MONDAY 19 JUNE
Full Day Tour
Highlights – Kitiyama State Forest, Ninnaji Temple
This morning we take a scenic trip to the Kitayama State Forest to see the traditional hand polishing of a tokonoma pillar. The Kitayama Sugi (Japanese) cedar is the building block of Japanese architecture, that has been painstakingly cultivated for more than 800 years in this part of Kyoto.
It is a highly sustainable and eco-friendly product that was used in the construction of traditional tea houses over the centuries. Today it provides a versatile material for structural support and is also extensively used to provide decorative features and furniture, lending a feeling of nature to any interior space.
You will see examples of this beautiful timber in the Kitiyama-Sugi-no Sato showroom and warehouse as well as in the magnificent forest and nearby historic village which we will stroll through.
Enjoy a light lunch at the Sugi-no Sato showroom before continuing to the Ninnaji Temple.
The Ninnaji Temple dating back to 886BC most of the surviving buildings today are from the 17th century, and include a five-story pagoda and an orchard of dwarf cherry trees. The temple itself features some beautifully painted screen walls, and a beautiful walled garden. Ninnaji Temple is a UNESCO World heritage site.
This will include a guided tour and time to enjoy the temple at leisure to take in the vast complexity and draw inspiration from the classic Japanese architecture. The building structures and gardens blend into perfect harmonious unison.
Dinner at the Doi Restaurant, a unique “hole in the wall” located on one of the quaint side streets of Kyoto. Enjoy the ambiance and outstanding Japanese cuisine freshly prepared in an open kitchen.