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A Visit to Stunning Kyoto Japanese Gardens (1-day)

by Katsuko
(25) Reviews
8h $ 255 Price up to 5 people

Highlights

  • 1. A pure land style garden - Byodo-in temple
  • 2. A pond and island garden - Ginkaku-ji temple also known as the silver pavilion
  • 3. A dry landscape garden (or ZEN garden) - Nanzen-ji, Kennin-ji, Daitoku-ji Daisen-in, Tofuku-ji, Ryoan-ji
  • 4. An early morden naturalistic style garden - Murin-an
  • 5. A tea garden (or Roji garden) - Tofuku-ji Funda-in
  • 6. A palace style garden - Ninna-ji temple
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Overview

Explore renowned Japanese gardens in Kyoto where is a garden lover's paradise.

Itinerary will be created by selecting gardens from the places listed in the highlight section 1-6 according to your preference.

Sample Itinerary
Pick-up at your hotel -> Ninna-ji temple -> Ryoan-ji temple -> Nanzen-ji temple -> Lunch -> Murin-an -> Byodo-in temple

What to Expect

You can visit various types of beautiful Japanese gardens through this tour.

1. A pure land style garden
Pure land style garden is a style of Buddhist temple garden which intends to reproduce the Pure Land, or a Buddhist paradise.

2. A pond and island garden
Pond gardens are often designed for a pleasure of walking or sitting in a beautiful environment surrounded by nature.

3. A dry landscape garden (or ZEN garden)
Development of Zen gardens was a way to express Zen thoughts. It does not use water and instead express water figuratively using materials such as sands and gravels.

4. An early morden naturalistic style garden

5. Tea garden (Roji garden)
Tea garden is a path which leads visitors from the everyday world to the Tea house, where tea ceremony is held.

6. A palace style garden
Palace style gardens are originated from a garden attached to a palace style building, which belonged to an aristocrat or imperial family member.

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Highlights

  • 1. A pure land style garden - Byodo-in temple
  • 2. A pond and island garden - Ginkaku-ji temple also known as the silver pavilion
  • 3. A dry landscape garden (or ZEN garden) - Nanzen-ji, Kennin-ji, Daitoku-ji Daisen-in, Tofuku-ji, Ryoan-ji
  • 4. An early morden naturalistic style garden - Murin-an
  • 5. A tea garden (or Roji garden) - Tofuku-ji Funda-in
  • 6. A palace style garden - Ninna-ji temple

Important

This tour is not covered by insurance, so please participate in this tour at your own risk.

What‘s included
guide fee
What‘s not included
Transportation fare (public transport, taxi) are not included in the tour price.
Admission fee of the temples are not included in the tour price.
Lunch is not included in the tour price.
Meeting Point
Your hotel in Kyoto city
Ending Point
Your hotel in Kyoto city
Duration
8 hours
Starting time
08:30 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 5 people

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make changes after I book?

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email

Starting and ending points of the tour.

After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.

What happens after I book a tour?

After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.

Is the price per person or per group?

The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.

Can I add more people to my booking?

Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel in the first 14 day(s) before the meeting date ,there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting date ,there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 25 )
Charlotte and Harold Charlotte Canada ( Couple )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ Enjoyable day ”

We were very lucky to have Katsuko as our tour guide. We communicated with her prior to our tour and she was able to plan our day to see the sites we wanted to see. She was punctual, organized and informative. Katsuko was very knowledgeable about the history of each site. She checked in with us regularly to see how we were doing. We really enjoyed our lunch at an excellent restaurant on the Philosoher’s trail.

Katsuko:

Dear Charlotte, Thank you very much for your kind review. I'm glad to know that you enjoyed the tour. It was really nice meeting you and it was a great pleasure for me to guide you around Kyoto. I sincerely hope to see you again in the future. Warmest regards, Katsuko Ozaki

Alex Alex United States ( Friends )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Excellent guide ”

We went to explore Gardens and it was very interesting. Katsuko was perfect in logistics and and content. She is very nice to deal with, has good English. We would definitely recommend he's as a guide in Koto

Katsuko:

Dear Alex, Thank you very much for your kind review. I'm glad to know that you enjoyed the garden tour. It was really nice meeting you all, and it was a memorable day for me. I hope to see you again sometime in the future. Warmest regards, Katsuko Ozaki

Albin Albin Sweden ( Solo )
Very Good
1 month ago

“ Temple cruising ”

Took me to very interesting sights and did an excellent job of explaining all i had to ask.

Katsuko:

Dear Albin, thank you very much for taking your time to write a review. I hope you liked the sights we visited on the day and you took nice photo of them. It was really nice meeting you and I hope to see you again sometime in the future. Warmest regards, Katsuko Ozaki

Ovidia Ovidia Singapore ( Solo )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Excellent guide ”

My teenage son and I spent 1.5 days with Katsuko in Kyoto - we visited Nishiki market, Nara, and my son got her to bring us to specific places he wanted to shop. Katsuko is very kind, patient and incredibly helpful. She shared insights into Kyoto and life in Japan. She is very professional and adjusted our schedule on the fly to suit our energy levels and immediate needs. Be sure to book her in advance for Kyoto. Katsuko: thank you so much for your help with our visit to Kyoto. We will see you again for all the other sights in Kyoto that we didn’t have time for!

Katsuko:

Dear Ovidia, Thank you very much for your kind review. It was so lovely meeting you and your son, and it was such a pleasure for me to guide you and show you around Kyoto. I really hope to see you again in the near future. Please take care. Warmest regards, Katsuko Ozaki

Christopher Christopher Jersey ( Couple )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Excellent 2 days with Katsuko ”

Calm, organised, flexible and knowledgable. Even organised lunch in a Zen Temple on the spur of the moment. Excellent, just book Katsuko.

Katsuko:

Dear Christopher, Thank you very much for your kind review. It was really nice meeting such a wonderful couple like you and your wife, and it was great pleasure for me to guide you. I sincerely hope to see you again sometime in the future. Warmest regards, Katsuko Ozaki

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