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Discovering Kyoto's Hidden Gems: A Private Tour Off the Beaten Path

Koin M.

by Koin M.

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Last updated : Apr 27, 20233 min read

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Discovering Kyoto's Hidden Gems: A Private Tour Off the Beaten Path

Are you ready to explore Kyoto's best-kept secrets? If you're tired of the same old touristy spots, why not embark on a private tour that will take you off the beaten path and reveal the city's hidden gems? In this blog post, we'll introduce you to some of Kyoto's lesser-known but equally amazing attractions that you can discover on a private tour.

Fushimi Sake District

First up, let's head to the southern part of Kyoto to the Fushimi Sake District. Did you know that some of Japan's finest sake breweries are located here? With a history of sake brewing that spans over 400 years, there are still many traditional sake breweries in the area. On a private tour of the district, you'll get the chance to learn about the brewing process and, of course, taste some of the best sake in Japan!

Tofukuji Temple

If you're looking for a peaceful retreat, Tofukuji Temple is the perfect spot. This large Zen temple is located in southern Kyoto and was founded in the 13th century. It's famous for its stunning gardens and autumn foliage. There are several buildings on the temple grounds, including a famous Zen meditation hall. On a private tour of Tofukuji Temple, you'll be able to experience the serenity and beauty of this remarkable temple.

Ohara

Let's now take a trip to the small town of Ohara, located in the mountains north of Kyoto. This town is known for its rural charm and stunning scenery. There are several temples and shrines in the area, including Sanzen-in Temple, which is famous for its tranquil gardens and stunning architecture. On a private tour of Ohara, you'll be taken away from the hustle and bustle of Kyoto and given the chance to experience a different side of Japan.

Kibune and Kurama

Feeling adventurous? How about a hike through the mountains to the towns of Kibune and Kurama? These two small towns are located north of Kyoto and are connected by a scenic hiking trail that passes through beautiful forests and mountains. Kibune is famous for its Kifune Shrine, which is dedicated to the god of water. Kurama is home to Kurama Temple, which is famous for its stunning autumn foliage. On a private tour of Kibune and Kurama, you'll have the opportunity to experience the natural beauty of Kyoto up close.

Kamigamo Shrine

Finally, let's head to Kamigamo Shrine, one of Kyoto's oldest and most important Shinto shrines. This shrine was founded over 1,300 years ago and is dedicated to the gods of agriculture and industry. It's located in a peaceful forested area in northern Kyoto and is known for its unique architecture and beautiful grounds. On a private tour of Kamigamo Shrine, you'll learn about the history and culture of Shintoism in Japan and see some of the most beautiful sights Kyoto has to offer.

Conclusion

Kyoto is full of surprises, and a private tour is the perfect way to discover them. Whether you're interested in history, nature, or culture, there's something for everyone in Kyoto's hidden gems. We hope this blog post has inspired you to explore the city's lesser-known attractions and experience the true beauty of Japan. Let's make your Kyoto tour one to remember!

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