|Meeting Point||at your hotel either in Osaka or in Kyoto|
|Ending Point||at your hotel either in Osaka or in Kyoto|
|Departure||08:30 AM ( recommended ) Flexible|
|Tour Type||Private Tour ( only for you )|
|Number of people||1 ~ 30|
The Asuka Period covers about 100 years from the end of 6th century until the the Nara Period(710) starts. The Asuka Period saw Japan emerge from the Tumulus Period with the introduction of Buddhism into Japan from China and Korea.
Asuka Temple was the first Temple to be founded in Japan. The famous "Asuka Daibutsu" (Shakanyorai) is said to have been made by Toribusshi in Chinese style. Various influences from East Asia are represented in the Asuka Daibutsu. It resembles Shaka in Horyuji Temple.
Ishibutai is Japan's best example of a rectangular tumulus and is famous for its huge exposed stone chamber. As the surface of the roof is large and smooth, since old times it has been called a stone stage. Accordingly, the Tumulus is believed to have been built at the beginning of the 7th century. This area is a national Park.
As for Tachibana Temple, the inner gate, pagoda, main hall and lecture hall are located in a line along the east-west axis, like in the Shitennoji Temple style in Osaka. In the precinct is a strange two-faced stone. Have you ever heard of a two faced stone ?
Takamatsuzuka Tomb is a round tumulus with a diameter of 23 meters. A horizontal hole-style stone chamber with colored murals was discovered in 1972. Genbu ( black turtle), tiger, dragon, women, the sun and the moon are displayed on the wall.
Why don't you visit Asuka ?
|extra person ( more than 30 people ).||4.40 USD|
|extra hour.||8.80 USD|
Wishing to visit Kyoto in depth in the short time we had, we disembarked the ship we are sailing in in Kobe and travelled to Kyoto by Shinkansen, and spent the night there, rejoining our cruise the day after. Hideo picked us up in Kobe and was with us both days. Thanks to him, we saw many sights, using both taxis and public transport, and made it back to the ship with ample time. Hideo is very patient, punctual and knowledgeable and we had two wonderful days with him in this lovely city. Whilst we never felt hurried, we managed to see everything we had planned in advance, with his great help and suggestions, and although we probably just scratched the surface of this great city, we could never have done it without him.
Main purpose was to try the Kobe beef. We went to one of the oldest sake brewery in Japan. There was a sake brewery museum about the history of the brewery which was very interesting. The good sake there are very affordable and for foreigners, tax-free is processed there too. Animal Kingdom was a good place to spend some time especially for family with kids. We had Kobe beef at two places - Mouriya which we chose from recommendation for lunch and Kagura as recommended by Hideo-san. Kagura is a lot more expensive- guess you pay for the teppanyaki showmanship. We didn't have much time for anything else.
He is a good guy and gentleman. Nice to have accommodate our schedule. He is not very informed and his English is not the best
Hideo was fantastic! We had few quite bad experiences with our tour guides in Japan, but not Hideo. He was extremely prepared, friendly and generally very knowledgable. He also has an extreme level of energy, I was amazed by the pace he established, and how he kept up with it. Overall I would recommmend him. Thank you, Hideo!
We met up with Hideo at Sannomiya Station in Kobe for our afternoon tour. At the start he provided us with a clear itinerary and map of our tour for the day. We went up the hill to see Kitano Ijinkan area, back down to the Merikan Park and Mozaic Mall at the port, and then to Chinatown. Hideo provided a good history of the Kobe Port and the city in general which was very informative. Hideo was also very organized in conducting the tour. We ended the tour with dinner at a nice Japanese restaurant. Overall we had a good taste of the beautiful Kobe City and would love to go back again in the future. Irwan. Boston, MA, USA.
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