In this tour we’ll visit the castle of famous Sengoku era general Ii Naomasa, one of Tokugawa Ieyasu’s most trusted followers and commander of the Ii Red Devils, an elite samurai corps famed for their all-crimson armor. This castle, Hikone, is situated by beautiful Lake Biwa and is one of the last 12 original-structure castles left in Japan. We’ll check out the castle, its tranquil Genkyuen Garden, and the museum, which preserves some of the Ii Clan’s arms and armor among other historical items.
After lunch along the Yume Kyobashi Castle Road, we’ll hop a train to Miidera, a famous fortress-temple that was once home to the samurai’s archrivals, the warrior monks or sohei. You have the option to end this tour with a hot spring bath, or take an evening cruise with dinner on Lake Biwa.
|Availability||November 14-December 9,2018||1-2||164.00/136.00|
|Starts from||Kyoto Station||7-8||115.00/114.00|
|Inclusions||guide, all transport, lunch, admission fees||9-10||114.00|
|Accessibility||Expect steep stairs and slopes|
|Temperature||Expect 8-18 C, possibly colder|
Add USD 260.00 for overnight stay at an onsen ryokan (Japanese inn with hot spring baths). Includes kaiseki dinner and breakfast.
Add USD 80.00 for evening cruise of Lake Biwa, with steak dinner buffet.