Private Tour of Western Kyoto
Today you will meet your guide in the morning to explore some of the key highlights of Western Kyoto including Nijo Castle, the Golden Temple and Ryoanji Temple.
This morning you will start your sightseeing at Nijo Castle. The imposing white structure sits amongst residential streets in the center of the city. During spring and autumn, the grounds of the castle provide a great place to appreciate the cherry blossoms and colored leaves of the seasons.
Then you will move onto the Golden Temple which sits in the foothills of Kyoto. The shimmering facade of the famed Golden Temple is a stunning sight at any time of year and is one of the most popular sights in Kyoto. Nearby is Ryoanji Temple, which is home to a zen rock garden in the central courtyard of the temple. Some time to appreciate the rock garden can provide you with a moment of tranquillity and reflection at the simple beauty of the garden.
To end your day you will move slightly further west in Kyoto, is the town of Arashiyama, home to the famous bamboo forest. Situated along the Katsura River, this historical village with its traditional shops and houses is the perfect place to spend the afternoon exploring and buying some local souvenirs.