Our tours are private tours and the tour fee is for the group of your own. We do not mix tours with other groups.
This tour is highly recommended for those who would like to soak yourselves in the traditional Japanese that are difficult to find on your own. Some of the major sites in Kyoto are recently filled with loads of tourists. Thus, as a start of your trip in Kyoto, we would like to take you to northern area where you can see some quiet Zen gardens, moss and bamboo gardens and a local shrine with a quick stop at a tea house which is in business for over 600 years. Both first visitors and re-visitors can enjoy this serene atmosphere in Kyoto.
At 9am in the lobby of your Kyoto hotel/ryokan or in the lobby of Kyoto Granvia Hotel in the Kyoto Station Building.
We will use Kyoto buses and subways so you will know how you can make a good use of them during your stay in Kyoto.
(Area directly north of the city center closer to the Golden Pavilion Temple.)
- One small local Shinto shrine and a small local chaya (tea house), which is a popular rest stop after a shrine visit.
- Two quiet Buddhist temples, each with its own unique style of garden: a Zen gravel and a green garden with moss, bamboo and maple trees. These sub-temples are in a very large Zen temple complex. (In case one of the small temple is closed, we will include another site such as Golden Pavilion Temple or Nijo-jo Castle visit.)
We will help you choose a lunch venue, e.g. soba/udon noodle, Buddhist vegan lunch in a temple, local family-run restaurant for typical home cuisine, etc.
***Please let us know in advance if you have any dietary restrictions. In Japan, most of the food are cooked in a broth made of kelp and dried bonito flakes (dashi broth).
At 2pm. Please discuss with your guide where to end the tour.
Extended tour fees are 6-Hour Tour: total JPY32,000.
An old house visit: Admission JPY1,000 per person.
Please also pay for the guide’s admission for this house visit. The house was built 150 years ago and is still used by the same family. You will learn not only about the architecture of the traditional Kyoto’s wealthy merchant’s house but also how people’s life has changed from the 300 years ago to present time. (Require booking in advance. 100% Cancellation charge.
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