To explore and find out about the Japanese aesthetic value in Zen Temples and Gardens

US $371.00 / Group

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Hi! I'm Kiyomi Goto.

I will guide you!

Description of this tour

To visit Zen Temples and observe their gardens and find out what aesthetic value implies to the Japanese people.

My aim of achieving is to inform Japanese culture and Japanese things worth spreading to others for the better world. I regard it as a mission in my life.
I have traveled 22 countries in the world and have lived in five countries for two to three years each and have associated with great many people from diversified field. So I hope I could be of any assistance while having a tour in Japan, especially repeatedly visited worldly renown city of Kyoto.


Sample Tour Timeline

10:00 AM
Ryoan-ji Temple

To gain deeper knowledge about a style of Garden of Ryoan-ji Temple, Dry Landscape Garden

10:00 AM
Ryoan-ji Temple

To gain deeper knowledge about a style of Garden of Ryoan-ji Temple, Dry Landscape Garden

11:00 AM
Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion Temple

To gain deeper knowledge about Japanese Performing Art, "Noh-Gaku" in relation to Zen and the founder of Golden Pavilion, Ashikaga Yoshimitsu. His favor was poured into Zeami while they resided here, at the site of the Former Palace of the Muromachi Shogun.

11:00 AM
Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion Temple

To gain deeper knowledge about Japanese Performing Art, "Noh-Gaku" in relation to Zen and the founder of Golden Pavilion, Ashikaga Yoshimitsu. His favor was poured into Zeami while they resided here, at the site of the Former Palace of the Muromachi Shogun.

12:30 PM
Kibune, one of the Kawa-yuka style serving Japanese cuisine restaurant

To have an experience of tasting Japanese Style Cuisine on the Terrace installed on the Stream of River-bed

12:30 PM
Kibune, one of the Kawa-yuka style serving Japanese cuisine restaurant

To have an experience of tasting Japanese Style Cuisine on the Terrace installed on the Stream of River-bed

02:00 PM
Ginkaku-ji Temple or Silver Pavilion

To gain a deeper knowledge of this Zen temple and its garden with the history of Ashikaga Yoshimasa, who was a founder of the temple and a Shogun of the Muromachi Shogunate.

02:00 PM
Ginkaku-ji Temple or Silver Pavilion

To gain a deeper knowledge of this Zen temple and its garden with the history of Ashikaga Yoshimasa, who was a founder of the temple and a Shogun of the Muromachi Shogunate.

03:00 PM
Philosopher's Walk

To have an idea of the Philosopher's Walk and enjoy strolling along the river.

03:00 PM
Philosopher's Walk

To have an idea of the Philosopher's Walk and enjoy strolling along the river.

03:30 PM
Nanzen-ji Temple

To gain a deeper insight on the garden of this Zen Temple and observe the Aquaduct on the same site.

03:30 PM
Nanzen-ji Temple

To gain a deeper insight on the garden of this Zen Temple and observe the Aquaduct on the same site.

05:00 PM
The vicinity of Higashi-yama area, Kodai-ji Temple

To enjoy the ambiance of Higashiyama while shopping for souvenirs

05:00 PM
The vicinity of Higashi-yama area, Kodai-ji Temple

To enjoy the ambiance of Higashiyama while shopping for souvenirs

06:00 PM
Ninen-zaka, Sannei-zaka area

To enjoy the ambiance of Kyoto-Higashiyama and search for souvenirs to bring back home

06:00 PM
Ninen-zaka, Sannei-zaka area

To enjoy the ambiance of Kyoto-Higashiyama and search for souvenirs to bring back home

Additional Details

Where we meet

What's included
Things you need
  • Transport expenses(approx. US $30-40)
  • Slippers to walk on the wooden floor of the Zen Temples
  • Hat
  • Comfortable Shoes
  • Lunch(approx. US $35-75)
  • Admission fee(approx. US $20-25)
Notes:

There is an alternative to climb the San-mon Gate of Nanzen-ji temple, instead of visiting the Hojo Garden of the Main Hall. The Gate has a second story and it commands an excellent view of the Kyoto City. However the climbing to the veranda by stairs has a problem. Please be aware of steep stairs. An elderly person may require assistance from others. But the view is worth seeing.

Guest Requirements

Anyone who is interested enough to observe the gardens of Zen Buddhist temples and also who is interested in Japanese Culture

Cancellation Policy

Any trip or experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase.

Guest Reviews

by 1 users
Jul 28, 2017

This was one of our favorite tours in Japan. Kiyomi's tour of Nijo-jo Castle was comprehensive, allowing us to ask many questions about the amazing history of this place. At each of the rooms on th...

This was one of our favorite tours in Japan. Kiyomi's tour of Nijo-jo Castle was comprehensive, allowing us to ask many questions about the amazing history of this place. At each of the rooms on the diagonal floorplan, she explained the purpose of the room and answered our many questions about the art and how the Shogunate worked during the nearly 300 years of existence. Then Kiyoma guided us through the Imperial Palace where we experienced the home of many emporers. The zen garden in the back is amazingly layered. Kiyoma explained the functions of each part of the palace and gave the history of how the capital moved from Kyoto to Tokyo during the Meiji reign. Again, the tour was not rushed, with Kiyomi patiently answering our many questions about the rich history of this area and the culture of pre-modern Japan. After the Imperial Palace closed, Kiyomi walked us through the gardens area where the aristocrats lived for centuries, describing their homes (now gone) and lifestyles of that era. We stopped in several small shrines along the way and did some owl spotting in a tree at the far end of the gardens. On a beautiful summer night, the relaxed walk provided the perfect atmosphere to reflect on the rich historical places we visited that day.

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Ben Katt
Jul 28, 2017

This was one of our favorite tours in Japan. Kiyomi's tour of Nijo-jo Castle was comprehensive, allowing us to ask many questions about the amazing history of this place. At each of the rooms on th...

This was one of our favorite tours in Japan. Kiyomi's tour of Nijo-jo Castle was comprehensive, allowing us to ask many questions about the amazing history of this place. At each of the rooms on the diagonal floorplan, she explained the purpose of the room and answered our many questions about the art and how the Shogunate worked during the nearly 300 years of existence. Then Kiyoma guided us through the Imperial Palace where we experienced the home of many emporers. The zen garden in the back is amazingly layered. Kiyoma explained the functions of each part of the palace and gave the history of how the capital moved from Kyoto to Tokyo during the Meiji reign. Again, the tour was not rushed, with Kiyomi patiently answering our many questions about the rich history of this area and the culture of pre-modern Japan. After the Imperial Palace closed, Kiyomi walked us through the gardens area where the aristocrats lived for centuries, describing their homes (now gone) and lifestyles of that era. We stopped in several small shrines along the way and did some owl spotting in a tree at the far end of the gardens. On a beautiful summer night, the relaxed walk provided the perfect atmosphere to reflect on the rich historical places we visited that day.

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