Add some extra touring to your holiday and discover Japan's spiritual heart. Admire the stunning vermillion torii gates at Fushimi Inari Shrine and stroll along the delightful Philosopher's Path.
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Arrive in Japan's ancient capital and make your own way to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Explore the former imperial capital with a knowledgable local guide using public transportation. Start at either the magnificent Fushimi Inari Shrine or the Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum. Visit the unique Sanjusangendo Temple, the beautiful temples of Kodaji and Kenninji before strolling down the streets of Gion, Kyoto's famous geisha district. Stop at Gion Corner, a showcase for the seven professional performance arts. (B)
Meet your guide in the hotel lobby and use public transportation to reach Nijo, an ornamental castle built as the Kyoto residence of the Tokugawa shoguns. Continue to Heian shrine, famous for its huge vermillion torii gate. In the afternoon, visit Eikando Temple before continuing to Ginkakuji and the Philosopher's Path, a pleasant walk along a stone path which follows a canal lined by hundreds of cherry trees. (B)
Your day is at leisure until the time comes to make your way to the airport independently for your onward journey. (B)
The best time to visit Japan is during spring (March to May) when the cherry blossoms are bursting into life and autumn (September to November) when the scenery is ablaze with colour.
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There are no dedicated Solo departures for this year. You can enjoy any of our tours with no Single Supplement on our Happy to Share option or explore the solo departures in other years.