Kyoto – Featured Destination

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Kyoto is the former capital city of Japan and world-famous for its refined culture, dining, and charm of rural Japan. Kyoto attracts millions of local and international visitors every year and always ranked amongst the top in global tourism rankings. Kyoto City is a prime destination for most travelers with easy access from Tokyo by the Shinkansen(approx. 1.5hrs) and from Osaka by a normal train(approx. 30min).

Sight seeing spots

Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

Arashiyama Bamboo Grove
Located in the northwestern area of Kyoto, the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is one of Kyoto’s most photographed and recognizable sights. A forest of nothing but towering bamboo of uniform height, it truly is a breathtaking sight.

Fushimi Inari Taisha Grand Shrine

Fushimi Inari Taisha Grand Shrine
Fushimi Inari Taisha Grand Shrine is the head shrine of Inari Jinja shrines around Japan. It is one of the oldest shrines in Kyoto and boasts one of the largest number of worshippers in Japan. Fushimi Inari Taisha Grand Shrine is known as the deity of business. The word “Inari” is also said to have its origins in the word “Inenari,” or growing rice. Visitors include not only people involved in agriculture, who worship the deity of good harvest at the shrine, but also people involved in commerce.

Nishiki Market

Nishiki Market
Nishiki Market is often referred as Kyoto’s Kitchen. Nishiki Market today is very different from its origins as an open-air fish market some 400 years ago.Nishiki Market offers an array of both fresh and preserved foods, including grilled meat on skewers, chewy rice cakes, and all manner of pickles. You can also find excellent cookware and elegant ceramic wares, spices and condiments, paper goods and quirky souvenir items (think plastic food keyrings).

Suggested Tours

Kyoto 1-Day Tour with Lunch

Kyoto 1-Day Tour with Lunch (Full Day: 8:30-18:30)

Price(Adult) from NZD202 per person

This tour takes participants to famous temples, a shrine, a castle, and other majestic places of interest in Kyoto including Nijo Castle, Kinkaku-ji Temple, Kyoto Imperial Palace, Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, Sanjusangen-do Temple, and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. This standard tour is recommended for those travelling to Kyoto for the first time.


Lunch will be a Japanese-style set meal. Participants will walk from the parking lot to Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine (about 15 min one-way). The Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed on Mondays. As such, the tour will visit Nishi Hongan-ji Temple instead. The visiting places may change depending on local situations.

Kyoto 1-Day Tour with Lunch

Sagano Bamboo Grove & Arashiyama Walking Tour With Lunch (Half Day: 8:30-13:00)

Price(Adult) from NZD214 per person

A walking tour through scenic Arashiyama and Sagano Bamboo Grove. Visit the beautiful temple gardens of Tenryuji, a World Heritage Site considered as one of Kyoto’s best Zen temples. Enjoy panoramic views of Kyoto city from Jojakko-ji Temple and then lunch on Yakatabune.


Lunch(Japanese food) will be provided on a traditional yakatabune boat. The total walking distance for this tour is approximately 3 km.

Suggested Itinerary

Day Itinerary
Day 1 Temples & Shrines
Visit Fushimi Inari Shrine
Walk up to Mt. Inari
Travel to Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Explore and Lunch
Travel to Hanamikoji Street
Explore the Gion Area and Dinner
Day 2 Golden Pavilion & Bamboo Forest
Visit Golden Pavilion at the Kinkakuji Temple
Travel to Arashiyama Area
Visit Tenryuji Temple and Bamboo Forest
Lunch at Arashiyama Area
Visit Monkey Park
Travel to Kyoto Station and Dinner
Day 3 Downtown Kyoto
Travel to Kyoto Imperial Palace
Travel to Nishiki Market
Explore Nishiki Market and Lunch
Travel to Nijo Castle
Travel to Sanjo Area
Dinner around Kamogawa River
Day 4
Day Trip to Nara


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