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This festival – one of the most famous in Japan – is originated as part of a purification ritual (goryo-e) to appease the gods thought to cause fire, floods and earthquakes.

    Destination: Kyoto

    Overview:
    This festival - one of the most famous in Japan - is originated as part of a purification ritual (goryo-e) to appease the gods thought to cause fire, floods and earthquakes.

    From the moment you land at the airport on the man-made island in Japan's Inland Sea, Kyoto grabs your attention with its profound glory, from its contemplative gardens that showcase the astounding control over natural landscapes to its intricately designed temples. These features provide the perfect grounds for a spot of Zen meditation in our program.

    Brief Itinerary
    Day 1 Jul 13 ARRIVE KYOTO (No meal)
    Day 2 Jul 14 KYOTO (Breakfast/Dinner)
    Day 3 Jul 15 KYOTO (Breakfast)
    Day 4 Jul 16 KYOTO DEPARTURE (Breakfast)

    Duration: 4 days
    Tour valid: 13/07 - 16/07/2017
    Activities level: Easy to moderate
    Transport: Private air-conditioned vehicle
    Meals: 3 breakfasts and 1 dinner
    Hotel Accommodation:
    First Class: New Miyako or similar
    Price: CNY 5850 per double occupancy
    Size of group: min. 2-4 persons

    Include:
    - Hotel accommodation in twin room with daily breakfast.
    - Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
    - Airport Meet and Greet and return airport transfers
    - English speaking local guide (Day 2)
    - All transport and entrance fees as mentioned in the itinerary on Day 2
    - Information Pack
    Day 1 Jul 13 ARRIVE KYOTO (No meal)
    Arrive at Kansai International Airport, built on a man-made island in Japan’s Inland Sea.
    You will be welcomed by our airport representative who will assist you with transferring by shuttle bus to your hotel (1.5hr).
    The rest of the day is at your leisure.

    Day 2 Jul 14 KYOTO (Breakfast/Dinner)
    Explore the former imperial capital with a knowledgeable local guide, utilizing the comprehensive bus system to visit some of Kyoto’s World Heritage Sites.

    You will start your day with a visit to Nijo Castle.
    This ornamental castle was built by the founder of the Edo Shogunate as his Kyoto residence and is surrounded by stunning gardens. The main building was completed in 1603, and is famous for its Momoyama architecture, decorated sliding doors and ‘chirping’ nightingale floors.

    Continue on to Kinkakuji, the Golden Pavilion. Originally built as a retirement villa for the Shogun, after his death it became a Buddhist Temple at his request, and is now one of Kyoto’s most famous temples.

    The final stop of the morning is Daitoku-ji Zen temple complex, which consists of a main temple and 22 sub-temples. You will visit Daisen-in sub temple, which was founded in 1464 and has one of Japan’s best Zen rock gardens, perfect for a spot of Zazen meditation after a busy morning.

    After lunch, we have arranged a very special cooking experience for you.
    You will walk the mile-long Nishiki covered food markets, where there are many interesting food stores to explore as you help your guide buy the ingredients for your Japanese cooking class. This is a great opportunity to learn about local Japanese produce.

    After visiting the markets, you'll travel through the back streets and lanes of Kyoto, visit to former sake brewery for the tour of the house with sake tasting, and then finally to a traditional wooden townhouse for your Japanese cooking class. Cooking your own Japanese evening meal, you'll learn how to make rolled sushi, miso soup and cooked salad with seasonal fruit for dessert.

    After the meal the evening is free for you to explore Kyoto, or your local guide can assist you in returning to your hotel.

    Option: Japanese Traditional Performing Arts Show in Gion, Kyoto (18:00 / 19:00) Overnight in Kyoto

    Day 3 Jul 15 KYOTO (Breakfast)
    Today is a self-guided day.

    Enjoy this full-day in Kyoto to discover Kyoto and its beautiful temples and the parade of Gion Matsuri festival: all the floats are decorated with beautiful tapestries from Nishijin (the finest in all of Japan) and imported from all over the world. In addition to the art, there are many traditional musicians and artists sitting in the floats. .

    Our suggestions include Toji and Kiyomizu (Pure Water) temples. From the 13m high veranda jutting out from the Main Hall you can enjoy amazing views of the whole of Kyoto, whilst pondering the fact that both the Main Hall and Veranda were built without the use of nails or any kind of joiners.

    Finish off the day with a stroll through the atmospheric Higashiyama district, whose busy lanes lead up to Kiyomizu and are filled with quaint shops selling souvenirs including Kiyomizu-yaki pottery, sweets and pickles.
    Overnight in Kyoto

    Day 4 Jul 16 KYOTO DEPARTURE (Breakfast)
    Today is free until your included transfer to the airport by shuttle bus.

    First Class
    City: Kyoto
    BeijingHotel Name: New Miyako
    Information: New Miyako Hotel Kyoto boasts the prime location near the Hichijoguichi exit of Kyoto Station. It can show you the charming beauty of the ancient capital.
    Location:New Miyako Hotel Kyoto is only 0.2 km away from the city center of Kyoto..

    Superior
    City: Kyoto
    BeijingHotel Name: Granvia
    Information: Hotel Granvia Kyoto is an integral part of the JR Kyoto Station Building Complex, the visually striking architectural masterpiece which also includes a department store, museum, musical theater, and a vast underground shopping mall.
    Location:5 minutes' walk to Kyoto Railway train station. A short drive from Itami airport.

    Deluxe
    City: Kyoto
    BeijingHotel Name: Hyatt Regency
    Information: A captivating mix of the past and present, the Hyatt Regency Kyoto offers guests exquisite accommodations, excellent amenities and a location ideal for business and pleasure.
    Location:Located near the Gion District, the Hyatt Regency Kyoto is an ideal home base after a day of exploration.

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