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Adult (Age 18+)

Kyoto Temple, Shrine, Geiko & Sake Private Tour

5 / 5 total 1 reviews
Duration: 7 hours
Product code: 2850
Overview

I pick you up at your Hotel / Kyoto Station at noon and we will head to my favourite Zen Temple where I will take you through and up into the main SANMON gate and we will see beautiful views of Kyoto.

We will then walk through the Temple grounds, offer incense for loved ones passed on and then through an aqueduct to a secluded waterfall where people have practised ‘Misogi’, a Japanese Shinto practice of ritual purification, for over 800 years. This is a National Historical Site.

We then head to a famous 1,300-year-old temple that shines in Vermillion. We will meet the guardians at the gate and will enter a dark, underground passage to cut our ties to fears we have and offer prayer. Once we enter the main hall, you will ring a bell to alert the gods you are there and offer a prayer.

We will walk the grounds and view Kyoto from the mountain. Here you will have great picture taking opportunities. I will introduce you to Jizo, the keeper of lost babies and children. We will end up at a small waterfall split into three cascades of Love, Health and Wisdom. You get to pick one to drink from.

From there we walk to a beautiful 5 story pagoda but not after traversing a shopping street and then head on to the famous Geisha Gion District.

Here I will give you time to explore Shijo Street which is filled with literally hundreds of shops, Yasui Shrine, Yasaka Shrine and then we will meet back and explore the famous Gion District and Pontocho Restaurant District during the early evening hours.

 

Highlights
  • Visit the beautiful Yasui Shrine and Yasaka Shrine
  • Discover hundreds of shops in Shijo Street
  • Explore the famous Geisha Gion District
  • See beautiful views of Kyoto from the Sanmon gate
Good to Know
  • Scheduling Scheduling: Private Tour
  • Languages offered on the Activity / TourLanguages offered on the Activity / Tour: English
  • Duration Duration: 7 hours
  • Printed Voucher Accepted Printed Voucher Accepted
  • Over 18s onlyOver 18s only
  • A minimum of 2 and a maximum of 6 people allowed to book this tourA minimum of 2 and a maximum of 6 people allowed to book this tour
  • Pick-up service Pick-up service
    Hotel pick-up or Kyoto Station
  • Easy Cancellation Easy Cancellation
    There is no cancellation fee once Customers Cancel at least 7 day(s) prior to the date of the activity or tour.
    There is 50% cancellation fee for Customers to Cancel 3 and 6 day(s) prior to the date of the activity or tour.
    There is 100% cancellation fee for Customers to Cancel 2 day(s) prior to the date of the activity or tour.
  • Instant Confirmation Instant Confirmation
Inclusions
  • Early Evening Gion & Pontocho District Tour
  • 4 Temple/Shrine Tour: Nanzenji Temple, Kiyomizudera Temple, Yasui and Yasaka Shrines
  • Interpretive Guide & Translation for 7 hours
Exclusions
  • Sake drink at end of tour
  • Lunch
  • Transportation between spots for you and Guide
  • Bottled water
  • Food Tasting
  • Fees for making offerings
  • All Fees for Temple and Shrine entrances
Meeting Point
Hotel pick-up or at Kyoto Station
Know Before You Go
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes
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Reviewed by B. Kaplan US   May 23, 2018
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There are a lot of temples and shrines in Kyoto, but if I would only pick one I would definitely pick Kiyomizu-Dera Temple. It was one of my favourites and the setting is gorgeous!
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