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Kyoto Touring Superb Japanese Gardens (SWA026)



◆Daigo-ji Temple
A huge esoteric Buddhist temple established at the end of the 9th Century. It once prospered with a lot of buildings created from the foot to the top of the mountain, patronized by Emperor Daigo, Suzaku and Murakami, but got run down in the Onin War in the latter 15th Century. It recovered at the end of 15th Century financed by Hideyoshi, a powerful samurai warrior. He had a great ceremonial tea festival there. In spring, cherry blossoms still attract many visitors. The five-storied pagoda, which has miraculously survived, is the oldest building in Kyoto prefecture. The temple is famous for its connection with Japanese mountain asceticism and shamanism called “shugendo.”
The garden of Sanpo-in was basically designed by Hideyoshi, a samurai warrior with absolute power. It’s a florid garden reflecting the lively and flamboyant atmosphere around 1600. It’s not crowded with its difficult access, so you can enjoy yourself leisurely except the cherry blossom season.

◆Kaju-ji Temple
The temple of Esoteric Buddhism, established by Emperor Daigo to worship the soul of his dead mother. Once run down in the Onin War in 1470, it was recovered with the financial help of the then Shogunate and the Imperial Family. The head priests often came from Imperial family.
The garden there is a stroll-around garden with a big pond in the center. Its elegant atmosphere was loved by aristocrats. The two main buildings were moved from the Imperial palace at the end of the 17th century. It’s a shame that the place is noisy with the Meishin Freeway running nearby.

◆Nanzenji Temple
Nanzenji Tempe is the main temple of the Nanzenji sect of the Rinzai school of Zen Buddhism,with numerous sub-temples 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.
Konchi-in: It’s a subtemple of Nanzenji Temple. Around the beginning of the 17th Century, Ishin Suden was the head priest there. “Tsuru Kame Garden meaning the garden of a crane and a turtle is the only garden which has be verified that it was actually created by Kobori Enshu, a renowned garden designer. There’s a mini-Toshogun shrine enshrining Tokugawa Ieyasu in the precinct. In a special zone with extra admittance fee needed, there’re an excellent tea room with 8 windows and the Fusumae Painting of a monkey trying to catch a moon reflected in the pond, painted by Hasegawa Tohaku, an excellent painter. They’re worth seeing!

◆Heian Shrine
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 the First 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. Its garden is a large stroll-around garden designed by Ogawa Jihei. He created it, ordered by Yamagata Aritomo, a senior statesman, who told him to create a garden where you can feel comfortable with the change of seasons and the sound of water and wind. The water comes from the Biwako canal made around 1900.

Wonderful gardens, which have been created since Kyoto became the capital of Japan at the end of the 8th Century, are what Kyoto boasts of. This is a tour visiting 4 eminent gardens in Kyoto City; the garden of Kaju-ji Temple (aristocrat garden), the garden of Sanpo-in of Daiko-ji Temple (samurai garden), the garden of Konchi-in of Nanzenji temple (Zen garden) and the garden of Heian Shinto shrine (a garden around 1900AD). You can enjoy their different atmospheres and appeals. Daigoji temple(a World Cultural asset) and Kaju-ji temple are places of difficult access.

Price per person
31,800 yen for 1 person
23,200 yen for 2 persons
20,400 yen for 3 persons
18,900 yen for 4 persons
Kids (age 6-11): 8,800 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.


8 hours


Tour Itinerary

9:00 start
Your hotel→Daigo-ji Temple→Kaju-ji Temple→Nanzenji Temple→walk along the riverside of Shirakawa River→Heian Shinto shrine

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.

4. Reservation is done upon receiving your payment. Confirmation e-mail will be sent to you.


- Program fees shall be paid through Credit Card. 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.