu-dera Temple, which attracts more than 3 million visitors a year, is considered the most famous temple in the ancient capital of Kyoto.
The view from Kiyomizu-dera Temple is simply superb. You can enjoy a panoramic view of the ancient capital of Kyoto and scenery that changes its expression throughout the four seasons. The night view is also wonderful, so it is recommended to visit during evening times too. The special night visit schedule and time are changed every year, so please check in advance before visiting.
Of the global World Heritage Sites, 17 of them are located in Kyoto Prefecture, such as Kinkaku-ji Temple, Kiyomizu Temple, Byoto-in Temple, Nijo-jo Castle, Kamigamo-jinja Shrine, etc. Kyoto was the imperial capital of Japan until the middle of the 19th century. Acting as the center of Japanese culture for more than 1,000 years, Kyoto illustrates the development of Japanese architecture and the art of Japanese gardens.
The best sightseeing spot in Arashiyama is Takemori, where you can enjoy the bamboo forest in a rickshaw, and in the evenings of December, you can see the night light shows.
You can enter directly from Tenryu-ji Temple or from Torokko Arashiyama Station side. If you walk down the 400-meter long Takemori street along the way you will come across the historic Nonomiya-jinja Shrine, where you can meet the many visitors who come to pray.
If you walk through the Takemori forest, you can see the historical Togetsukyo Bridge.
Sanjusangendo is famous for its 1000 statues of Senju Kannon, the goddess of mercy. It is officially named Rengeo-in Temple and is managed by Myoho-in Temple of the Tendai sect. The 33 bay hall is adjoint to the main hall.
The name comes from the fact that there are 33 hashirama in the inner sanctuary of the main hall that spans 120 meters from north to south. The name "33" is also derived from Kannon Bosatsu's transformation into 33 incarnations.
About Kyoto bus tours
Kyoto is especially popular among foreign tourists. The appeal of this bus tour is you get to see only the most popular spots around the city.
Visit popular UNESCO designated Cultural Heritage Sites, Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion) and more. Spend one full day of experiencing both Kyoto and Nara and see Geisha up close all on this bus tour.
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