Depart Tokyo in the morning by Shinkansen to Kyoto. Enjoy a western style lunch before taking a coach tour to Nara. Nara remains full of historic treasures, visit the Todai-ji Temple home to one of Japan’s largest bronze statues of Buddha and the Kasugataisha Shrine with thousands of stone lanterns lining the path to this serene shrine hidden in the forest.
Today visit Kyoto’s main attractions. Nijo Castle is an impressive landmark and arguably the best surviving example of castle palace architecture from Japan’s feudal era. The Kinkakuji-ji temple also known as the Golden Pavilion with two floors covered entirely in thin layers of gold is the next stop before the Imperial Palace. After lunch you will visit the Sanjusangen-do Temple, the world’s longest wooden building. Explore the Heian Shrine with its characteristic red architecture and finish the day viewing Kyoto from the hilltop Kiyomizu-dera Temple.
Day at leisure until a late afternoon transfer to the station for the Shinkansen back to Tokyo.
departs on selected dates
1/ This is a locally guided tour with different local guides provided for you in each city. The tour operates on a modular basis and you may be travelling with different passengers each day.
2/ Trains in Japan do not have adequate space for luggage storage. We recommend leaving your main luggage at your Tokyo Hotel and travelling with a small overnight bag on this tour.