Historic Monuments of Ancient Capital of Kyoto

Day Trip

Hiroyuki T.

5.00(4) reviews
Osaka
English
8.5 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 10 people

In Kyoto, there are a lot of cultural properties. Of them, seventeen temples and shrines are included in World Heritage as “Historic Monuments of Ancient Capital of Kyoto”. In this tour, we will visit Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine and Byodoin Temple in one day from Osaka to feel the profundity and splendor of Kyoto.

Itinerary

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Feel free to personalize this offer.

Meeting Point

TBD (at your hotel)

09:00

Hotel pick up

11:00

Kiyomizu Temple, Ninezaka&Sannenzaka walk, Gion walk and lunch

Kiyomizu Temple is one of the oldest temples in Kyoto, and its wooden stage is very well known along with its sacred pure water. Kiyomizu Temple and surrounding Ninen-zaka slop and Sannen-zaka slope make cultural landscapes which represent Japan.

Gion is a social spot in Kyoto where Geiko and Maiko entertain customers. Let's take a walk together on the old streets of Gion.

14:00

Fushimi Inari Tasiha Shrine

Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine is a guardian shrine for rice cultivation and business, worshipped by a lot of people. We will make a pilgrimage under the famous One Thousand Torii gates here to wish prosperity.

15:30

Byodoin Temple

This temple is very well known for its Phoenix Hall which looks like a phoenix spreads its wings. This temple was built in the 11th century to create the image of the Buddhism Pure Land where Amida Buddha (Heaven in Christianity) lives to save people from suffering.

17:30

Osaka

Ending Point

TBD (at your hotel)

What to Expect

In this tour, we will visit some of the World Heritage sites and other cultural properties in Kyoto.

I will meet you at your hotel in Osaka before taking a train to Kyoto.

I will reserve train seats for you for round trip (optional and subjects to availability).

You may follow the model itinerary, or you may choose places you want to visit. I will customize a tour for you.

If you want to customize a tour, please let me know TWO DAYS PRIOR to the tour date.

I used to work for a prefectural government for a World Heritage project as a manager. I have a lot of knowledge on the World Heritage sites. I will be able to give a very intellectual guidance to you.

OPTIONS

1 Kiyomizu Temple

Kiyomizu Temple is one of the oldest temples in Kyoto, and its wooden stage is very well known along with its sacred pure water. Kiyomizu Temple and surrounding Ninen-zaka slope and Sannen-zaka slope make cultural landscapes which represent Japan.

2 Fushimi Inari Grand Shrine

Fushimi Inari Grand Shrine is a protective shrine of rice cultivation. Foxes are considered to be sacred as messengers from the deity in this shrine. Let’s make a pilgrimage together walking under its famous One Thousand Torii Gates.

3 Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion

Kinkaku was originally the residence of an Ashikaga Shogun, later became a Zen temple. The three-layer Shari-den, which was built in 1397, is called Kinkaku, the Golden Pavilion because of the gold leaf being stamped inside and outside of the building. The gardens and architecture centered on the Kinkaku represent the Pure Land (Heaven) of this world.

4 Arashiyama

The Arashiyama Course will visit popular tourist destinations such as Togetsu Bridge, World Heritage Tenryu-ji Temple, Bamboo Forest, Nomiya Shrine, Jojakko-ji Temple, and Seiryo-ji Temple in half a day. It is about 4.2km and 1 hour and 24 minutes’ walk.

5 Nijo Castle

Nijo Castle was built in 1603 by the first shogun of the Tokugawa Shogunate to protect the Kyoto Imperial Palace. It is a valuable historical heritage that has seen the rise and fall of the Tokugawa shogunate.

6 Sanjusangen-do Temple

Sanjusangen-do Temple enshrines Kannon Buddha (Buddha of Mercy). There are 1001 Statues of Kannon enshrined in this hall. Kannon Buddha transforms its appearance into 33 shapes to save people. Here, 1001 Kannon Buddhas transform into 33033 shapes to save people. And people can always find an image of Buddha which looks like the person they want to meet.

7 Byodoin Temple

This hall is called Phoenix Hall as it looks like a phoenix spreads its wings. Picture of the Pure Land (Heaven) where Buddhas lives in is drawn on the walls behind the image of Amida Buddha. People those days considered this place to be the Pure Land on Earth.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee

What‘s not included

Insurance

Transportation fare, entrance fees and lunch (you and guide),

Transportation fare approx. JPY 2,500 per person,

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Important Information

As this is aTRAIN and WALKING tour, comfortable shoes are recommended.

Tours are NOT covered by insurance.

Transportation fare, entrance fees and lunch for guests and guide are NOT included. Ask for details.

Direct payment will be occurred in CASH on the spot on the day of the tour.

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

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Joanne P.

Mar 2, 2020

Cultural enlightenment

Our group of 3 had a fascinating day with Hiroyuki walking the shrines,temples and waterfall of Nachi. The relationship of Buddhism and Shintoism became much clearer to us. He was an expert in explaining the history and significance of the Kudo Kumano Pilgrimage. Additionally he picked a great restaurant for lunch and was very helpful in getting us settled at our hotel. I highly recommend him

Hiroyuki T.

First of all, thank you very much for coming to Japan in this kind of situation. I sincerely hope that you had enjoyed not only Kumano but also other places in Japan. It was my pleasure to explain about Shintoism and Buddhism Unite Theory in Kumano. Even in Japan, many of us do not know whether we are Shintoists or Buddhists. And thank you very much for writing such a kind review in the middle of your tour. I appreciate it very much. Say hello to Chris-san and Thomas-san. Looking forward to seeing you again in the future. Hiroyuki

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Daniel nicholas D.

Jan 22, 2020

An Enriching Experience

I greatly enjoyed my trip to Koya-san with Hiroyuki-san. He is a fine and learned gentleman. He was happy to share his wisdom on esoteric Buddhism, it's concept of 'universe,' and the history of Koya-san, which added context and enhanced the experience. He was also happy to listen about the culture and practices of my country, making the experience mutually enriching. Koya-san is a mystical place. Hiroyuki-san made me appreciate its sacredness the moment we entered Daimon Gate, which is the starting point. Walking alongside Hiroyuki-san through its quiet streets, amidst light snowfall, visiting its snow-capped shrines and temples, and having warm tea and conversation with him, are memories I will treasure. As we left Koya-san and reentered the world below, I felt that I became a slightly better human being. Thank you, Hiroyuki-san, for this experience.

Hiroyuki T.

Daniel-san, Thank you very much for everything during the tour. I am very glad that you liked Koyasan very much. I myself enjoyed the tour and conversations with you. I learned a lot about Philippines and Philippine culture from you. As I am interested in culture and food, I googled cultural heritages and food in Philippine after going home. I found that they are very attractive. Especially, historic city of Vigan and sweets such as buko pie, ensaimada and halo halo attract me a lot. Thank you very much for such a great review. Your review encourages me a lot. Please keep in touch, I look forward to seeing you again. Arigato, Matane!

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Taylor U.

Jan 14, 2020

1 Day Koyasan - Private Tour

Hiroyuki was the absolute best, we are so grateful and happy that we booked him as our tour guide during our stay in Koyasan. Having just one day, we wanted to make sure that we saw the most important sites. He gave us such a thorough and full-circle tour of Koyasan. Before spending the day with Hiroyuki, I did not know much about Buddhism. And if I hadn’t had my tour with Hiroyuki, I would just be wandering around the beautiful sites that Koyasan has to offer, all without the beautiful meaning behind it all. He gave context and history to everything we were seeing.. Hiroyuki’s English is amazing, to say the least.. he is also so knowledgeable with Buddhism and the history of Koyasan, even down to the dates! He was very timely and made sure that we spent the right amount of time at all of the sites so that we could see the most, but at a relaxed pace. After the tour ended, he left us with an amazing packet of information that we have brought back to New York to remember this beautiful day in Koyasan. It was such a special experience to gain a friend in Hiroyuki, we will definitely be calling him for a tour in Koyasan or any of the areas where he has expertise. He was even so kind to send us amazing photos of us exploring. We absolutely cannot thank him enough...

Hiroyuki T.

Taylor san, How are you two doing? Thank you very much for posting such a great review and everything during the tour. I also enjoyed a lot in Koyasan. Arigatou gozaimashita. By the way, I have a friend who works at Kumamoto government. If you are interested in finding your relatives in Kumamoto,let me know. There might be something I can do for you for free. Thank you very much once again, I look forward to seeing you again. Matane! Hiroyuki

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Claudio W.

Dec 21, 2019

Knowledgeable, conscientious, very nice gentleman!

He crafted an itinerary specific to our desires, kept us on time, was very knowledgeable due to his foreign relations background, simply an elegant, educated, and kind man. I would very highly recommend him, and I’m planning on engaging his services again when we go on a longer trip to Osaka and Kyoto.

Hiroyuki T.

Claudio san, I was very lucky to have met such a nice couple like you as the first customer on TripleLights. And thank you very much for posting the great review and for everything during the tour. I showed you just a very small part of Osaka. There are a lot more to see in Osaka, Kyoto, Koyasan and Kumano. How about macha parfait in Kyoto next time? Please say hello to your family for me. Thank you very much once again. Looking forward to seeing you two again.

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