4. Kyoto: Kyoto Station Walking Tour
Even though you will pass by the Kyoto station when visiting Kyoto, you may not realise what is around it. Kyoto city is full of history even around the modern station. This tour will take you to the historical spots nearby as well as modern architecture and cultural spots around the station on foot.
This private tour also shows you the charm of Kyoto Station. Packed with sweets stores, ramen, and an observatory deck, you could spend a whole day here. Kyoto station is famous for its modern, trendy architecture, so you can feel both the historic and modern in a day.
The first stop is Higashihongan-ji temple which was awarded a one-star on Michelin Green Guide for the world's largest wooden temple. Take some time to relax here. There are interesting spots to see, such as "Kezuna," made from one's hair used during the construction. The next stop is Nishihongan-ji temple which is a world heritage site, often called 'Onishisan' by locals. There is a hostility to the history of Nishihongan-ji temple so learn what happened there while enjoy walking around the temple.
If you are visiting Kyoto Station after dark, you will enjoy graphical illumination. This is a grand illumination at the staircase of the station. There are many variations of illumination all representing Kyoto's popular spots. Finish the tour by visiting Kyoto Station Air Route where you can see the iconic Kyoto Tower and the city. Come and see this protected historical landscape.
There are many recommended places for lunch or dinner depending on your tour time. Examples are a cafe offering a burger using only Kyoto vegetables, a tea shop offering premium Uji matcha and its sweets, and the ramen restaurant which is loved by locals.