Private Tour of Central Kyoto
Kyoto, Kyoto & Around, Japan
Today, rather than focussing on historical sites of the city you will have the chance immerse in the cultural side of the city visiting markets and the stunning and beautifully preserved area of Gion.
Today you will meet your guide in the morning at your hotel before setting off to your first stop of the day, the Imperial Palace. The vast grounds of the former home to the Imperial family provide a sense of peace to enjoy the architecture and history of the Palace's buildings.
The next stop is downtown Kyoto and the Nishiki Market. Here you will experience the sights, smells and tastes of this fresh food market which has been operating in the same location for hundreds of years. Many vendors offer small dishes to enjoy while you appreciate the fresh seasonal ingredients available.
After filling up at the market, it is time to head over to Fushimi Inari Shrine. Famous for the thousands of bright red/orange tori gates which arch over the path trailing up the mountain, the walk to the top will reward you with views over all of Kyoto and to Osaka in the distance.
As the evening approaches, it is time to head back to downtown Kyoto, and the Gion District. Here you can walk the historical streets in this well persevered neighborhood filled with homes and restaurants amidst the golden glow of the street lanterns. This is truly a beautiful place to end your day and we can recommend a number of different fantastic restaurants in Gion that you can dine this evening.