Departing from Osaka, you will first visit Fushimi Inari Taisha, one of the most important shrines in southern Kyoto dedicated to the Shinto god of rice, Inari. Make wishes or even have your fortune read here! Famed for its thousands of vermillion torii gates which lead to the sacred Mount Inari, many visitors swarm to the area to get the best tourist shots with the iconic gates.
During noon, you’ll be whisked to the Fushimi Sakagura Village, or Sake Village, where you can have free time for lunch. There are also a multitude of famous breweries and restaurants at the village for you to explore and choose from!After lunch, the tour takes you to Sanjusangendo Temple. Literally meaning “33-interval hall”, a measure of the building’s size, the Buddhist temple is known for its stunning architecture and for housing 1001 statues of Kannon, the Goddess of Mercy. Marvel at the beauty of the 1000-armed seated Kannon, one of Japan’s national treasures, surrounded by 1000 human-sized statues.
After visiting Sanjusangendo Temple, head over to Nijo Castle to learn about Japan’s history. Home to the first shogun of the Edo period, Nijo Castle was used as an imperial palace after the fall of the Tokugawa Shogunate. It is now a UNESCO world heritage site, educating the public on the history of the area. Revel in the architecture of the castle grounds and immerse yourself in its rich history!
The last stop of the tour is Nara Park, home to hundreds of freely roaming deer. Get up close and personal with these natural treasures, which are also known to be god’s messengers. Do not let their tame and docile behaviour fool you, however, as they may get nosy if they think you have food! After your adventures in Nara Park, the tour will end in Osaka. Let us take you on a journey to Kyoto’s famous shrines and parks to fuel your love for Japanese culture and nature!