"Higashi-yama" means Eastern mountain in Japanese. It is an interesting area with historic and scenic spots. They are located on the foot of Eastern mountains in Kyoto city. Anyone can enjoy visiting Fushimi Inari Shrine and Kiyomizu temple. In addition, walking in the historic site gives you a feel of olden time Kyoto atmosphere, and you will find a unique impression while strolling in the Gion Geisha district.
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At your hotel in Osaka or Kyoto
Toshi will come to your hotel either in Osaka or Kyoto to meet you. The time schedule below is an example, starting from a hotel in Kyoto city. From Osaka, it takes another half hour to get to the first spot, Fushimi Inari Shrine.
You make a wish at the main shrine of Fushimi Inari and then go through amazing number of vermilion colored Torii gates.
Yasaka Five-story Pagoda is very photogenic, one of the best picture taking places in Kyoto.
There are a lot of interesting shops along the road. You may feel an atmosphere of old Kyoto.
At a local restaurant, perhaps at a Japanese restaurant.
Spectacular view of Kyoto city is on your palm. The guide will tell you a story of young monk who was seeking for Clear Water.
One of the well-known Geisha districts in Kyoto. You might be able to see Geisha walking on the street, if you are lucky.
If you want to get back to your hotel in Osaka, or to your cruise ship in Osaka Port, it takes about 1 hour from the last visiting spot in Gion Geisha District.
Convenient place for you, or your hotel
To start with, we will visit a popular shrine, Fushimi Inari with thousands of vermilion colored Torii Gates, which amaze you. After praying for your wish at the main shrine, we will move to Higashi-yama area, or the Eastern mountain area, of Kyoto.
In the Higashi-yama area, you will visit Kiyomizu-dera temple and enjoy the view of Kyoto city from the temple's stage, and then stroll in the historic district. You may feel an atmosphere of old time Kyoto.
Then we will head for the Gion Geisha district and see rows of wooden Tea Houses along the street, peculiar to Gion area. And you also find interesting sights in the district. If you are lucky, you might be able to see Geiko-san (Geisha) or Maiko-san (apprentice Geisha) there.
Guide fee, hotel pick-up
Transportation fee (you and guide), lunch, dinner, entrance fee, etc...
- Admissions : approximately 400 yen/adult・200 yen/junior high student
- Transportation fees : approximately 600 yen/adult・300 yen/child (under 12 years old)
・Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes.
・Do not forget to bring either a camera or a smartphone.
My day with Toshi was a lot of fun. We went to some interesting temples and shrine were he told me there history. We also went to parts of the city that are the same as years ago and had a really good lunch. If you want an interesting and easy to talk to guide go with Toshi. Randal
Hi Randal, Thank you very much for your review. Unfortunately, we could not visit The Museum of Housing and Living due to the corona virus.If you have a chance to come back here, I would like to show you nice small cities in the Kansai region. Hope you had a safe and easy trip getting back home. Best regards, Toshi
We had the best time with Toshi! His knowledge of Osaka and the food scene there made for an awesome day of touring.
Hi Ivy, Thank you very much for your review. I'm glad that you guys had a good time in Osaka and Kobe. Did you enjoy beef dinner in Kobe? Belated Happy New year to you and your family. Best regards, Toshi
Toshi met us at the cruise port in Osaka and with him we effortlessly navigated our way to and around Kyoto. We had a full day itinerary and met most of our highlighted points of interest. The day was longer than anticipated and Toshi stayed with us to the end, returning us to the port in plenty of time to get back on board. We thoroughly enjoyed the day and would not have been able to see what we did, if we had done this ourselves. In addition, having a guide such as Toshi who has the local and historical knowledge, enriched our experience and meant that the adventure was much deeper. Toshi himself is a genuinely lovely man with interesting experiences and we wish him the best for the future. When we return to Japan, we will definitely engage Toshi, this time for the Osaka experience.
Hi Jim, Thank you so much for your nice review. I myself had a such a fun day, guiding you guys in Kyoto. I’m hoping that any of you comes back to Japan again. Belated “ A Happy New Year! ” to you all. Best regards, Toshi
Toshi was an excellent guide in Osaka. He showed us all the highlights. I would definitely recommend him!
Hi Lori, Thank you very much for your review. I hope you will come back to Kansai region and enjoy more fun places some time again. "A Happy New Year" to you and your husbnd. Best regards, Toshi