Kyoto Majestic Heian Shrine & Zen Headquarter (Nanzenji Temple) (SWA005)
Participants of this walking tour will discover Kyoto by visiting a shrine and two temples The first destination, Heian Shrine, is the local tutelary of Kyoto that reminds citizens of the prosperity and splendor of the Heian-era capital. The two temples are Nanzenji Temple, one of the highest ranked Zen temples in Japan; and Konchi-in Temple, a subtemple of Nanzenji Temple. Our government-licensed guides will show you around with warm hospitality and total dedication.
Price per person
20,400 yen for 1 person
14,700 yen for 2 persons
12,800 yen for 3 persons
11,800 yen for 4 persons
Kids （age 6-11）: 5,400 yen/person
- Tour Style
- This is a short trip program.
- Some programs are not conducted on daily basis. Please ask us for availability first.
- Programs are offered in English, but other languages may be available. Please ask us for your desired language.
Pick up at your hotel in Kyoto
(The picking applicable hotels are limited to the hotels between Higashi-oji-dori and Nishi-oji-dori (to the east and west) and Imadegawa-dori and Jujo-dori(to the north and south). If you need a taxi or a hired car, an additional fee will be charged.)
- Group Size
- 1~4 persons *Please ask us if your groups is 5 persons or more.
- 3.5 hours
- Tour Itinerary
- 9:00 start
Pick up at hotel→Heian Shrine→Nanzenji Temple→Konchiin Temple
Heian Shrine was built in 1895 to commemorate the 1100th anniversary of the establishment of Kyoto as a Japanese capital and the first and was dedicated to theFirst and last Emperors who ruled in Kyoto. The
buildings on the ground are colorful replicas of the original buildings, reduced to five eighths the size of the Kyoto Imperial Palace during the Heian period from (late eighth ｔｏ mid twelfth century. They reflect the influence of Tang Dynasty palace architecture, which flourished in Japan in the 8th century.
The Oten-mon Gate, the Tower of the Blue Dragon and the Tower of the White Tiger, located in
the Inner Court are famous architectural features of the shrine. The Sacred Garden is a traditional stroll garden with ponds and fountains that use water from Japan's largest lake, Lake Biwa. This tranquil garden has been designated as a scenic beauty by the Japanese government.
Nanzenji Tempe is the main temple of the Nanzenji sect of the Rinzai school of Zen Buddhism,with numerous subtemples on its expansive grounds. It began its existence as a retirement villa for Emperor Kameyama, but it was dedicated as a Zen temple upon his death in 1291. Its original buildings were burned down in the late 15th century, and most of the present
structures were reconstructed in the17th century. In front of the main hall, there is a dry landscape garden called the "Leaping Tiger Garden", which is well worth a visit. Gorgeous paintings are also shown on the thick paper sliding doors in the main halls. Nanzenji Temple is as graceful, splendid and magnificent Zen temple.
Originally located at Takagamine, in the northern part of Kyoto, Konchi-in temple was relocated to its present site in 1605. The chief monk of Nanzenji Temple at that time, Ishin Suden, restored and reconstructed it as one of the 12 subtemples of Nanzenji Temple. With his strong connection with Ieyasu Tokugawa, the first shogun of the Tokugawa Shogunate, Suden was allowed to play a major part in both political and religious affairs, being touted as "the Prime Minister clad in black clothing".
A dry landscape garden designed by the master landscape designer Kobori Enshu was completed in about 1630. The white sand in the garden represents the ocean with a treasure ship sailing on its sand seas. A motif is arranged between two flat stones, A crane-shaped stone on the right and a turtle-shaped stone on the left , and the surrounding scenery enhances the
appearance of the garden.
Wherever you go in this temple, you can experience Japanese culture as it existed during the
late 16th and early 17th centuries.
- What's Included
- Guiding fee, Public transportation fee (For taxis or hired cars, additional fee will be charged.), Admission fee
- What's not Included
- Cost of meal and sightseeing activities
- Tour Tips
- Booking process
1. Please ask us for availability through ‘contact us’ form and make sure to write the number of participants and date.
2. We will check the availability and come back to you within 2 business days.
3. Payment request will be sent via Paypal.
4. Reservation is done upon receiving your payment. Confirmation e-mail will be sent to you.
- Program fees shall be paid through Paypal. Currently, no other payment method is accepted.
Reservations may be cancelled without charge up to 15 days prior to the program date.
Reservations cancelled less than 14 days before the program date will incur the following charges:
- Between 14 days and 3 days: 20% of the program charge
- 2 days in advance: 50% of the program charge
- Less than a day or no show: 100% of the program charge
*Time is in JST.
- Please follow the guide's instruction during the program. We shall not be responsible for any accident caused by disregard of the instructions.
- Program duration is an estimate and is subject to change depending on the number of participants and/or conditions without prior notice.
- Please advise us if there are any religious or health restrictions, allergies, or any case where special care is needed when you ask us for availability.
- Deadline for booking a program is 5 business days prior to the program date.
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