A Wonderful Half Day in Kyoto (East Kyoto) 4h

Highlights

Tomoe S.

4.91(43) reviews
Kyoto
English, Japanese (Native)
4 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 6 people

This tour is recommended for the first visitors to Kyoto. Kyoto had been the capital of Japan for 1000 years and has many old temples and shrines to visit. In this tour, you can visit two of the most famous and popular sightseeing spots in Kyoto and see the wonderful tradition, especially about Buddhist culture.

Please note that Kiyomizudera Temple is now being renovated.

Itinerary

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Meeting Point

At your hotel (lobby) (in Kyoto)

Sanjyusangendo Temple

You can see 1001 statues of Buddha in a hall. It's a 'Forest of Buddha'. You will be amazed at the scenery. It is said that you will find the Buddha which resembles you among these statues.

Please be noted that you cannot take any pictures in this hall. Please imprint the breathtaking view in your memory!

Kiyomizudera Temple

This temple was built on the 13-meter cliff without using any nails in the 8th century. (UNESCO World Cultural Herigate site)

You can enjoy the panoramic view of Kyoto city, shopping and eating on its approach way. (There are many souvenir shops around this temple and you can enjoy shopping. Kiyomizu Pottery is produced in this area and you will find good presents for your family and friends.) How about trying some pieces of 'Yatsuhashi' (specialty sweets of Kyoto area)? You can try some different kinds of 'Yatsuhashi'.

You can also visit waterfall which is famous because the water gives you, 'longevity, love, or study (wisdom)'

This temple is so beautiful with cherry blossoms in spring and colored maple leaves in fall. Please enjoy!!

Jisyu Jinjya Shrine

This shrine is famous as the Shinto shrine for love and many young people like to visit this shrine.

Zuigudo

You can hold on to the string of Buddhist rosary beads in the dark hall and feel like to go back to your mother's womb.

(If you don't like, you can omit here.)

Ending Point

Exit of Kiyomizudera Temple (Nio Mon, a Deva gate) , however, I will give you some advice, where to have lunch around the temple, how to go back to your hotel, and so on.

What to Expect

You can visit two of the most famous and popular sightseeing spots in Kyoto and see the wonderful tradition, especially about Buddhism culture.

In Sanjyusangendo Temple, no one is allowed to take pictures in the hall, so please go there and imprint the breathtaking view in your memory.

Kiyomizudera Temple is registered as UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, and from its veranda, you can see the panoramic view of Kyoto city.

In the precinct of Kiyomizudera Temple, there is a famous shrine for love, Jisyu Jinjya Shrine, and many people come and pray for their love.

Around Kiyomizudera Temple, there many souvenir shops and you can enjoy shopping there.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee, hotel pick up in Kyoto area

What‘s not included

Transportation fee (you and your guide)

Entrance fee : Kiyomizudera Temple, 400 Japanese Yen/person

Sanjusangendo Temple, 600 Japanese Yen/person

(Zuigudo, 100 Japanese Yen/person)

Important Information

If you book me early, I can exchange mails with you many times to know what you want to do in details, collect information and prepare a lot for your plan. Please don't hesitate to ask me anything in advance. I can guide you in the morning almost every day.(from 8:30 or 9:00 AM till 13:00 or 13:30PM) This year, in case of the full day tour, Friday, Saturday, Sunday,and Monday are available.

Kiyomizudera Temple is now being renovated and the main hall is covered.

In Sanjyusangendo Temple, you cannot take pictures.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting time

Reviews

Sunn Y.

Jan 18, 2020

A wonderful day with a wonderful guide!!

Tomoe has been super patient with our accidental change of plans for the day (and there were 14 of us so you can well imagine!) and managed to save our day with helping translate a few things with our driver. She took us around for more than we bargained for (since the accident had almost brought our plans to a halt!) and introduced us to the places we visited very clearly. Meals were well planned for and the ambience was fantastic. I highly recommend her to tourists of Japan who require a caring and good guide who speaks good English. We will definitely ask her to guide us around again when we return to Japan. Sunn and 13 others in the family

Tomoe S.

Dear Sunn, Thank you very much for your warmhearted review. I was moved that you always think of your family and do a lot for your family. Because of the accident, we lost 3 hours, however, I'm glad that you were able to enjpy lunch and visit places in Kyoto. I had a really good time with you, such a big and nice family. Please come back to Kyoto again! TOMOE

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Angelica Z.

Jan 12, 2020

Enjoyable company

My daughter and I spent 2 lovely days with Tomoe. She is thoughtful, detail oriented and very sweet. We can’t asked for a better tour guide. Thank you so much Tomoe-San Hope to see you very soon ?

Tomoe S.

Dear Angelica, Thank you very much for your warmhearted review! I'm very happy to start 2020 with such nice people like you. (As I wrote you, and told you, the first three days of the New Year's Holiday are the very special days for Japanese people, and I'm very glad that I was able to spend such wonderful time with you on those days.) You are so nice and inspired me a lot as a woman, as a wife and as a mother! Please come to Kyoto again! I miss you a lot. Thank you very much for booking me as your guide! TOMOE

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Ronald B.

Jan 12, 2020

Excellent tour

Tomoe did an excellent job. Not only got us to the planned sightseeing locations and provided insightful information but also took the time and effort to help with some train arrangements. She is a very personable person and enjoyed visiting with her as much as seeing the sights. She only left us when we were securely on the train back to our hotel. As an aside, Nara is a great city to visit.

Tomoe S.

Dear Ron, Thank you very much for your warmhearted review. I'm glad that you enjoyed Nara on such a nice day in winter. I enjoyed talking with you and your sons, too. Thank you so much for finding me and giving me such a wonderful encounter! There are more nice places to visit in Kyoto. I hope that you will come to Kyoto again. TOMOE

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Zainol O.

Jan 6, 2020

Osaka Kuromon Market

We enjoyed our tour. Tomoe is a fanstastic guide! Friendly, patient and will go out of her way to make the tour enjoyable and fun. She knows our dietary restriction and that she helps with the food selection. We would certainly like to have more tours with Tomoe in the future should we be in Kansai again. To Tomoe - A very big thank you and our best wishes for you and your family for 2020!

Tomoe S.

Dear Zainol, Thank you very much for your warmhearted review. I had a very good time with you and your wife in Osaka. I was impressed because you have studied a lot and know a lot about Japan which is a foreign country for you. I hope that I can share time with you and your wife again. TOMOE

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