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Kyoto: Early Bird Visit to Fushimi Inari and Kiyomizu Temple

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.

Kyoto: 3-Hour Kiyomizu-dera Temple Walking Tour

2. Kyoto: 3-Hour Kiyomizu-dera Temple Walking Tour

Meet your guide at the Yasaka-Jinja Shrine Nishiromon Gate. Explore the area of Kiyomizuzaka with its quaint atmosphere typical of Kyoto. See old teashops, sweet shops, and traditional Japanese sun-dried food shops lining the streets as the Maiko and Geisha walk the streets gracefully. Make your way to the most colorful temple of Kyoto, Yasaka Koshin-do. Note the many colorful balls which hang from the ceiling and have wishes written on them. Afterwards, stop at several eateries on the streets and enjoy some local snacks. Next, visit Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Known as the "Water Temple", this is one of the most famous temples in Japan. Built on the site of the Otowa Waterfall, stand on the wooden platform and admire the views of cherry and maple trees, as well as the city of Kyoto in the distance. Visit the Otowa Waterfall and drink a cup of its clear water, which is said to bring good luck. Enjoy a traditional tea ceremony with Japanese sweets in a sophisticated room surrounded by tea utensils such as a tea whisk made of bamboo and unique tea bowls. Learn some Japanese phrases and history related to the tea ceremony, as well as the steps in making traditional matcha.

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