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Visiting Daitoku-ji area with a guide, Kyoto (SWA023)



Daitoku-ji temple is the most prestigious Zen temple in Kyoto which has handed down the doctrine of Zen Buddhism since 700 years ago and nurtured the tea ceremony. In the precinct, there are 24 sub-temples and among them those that are generally open to the public are Ryogen-in Temple, Zuiho-in Temple, Daisen-in Temple and Koto-in Temple.
You visit Daisen-in temple and Kouto-in temple. After that you will the Imamiya shrine, one of the oldest shrines in Kyoto and finally enjoy the beautiful view of the garden through the windows at Genko-an, which is very famous by the two windows, a round window and a square window.

◆Daitoku-ji Temple
In the precinct, where the approach of the stone pavement and the row of pine trees are beautiful, there are 24 sub temples, enclosing the main temple buildings. The spirit of predecessors who dedicated themselves to Zen Buddhism can be felt still today.

Daisen-in temple –known for its main hall that has been designated a national treasure and the dry landscape garden which is both a Special Historic Site and a Special Place of Scenic Beauty.
When you confront patiently and carefully the garden, the masterpiece of the dry landscape garden, the huge stone is seen like a steep mountain, and the white sand begins to be seen like water running down the waterfall.

Koto-in was built by Hosaokawa Tadaoki, who was a military commander during Japan's Sengoku (Warring States) Period.
Its main attractions include the approach to the temple. Along the approach you can feel subtle and profound atmosphere. Second, the shoin or receiving hall, which is said to have been a residence of the famous tea master Sen-no-rikyu and was moved to its present location by Hosokawa Tadaoki. Third, the famous tea house known as Shoko-ken.

◆Imamiya Shrine
Imamiya shrine is the leading old shrine that kept an epidemic and an accident in people from the Heian era’s.
Even in the present days, many people visit this shrine for praying for safety of the family, state of perfect health and good match.
What do you pray for?

This Zen temple is one the few temples in Kyoto that belongs to the Soto sect.The most distinctive feature of Genko-an is two windows. One is a round window, called Satori-no-mado, or the Window of Enlightenment, represents maturity, completeness and enlightenment. The other is a square window, called Mayoi-no-mado.,or the Window of hesitation, represents confusion, ignorance , and life of human suffering.
Viewing the beautiful scenery through these windows, you might get the essence of Zen teaching, not to obtain something, but to get rid of something thorough meditation.

Price per person
18,500 yen for 1 person
13,700 yen for 2 persons
12,100 yen for 3 persons
11,300 yen for 4 persons
Kids(age 6-11): 5,400 yen

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.

Tour Detail

Tour Style

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.


4 hours


Tour Itinerary

9:00AM start
Your hotel→Daitoku-jiTemple→Daisen-in→Koto-inTemple→Imamiya Shrine→Genko-an

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.

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.