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Kyoto Stunning Zen Gardens & the Golden Pavilion Guided Program (SWA003)



This course highlights two UNESCO Cultural Heritage sites: Kinkakuji Temple, also known as the "Golden Pavilion", and Ryoanji Temple, and Taizo -in Subtemple at Myoshinji Temple, one of the five headquarters of Zen Buddhism In the past the shoguns appreciated and enjoyed this area. Our guides, all government-licensed, will show you around with warm hospitality and total dedication.

Price per person
16,600 yen for 1 person
11,500 yen for 2 persons
9,800 yen for 3 persons
8,800 yen for 4 persons
Kids (age 6-11): 3,900 yen/person

Tour Detail

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.

Meeting Place
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→Taizo-in Subtemple at Myoshinji Temple→Ryoanji Temple→Kinkakuji Temple

◆Taizoin Subtemple at Myoshinji Temple
Myoshinji Temple, dating back to 1342, is a walled-off complex of temples and subtemples, and
belongs to the Rinzai school.of Zen Buddhism.. Taizoin, the oldest among the 47 subordinate temples and one of a few subordinate temples open to the public, was founded in 1404. It is well known as a place where Musashi Miyamoto, a sword master, often visited for sitting meditation.
A painting titled "Catching Cat-fish with a Gourd" by Josetsu, one of the greatest producers of
Chinese style ink painting in the 15th century, is designated as a National Treasure. It can be seen in the abbots' chamber, where it brings many visitors to the Zen world.
"Yoko-en", literally meaning "the garden of lingering fragrance" is a garden that changes endlessly with the flowers of each season and weather of each day. In this garden, visitors can find an earthen jar buried in a garden. that produces a clear, faint, and delightful sound .as water grips into it from a basin above.

◆Ryoanji Temple
Ryoanji Temple belongs to the Rinzai school of Zen Buddhism. It was founded in 1450, after Hosokawa Katsumoto, a Shogunate government officer, inherited the former villa from one of the Imperial Court nobles, families the the Tokudaiji family.
Its biggest attraction is the world famous dry landscape garden. It measures about 25 meters from east to west and 10meters from north. To south. The garden is an austere collection of 15 rocks in various sizes, arranged in five groups adrift in a rectangular sea of white sand. This rock garden, surrounded by low earthen walls, may be thought of as the quintessence of
Zen art, and it is acknowledged to be one of the masterpieces of Japanese culture. The garden’s simple beauty inspires philosophical meditation. Queen Elizabeth II, a monarch of the United Kingdom, and Jean Paul Sartre, a French
philosopher, have both greatly admire this dry landscape garden. It is one of the historic monuments of ancient Kyoto, and is designated as a UNESCO Cultural Heritage site.

◆Kinkakuji Temple
Second only to Mt Fuji as Japan's most famous sight, Hokusan Rokuonji Temple is better known as Kinkakuji Temple, or the Golden Pavilion, because of its dazzling gold-covered main hall, that seems to float above the surrounding pond.
The three-storied pavilion is covered in gold leaf on the second and third floors and features a bronze phoenix with a gilt impression on top of the roof. The mirror-like reflection of the temple in the pond is extremely photogenic, especially when the maple trees are ablaze in autumn. Their temple is an impressive feat. It is one of the historic monuments of ancient Kyoto, designated as a UNESCO Cultural Heritage site.
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.

Cancellation Policy

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.