These are the places to go in Kyoto. This golden route will offer you an once in-a-lifetime experience, from gorgeous Golden Pavilion,
breathtaking nature, a dynamic Japanese garden and a mysterious rock garden.
The must-see view is waiting for you. And please enjoy a ride in a streetcar and local street food.
Finally, I gladly accept one person.
What to Expect
First, We will go to Kinkakuji Temple by both subway and city bus. Then, We will go to Ryoanji Temple and Arashiyama by the nostalgic
streetcar called Ran-den.
1. Kinkakuji Temple
It is covered with real gold leaf. Kinkakuji Temple was originally built in 14th century as a
mountainside cottage for the famous shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitu.
You will be impressed with the dazzling light of Kinkaku and the view from atop Sekkatei.
Sekkatei is a tea room which was built to host visits by Emperor.
And the magnificent garden is a must-see. As you walk through the promenade-style garden,
you can enjoy the views of the pavilion and Kyoko Pond, or mirror lake pond , from different angles.
This is the place where you can enjoy both spectacular nature and World Heritage Temple .
We will stroll in bamboo forest ( A magnificent road lined with green bamboo ) , which is one of the
mostpopular landscapes in Kyoto. Please enjoy the beautiful sounds of 5-10m tall bamboo trees
when the wind blows.
Togetsu-Kyo bridge is the 155m bridge which strides over the Katsuragawa River.
And we will also visit the Tenryuji Temple which has a dynamic garden.
The dragonis said to be the guardian beast of Buddhism, and there are many of them in Tenryuji Temple.
Arashiyama is very famous for beautiful cherry blossoms and autumn foliage.
3. Ryoanji Temple
Ryoanji Temple is well-known for its rock garden which is a traditional dry landscape garden with 15 placed stones set in white sand.
This is a Zen garden. What you find in this garden is open to your imagination.
Buses conveniently stop right at tourist sites, but during the peak seasons , they get very crowded. So i suggest we use the subway. That will take us to our destinations more smoothly.
1. Rickshaw is available (￥3000~￥4000) --- optional
Would you like a ride in a rickshaw ? It will let you enjoy Arashiyama from a different view.
2. This tour can be flexible. I am willing to change our itinerary.
For example, you would like to visit Iwatayama Monkey Park...... (￥550 for aduit, ￥250 for children )
At Iwatayama Monkey Park, you will have a exhilarating experience with wild monkeys.
We have to go up the mountain for about 15~ 20 min. to get to the top .
There, you can buy treats for monkeys and feed them yourself.
But I suggest that you omit one place from the itinerary If you wish to go to the Iwatayama Monkey Park.
Because the monkeys seem to return to the mountain early these days.....
Sometimes you have no chance to see monkeys after 16pm. So we should visit in early time.
guide fee ( you and your guide )
What‘s not included
transportation fee ( you and your guide )
subway--￥260 city bus--￥220 Ran-Den ( street car )--￥210
entrance fees are as follows:
Kinkakuji Temple--￥400 Tenryuji Temple--￥600 Ryoanji Temple--￥500
Japanese lunch-- about￥1000
At convenient place for you
At convenience places for you
09:00 AM ( recommended ) Flexible
Number of people
up to 6 people Flexible