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Kyoto Tour of East and South Area for Your Great Experience

Day Trip

Kashima H.

4.57(53) reviews
Kyoto
English, Japanese (Native)
9 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 8 people

This tour include Eastern and South area of Kyoto such as Kiyomizu temple, Sannenzaka & Ninenzaka-slope where various souvenir shops lined up, Path of philosophy, Ginkakuji temple, Sanjusangendo temple and Fushimiinari shrine where you can enjoy tarditional temple buidings, slope and road, Zen style "Wabi & Sabi" atmosphere and mysterious thousands vermillion Torii gate.

Itinerary

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Meeting Point

At your hotel in Kyoto

09:30

Kiyomizu temple

Kiyomizudera temple is a Buddhist temple in eastern Kyoto, which is listed as one of the 17 World heritage sites in Kyoto.

This temple was originally built in 798 and rebuilt in 1633. We walk up a slope to the temple.This lane leading to Kiyomizu Temple is lined up with shops selling porcelain, pickles, sweets, souvenirs and so-on. The main hall is famous for its platform projecting over a cliff. You can enjoy the Kyoto city view. In front of you, you can see the Koyasu-no-to which literally means “ Easy birth Pagoda”. Otowa waterfall is at the foot of the cliff.

11:30

Path of philosophy

To have experience of Philosophers’ walk through the side road of Lake Biwa canal whose length is around 1.5km where a famous Japanese philosopher used to stroll.

12:30

Ginkakuji temple

This temple is one of the 17 World heritage sites in Kyoto. You can see and feel the birthplace of Higashiyama culture of Zen style such as tea ceremony, flower arrangement and “Wabi, Sabi” atmosphere. This wooden pavilion attracs people by the expression of “Wabi Sabi” which is based on the idea that beauty lies in simplicity. This sensitive feeling come from Zen Buddhism.

14:30

Sanjusangendo temple

Sanjusangendo temple to see more than thousands Buddhism statue and feel the significance of Buddhism to save people from ancient period up to now. This temple consists of 33 numbers of column spacing in the inner temple. The principal image of Buddha is seated figure statue of thousand armed Kannon whose height is around 7 meters that is made by joint block construction used by cypress. 1000 units statues of thousand armed Kannon stands on tiered alters 10 deep in two 50 row sections to the right and left of the principal deity with one more standing behind to make a total of 1001.

16:00

Fushimiinari shrine

Fushimiinari shrine to see and walk through the thousands vermillion color Torii gate and pray your wishe such as prosperity of your business, good harvest of rice cropping and so-on. Originally, the deity of Inari shrine was reverted as the deity of agriculture. With industrialization, the deity of Fushimi inari gradually came to be worshipped as the deity of business. There are up to 5,000 Torii gates in this precincts which were donated mostly by merchants and companies to pray for the prosperity of their businesses.

Ending Point

At your hotel in Kyoto

What to Expect

1. Kiyomizudeta-temple:

Kiyomizudera temple is a Buddhist temple in eastern Kyoto, which is listed as one of the 17 World heritage sites in Kyoto.

This temple was originally built in 798 and rebuilt in 1633. Kiyomizudera or Kiyomizu Temple, literally means “Clean Water Temple”.

It was burned down many times and most of the present temple structures were reconstructed in 1633 (Middle of 17th century).

We walk up a slope to the temple.This lane leading to Kiyomizu Temple is lined up with shops selling porcelain, pickles, sweets, souvenirs and so-on.

This area is famous for Kiyomizu-yaki which is glazed porcelain with a white translucent body.

The main image of main hall is the Eleven-headed, one thousand-armed Kannon Bodhisattva.

The main hall is famous for its platform projecting over a cliff. You can enjoy the Kyoto city view. In front of you, you can see the Koyasu-no-to which literally means “ Easy birth Pagoda”. Otowa waterfall is at the foot of the cliff.

2. Path of philosophy:

To have experience of Philosophers’ walk through the side road of Lake Biwa canal whose length is around 1.5km where a famous Japanese philosopher used to stroll.

3. Ginkakuji temple:

This temple is one of the 17 World heritage sites in Kyoto.

You can see and feel the birthplace of Higashiyama culture of Zen style such as tea ceremony, flower arrangement and “Wabi, Sabi” atmosphere.

Ginkakuji means “ Temple of Silver pavilion” even if actually, this is not coated with silver due to financial difficulties in the Shogunate era.

However, this wooden pavilion attractive people by the expression of “Wabi Sabi” which is based on the idea that beauty lies in simplicity.

This sensitive feeling come from Zen Buddhism.

4. Sanjusangendo temple:

Sanjusangendo temple to see more than thousands Buddhism statue and feel the significance of Buddhism to save people from ancient period up to now.

This temple was originally founded in 1165 by the instruction of Goshirakawajoukou (retired emperor) by asking Kiyomori Taira ( top of worriers)to support with his funds. There were several fire and disaster occurred and a few re-constructions has been made up to now.

This temple consists of 33 numbers of column spacing in the inner temple. The figure of 33 is related with Kannon Bodhisattva. Hokekyo sect of Buddhism teach that Kannon changes his figure 33 times differently and save mankind.

The principal image of Buddha is seated figure statue of thousand armed Kannon whose height is around 7 meters that is made by joint block construction used by cypress. 1000 units statues of thousand armed Kannon stands on tiered alters 10 deep in two 50 row sections to the right and left of the principal deity with one more standing behind to make a total of 1001.

