Zen Garden, Zen Mind (Kyoto Half-Day)

Off the Beaten Path

Andrew W.

English (Native), Japanese
3 hours 30 min
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 8 people

The Japanese garden defies quick and easy understanding. As we tour 3 magical Japanese gardens at the Nanzen-ji Zen monastery you will hear in-depth insights into the world of Japanese gardens that you would never learn about otherwise. The Japanese garden will be revealed to you as an expression of profound art-- amazing living and breathing sculptures nestled within the larger landscape of Kyoto.

Meeting Point

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

09:00 AM


A temple so closely connected with a central figure in Japanese history, there is a shrine dedicated to him on the grounds. This temple is a tour within a tour as it has all elements one could hope to see: high-level architecture, gardens, statuary, paintings and the aforementioned shrine.

10:30 AM


A temple containing 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


The head temple of this monastery, home to what seems like a never-ending collection of magnificent courtyard gardens and paintings.

Ending Point

In front of Nanzen-ji or Keage Station

What to Expect

Relax and unwind with me off the beaten path as we spend time away from the large crowds that you would see at the more touristic sites in Kyoto. In fact, we will often feel as if we have the entire garden tour ourselves. Calmly moving through the gardens we will experience the true nature of Kyoto.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee

What‘s not included

Admission tickets (¥1,600 per guest)

Important Information

*Each guest should bring ¥1,600 in cash for admission tickets. Additional cash will be useful for drinks, sweets and souvenirs.

*This is a walking tour. Once we meet we will not be using any transportation. All guests should be able to walk short distances.

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
$279/ per group

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