07:50 - 08:45 Hotel in Kyoto City
Nijo Castle (50 min)
A UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tour the historical castle completed in 1626, which was built to provide lodging for Tokugawa Shogun and as a palladium for Kyoto Imperial Palace.
Kinkaku-ji Temple (45 min)
Visit this World Heritage Site, also known as the Golden Pavilion. The wooden architecture is covered in thin layers of pure gold and is surrounded by a beautiful lake.
Kyoto Imperial Palace (from Mondays to Fridays) (40 min)
The Kyoto Imperial Palace is the former ruling palace of the Emperor of Japan and served as residence since 1869.
*Note: Kitano Tenmangu Shrine is visited as a substitute when Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed.
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine (Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays) (40 min)
The shrine's main hall is a designated national treasure and is famous for housing the God of scholarship. The shrine is especially great to see during the plum blossom and autumn leaf seasons.
Lunch (50 min) Japanese or Western Buffet
From Kyoto to Nara (70 min)
Head to Nara via the Nara Keinawa Expressway
Nara Park & Todai-ji Temple (Great Buddha) (60 min)
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this is the symbol of the Nara Period and one of the world's largest wooden structure. Its huge main hall and bronze Great Buddha are impressive to behold.
Kasuga Taisha Shrine (40 min)
This Nara Period shrine is designated as a World Heritage Site. The deer at Nara Park are thought to be the shrine messengers.
Nara Nagomikan (20 min)
The largest souvenir shop in Nara. Enjoy yourself in this spacious shop and look for the perfect souvenir.
18:30 - 19:30 Drop-off Service
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