The Path Less Traveled (Kyoto Full-Day)

Off the Beaten Path

Andrew W.

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

Everyone who comes to Kyoto visits the same old sites. They are noisy, crowded, and very touristic. But in a town whose history spans over 1, 300 years, there are far more than just the "Top 10" that are worth visiting!

Quiet Zen gardens, antique browsing, a traditional lunch, sweets, an art museum and 1,001 Golden Buddha statues. This tour will introduce you to a world far away from the busy tourist sites where we will spend peaceful moments getting to know the true nature of Kyoto.

Meeting Point

Outside of exit #1 of Keage Station (Tozai Line)

09:00 AM

Konchi-In

This temple is a tour with-in a tour as it has all elements one could hope to see: high-level architecture, gardens, statuary, paintings and a shrine dedicated to one of the most powerful warlords in the history of Japan.

10:30 AM

Tenju-an

The “Hermitage of the Heavenly Teacher” contains two profound gardens, one of which when entered gives the sensation of suddenly entering into a forest and having stumbled upon a fairy tale world.

11:30 AM

Shinmonzen Dori

One of the best kept secrets in Kyoto. Visiting here is like browsing through art museums without the entrance fees. And everything is for sale. Of course there is no pressure to purchase anything as window shopping is equally okay.

01:00 PM

Lunch

We will enjoy a traditional Japanese lunch.

02:00 PM

Kawai Kanjiro Memorial House

The converted home of a noted 20th century master potter, this museum is a fine example of the wabi sabi way of design and living. Eventhough Kanjiro passed away over 50 years ago, this space has the feeling as if he has just gone out to do some shopping and will be back soon. A truly wonderful experience, and for me- one of the must-see’s in Kyoto.

03:00 PM

Sanjusangen-do

Home to 1,001 jaw-dropping golden Buddhas, this is a must see while in Kyoto. Unfortunately photos are not allowed inside.

04:00 PM

Chishaku-in

This hardly-visited garden will transport your mind to far-away lands. Along with beautiful gardens, also on display are sliding door paintings by one of Japan's most heralded painters of the Edo period.

Ending Point

Chishaku-in

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee

What‘s not included

Admission tickets, food, and transportation (¥6,000 cash per guest)

Important Information

*This is a walking tour. All guests should be of average fitness level and be able to walk moderate distances. Please wear comfortable shoes.

*If guests are not interested in antique browsing we can visit the majestic stroll garden of Heian Jingu instead.

*Each guest should bring at least ¥5,500 to cover the cost of admission tickets, taxi fee, lunch and sweets per person.

*In the event of rain please bring an umbrella and/ or rain gear.


Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 8 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 3 to 7 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 2 day(s) prior to meeting time
$462/ per group

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