This tour is designed for those who have finished My Favorite Golden Route: Kyoto One-day Tour and would like to make a second-day tour in Kyoto. The tour covers most of the main tourist attractions in the eastern area of Kyoto. It also has a couple of choices according to your needs and wishes. I hope you will have a very pleasant tour with me.
JR Kyoto Station or your hotel in Kyoto
Ginkaku-ji Temple built by Ashikaga Yoshimasa, the eighth Shogun of Muromachi Shogunate ( 1336 - 1573 ) and completed in 1490 after his death. Philosopher's Path is a long walk along a stream near Ginkaku-ji, a good place for cherry blossom viewing.
Nanzen-ji Temple, ranked above the Five Zen Buddhist Temples in Kyoto designated by Muromachi Shogunate, with a big sammon gate and a high-rise waterway supported by brick piers.
Murin-an Garden,a beautiful strolling-style landscape garden with a stream and a pond.
Kennin-ji Temple located near Gion houses Wind God and Thunder God painting on a folding screen, a national treasure, and has small beautiful gardens.
The busiest sightseeing area in Kyoto. Kiyomizu-dera Temple with a big veranda called a dancing stage of Kiyomizu attracts five or six million tourists annually.
Sanju-sangendo Temple houses a thousand life-size Buddhist statues and many more statues, an astounding view.
JR Kyoto Station or Subway Shijo Station
Through the tour you will be taken to many nice photo-taking spots in the eastern area of Kyoto. The sites you visit are full of scenic beauty and historic significance. You can also find the depth and broadness of the culture Kyoto has to offer to visitors from home and abroad. You could amuse your palate at various places you stop by, at Gion, Kiyomizu areas and Nishiki Food Market. You will surely have an unforgettable time through the tour with me.
transportation fee ( you and guide ), lunch and entrance fee for three temples and the garden ( 2,000 yen per person )
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.
I will be away from home from Dec. 5th till Dec. 7th. So, I cannot answer your messages during the days.
Eikan-do Temple is available in autumn foliage season only.
You will take trains and partly taxis to save time. You also walk a long distance and wear sneakers or walking shoes, please. In case of rain, a folding umbrella is desirable.
We arrived in Kyoto on a rainy November morning, but the weather didn't dampen Yoshie's spirits or his determination to cover all the places we'd hoped to see. From the moment we stepped off the bullet train in Kyoto, we were off and running – sometimes literally, attempting to keep up with the fastest walking guide in Japan! Yoshie modified his "Favorite Golden Route" tour for our short time there, taking us by taxi, local train and on foot to spectacular Kyoto highlights. He was so much fun to be with – knowledgeable, kind, philosophical and thoughtful with a terrific sense of humor. We had a truly memorable experience, and we look forward to one day booking a return tour with Yoshie.
Hi Mary. I appreciate your heartwarming comment on my tour in Kyoto. I feel sorry that you had to catch up with my fast walking pace. However, I am glad that you enjoyed the selected tour sites and my silly jokes. I hope we will cross our pass someday soon. Best wishes. Yoshie
Yoshi takes you to many of the must see sights in Kyoto and explains some of the history behind the location.
Hi Joe. Thank you for your nice comment on my tour, My Favorite Golden Route, in Kyoto. It was pleasant to guide and talk with you and your family. Be sure to get in touch if you have another chance of visiting Kansai district again. Best wishes. Yoshie
We had a wonderful day with Yoshi on his Golden Route. He is a master of his subject, very personal in his manner, and infinitely patient and thoughtful when answering questions. He took us for a delicious lunch (Ramen on a cool, windy day) in a charming family restaurant. Get your steps in preparation, Yoshi is fit and walks quickly from point to point, stopping occasionally to tell a funny tale about the sights or relate a cultural lesson to deepen your understanding of context. We highly recommend Yoshi and Kyoto, a rich historical and beautiful city! Steve
Hi Steve. I appreciate your kind review for my tour in Kyoto. I also had a nice time being with you two, enjoying the beautiful autumn foliage at every temple we visited. I hope you have returned home with lots of nice memories of Japan. Ichigo Ichie. With best wishes. Yoshie
The Golden route tour was our second tour (and second consecutive day) with Yoshie. Yoshie exceeded our expectations on day two as well! We saw so many wonderful places and temples and Yoshie always took his time to tell and teach us about every single place we visited. We had so so so many questions through out the day and Yoshie was always happy to answer them. We never felt we were a bother inquiring about anything and everything. His professionalism speaks volume (he was always so well dressed which we admired, especially since we walked so many miles a day). If we ever needed to stop to shop or take a picture or try matcha ice cream, Yoshie did not mind. He was flexible and patient. We spent some more time with Yoshie after our Golden route tour exploring Kyoto through the Silver route tour and we were glad we did that as there is so much to see. Yoshie, you were incredible and we wish we could had spent even more days with you getting to know you, your culture, the history, and Japan as a whole. We will always remember our time together and laughing all day.
Thank you for your excellent review for my tour, My Favorite Golden Route, in Kyoto. Your interest in our history and culture made me talk more about each place we visited. I also had a very pleasant time guiding and talking with you two. Yoshie