Once the imperial capital of Japan, Kyoto remains the heart of traditional Japanese culture. Famous for its ancient temples, traditional tea houses, geisha district, and beautiful gardens, Kyoto is a city where you can experience the tranquil harmony of Japanese tradition set against the backdrop of the changing seasons.

The program

Day 1: Arrival in Kyoto

Upon arrival at Kansai International Airport or Itami Airport, transfer to your hotel in Kyoto. Depending on your arrival time, take a leisurely stroll around your hotel area to get acquainted with the city.

Day 2: Northern Higashiyama and Gion

Begin your day with a visit to Ginkakuji (Silver Pavilion) and stroll along the Philosopher’s Path. Visit Nanzenji Temple and then head to the Gion district, where you might spot Geishas in the evening.

Day 3: Southern Higashiyama

Visit Kiyomizudera Temple and explore the atmospheric lanes of the Southern Higashiyama district. Continue to Maruyama Park and Yasaka Shrine, and end your day at the bustling streets of Pontocho Alley.

Day 4: Arashiyama

Spend the day in Arashiyama, starting with the breathtaking Bamboo Grove. Visit the stunning Tenryuji Temple, enjoy a scenic boat ride on the Hozu River, and visit the Iwatayama Monkey Park.

Day 5: Central Kyoto

Visit the iconic Nijo Castle, known for its “nightingale floors”. Afterwards, head to the Kyoto Imperial Palace and Gardens. Finish your day with a visit to Nishiki Market to try a variety of local foods.

Day 6: Western Kyoto

Head to Western Kyoto to visit the stunning Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion) and continue to Ryoanji Temple, famous for its Zen rock garden. Finish your day at the picturesque Togetsukyo Bridge.

Day 7: Day Trip to Nara

Take a day trip to Nara, home to Todaiji Temple with its giant Buddha statue, the charming Nara Park with friendly deer, and the beautiful Kasuga Taisha shrine.

Day 8: Fushimi Inari Shrine and Departure

Depending on your flight time, visit the famous Fushimi Inari Shrine with its thousands of red torii gates. Afterward, transfer to the airport for your departure, taking with you the serenity and beauty of Kyoto.

Remember, this itinerary can be customized based on your personal interests and travel preferences. Kyoto, with its enchanting mix of ancient tradition and natural beauty, offers an experience like no other.