This is the rundown for an achievers trip that Lightfoot Travel organized for a company to explore Osaka and Kyoto in Japan.
Upon arrival, the clients will met by their guide at the arrival hall, and then start off their trip with a city tour of Osaka.
The tour starts off with the Osaka Castle survived many attacks and air raids since its construction in 1583 and underwent many reconstructions to become how it is today.
After lunch at Xex West, they will head out to explore Dotonbori, which is thronged with an unbelievable number of restaurants and amusement facilities, and is dearly loved by the Osakaites. There are theaters that play traditional puppet shows Bunraku, storytellers’ halls and other popular entertainment as well as a number of movie theaters.
In the evening, they will make their way to Kyoto and check into their hotel, Hotel Granvia Kyoto.
The day ends with dinner at Ganko Takasegawa Nijoen, which is an elegant restaurant that offers Kyoto-style course meals using the freshest of ingredients, and was also formerly the prime minister’s mansion in the ancient capital.
The day begins with a Japanese Rickshaw Ride through the natural tunnel formed by the bamboo trees in the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, which is one of the photographed sites in the city. They will then paid a visit to Tenryuji Temple, the foremost of the five great Zen temples of Kyoto, which boasts an exceptional Zen-style garden from Japan‘s Muromachi Period. The visit will be followed by a Zen Medidation with monks, then Shojin Ryori (the cuisine that Zen Buddhist monks eat during their training).
After lunch at Minokichi, they will visit the Temple of the Golden Pavilion, a UNESCO World Heritage site. After a cultural day, they will have the chance to explore Gion, Kyoto’s most famous geisha district, which is filled with shops, restaurants and ochaya (teahouses).
In the morning, guests will visit Nijo Castle, another UNESCO World Heritage Site followed by lunch at the Sodoh, which is famous for its unique Japanese-Italian cuisine.
In the afternoon, they will have some free time to explore the city at leisure.
Today, guests will visit Kiyomizu Temple in the company of their head monk. Kiyomizu Temple is noted for its cliff top Main Hall with a broad wooden veranda affording a panoramic view of Kyoto.
Next, they will have time for some shopping in Kiyomizu Ninen-zaka and Sannen-zaka, which are slopes of tiny, unique souvenir and snack shops that retain the flavor of old Kyoto and have been designated areas of important traditional architecture by the Japanese government.
For lunch, they will stop by Kushikura, which is famous for its chicken dishes cooked over open coal. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure and their last dinner will be at Funatsuru, a French restaurant which is located on the banks of the Kamogawa River and has a great view of the center of Kyoto.
The team departed back to Singapore after a wonderful vacation.