Full Day Kyoto Tour - The Most Popular Sights of Ancient Kyoto

by Luke - TripleLights travel specialist

We introduce the most popular itineraries amongst our customers who choose tours on Triplelights. We hope it helps you to plan your perfect itinerary during your trip to Japan. In our nineteenth post of the series, we focus on the most popular sights around Kyoto.

 

In this eight hour full day itinerary, we visit the Temple of the Golden Pavilion, the Temple of the Silver Pavilion, before losing ourselves to deep thought as we wander down Philosopher’s Walk. Finally, we explore the interesting attractions at Kiyomizu-Dera, before finally taking a stroll around the historic area of Gion.

 

1. Kinkakuji

Full Day Kyoto Tour - The Most Popular Sights of Ancient Kyoto

A World Heritage Site, and perhaps one of the most beatiful temples in Japan. Kyokochi Pond which sits below the temple reflects the shine of gold like a mirror, and is simply incredible to look out during a winter season that has brought with it snow. But, you can enjoy Kinkaku all year around, when the temple itself stands out against a backdrop of seasonal nature.

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2. Ginkakuji

Full Day Kyoto Tour - The Most Popular Sights of Ancient Kyoto

Experience traditional Japanese culture at Ginkakuji, otherwise known as the Temple of the Silver Pavilion. Tea ceremony, Noh drama, and flower arranging can be enjoyed here. Beautiful landscape gardens and a strolling pond garden help to representative Higashiyama culture. 

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3. Philosopher’s Walk

Full Day Kyoto Tour - The Most Popular Sights of Ancient Kyoto

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This impressive 1.5km walking path can be enjoyed throughout the year, and the changing of seasons make it a place worth visiting numerous times. Passing shrines and temples along the way, this sacred path has been nominated as one of the best 100 streets in Japan. Completed in the Meiji Era, Philosopher’s Walk remains a highlight of any trip to Kyoto.

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4. Kiyomizu-Dera

Take the Kiyomisu-zaka road through winding streets of small souvenir shops to the top of Mt. Kiyomizu, and atop you will find this incredible World Heritage temple. The temple is stunning, and includes a variety of sights and things to do, including entering the ‘womb’ of Daizuigu Bosatsu, taking part in old traditions, and exploring the Moon Garden. The view from Kiyomizu-dera is another feature that makes this temple one of the most visited spots in Kyoto.

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5. Gion 

Full Day Kyoto Tour - The Most Popular Sights of Ancient Kyoto

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A wander through the streets of Gion offers a chance to see a true representation of old Kyoto, in the style of maiko and geisha dressed in kimono. The rest of the streets here feature old houses, small restaurants, and tea houses, making it a great place to soak up the traditional atmosphere of a historic Kyoto.

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12 Jan 2016

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