Higashiyama, east district of Kyoto, along the lower slopes of Kyoto's eastern mountains is famous place for inbound visitors.
There are many nice places of temples and shrines throughout the year ,especially cherry-blossom season and autumn crimson foliage .
A breath of ancient times in Kyoto could be found when you visit these places.
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KYOTO station or at your hotel in Kyoto.
Nanzenji Temple: It is one of most well known Zen temple and rating above the five great Zen temples in Kyoto. Massive Sanmon entrance gate and a brick Aquaduct are at least worth to see.
Eikando:It is a Jodo （Pure Land) sect temple,famous for the Aitabha looking back statue and autumn foliage which is said to be more than 3,000 pcs in the night illumination
Tofukuji Temple: It is a famous Zen temple, and is one of the Five Great Temples in Kyoto.
Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine: One of the most famous grand shrine in Japan. People have gathered here to pray for bountiful harvests, business prosperity, the safety of their home and family.
KYOTO station or at your hotel in Kyoto.
In autumn season, it is a nice time for visitors to see crimson foliage in many places in Kyoto. Color contrast of yellow, red, green etc in the Japanese garden is worth to see.The weather in the season is the most recommendable one to spend the time outside as well as inside of houses. Food and drinking sake would be best chance to taste them. Looking forward to having a time with us.
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Japanese garden are two distinct types : A pond gardens designed for strolling which are historically, attached to the estates of aristocrats or feudal lord, and a dry landscape gardens(also known as a rock garden) are typically associated with Zen Buddhism, thus some famous Zen temple have this type of garden.
Buddhism was founded in India by Shakamuni in the 5th century B.C. The ultimate goal is to attain enlightenment, by awakening to the truth concerning the universe and human beings. Shinto is the indigenous faith of Japan, primarily a system of nature, ancestor and historical hero worship.There are no founders,doctrine, nor official scriptures. It is said that 70 thousands of temples and 80 thousands of shinto shrines are exited ,currently in Japan.
Takatoshi made our trip very memorable! He was kind, patient and knowledgeable. His itinerary was great and we ended the tour trying Japanese tapas style dishes pairing with Sake. I highly recommend him! Thank you very much Takatoshi! :-)
Thank you very much for your kind review. I have also enjoyed the tour with both of you visiting places and having sake at that time. As mentioned, Nara has several cities and places to where you have to visit like Asuka etc. as for the foundation area of Japan. You are always welcome and looking forward to visiting again in Nara.
Takatoshi is a wonderful guide! He is knowledgeable, thoughtful, and so ready to share his love for his country and culture. We spent the day touring many sites in Kyoto and learned so much. We toured beautiful gardens and mastered the subway system. He’s totally fluent in English and our day was an enjoyable learning experience. We highly recommend him!
Dear Debra san, Thank you for your nice comment to my tour yesterday. I really appreciate it and have also enjoyed tour time with your member. Hopefully, we will see you again anywhere in this small world. I wish your safely back to your home as well as your and your family's good health and prosperity in future.
We spent one day of visit in Kyoto with Takatoshi. He knows a lot about history and the different tips along the road. We had a great English discussion about any topics. We do recommend Takatoshi who also walked with us to a really nice Sake local place. Hope to see you again in Japan
Thank you for your positive review to my tour in Kyoto. It was also nice time for me during the tour. I convince that you have spent great days in Japan , how was in Fukuoka ? Hope you had a nice time at Yakitori restaurant . I wish you and your family's prosperity in future and see you again anyplace in this small globe.
This was such a great day in Nara. Takatoshi took us all over, showing us the highlights and adding a lot of history and depth at each location. He was able to answer every question we had about the different places with great detail which I really liked. He also knows the city since he lives in the area and was able to take us to cool places that I would never have even known existed. His English proficiency is also one of the best we had in Japan which makes a huge difference. If you are thinking of doing a half day/day in Nara, hire Takatoshi. Seriously, you will not regret it.
Thank you for your positive and kind comment to my Nara tour. I really appreciate having a time with you and your wife on that day, though the temperature was more than 32 degree and high humid . If we could have more time, I would be glad to show you other places, but I will expect your next opportunity among any city in the west Japan. I wish your nice further journey in Japan and your safely back to your home. I have already sent pictures taken by me to you address. Hope you have well received it.