Sometimes you had beter choose the day when you visit somewhere when you traval. Some places are opened to public or not, depending on the day or certain period.
Ruriko-in is opened to public during only two months in spring and two months in autumn. You will be amazed at the beautiful reflection of green maple leaves on the table.Then we will enjoy visiting Sanzen-in and Hosen-in in Ohara.
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Keihan Demachi Yanagi Station (If you want me to pick you up at your hotel, the meeting time should be at 8:30 at your hotel and we may use a taxi to Demachi Yanagi Station.
Ruriko-in : This temple is opened to public only 2 months in spring and 2 months in autumn. You will be amazed at its beautiful reflecion of green maple leaves on the table.
Sanzen-in: You can enjoy walking in the precinct covered with moss and Japanese cedar trees.
Hosen-in: You can have maccha green tea in front of the garden (huge pine tree which is 700 years old)
Keihan Demachi Yanagi Station (I will tell you how to go back to your hotel from there)
If you are interested in taking pictures, you can take wonderful pictures at Ruriko-in. In spring, you can enjoy its marvelous green world covered with green maple leaves and moss.
In autumn, you will be amazed at its gorgeous world covered with colored maple leaves.
In the 2nd week of June( the last time when you can visit Ruriko-in during spring season), you can also enjoy many beautiful hydrangeas in Sanzen-in. (Please note that the time when flowers get in full bloom, varies depends on each year.)
You can visit these temples on weekends too, however, I recommend you visit on weekdays to avoid waiting for a long time in the long line consists of so many many! people.
Guide fee, hotel pick up in Kyoto area if you want (Please pay taxi, to Demachi-Yanagi Station from your hotel)
Transportation fee (you and your guide)
Entrance fee: Ruriko-in, 2000 Japanese yen
Sanzen-in, 700 Japanese yen
Hosen-in, 800 Japanese yen (including maccha and sweet)
Lunch (you and your guide)
For your reference, Ruriko-in was opened to public during April 15 to June 15 in spring, and October 1 to December 10 in autumn, in 2018.(10:00 ~ 17:00)
Meeting time is flexibe, however, to avoid many people, I recommend you start this tour at 9:00 and be in front of Ruriko-in before 10:00.
After speding about an hour in Ruriko-in, we will take a bus to Ohara.
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
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
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 ?
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
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.
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
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!
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