Essence of KYOTO~ Enhance your stay in Japan
Perfect one day tour visiting principal sites in Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan
If you can only stay in Kyoto for one day, don't worry!
I will take you to the best places to see and feel the essence of Japan.
On this tour, we will take you on a one-day tour of Kyoto's "highlights" and talk a lot about Japanese culture, including the seasonal customs and traditions of the people who preserve them, as well as the historic tea ceremony.
I am a local and have practiced the tea ceremony for many years, so I can explain the beauty of Japan and its traditions from two aspects: traditional beauty and practical beauty.
You can learn a lot about Kyoto and Japan in one day while enjoying the authentic beauty of each spot.
For example, by visiting both a Buddist temple and a Shinto shrine, you will also learn why the Japanese have two different religions. The tour ends in Gion, where you will also learn about geisha, an essential part of Kyoto.
This tour includes two World Heritage Sites, Kinkaku-ji Temple and Kiyomizu-dera Temple.
*This is a suggested itinerary and can be customized as you wish.
The price includes
・Private guide in English or Spanish
・Meet at your hotel in Kyoto
・Food and drink
1. Fushimi Inari Shrine
Fushimiinari shrine is an important Shinto shrine in Southern Kyoto. It's famous for its thousands of vermilion Torii gates that located along the trails lead into the sacred Mt. Inari, which stands at 233 meters and belongs to the shrine grounds. The shrine is dedicated to Inari, the Shinto god of Rice. Foxes are also famous in this shrine. They are considered as Inari's messengers.
2. Kinkaku-ji temple (Golden Pavilion)
Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion) is one the most iconic and popular sights in Japan.
It's a Zen temple in northern Kyoto whose top two floors are completely covered in real gold leaf. It was built by the Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, the third shogun of the Muromachi shogunate, in 1398.
Here you can see the gorgeous and unique architecture of a Samurai who wanted to be a King of Japan.
3. Yasaka Pagoda (Hokanji temple)
Yasaka Pagoda(Hokanji temple)
The five storied pagoda"Yasaka-no-tou" is an iconic architecture in this area. While most pagodas come complete with temples, Yasaka-no-to Pagoda stands mostly alone because the buildings of the temple of which it once belonged (Hokan-ji Temple) having been destroyed by fires,earthquakes and wars over the years.
The pagoda rebuilt in 1440 is remained intact and that makes you feel that you are in authentic scenery of Kyoto.
4. Higashiyama district (Ninen-zaka etc...)
Sannenzaka is located in the histrical area so called Higashiyama area.Here you can enjoy the beautiful scenery.The Kyoto style houses and paved path brings you into the authentic atomosphere.
5. Kiyomizu-dera Temple
It is one of the most popular temples in Kyoto.
It is visited by more than about 5 million people a year and is also called "the temple of the common people". The most popular spot is the wooden stage jutting out from the cliff.
No nails are used and the stage is supported by many zelkova pillars. The height of the stage is 12 meters.
You can enjoy the panoramic view of the city can be seen from there.
6. Yasui-konpiragu Shrine
Yasui Konpira-gu shrine is especially popular among young Japanese women because of the Power Stone in its precincts. You will see many people forming a line to perform a ritual of crawling through a hole in a large stone.The ritual is performed to pray for breaking off bad relationships and initiating good ones. Here you can see the idea of Sinto religion that take the importance in prefication. Also you can try it if you'd like.
Gion is one of the five Geisha districts in Kyoto, located near the Yasaka Shrine.
It is full of shops, restaurants and ochaya (tea houses), where Geiko (Kyoto dialect for Geisha) and Maiko (apprentices of Geiko) entertain their guests. In this area you can also find authentic Japanese architectures including Maiko's houses. Authentic Japanese architectures.
If you are lucky, you may be able to see Maiko-san!