This tour is meant for those who are interested in trekking in mountains and visiting popular tourist attractions plus lesser-known places of historic interest in Fushimi and Higashiyama Areas. You will visit Fushimi Inari Grand Shrine, Kiyomizu and
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Inari Station of JR Nara Line (Two stops from JR Kyoto Station. Rapid trains do not stop at Inari.)
Fushimi Inari Grand Shrine ( You will climb halfway to the top of Mt. Inari, go to Mt. Otowa and get down to Kiyomizu Temple.)
Kiyomizu Temple ( You can see the temple from a different angle than usual.)
Maruyama Park for lunch ( You can get an obento or boxed lunch at Kyoto Station or a convenience store near your hotel.)
Walking through Gion Area ( A location of the movie “The Memoir of a Geisha – Sayuri” is included)
Ken-ninji Temple near Gion ( You will be amazed at the artistic works that the temple houses.)
Gion Shijo Station of Keihan Line
This tour is designed for those who like trekking in mountains and visiting lesser-known places of historic interest as well as famous tourist attractions. The itinerary includes Fushimi Inari Grand Shrine, Kiyomizu Temple, Maruyama Park, Gion strolling and Ken-ninji Temple. At Maruyama Park, you will have lunch in the open air. You can get an obento or boxed lunch at JR Kyoto Station or a convenience store near your hotel. At Ken-ninji temple near Gion, you will be amazed at the artistic splendors of folding screen, paper sliding door and ceiling paintings including Fujin-Raijin zu Byobu by Tawaraya Sotatsu, a renowned painter of Edo period. In case of rain, instead of trekking in the mountains you will visit Sanju-sangendo Temple by train. From there you will visit Kiyomizu Temple by bus. And you will have lunch at a restaurant near Kiyomizu Temple.
Lunch and entrance fee for Kiyomizu and Ken-ninji Temple (￥900) in case of rain, plus entrance fee (￥600) for Sanju-sangendo Temple and transportation fare (￥370)
It is desirable that you wear sneakers or trekking shoes and take a bottle of water with you. You will walk along a part of Kyoto Trail hiking course for about two hours.
The roof of the main hall with a large veranda of Kiyomizu-dera Temple is now under repair, although you can enter the temple.
We had some trouble finding Yoshie to begin with, but we quickly made up for lost time and after that it was a great experience! With his insider knowledge we had a really smooth trip and learned a lot, and he saved me a lot of trouble in trying to find my way around sale breweries in an unfamiliar city. He managed to find us the best steak we've ever had too! I'd highly recommend Yoshie :)
Hi Shannon. Thank you very much for your nice review and the souvenir. I was inside of the west gate of the station, just in case you would be at the west side of the central gate. Anyway I am pleased that you all liked the Kobe beef steak lunch and the visit to the two sake breweries in Nada. I hope you will have lots of fun during your stay in Kyoto and return home safely. With warmest regards, Yoshie
Our U.S. family of 5, including 3 teenagers, spent 3 days touring Kyoto, Hiroshima, and Miyajima with Yoshie. He was fabulous! His English is impeccable. He was gracious and welcoming, kind, and extremely knowledgeable. He planned our days at a nice active and efficient pace. My teenagers voted him our “best guide ever.”
Hi Diane. I really appreciate your kind words of gratitude for my three-day tour in Kyoto and Hiroshima. I am very pleased to learn that your children, too, enjoyed it a lot. I hope you will return home safely with lots of nice memories and souvenirs of Japan. Next time you have another chance of visiting Kansai region, be sure to get in touch, please. With the best wishes, Yoshie.
Yoshihisa-san is one of the rare gems you will ever meet during your trip, especially if you love learning Japanese history and culture. I had read a lot about Japanese history before but during our tour Yoshihisa-san made us understand so much more. Myfamily had a booked a 2 day tour with Yoshihisa-san and as usual, we wanted to visit the famous tourists sites of Kyoto. These were more of the typical spots you find on a "Top Ten" places to visit in Kyoto. Thankfully Yoshihisa-san convinced me to see some other places as well, which we have no regrets and in fact feel so lucky to have visited them. Some of the places he took us to allowed us to catch the amazing Autumn fall of Kyoto. My family and I will never forget our experience at the Jojakkoji Temple where we saw the most amazing autumn colours. We were surrounded by the most surreal environment where your eyes just can't believe the beauty of the temple and its nature. We took so many pictures there, that we got exhausted of taking pictures for the rest of the day :) Yoshihisa-san also told us many interesting stories of the places we visited, I recall the story of Buddha turning back to tell the priest "You're late!" at the Eikando Temple which was an interesting narrative. Also we were fortunate enough to hear and learn several Haiku Poetry from him and understand the beauty of its meaning. The two days we spent together went by so fast and when our tour ended on the 2nd day, it was hard for us to part. We had taken so many pictures together and these are fond memories we will always treasure. Thank you Yoshihisa-san!
Hi Abilash-san. It is a great honor and a pleasure to receive such a supreme review for my two-day tour in Kyoto. Your deep interest in Japanese history and culture made my job very rewarding and worthwhile. Through this tour I made a new discovery about the temple, Eikando, you visited, thank you so much. Personally I also enjoyed spending the two days with your family a lot. Your wife and child were most lovely during the whole two days. I hope to see you someday in the near future, maybe in our cherry-blossom season. With the warmest regards, Yoshie
Yoshi gave us a lovely guided tour of the Kyoto shrines. He planned the day very well and gave us a great deal of information about the culture and history of the spots we visited. We had lunch at a local restaurant and dinner at a restaurant at the Kyoto station before departing. It was a great day overall!
Hi David. I am sorry to have been late in answering your review. I was away from home for the past four days on a trip. Thank you so much for your heartwarming comment on my tour in Kyoto. I am pleased to learn that you enjoyed the tour and the meals in Kyoto a great deal. Next time you have another chance of visiting Kansai region, let me guide you more leisurely, please. With kind regards, Yoshie