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Kyoto guided tour: A ‘THOUSAND-YEAR CAPITAL’
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Kyoto guided tour: A ‘THOUSAND-YEAR CAPITAL’

Kyoto guided tour: A ‘THOUSAND-YEAR CAPITAL’
Duration:
8 hours
Выезд из:
Kyoto Osaka
Состав участников:
до 5 человек
Взрослые
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Your day in Kyoto will start with meeting your guide.  ‘Kyo-To’ literally means ‘capital city’, it is also known as a ‘thousand-year capital’. Indeed, for over 1,000 years, an unbelievable time span by itself, it has been Japan’s capital city with the Emperor’s residence located here.

Basically, the whole area of historical Kyoto is declared as UNESCO World Heritage site. In fact, Kyoto is now a giant open-air museum that is never closed, bringing its glorious, more than a thousand-year old legacy to its visitors from all over the world. It is worth-mentioning that at the end of the Second World War Kyoto was removed from the atomic bomb target list by the personal intervention of U.S. Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson, as he wanted to save this cultural center, which he knew from his honeymoon and later diplomatic visits.

You might also be impressed the stark contrast made by the Kyoto tower, situated not far from the ultramodern Kyoto station, compared to the ancient architecture of the historical part of the city. Though built not too long time ago, the Kyoto tower has also become one of the city’s major symbols.

With its 1,600 Buddhist temples and 400 Shinto shrines, as well as palaces, gardens and architecture intact, Kyoto is one of the best preserved cities in Japan. Because of its countless temples and shrines of any size and age it is also known as the ‘city of thousand temples’…

The first of the must-see temples in Kyoto on our way would be Kiyomizu-dera, a magnificent wooden temple supported by pillars off the slope of a mountain. It is also Kinkaku-ji, the Temple of the Golden Pavilion and, the Temple of the Silver Pavilion, both well-known symbols of the city. No doubt, we will also visit Ryoan-ji, famous for its rock garden, truly a place for meditation. Another landmark to see would be the Heian Jingu. It is a Shinto shrine, built in 1895, celebrating the Imperial family and commemorating the first and last emperors to reside in Kyoto.

We will then relocate to the Gion quarter where you can meet by chance a guest from the past – a geisha walking down the road! You will also have an opportunity to walk the Philosopher's Walk, just like shoguns have been doing centuries ago…

Kyoto is renowned for its abundance of delicious Japanese foods and cuisine. The special circumstances of Kyoto as a city away from the sea and home to many Buddhist temples resulted in the development of a variety of vegetables peculiar to the Kyoto area.

You’ll get back to your hotel soon after the excursion is over.

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