1. Kyoto: Early Bird Visit to Fushimi Inari and Kiyomizu Temple
This experience is perfect for natural early-risers, and for those who are seeking a unique experience and don't mind getting up early for it. The tour takes you to two of the most famous sites in Kyoto, Fushimi Inari Shirine and the World Heritage Kiyomizu Temple. Start at the world-famous Fushimi Inari Shrine before the crowds arrive. Marvel at the thousands of red gates that line the path up the hillside. This is a magical time to see the amazing temple complex and get a view of the city coming to life below you. Then it's a short taxi ride to the most famous temple in Japan, Kiyomizu Temple. See the expansive view of Kyoto as the city starts to come alive Learn about buddhism and it's role in shaping the culture of Japan. As we are leaving the temple we will see the busses starting to arrive with hundreds of tourists in tow. Then we wander through the preserved district of Higashiyama. Walk through the preserved district of Sannenzaka & Ninenzaka. Here you can enjoy the charm of the cobble stone streets without the crowds. One of the highlights is a view of the beautiful Yasaka Pagoda. Finally we make a stop for a delicious coffee at a local famous cafe and give you tips on where to go next. Along the way, pick up insights into the history of Kyoto, Buddhism, Japanese garden design, and more. Your friendly guide will also answer any other questions you may have regarding the rest of your stay in Japan.