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Premium tour of Kyoto (4): Fushimi-Inari-Taisha shrine, Tofukuji temple & Toji temple

Tatsuhiro N.

4.09
(22) reviews
Kyoto
English, Japanese (Native)
7.5 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 15 people

Besides the scenic beauty, you can learn the architectural difference between a shrine and a temple in this tour.

(1) Fushimi-Inari-Taisha shrine...

Itinerary

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Meeting Point

At your hotel

Five-storied pagoda at Toji temple.

Zen gardens of Tofukuji temple.

Ending Point

At your hotel

What to Expect

Besides the scenic beauty, you can learn the architectural difference between a shrine and a temple in this tour.

(1) Fushimi-Inari-Taisha shrine

According to the legend, Fushimi-Inari-Taisha shrine was founded when God Inari was enshrined on Mt. Inariyama in February, 711. It celebrated the 1300th anniversary of the God`s enshrinement and all the buildings in the ground were restored and re-painted with the vermilion color in 2011.

This shrine is the "So-honzan" head shrine of 30,000 Inari shrines across the country. There are paths called "sen-bon-torii", meaning alleys of tunnels made of 1,000 "torii" gates. Actually, however, it is said there are a total of more than 10, 000 "torii" gates, large and small, in the shrine compound which includes the whole of Mt. Inariyama. You can reach the top of the 233-meter-high mountain, or rather a hill, in about a 1.5-hour walk amid the rich greenery. It is the guardian shrine of merchants and tradesmen, attracting millions of visitors in the New-Year period. Pairs of foxes sitting at the base of "torii" gates are regarded as the messenger of the God.

After getting off the train, walk a bit and go through the huge "torii" gate, walk further on the paved main road and you will be met by the huge shrine building. Then, walk along the unpaved narrow paths which are inside the tunnel of "torii" gates according to the instructions of the signboards. There are many vermilion-colored buildings on your way, souvenir shops and small stalls selling charms. You can sit on the sides of the paths and enjoy chatting with your companions or have snacks. There are some places which command a fine view of the city of Kyoto below.

(2) Tofukuji temple

Established during the Kamakura period (1192 to 1333) of Japan, the name of this Zen Buddhist temple was derived from the two major temples in Nara: Todaiji temple and Kofukuji temple. There are many buildings in the temple precincts, but particularly notable are the three structures. They are: "Hondo" Main Hall, which is open to the public only in the three-day period of March 14, 15 and 16 each year, displaying the left hand of the Great Buddha; Tsutenkyo Bridge, where you can see thick leaves of trees on both sides, leading to Kaisendo Hall, where you can enjoy the atmosphere of the beautiful landscaped garden with a pond and a sand garden; and "Hojo" Hall, which is surrounded by the four representative Zen gardens consisting of rocks and sand.

(3) Toji-temple

Having the status as the World Cultural Heritage Site, the construction of this temple got started toward the end of the eighth century after the capital of Japan was moved to Kyoto from Nara. After having studied in China for two years, the Venerable "Kobo-Daishi", or "Kukai", was given this temple in 823. He wished that the peace of the nation will be maintained through the teachings of Buddhism whose light reaches every corner of the world and that individual thought will coexist without infringing on each other through the cooperation of all the people.

The four main structures of this temple, namely, "Kondo", "Kodo", "Jikido" halls and the 55-meter-high five-storied pagoda were destroyed by typhoons, fires, lightnings and other natural disasters many times since their coming into being in the early 9th century. The reconstruction of these buildings as they stand now were completed in the period between 1492 and 1644. On the 21st of each month, which is called "Kobo-san" and is the monthly return of the date of the demise of the Venerable "Kobo-daishi ", more than 1,000 stalls are installed where you can buy various kinds of antiques and souvenirs. There are more than 200,000 visitors on this day alone. There are 21 Buddhist statues in the" Kodo" Hall, 15 in "Kondo" Hall and many others in the five-storied pagoda, whose door is opened only on that memorable day each month.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee, hotel pick-up in the Kyoto area

What‘s not included

transportation fee (you and guide), lunch, dinner, entrance fee, hotel pick-up in areas beyond the Kyoto area

Important Information

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you (guide) wait if we (customers) are late for the appointment?

