Note: Here, we introduce a sightseeing tour that is accommodating to Muslims. However, you should know that there are numerous private and personalized excursions that are offered and that, depending on your preferences, some of them may be more suitable. If you want complete flexibility and control over your itinerary, you also have the option to request a customized tour that is designed according to your preferences and needs.
Muslim-Friendly Tour Of Kyoto With Halal Lunch
It's your best bet for a full-day sightseeing tour of Kyoto when you are pressed for time. This one-day Muslim-friendly tour includes visits to Nishiki Food Market, the historic district of Gion, Kiyomizu Temple, and many more. Some changes can be made to the itinerary based on your wishes. Let’s take a look at a typical itinerary for this Kyoto Halal Tour:
The meeting spot is at Kyoto Station’s central gate. You can head directly to the meeting point or request pickup if you are staying in a hotel within Kyoto city. The tour starts at 10 a.m.
The first visit is to Nishiki Market, known as Kyoto’s Kitchen, a retail market that specializes in all things food-related, like fresh seafood, knives, and cookware.
The Nishiki Market extends over five blocks and is lined by more than a hundred shops and restaurants. Here, shops sell seasonal foods and Kyoto specialties like dried seafood, hand-crafted Wagashi (Japanese sweets), and colorful pickles. While strolling, you can enjoy shopping and food tasting, as some of the shops freely give out samples or sell sample dishes. The shopping area is usually packed with locals and tourists alike.
The next stop will be Yasaka Shrine (八坂神社, Yasaka Jinja), also called Gion Shrine, which is well known for its summer festival, the Gion Matsuri.
Gion Matsuri, which is celebrated during the month of July, is the biggest festival in Kyoto and one of the most famous annual events in Japan. The Yasaka Shrine contains several buildings, including gates, a main hall, and a stage with hundreds of lanterns that get lit in the evenings.
After lunch, the group will explore the Gion neighborhood, which extends west of Yasaka Shrine to the north and south. Gion is filled with stores, restaurants, and old-style Japanese houses called Machiya, which can be translated as "townhouse," some of which are Ochaya, or "tea houses". You may get a chance to meet a Geisha.
Next to Yasaka Shrine, Maruyama Park (円山公園, Maruyama Kōen) during the cherry blossom season around early April is one of the most famous cherry blossom spots for cherry blossom viewing parties (Hanami) in Kyoto.
The next stop is Kenninji Temple, located just south of the Gion district. It is considered one of the five most important Zen temples in Kyoto.
Today, Kenninji contains several large halls and gates, with many smaller buildings arranged around them. Visitors can explore the interiors of the main buildings and enjoy a variety of gardens. Kenninji is also home to images of dragons painted on the interior sliding doors and one of the most famous images of the gods of wind and thunder.
Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine
Fushimi Inari Shrine is located at the base of a mountain also named Inari, and hundreds of bright red Torii "Gates" extend 230 meters up the slope behind it. There are other smaller shrines along the road, each with a stack of miniature torii gates.
The hiking track starts at the back of the shrine's main grounds. Two densely packed rows of gates known as the Senbon Torii, or "thousands of torii", mark the beginning of the parallel pathways. The vast tunnels of vermilion torii gates at Fushimi Inari Shrine are the major draw for foreign visitors.
What you read here was a brief description of the places you would visit. Your local guide will tell you more about the historical facts and significance of these locations.
If you have limited time, the Muslim-Friendly Tour of Kyoto is a great way to catch a glimpse of several magnificent places. To find out more, check availability, and see the price, click on the image or the link below.
One Day Muslim-Friendly Tour Of Kyoto
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