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Travel back through the ages on an excursion that brings you to an ancient temple and a medieval Japanese castle. First, however, relax as your guide leads a sightseeing drive through Takamatsu, pointing out the city’s signature landmarks along the way. Continue into the countryside for a scenic drive to the Zentsuji Temple. This is one of the most sacred places in all of Japan, heralded as the spiritual home of Kobo Dashi, a legendary Buddhist monk who began building the sprawling temple complex in 807 AD. Explore the grounds as your guide talks about the important role this temple still plays in local life. Afterwards, your exploration continues with a visit to Marugame Castle, one of the last remaining bastions from Japan’s feudal era. Explore the three-story keep, wander among a plethora cherry blossom trees, and enjoy sweeping views of Marugame City from the castle’s strategic hilltop location.
Take in the sights of Takamatsu on a narrated drive through the city.
Enter the sacred confines of Zentsuji Temple, a sacred place of pilgrimage among Buddhist faithful.
Explore Marugame Castle and its cherry blossomed grounds for a glimpse into the feudal era of Japan.
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KeyCard and photo identification
What to wearShow
Hat and sunglasses
Guests must be able to walk over gravel and flat surfaces, including negotiating approximately 50 steps.
Guests in wheelchairs and those with limited mobility should not select this tour.
Consider physical fitness and medical history when selecting this tour.
Tour sequence may vary.
Drive time to Zentsuji Temple is approximately 1 hour. Return drive from Marugame Castle is approximately 1 hour.
Location Takamatsu, Japan
Tour Code F611
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