5. Fushimiinari shrine:

Fushimiinari shrine to see and walk through the thousands vermillion color Torii gate and pray your wishe such as prosperity of your business, good harvest of rice cropping and so-on. This shrine was founded in early 8th century. Originally, the deity of Inari shrine was reverted as the deity of agriculture.

With industrialization, the deity of Fushimi inari gradually came to be worshipped as the deity of business.

There are up to 5,000 Torii gates in this precincts which were donated mostly by merchants and companies to pray for the prosperity of their businesses. The donors’ name are painted in black on the back of each Torii gate. The range in price from 200,000yen to 700,000yen.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee

What‘s not included

Pick up fee for a guide: yen2000,

Transportation fee of all tour routes for your family: One day bus ticket of yen 600 per person,

JR fee: yen280 per person,

Entrance fee of all the tour spots for your family : Kiyomizudera-temple, yen 400 per person,

Ginkakuji-temple, yen500 per person,

Sanjusangendo-temple: yen500 per person,

Nijo castle: yen600 per person,

Lunch fee for your family and a guide,

Important Information

I am now living in Gunma prefecture located around 100km north from Tokyo. Therefore, if you reserve Kansai area such as Kyoto, Nara, Kobe and Osaka, please request me at least one week in advance. We can exchange the idea of the tour.

1) For fairly long walking of sight -seeing, please put on the shoes to walk with ease.

2) Please prepare the cash to spend any train riding, lunch and souvenir..

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

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Linda H.

Jan 28, 2020

Passionate about Japan

Kashima was flexible and knowledgeable. We had an itinerary we wanted and he made it happen. We had a group of 14 which included 8 kids. He handled it fabulously!

Kashima H.

Linda san, Thank you very much for your great and inspired review for me. It was great time for me to support you,your family and your friends with total 14 people for Mt.Fuji tour. We visited Mt.Fuji area such as Lake-Kawaguchi, Fugaku-Fuketsu, Mt.KachiKachi viewing by Ropeway, Ohhashi bridge hiking over Lake Kawaguchi, Ohishi park and Oshino Hakkai by using a Micro bus. The weather on the day was very fine and I was pleased that all your group could see no more beautiful Mt.Fuji at every visiting spots with the shape of different angle. Specially, I was very much impressed that all 8 kids enjoyed snow and throwing snowball each other which were piled up on the area because they saw actual snow at the first time there. Also, we could enjoy exchanging lots of conversation with you and your group about Japanese history, culture, famous people and daily life comparing with that in your country. I am looking forward to meeting with you again in near future. Thanks, Kashima

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Diane R.

Dec 31, 2019

Wonderful daytrip from Kyoto to Osaka

Kashima is very good guide who was extremely accommodating and took our U.S. family of 5 round trip from Kyoto to Osaka by train. He planned a very interesting day for us that we enjoyed immensely. A nice variety of sights and experiences at a good active pace. Definitely recommend!

Kashima H.

Diane san, Thank you very much for your warm and utmost review for me. It was great time for me to support you and your family for Osaka tour. We visited Osaka castle, Dotonbori including river cruising, Kuromon market and Umeda sky building. I am very much pleased that you, your husband and your three children could have lots of experience and impression of these tour spots. Specially, Osaka castle related with Samurai top worriers with great historical background, the best eating streets in Japan by tasting various interesting foods and overwhelming Osaka night view from Umeda Sky building. Also, we could enjoy exchanging lots of conversation with you and your family about Japanese culture and daily life comparing with that in your country. I hope that you continue to enjoy Japan tour and I am looking forward to meeting with you and your family again in near future. Thanks, Kashima

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I-lin L.

Dec 6, 2019

Hiroshima Day Tour

I organised this tour on behalf of a teenager who is fascinated with the Yamato battleship so this tour had to be very customised and Kashima-San lived up to the challenge! The boy really enjoyed himself. The guide spoke good English, very polite and respectful and he was flexible with the schedule. In fact the family said that they would highly recommend Kashima-San to others who visits Hiroshima!

Kashima H.

I-Lin san, Thank you very much for your great and utmost review for me. It was great time for me to support your mother and your family for Hiroshima tour. We visited Yamato-museum where we could see the models (1/10) of Battleship named “Yamato” and lots of other ships and actual objects of submarine & airplane “Zero fighter plane”. There are many historical background explanations, photos and actual objects & ship models exhibited which are historically very important ones manufactured before and during World War2. Also, we visited Atomic bomb dome and Peace memorial museum. I am pleased that we could enjoyed a lot. Specially, your mother's young boy is so clever and has lots of knowledge about Yamato and related Japanese history. I am so much impressive for him. He has so strong curiosity about the tour spots history and we could exchange lots of information each other. I am looking forward to meeting with you and your family again in near future. Thanks, Kashima

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May bn N.

Nov 11, 2019

A day at Miyajima/Hiroshima

Kashima-san organized the timing of the trip very well. Even there were situation where stayed longer than, he did an effort to change the timing of Shinkansen tickets and didn’t try to rush us. He well explained to us history of places we visit and patiently responded to all our questions.

Kashima H.

May san, Thank you very much for your great review for me and selecting me as a guide for you precious Hiroshima tour, I am very much pleased that you and your friends could enjoy Hiroshima tour including Miyajima island, Itsukushima shrine, Hiroshima Peace Memorial museum and Atomic dome. These tour spots are historically one of the most important tour spots in Japan which are registered as UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. Thanks to your strong curiosity, we could exchange lots of deep Q & A about Itsukushima shrine and the detail information of Atomic Bomb attack in Hiroshima city. I am looking forward to meeting with you again in near future. Thanks, Kashima

$334/ per group

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