It's your best bet for a full day comprehensive tour when you are pressed for time. This one day Kyoto’s Muslim friendly tour includes visiting Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Sanjusangendo Temple, Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, passing by Toji Temple, Arashiyama, The Bamboo Forest Trail, Tenryuji Temple, Kinkakuji Temple and passing by Nijo Castle.
This remarkable tour suits those who enjoy a brief visit to Japanese Shrines and Temples to get a feel of ancient Japan. If you are interested in Japanese gardens this is a great tour to join. There will be enough time at each spot to see these majestic places and take photos and videos. It also reduces much travel time and walking distance that is good for families with elderly.
You will be traveling in an air-conditioned coach with WiFi on board, and audio guides in English, Spanish, French, Italian, Russian, Chinese, Indonesian and Thai. You can choose the tour with or without the lunch. The main dish for lunch usually is chicken hot pot. If you prefer a Vegetarian or Halal certificated meal, or have any food allergies, let the tour organizer know when you make a booking.
The point of departure is also selectable. At the time of booking you can choose between Kyoto and Osaka, which makes it comfortable to take the tour if you are staying in Osaka. The tour takes 9 to 11 hours. Few things to keep in mind:
Let’s take a look at a typical itinerary for this Kyoto’s Halal Tour:
Visiting Kiyomizu-dera Temple
A deservedly popular attraction, Kiyomizu-dera Temple’s main hall has a large veranda, supported by tall pillars, that juts out over the hillside and offers impressive views of the city.
Beneath the main hall is the Otowa Waterfall, where three streams of water fall into a pond. Visitors can catch and drink the water by holding out little tin cups. Each stream's water is believed to have different wish-granting power, namely Longevity, Wisdom and a Fortunate Love Life. However, drinking from all three streams is considered greedy. Kiyomizu-dera Temple was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1994. You are going to spend an hour here.
Visiting Sanjusangendo Temple
Sanjusangendo temple is known for its 1001 statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. Sanjusangen-do is most famous for its 120 meters long main hall which is Japan’s longest wooden structure. The name Sanjusangendo "33 intervals" derives from the number of intervals between the building's support columns.
The temple also houses a collection of sculptures including 28 standing attendants, a statue of Fujin and a statue of Raijin, and the principal image of the temple, a big seated statue of Thousand-armed Kannon, which all of them are designated National Treasures. You will spend about 40 minutes time here.
Visiting Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine
Fushimi Inari Shrine sits at the base of a mountain also named Inari and stretching 230 meters up the hill behind it are hundreds of bright red Torii "Gates".
The entrance to the hiking trail is located at the back of the shrine’s main grounds. The beginning of the parallel trails is covered by two densely packed rows of gates called the Senbon Torii "thousands of torii". Fushimi Inari Shrine’s long tunnels of vermilion torii gates are the main attraction for overseas tourists, many of whom see them as typically Japanese. You will be here for a little more than an hour.
On the way to Arashiyama you will be passing by the Toji Temple where you would see a five-story pagoda standing 55 meter high, which is the tallest wooden tower in Japan.
You will take lunch break in Arashiyama and after the lunch your Kyoto Halal tour continues through the Bamboo Forest trail towards Tenryuji Temple. The lunch break is about an hour or so. The Bamboo Forest stop lasts about 30 minutes. It is a pleasant place to be and the time is very short. Keep your camera close.
Visiting Tenryuji Temple
Tenryu-ji a sprawling Zen temple with wonderful mountain views is one of the Kyoto's Unesco World Heritage Sites as well as the most important temple in Arashiyama district.
You can start by exploring the main hall and observing the pond, and then explore the garden on foot. The garden, created by Muso Soseki who also designed the garden of Kokedera, features a circular promenade around Sogen Pond. It is designated as one of the Special Places of Scenic Beauty of Japan. Muso Soseki also served as Tenryuji's first head priest. You will stay here for about 30 minutes.
Visiting Kinkakuji Temple
Kinkaku-ji "Golden Pavilion" is a Zen Buddhist Temple and the most popular tourist attraction in Kyoto. The name Kinkaku is derived from the gold leaf that the top two floors of the pavilion are covered in. It is gilded with 20kg gold leaf. The gardens hold a few other spots of interest including souvenir shops, Anmintaku Pond that is said to never dry up, and statues that people throw coins at for luck. You will spend about 40 minutes here. You need your camera to be ready. The majestic Golden pavilion is the last spot you visit. You will be sent to Kyoto Station or Osaka Station where the tour ends.
On the way back, in the middle of the city you will be passing by Nijo Castle which is surrounded by deep moats and enclosed by stone walls. The castle is one of the seventeen assets of Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto which have been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
If you have limited time Kyoto Cultural Forest, Shrine and Temple Tour is a great tour to see a glimpse of many magnificent places. Below you can find more Kyoto’s Muslim friendly tours with different options.
Kyoto Cultural Forest & Shrine & Temple Tour