I can wait for you for up to 30 minutes for free, but if you are late any further, I will ask you 1,000 yen for each 30 minutes.

What are the transportation fees?

The JR fare from Kyoto to Tofukuji is 140 yen and that from Kyoto to Inari is also 140 yen one way. In case you are taking the private Kintetsu Line to Toji temple, the fare from Kyoto to Toji is 150 yen.

How much are entrance fees?

You have to pay the admission of 500 yen at Toji temple. On the 21st of each month, however, it is 800 yen. The entrance fees for Tofukuji temple are 400 yen for "Tsutenkyo" Bridge and 400 yen for "Hojo" Hall. You are basically not required to pay admission for visiting Fushimi-Inari-Taisha shrine, although you are supposed to make a small amount of monetary contribution there.

Can we (customers) walk from Tofukuji temple to Inari-Taisha Shrine? Can we also walk from JR kyoto station to Toji temple?

Yes, you can, if you are willing to do so. The distance between Tofukuji temple and Fushimi-Inari-Taisha shrine is about one kilometer and you can enjoy the scenery on your way. You can also walk to go to Toji temple from JR Kyoto station. The

distance is one kilometer.

Reviews

Shannon W.

Jan 10, 2020

A wonderful day with a kind man!

I had a wonderful day with Tatsuhiro-san and so did my two friends! I would highly recommend Tatsuhiro-san for his interesting stories, kind nature and local insight. He organised a full day for us in Shiga prefecture, to see a local temple, the Hikone castle, lunch, and to see Lake Biwa. He was very flexible with our interests and needs throughout the day, and was great fun to talk to. On the rare occasion that we couldn't understand each other, we simply wrote it down and quickly worked it out. I enjoyed spending time with him and his tour was very informative and well tailored to our interests. He is the perfect thoughtful host!

Tatsuhiro N.

Hi Shannon-san, Michael-san & Cameron-san, Thank you so much for your favorable comment on my work. I am really encouraged. I was happy to see your smiling faces at the end of day which was the greatest reward to me. I still regret, however, that I was unable to understand your remarks on a number of occasions on our tour. I will try even harder to improve my listening abilities. I wish you all a good luck and a fruitful new year. And many thanks for your souvenir. I find it very delicious. See you again. Regards, Tatsuhiro

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Ligia J.

Apr 27, 2019

We loved Kyoto!

He is the nicest person! We enjoyed him very much as someone who was able to navigate our total lack of Japanese.

Tatsuhiro N.

Hi Ligia-san, Thank you very much for your favorable comment. I enjoyed your company and I am glad you have come to know some of the most popular sights in Kyoto. I hope you will enjoy your golden years more and more in greater health. Good luck. Regards, Tatsuhiro

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Sean P.

Apr 20, 2019

Kyoto tour

A very friendly guide. He helped navigate us through Kyoto. Other people commented on his English, I think it was ok. No better than one could expect from a native citizen and local. I’d prefer this kind of person anyways since they know the “tricks”. He was kind to ensure he understood and verified your question’s answer.

Tatsuhiro N.

Hi Sean-san & Kim-san, I am encouraged to have received a favorable comment like this. In fact, I felt sorry for asking you to repeat your questions on many occasions, but now I realize that`s the way you native speakers of English speak the language. Anyway, I am glad you completed the tour and saw for yourself some of the traditional beauties and cultures of our country. I hope to see you again. My love to all the people in the state of Connecticut. Regards, Tatushiro

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Peter W.

Apr 17, 2019

Great tour

We had a good time and a great tour with dear Tatsuhiro, he is a very good guide and we really enjoyed all the sights, thank your very much again Tatsuhiro

Tatsuhiro N.

Hi Peter-san, Thank you very much for your favorable comment. I am really encouraged. I am glad that we completed the tour safely and that you kept smiling all the way. Also, it is a great relief for me that your were well in time for the ship`s departure. I wish you all a greater health. Many thanks. Regards, Tatsuhiro

$232/ per group