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Serene Temples with enchanting Gardens Tour

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Are you tired of the crowds at all the popular tourist sites in Kyoto? Join me on an excursion to my favorite region, Ohara, located in the northeastern part of the city, where you can experience the tranquil countryside ambiance. In Ohara, I will introduce you to three of the most charming temples, each offering a serene atmosphere and enchanting gardens in every season. Upon request, I can also take you to a local restaurant where you can savor traditional cuisine.

Kyoto Tour Guide - Kanae O.
Kanae O.
5.00 / 5
(5 reviews)
09:00 AM

Meeting Point

At your hotel

- I will pick you up at your hotel if it is located in Kyoto city. Otherwise, please meet me in front of JR Yamashina station, the next station east of JR Kyoto station.

09:30 AM

Rengeji Temple

Renge-ji Temple is a Tendai sect temple located at the foot of Mt. Seimyoji in Kamitakano, Sakyo Ward. The exact date of its founding is unclear, but it was originally a Ji sect temple in the central part of Kyoto. After being left in ruins following the Onin and Bunmei Wars (1467-1477), it was rebuilt at its current location by Imaeda Chikayoshi, a retainer of the Kaga Domain, to honor the memory of his grandfather, Shigenaga. He spent his remaining years as a cultured man of leisure who enjoyed the tea ceremony.

The temple was reconstructed at its current location in 1662. In 1666, a stone monument commemorating Imaeda Shigenaga's achievements was erected on the temple grounds, and records indicate that by 1681, this monument had been placed in the garden's pond. Therefore, it is believed that the garden was created around the same time as the temple's reconstruction.

10:30 AM

Sanzen-In Temple

Sanzen-in Temple traces its origins back to the Enryaku period (782-806), when the Great Teacher Dengyo Daishi Saicho established a small temple under a large yew tree in the Minamidani area of the East Pagoda on Mount Hiei-in in Ohara, Kyoto. It is known as a ”monzeki“ temple where imperial princes and royalty have served as head priests for generations. You can experience the richness of the four seasons in the Shuhekien and Yuseien gardens, appreciate the high prestige of the Shinden and Kyakuden halls, and enjoy the beauty unique to Kyoto in the Ojo Gokuraku-in Hall, which houses a national treasure and other important cultural properties.

12:00 PM

Housen-in Temple

Originally built between 1235 and 1238, it is considered the birthplace of 'Shomyo,' the origin of Japanese music. The garden features a five-needle pine over 500 years old, shaped like Mount Fuji, and recognized as a natural monument. The garden includes the Crane and Turtle Garden, with a pond shaped like a crane, a hill representing a turtle, and ancient sasanqua trees symbolizing Mount Horai. Additionally, the Pangyuan framed garden, where the pillars and spaces between the pillars of the guest hall are used to frame the garden's view, surrounds the study.

Ending Point

At your hotel or a place of your preference

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Inclusions & Exclusions

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What‘s included

Guide fee, Transportation (Car service by Honda Vezel 4 seaters), Parking, Gas, Admission fee for three temples including match tea

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What‘s not included

Lunch: If you would like to have lunch there, please let me know in advance so that I can make a reservation. The price varies depending on the restaurant you choose, ranging from around 1500 yen (approximately 10 USD) to 5000 yen (approximately 35 USD).

Tour Important Information

* If you wish to have a party of more than four, please message me before booking the tour.


* If your hotel has insufficient parking space, I may ask you to wait in front of your hotel for pick-up.

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Kyoto Tour Reviews

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Natalie C.

5 / 5
May 19, 2024

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Amazing tour guide, highly recommend!

Kanae O is such a warm, friendly, and knowledgeable tour guide. My mum and I had the best introduction to Kyoto through this tour. I enjoyed all the spots we visited, and it was really convenient going by car. Kanae O was willing to adapt to our needs on the day, and even so kind as to gift us a coffee, homemade banana cake and face mask! Really loved my time on this tour and I highly recommend Kanae O.

Natalie C.

Natalie, thank you so much for your generous and kind review!! I had so much fun with you and your mum.I hope you'll take good memories of Kyoto back home!!

Great day and awesome tour guide

Kanae was an excellent tour guide who escorted us to some of the most magnificent attractions in Kyoto. She demonstrated great adaptability and imparted a wealth of knowledge, ensuring our comfort throughout the excursion. I wholeheartedly recommend booking her services if you seek to explore and gain insights into Kyoto.

Taty P.

Taty, thank you so much for your kind review! I'm glad to hear that you and your sons had a good time. You have a beautiful family! I hope you'll continue to enjoy your stay in Japan and bring back wonderful memories back home.

Caring friendly guide

We booked Kanae for 2 days in Kyoto, 1 day of seeing shrines and 1 day of hiking. Our plans changed and we needed 2 days of mixed sightseeing. Kanae was very accommodating and took it all in stride, even picking us up from the train station! Highly recommend her.

Mike J.

Mike, thank you so much for your kind and generous review!! I hope you enjoyed the first day. Looking forward to guiding you tomorrow!!

$244/ per group

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