Kyoto whole day tour with a guide (Course B) (SWA017)
In this tour, you visit major sight-seeing spots like Ryoanji Temple with a world-famous stone garden, Golden Pavilion Temple, Silver Pavilion Temple, Philosopher’s Walk, Nanzenji Temple, the walk lined with willow trees along Shirakawa River and Gion, a flower town with Geisha girls. Kyoto has been a city with plenty of enterprising spirits, and all of these were first made as unprecedented designs, and still they have a lot of appeal. In this tour, you can see excellent gardens Kyoto boasts of. Basically public transportation is used, but walks where you can see the streets are also included.
Price per person
31,800 yen for 1 person
24,500 yen for 2 persons
22,100 yen for 3 persons
20,900 yen for 4 persons
Kids （age 6-11）: 10,300 yen
- 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.
- 8 hours
- Tour Itinerary
- 9:00 start
Your hotel→Ryoanji Temple→Golden Pavilion Temple→Silver Pavilion Temple→ Philosopher’s Walk→Nanzenji Temple→ the walk lined with willow trees along Shirakawa River→Gion
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. The garden is an austere collection of 15 rocks in various sizes, arranged in five groups adrift in a rectangular sea of white sand. 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 (Golden Pavilion 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.
◆Ginkakuji Temple (Silver pavilion Temple)
It was founded as a villa of Shogun ASHIKAGA Yoshimitsu at the end of the 15th century. It was turned into a Zen Buddhist temple after his death. There is no sigh that silver was put on the pavilion. Almost all the traditional Japanese arts are said to originate from the era of Yoshimitsu. The garden here embodies Japanese beauty, created by simplicity and aging, and is popular among foreign visitors. Near it is the Philosopher’s Walk.
It’s the 2km long walk along a branch stream of Biwako Canal created around 1900. It stretches from Silver Pavilion Temple to Nyakuoji at the foot of the Eastern Mountain area with a lot of greenery. In spring, you can enjoy cherry blossoms. It was named after the philosopher, NISHIDA Kitaro, who lived near it and loved walking along the path.
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.
Gion is the entertainment district beautifully lined with traditional town houses and restaurants, where geisha girls (Geiko) and apprentice geisha girls (Maiko) live and work at night. There’re Ochayas where a party is held inviting them, and Okiyas, special dormitories for them. Nowadays some of them have been turned into restaurants and souvenir shops. You can’t enter an ochaya without anyone who introduces you there, but lately some sightseeing facility is available where you can meet them.
- 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, date, and time (for private program).
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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