Kyoto Short Stay


Once the imperial capital of Japan, Kyoto is another city with a diverse past. The city is home to over 2,000 places of worship, including Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines.

 

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  Twin Share Sole Traveller
Standard $1,520pp $1,980
Superior $1,780pp $2,520
Deluxe $1,960pp $2,920

 

The above prices are from per person, based on low season travel. Shoulder and high season, Christmas and New Year's Eve dinner surcharges apply.

Places Visited

Kyoto (3N)

Day 1: Arrive Kyoto
Make your own way to your Kyoto hotel. The rest of the day is free at your leisure.
Day 1: Arrive Kyoto
Day 2: Kyoto
Enjoy a full-day tour exploring Kyoto with your Local Guide utilising the public transport system. Visit Nijo Castle built in 1603 and continue to Kinkaku-ji, the Golden Pavilion. Originally built as a retirement villa for the Shogun, at his request it became a Buddhist temple after his death. Next visit the Daitoku-ji Zen Temple complex, which consists of a main temple and 22 sub-temples. Walk the mile-long Nishiki covered food markets. Walk through the back streets and lanes of Kyoto and visit a former sake brewery for sake tasting. Finish at a traditional wooden townhouse for your Japanese cooking class. Learn how to make rolled sushi, miso soup and cooked salad with seasonal fruit for dessert, and enjoy the results for dinner. (B,D)
Day 2: Kyoto
Day 3: Kyoto – Nara
Make the short trip by Kintetsu train to Nara with your Local Guide. First stop is Todaiji Temple, the world’s largest wooden building and home to Japan’s largest Buddha, followed by Kasuga Taisha, Nara’s most celebrated shrine, which is adorned with thousands of lanterns. Return to Kyoto and visit Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, home to over 10,000 red torii gates. (B)
Day 3: Kyoto – Nara
Day 4: Depart Kyoto
Your arrangements end after check-out this morning. (B)

Tour prices are per person, twin share

Australian passport holders do not require a visa for travel to Japan.

Phone Calls
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. It’s a good idea to check call costs with hotel staff or your local guide before making calls, as this can be expensive. A service charge may also be involved. To call Australia – the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 61, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number. .
 
Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are quite popular in Japan and you will find high quality coverage. Japan has active roaming agreements with most of the service providers. Please make sure you are aware of associated costs and have activated your international roaming prior to departure.
 
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have wifi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. 

Tipping is not part of the culture in Japan and is therefore not expected.

Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure.  In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs.
 
We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, great-value souvenir; but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the local economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we endeavour to ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity.

The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is a combination of local and western food, usually served buffet style at the hotel you are staying in. Lunches and dinners consist of traditional cuisine and are served at reputable local restaurants. As is traditional in this region, lunch and dinner consists of small dishes of local cuisine which is then placed on the table for everyone to share so you can experience the variety of speciality dishes. The amount served is more than ample for the whole group. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste.
 
Drinks will be at each own expense and paid for at the end of each meal. Beer is widely available and cheap. Western style wine is very expensive to import and is not widely available except at upmarket restaurants. Bottled drinking water, soft drinks, and fruit juices are also widely available – remember that you should only have ice or fruit juices from a trusted restaurant, where they will use boiled or bottled water.

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