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Visiting temples and tea ceremony experience in East Kyoto

Art & Culture

Tomoe S.

4.91(43) reviews
Kyoto
English, Japanese (Native)
6 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 6 people

This tour is based on 'A Wonderful Half Day in Kyoto (East Kyoto). You can visit Sanjyusangendo Temple, Kiyomizudera Temple and Kenninji Temple. You can also enjoy tea ceremony experience.

Itinerary

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Meeting Point

At your hotel (lobby)(in Kyoto)

Sanjyusangendo Temple

In this temple, you can see 1001 Buddhist statues in a hall. You will be amazed at the scenery, 'Forest of Buddha'.

It is said that you can find the Buddhist statue which resembles you among these statues.

Please be noted that you cannot take any pictures in this hall. Please imprint the breathtaking view in your memory!

Kiyomizudera Temple

This temple was built on the 13-meter cliff without any nails in the 8th century. (UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site)

You can enjoy the panoramic view of Kyoto city, shopping and eating on its approach way. You can find shops where you can buy Kiyomizu pottery which is produced in this area. I hope you will enjoy trying some different kinds of Yatsuhashi (specialty sweets of Kyoto area).

Kiyomizudera temple is so beautiful with cherry blossoms in spring and colored maple leaves in fall.

Kenninji Temple

This temple is the oldest Zen temple in Kyoto built in the 13th century and holds the replica of one of the most famous paintings, 'FUJIN RAIJIN' (Wind God and Thunder God Screens)

It's located in the area of 'Gion', however, not so many people visit this temple and you can enjoy the quiet rock gardens. This temple is also famous for the huge picture of dragons which is drawn on the ceiling of a temple.

Japanese tea ceremoy experience (about 45 minutes)

Please enjoy Japanese culture, tea ceremony experience.

Ending Point

This tour ends at Gion Shijyo Station (Keihan) at 14:30~15:00, however, I will show you how to go back to your hotel.

What to Expect

Kyoto had been the old capital of Japan and had many old temples and shrines to visit. In this tour, you can visit two of the most famous temples to visit in Kyoto, Kiyomizudera Temple and Sanjyusangendo Temple.

The another temple, Kenninji Temple is the oldest Zen temple in Kyoto. It was built in the 13th century, and holds the replica of one of the most famous paintings, 'FUJIN RAIJIN' (Wind God and Thunder God Screens). This temple also has beautiful zen gardens and the picture of dragons on the ceiling.

Please enjoy tea ceremony experience, too.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee, hotel pick up in Kyoto area

What‘s not included

Transportation fee (you and guide)

Entrance fee: Sanjyusangendo Temple, 600 Japanese yen/person

Kiyomizudera Temple,400 Japanese yen/person

(Zuigudo, 100 Japanese yen/person)

Kenninji Temple, 500 Japanese yen/person

Lunch (you and guide)

Tea ceremony experience, 2300~2500 Japanese yen/person

Important Information

If you book me early, I can exchange mails with you many times to know what you want to do in details, collect information and prepare a lot for your plan. Please don't hesitate to ask me anything in advance. I can guide you in the morning almost every day.(from 8:30 or 9:00 AM till 13:00 or 13:30PM) This year, in case of the full day tour, Friday, Saturday, Sunday,and Monday are available.

This tour is available only on Friday, Saturday and Monday this year.

*Please note that Kiyomizudera Temple is now being renovated, and you can see its main hall with cover.

*Inside of Sanjyusangendo Temple, you cannot take any pictures.

*Tea ceremony experience can be canceled if 2 days before.

*We will use public transportation.

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

Reviews

Sunn Y.

Jan 18, 2020

A wonderful day with a wonderful guide!!

Tomoe has been super patient with our accidental change of plans for the day (and there were 14 of us so you can well imagine!) and managed to save our day with helping translate a few things with our driver. She took us around for more than we bargained for (since the accident had almost brought our plans to a halt!) and introduced us to the places we visited very clearly. Meals were well planned for and the ambience was fantastic. I highly recommend her to tourists of Japan who require a caring and good guide who speaks good English. We will definitely ask her to guide us around again when we return to Japan. Sunn and 13 others in the family

Tomoe S.

Dear Sunn, Thank you very much for your warmhearted review. I was moved that you always think of your family and do a lot for your family. Because of the accident, we lost 3 hours, however, I'm glad that you were able to enjpy lunch and visit places in Kyoto. I had a really good time with you, such a big and nice family. Please come back to Kyoto again! TOMOE

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Angelica Z.

Jan 12, 2020

Enjoyable company

My daughter and I spent 2 lovely days with Tomoe. She is thoughtful, detail oriented and very sweet. We can’t asked for a better tour guide. Thank you so much Tomoe-San Hope to see you very soon ?

Tomoe S.

Dear Angelica, Thank you very much for your warmhearted review! I'm very happy to start 2020 with such nice people like you. (As I wrote you, and told you, the first three days of the New Year's Holiday are the very special days for Japanese people, and I'm very glad that I was able to spend such wonderful time with you on those days.) You are so nice and inspired me a lot as a woman, as a wife and as a mother! Please come to Kyoto again! I miss you a lot. Thank you very much for booking me as your guide! TOMOE

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Ronald B.

Jan 12, 2020

Excellent tour

Tomoe did an excellent job. Not only got us to the planned sightseeing locations and provided insightful information but also took the time and effort to help with some train arrangements. She is a very personable person and enjoyed visiting with her as much as seeing the sights. She only left us when we were securely on the train back to our hotel. As an aside, Nara is a great city to visit.

Tomoe S.

Dear Ron, Thank you very much for your warmhearted review. I'm glad that you enjoyed Nara on such a nice day in winter. I enjoyed talking with you and your sons, too. Thank you so much for finding me and giving me such a wonderful encounter! There are more nice places to visit in Kyoto. I hope that you will come to Kyoto again. TOMOE

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Zainol O.

Jan 6, 2020

Osaka Kuromon Market

We enjoyed our tour. Tomoe is a fanstastic guide! Friendly, patient and will go out of her way to make the tour enjoyable and fun. She knows our dietary restriction and that she helps with the food selection. We would certainly like to have more tours with Tomoe in the future should we be in Kansai again. To Tomoe - A very big thank you and our best wishes for you and your family for 2020!

Tomoe S.

Dear Zainol, Thank you very much for your warmhearted review. I had a very good time with you and your wife in Osaka. I was impressed because you have studied a lot and know a lot about Japan which is a foreign country for you. I hope that I can share time with you and your wife again. TOMOE

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