This tour is designed for Kyoto repeaters who would like to explore southern areas of Kyoto rich in historic and scenic sites. Uji is famous for the production of high-quality tea and Byodo-in Temple, a World Heritage site. Fushimi well-known for the production of Japanese sake was a battle ground before the Meiji Restoration ( 1868 ) between pro and anti Tokugawa Shogunate troops.
JR Uji Station
Byodo-in Temple Ujigami Shrine ( a World Heritage site ) Walking along the Uji River
Teradaya Inn Gekkeikan Sake Museum Jukkoku-bune Boat Riding
Keihan Chushojima Station
The approach to Byodo-in Temple is lined with many Uji tea shops and cafes of maccha sweets.
Byodo-in Temple enshrines Amida Nyorai Seated Statue ( national treasure ), which is believed to receive a person at death from the Pure Land paradise in the West.
The garden is a Pure Land garden with a pond in front of the Phenix Hall, which Fujiwara Yorimichi, a powerful aristocrat of Heian period ( 794-1185 ), founded as a Jodo sect Buddhism temple in 1052.
Teradaya Inn is an old Japanese style inn, where Sakamoto Ryoma, a very famous and popular Japanese hero just before Meiji Restoration, stayed and met Oryo, his fiancee.
Gekkeikan Sake Museum displays tools and facilities for sake brewery and you can enjoy sake tasting at the end of the short tour in the museum.
Wooden boat ( Jukkoku-bune ) riding along a small river leading to Fushimi Port on the Uji River. You can take a nice picture of Gekkeikan sake brewery and the riverside lined with willow trees.
If you wish after the tour, you can have dinner at a long-standing, popular izakaya restaurant in Fushimi, tasting an excellent sake of Gekkeikan.
transportation fee ( you and guide ), lunch, dinner and entrance fee for Byodo-in Temple ( 600 yen ), Teradaya Inn ( 400 yen ), Gekkeikan Museum ( 300yen ) and Jukkoku-bune boat riding ( 1200 yen ) .
It is desirable to carry overseas travel insurance because the guide is not liable for any damage or loss incurred during the tour. It is also requested to bring enough Japanese yen with you because some restaurants and taxis do not accept credit cards.
You will take a train of Keihan Line from Uji to Fushimi, about a 15 minute ride.
The cost for dinner at the izakaya ranges from 3,000 yen to 5, 000 yen per person, depending on what and how much you eat and drink.
We had a great day seeing the sites of Kyoto with Yoshie. We saw many of the highlights and learned far more about them than if we had gone without a tour guide. Yoshie was very funny and his English is great. Highly recommend!
Good evening, Michelle. Thank you so much for writing me a heart-warming review. I also had a nice time guiding and talking with you and your husband. I hope you will continue a pleasant trip and return home safely. If you have another chance of visiting Kyoto, be sure to get in touch, please. With best wishes, Yoshie
Our tour guide, Yoshie, has tremendous amounts of information and knowledge of the various sights visited. His experience allowed for us to learn about the places we visited . His ability to communicate in English was excellent. We highly recommend touring with Yoshie !! Thank you (Arigato Gozaimus)!! Michael & Mindy from the USA
Hi Michael and Mindy, Thank you so much for your kind review. I was a bit nervous before the tour started because you were the first customers for the past two and a half years. However, a few minutes after the self-introduction, such an anxiety blew away instantly. And I had a comfortable time with you two, guiding and dining together. When you have another chance of visiting Japan, be sure to get in touch, please. I hope you will return home safely with a lot of nice memories and souvenirs for your daughters. Best wishes, Yoshie
We had some trouble finding Yoshie to begin with, but we quickly made up for lost time and after that it was a great experience! With his insider knowledge we had a really smooth trip and learned a lot, and he saved me a lot of trouble in trying to find my way around sale breweries in an unfamiliar city. He managed to find us the best steak we've ever had too! I'd highly recommend Yoshie :)
Hi Shannon. Thank you very much for your nice review and the souvenir. I was inside of the west gate of the station, just in case you would be at the west side of the central gate. Anyway I am pleased that you all liked the Kobe beef steak lunch and the visit to the two sake breweries in Nada. I hope you will have lots of fun during your stay in Kyoto and return home safely. With warmest regards, Yoshie
Our U.S. family of 5, including 3 teenagers, spent 3 days touring Kyoto, Hiroshima, and Miyajima with Yoshie. He was fabulous! His English is impeccable. He was gracious and welcoming, kind, and extremely knowledgeable. He planned our days at a nice active and efficient pace. My teenagers voted him our “best guide ever.”
Hi Diane. I really appreciate your kind words of gratitude for my three-day tour in Kyoto and Hiroshima. I am very pleased to learn that your children, too, enjoyed it a lot. I hope you will return home safely with lots of nice memories and souvenirs of Japan. Next time you have another chance of visiting Kansai region, be sure to get in touch, please. With the best wishes, Yoshie.