Nijo Castle was built in 1603 as the Kyoto residence of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first Shogun of the Edo Period. The ornamental building is well known for its Momoyama architecture, decorated sliding doors, and ‘chirping’ nightingale floors. Be taken to Kinkakuji, also known as the Golden Pavilion. Originally built as a retirement villa for the Shogun, it is now a Buddhist Temple. It is a remarkable sight with its shimmering top two floors being completely covered in gold leaf. You’re Invited: Visit the nearby town of Arashiyama which contains the magnificent Tenryuji temple, one of Kyoto’s largest and most impressive temples. Enjoy a unique experience as you are invited to partake in a special temple lunch. Afterwards, explore the temple buildings and wander the beautiful gardens. Take the path through Arashiyama’s famous bamboo groves, and end at the Nonomiya shrine. You’re Invited: Experience Kyoto like a local. Jump on board your rickshaw and enjoy this fun and traditional mode of transport while your driver pulls you from the bamboo groves to Togetsu Bridge. You’re Invited: Tonight you will have the honour of taking part in a traditional Japanese dinner with a maiko (apprentice geisha). Geisha’s have entertained the elite in Kyoto for centuries. They undergo strict training in the traditional Japanese arts such as music, song and dance to ensure they are the perfect dining hosts. Dinner with a maiko is not only steeped in tradition but is fun and fascinating.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner