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The Unique Architecture and Culture in Higashiyama

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Higashiyama is located in the east of Kyoto city. Kiyomizu Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The hill roads, which were front approaches to the temple, a pagoda in Yasaka, the magnificent view from those hill roads are popular tourist spots in Kyoto. They have flourished as a part of the temple area since ancient times. Lovely monkey balls in the temple, the historical Yasaka Shrine, and Gion area which has unique traditional culture in Japan, enhance the attraction of Higashiyama.

Kyoto Tour Guide - Atsuko T.
Atsuko T.
4.96 / 5
(48 reviews)
09:30 AM

Meeting Point

Hotel or other places

- Hotel or other places

09:30 AM

At your hotel in Kyoto

You can choose any hotel or train station near your accommodation.

If you stay at a hotel in Osaka, we will start the tour earlier.

10:30 AM

Kiyomizu Temple

Kiyomizu Temple, which is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kyoto, is located in the eastern part of Kyoto city. Kiyomizu literally means clean water and Tera literally means a temple. It is said that the origins of this temple go back to the end of the 8th century.

The temple is located in the middle of Kyoto’s Higashiyama mountains, which is located in the east part of Kyoto city. Mt. Otowa has always been famous for its beautiful scenery and views of the city of Kyoto.

A monk found this area as a place deep in the forest greenery where a mist, like a belt of white clouds, hung over a waterfall at the foot of a mountain.

The Main Hall here is famous for its platform projecting over a cliff. You can enjoy the view of Kyoto city and also see the many pillars which support this platform.

You can also enjoy the three water streams which flow down from the mountain to the temple.

12:00 PM

The Hill Roads in Higashiyama

The hill roads, which were front approaches to Kiyomizu Temple, a pagoda in Yasaka, and the magnificent view from those hill roads are popular tourist spots in Kyoto. They have flourished as a part of the temple area since ancient times.

These hill roads were designated as an Important Traditional and Conservation area. They are protected by the Kyoto city government.

On this tour, we will enjoy walking on unique hill roads, visiting lovely mini monkey dolls in a temple, tiny gardens, charming souvenir shops and beautiful mural paintings in another temple

01:00 PM

A restaurant

We will visit a restaurant on hill roads. There are many traditional Japanese restaurants.

02:00 PM

Yasaka Shrine

Yasaka shrine is located in the east of Kyoto city. The shrine in Kyoto is the head Yasaka shrine nationwide. The shrine itself has a long history. It is famous for a beautiful gate fronting a street. On entering we can see shrine structures in traditional architectural style and a stage with beautiful lanterns.

On this tour, we will stroll around the shrine precinct and the park which was a part of the shrine area and is now rich in nature.

03:00 PM

Gion Area

Gion is one of the popular tourist spots in Kyoto because of its own traditional Japanese cultures, restaurants, houses and businesses. Kyoto was an ancient capital of Japan. It has unique and long-term traditions and cultures because of its own 1000-year history.

Gion area is famous for Maiko and Geiko, who are professional entertainers. They are skillful, knowledgeable and beautiful girls.

Kyoto has five districts where Maiko and Geiko work, live and study. Gion is one of them.

We will enjoy walking in the Gion district and learn how they lived before and how they live together now.

04:30 PM

NIshiki Market

Nishiki Market has around 400 year old history. This area was rich in high-quality water.

Foods here was served to the Imperial Palace before.

This market has been called ' A kitchen of Kyoto'.

A wide variety of foods are in the market.

We can enjoy eating street foods and seeing the beautiful paintings that a famous artist painted, and colorful archade.

05:30 PM

Your hotel

We can finish at your hotel or Nishiki Market.

Ending Point

Hotel or other places

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Inclusions & Exclusions

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Guide fee, hotel pick-up

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What‘s not included

transportation fee for you and your guide

admission fee for you and your guide (Guides don't need admission fees for some temples)

Lunch costs for you and your guide

Tour Important Information

On this tour, we will enjoy visiting a temple which has unique architectures and the magnificent view, and walking on the famous hill roads which have lovely souvenir shops, tiny gardens and attractive temples. After going down the hill roads, we will visit a shrine which has a long history, and walk on entertainment districts which have traditional Japanese culture. At the end of the tour, we will visit the market which has a wide variety of Kyoto's foods.

If you want to visit other places, please feel free to let me know. I will arrange the tour according to your request. Also, if you want to change the meeting time and finishing time, please feel free to ask me. We'll be able to finish the tour at shopping district in Kyoto or Osaka if you want.

You will be able to enjoy the local food there.

This tour will show you the following;

・The picturesque scenery

・The unique architecture

・The magnificent view

・The history of Kyoto

・The correlation between Shinto and Buddhism for Japanese people

・The traditional and beautiful garden

・The traditional Japanese culture

・The beautiful murals

・The historic shrine

・The Market in Kyoto

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Kyoto Tour Reviews

A professional and accomodating guide

Ms Atsuko is a professional and accomodating guide. She is attentive to our needs. She knows her way around Arashiyama and was able to organise her tour efficiently. Ms Atsuko even went out of the way to show us Kinkakuji when it was not part of the itinerary. Five stars!

Augustine T.

Hello Mr. Augustine, Thank you for your review and comment for me. I am happy you enjoyed visiting Arashiyama and Kinkakuji Temple. We walked a lot today. Luckily, we could see the quiet bamboo forest in the temple. It was fun for me to talk with you and show you the beauty in Kyoto. Thank you for joining my tour. Please say hello to Agnes. Best regards, Atsuko

Knowledgeable tour guide

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Atsuko. She took us to some great spots around Osaka. Atsuko was also very proactive, she even asked if we have any dietary requirements which is an extremely nice touch. She is also very knowledgeable when it comes to the history of the places that we visited and was very accomodating for any questions that we had. Would definitely book her again for our future trip.

Jef G.

Hello Mr. Jef, Thank you for your kind review and comment for me. I also enjoyed the tour with you yesterday. The weather was very strange. It was raining in the morning and sunny and humid in the afternoon. I think your wife, Azhar, must have been very tired. I am happy to join a part of your honeymoon trips. Please visit Japan again. I am looking forward to seeing you again. Thank you. Best regards, Atsuko

Outstanding Shore Excursion to Kyoto

Atsuko was an outstanding guide who provided us with an oustanding tour that was probably the highlight of our 37 day holiday. She was very easy to communicate with while planning the excusion prior to the trip, and she worked with me to develop a customized itinerary so we could easily see all the sites we requested. Atsuko was an expert at using local transportation and she quickly escorted us using trains, subways, the Shinkansen bullet train, and taxis. Her english was perfect and she was very knowledgeable of the history and background of all the sites we visited. I highly recommend Atsuko and want to thank her for a wonderful experience in Japan.

Robert  R.

Hello Mr. Robert, Thank you for your kind review and comment for me. It was a long day. We planned very well so we enjoyed this tour. I was happy to hear you enjoyed it. Kyoto is a very attractive place. I really enjoyed this tour with all of you. If you have another chance to come here, please let me know. Thank you for joining my tour. Please say hello to Jeannette, Michaele and Rim. Best regards, Atsuko

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