Kyoto, being one of Japan’s oldest former capitals, is rich with history and culture. In the morning, we visited one of its crowning jewels: Kinkaju-ji “Golden Pavilion”. It’s covered in gold!
It’s not as shiny, but the next stop Nijō-jō castle was an interesting tour of history. The castle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as the home of the first Tokugawa Shogun (warlord generals). It has a certain heavy atmosphere as you walk through the different rooms with decorated sliding doors where shogun leaders would strategize their next moves. (Like some sites, photography is not allowed inside).
At night, we took a tour of Kyoto and Japanese culture including a tea ceremony, koto playing, flower arrangement, traditional arts, and maiko dances.
After the show, we took a stroll around Kyoto.