Kyoto was a capital of Japan for about 1,000 years till the end of Edo period since establishment of Heian-kyo dating back to 794.Kyoto retains many historic and scenic places because of flourishing of not only Buddhism and Shintoism but also aristocratic and samurai culture.Kyoto consists of four districts including Rakunan,Rakuhoku,Rakusai,Rakuto and Rakuchu.This tour covers Rakunan and Rakuto.
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Kyoto Station/JR Uji Station
Nakamuraya cafe:enjoy matcha flavored sweets
Heian Jingu Shrine:Daigoku-den,Oute-mon,Soryu-ro,Byakko-ro,Ryubi-dan,Shin-en
Kiyomizu Temple:Hondo,Otowa Waterfall,Koyasu Kannon,Three Storied Pagoda,Koyasu-to
This tour includes visiting Byodoin,Fushimi Inari in Rakunan,Heian Jingu Shrine and Kiyomizu Temple in Rakuto.
Byodoin is located in Uji city and founded by Fujiwara Yorimichi in 1,052. Hoo-do(Phoenix Hall) is famous for the design of Japanese ten yen coin and retains original building in spite of several fires due to civil wars and lightning strikes since 1,053.
Uji is also famous for Uji-cha(green tea). We stop by Nakamuraya cafe to enjoy matcha flavored sweets.Let's discuss Jodoshinko(belief in Jodo) which prays for peaceful death and rebirth in Gokuraku(nirvana).
Fushimi Inari enshrines the deity of good harvest and was founded early Nara period dating back 1,300 years and ten thousands of Torii gates are donated by worshipers such as business man and religious families. You may climb up to the summit of Inari mountain passing through the vermilion colored Torii gates in about an hour.
Heian Jingu Shrine was founded in 1,895 in memory of the 1,100th anniversary of the relocation of the capital to Heian-kyo. You may appreciate the splendor of Heian-kyo Palace from the reconstructed buildings including Daigoku-den,Oute-mon gate,Soryu-ro,Byakko-ro,Horo and Ryubi-dan. Typical Japanese landscape garden called Shin-en is famous for weeping cherry blossoms,Water Iris and Japanese Iris in spring and autumn leaves.
Kiyomizu Temple was founded by priest Enchin in 778 and built by the Commander in Chief of the Expeditionary Force of Sakanoue Tamuramaro in 780. Almost all the buildings were burnt down nine times in the fire since establishment and the existing buildings were reconstructed in 1,633. Hondo(Main Hall) is famous for its extra terrace called "Kiyomizu no Butai" and designated as national treasure.(Hondo is under renovation of cypress bark roof till 2,020.) At Otowa Waterfall, people pray for academic achievement,fulfillment in love and longevity. Koyasu-to was believed to have been the prayer place for Emperor Shomu and Empress Komyo and Koyasu Kannon(guardian diety of safe childbirth) statue is enshrined inside the pagoda.
I will explain about the origin and the history of Kiyomizu Temple and hidden stories behind the scenes.
traffic expenses for the guide
admission fee for the guide
traffic expenses for you: approximately 1150 yen per person
meals fee for you and the guide
admission fee for you: 300(600) yen for Byodoin・600 yen for Shin-en・400 yen for Kiyomizu Temple
We wanted to see a lot in 1 day in Kyoto, so took a taxi some places to save time and subway when it was just as fast. Hiro was full of information and answered our questions (many) in detail. He was right on time. We wanted a Japsnese lunch and he took us to a place with many selections and translated the menu (we were the only Americans there). His humor is infectious. If you want to see a lot with an interesting local, ask for Hiro. AAA+
Dear Michael, I am very much pleased with your prompt and wonderful review on the tour with me. Although it was a bit chilly day today, you and Liz's warm atmosphere made me feel cheerful. Japan is full of interesting spots in rural areas too. I hope you will visit mysterious Japan again in the near future. Sincerely, Hiroyuki
We got introduced to Hiro via our Tokyo guide Yukiko as Yukiko was busy and was not available for Kyoto tour. The tour was arranged within a day’s notice and Hiro was top notch in planning a perfect day for our family. He picked us up at the Kyoto station, made us feel welcomed in Kyoto. During the site seeing, he was very informative with insights about history, and helped us with appropriate stops based on our interests. We covered major attractions without any rush and fortunately weather was nice. Hiro took us back the station to catch bullet train for Tokyo and helped us with buying tickets. Overall, very pleased with him and was a pleasant experience. I will hire him again.
Dear Rajiv, It is a great pleasure for me to have a wonderful review on the tour over Kyoto. I am glad to hear that the tour was satisfactory to you, Piyash and Simran. Although autumn color season was almost over, we were still able to appreciate the remains of beautiful maple leaves during the tour.I look forward to seeing you again in the near future. Best regards, Hiroyuki
Thank you Hiro for a great day that has exceeded expectations and was one of the holidays highlights for my husband and I. Mt.Koya is off the beaten tourist tracks, but what a tranquil place and definatly worth visiting. We booked the tour on relatively short notice, Hiro was great at responding and putting together a well thought through itenery with helpful recommendations. It was a bit of a journey getting there; Hiro met us at the hotel and then brought us back to Osaka, we are so pleased that he did! He was knowledgeable about the place, culture and history, as well as great fun to be around :) Definatly recommend him for your travels, domo arigato Hiro!
Dear Anastasia, Thank you very much for a wonderful review on the tour with me over Koyasan. I had a very pleasant day with you and Doug. I am glad to know that the tour was satisfactory to you. I look forward to seeing you again in the near future. Best regards, Hiroyuki
Mr Hiroyuki is patience and the journey was well planned and not in a rush. He shared the culture and history for each place of interest which things we definitely will not know of. We enjoyed our day tour with him and will look for him again if we are going to different parts of Japan.
Dear Lindy, I appreciate your prompt and high-rated review on the tour with me over Kyoto yesterday. I was very much impressed with your interest about the culture and history of Japan. It was such a coincidence to meet with your relatives from Singapore at Bamboo Forest. I look forward to seeing you again in the near future and wish you enjoy the rest of your stay in Japan. Please give my best regards to Dervick and Ryan. Best regards, Hiroyuki