Head to the pick-up point, Kyoto Avanti, where you shall meet your guide and vehicle that will take you to the first stop - Kiyomizudera Temple. A UNESCO World Heritage site, this temple is famous for its large wooden terrace perched on the hillside with panoramic views of Kyoto. Built in 778, this temple has an older history than the city of Kyoto itself. This temple also has many other tales attached to it. A waterfall, divided into three streams, is offered to the public to drink. Each stream brings to you something different - a long life, success, and love. Although, drinking from all three streams is considered greedy.
After an hour, head back to your vehicle that shall take you to the temple that is home to 1001 life-size statues of the Goddess of mercy - Sanjusangendo Temple. A spectacular sight, it is definitely recommended that you visit this temple. Spend around 40 minutes taking a look at the architecture and views before you head to the popular Fushimi Inari Shrine.
A thousand beautiful red torii gates greet your eyes at the shrine that is embraced by natural greenery and wilderness. One of the most important shrines dedicated to the Shinto God of rice, it is cocooned by lush mountain trails. There is also a torii-gate covered hiking trail that takes about 2-3 hours to complete, although you are free to walk as much as you wish before turning back.
Spend an hour here before going to the next stop - the Arashiyama district. On your way here, pass by the Toji temple which boasts a five-storied pagoda, the tallest one in Japan. At Arashiyama, take a break for lunch where you shall be served a Japanese style hot lunch. Chicken hot pot is the main dish served, although vegetarian and halal options are available if notified at the time of booking.
After lunch, go through the Bamboo forest trail to Tenryuji temple. With evergreen bamboos, don't forget to get your camera along for some greats pictures. Also listed as a world heritage site, Tenryuji Temple, Kyoto is a Zen temple that was ranked number one out of the city's five Zen temples. its beautiful gardens have remained unchanged for over 700 years. Immerse yourself in its fragrant beauty before moving on to the last leg of your tour and final attraction - Kinkakuji Temple or the Golden Pavilion.
A majestic structure overlooking a pond, it got this name since the top two floors of the Zen temple is covered in gold leaf. A symbol of Kyoto, each floor represents a unique architectural style.
On your way back to Higashishiokoji Kamadonocho, Shimogyo Ward pass the Nijo Castle, one of the best examples of Japanese architecture. Historically significant, the castle is an impressive structure surrounded by stone walls and moats.