Today’s tour starts with a visit to Nijo Castle, an ornamental castle that was originally built to serve as the private villa of a powerful feudal lord. The main building was completed in early 1600s and has since then been known for its Momoyama-style architecture - decorated sliding doors and “chirping nightingale” floors.
Next on the list is the serene Ryoan-ji Temple, followed by the stunning golden pavilion collectively known as Kinkaku-ji Temple. The pavilion covered in gold leaf is nothing short of amazing. Later visit Kiyomizu-dera Temple to experience the breathtaking view from the 13-meter high building built without using any nails or joiners.
The tour ends with a stroll along the busy streets of Higashiyama district, a collection of narrow alleyways lined with local stores, souvenir shops, small eateries, and even pottery centres.