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Premium tour of Kyoto: (3) Sanjusangendo temple, Kiyomizu-dera temple & Kodaiji temple

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7h $ 223 Price up to 15 people

Highlights

  • Sanjusangen-do temple
  • Kiyomizu-dera temple stage
  • Ryozen Kannon statue
  • Kodaiji-temple

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222.50 USD

Price up to 15 people
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Overtime charges per hour.
$ 26.70

What to Expect

(1) Sanjusangen-do temple
Officially called "Rengeo-in", meaning "Temple of the Lotus King Kannon-bosatsu", and designated as the National Treasure, it was originally established by the order of the cloistered emperor in 1164. After the original temple building was burnt down in 1249, the building was reconstructed in 1266 and it has remained unchanged to this day for some 700 years with four major renovations in that period. There is a 335-centimeter-high seated statue of Buddhist deity, Senju-Kannon Sahasra-bhuja, the principal image, and 1,000 life-size standing statues of Senju-Kannon in the 118-meter-long main hall of the temple.
There are also two powerful and dynamic statues of "Fujin" Wind God and "Raijin" Thunder God at either end of the hall and 28 images of guardian deities protecting the 1,001 "Kannon" deities and pious Buddhists. The statues are made of Japanese cypress using the assembled-wood construction method called "yosegi-zukuri" and coated with gold foil. As there are thirty-three 2.5-meter-long spaces between the columns, the temple came to be called "Sanjusangen-do" (a hall with 33 spaces between columns).
They tend to be ignored, but you cannot miss the two structures in the temple precincts: South Gate and roofed earthen fence, both of which are said to be made based on the idea of one time ruler of Japan, Toyotomi Hideyoshi and reflect the aesthetics of the 16th century.

(2) Kiyomizu-dera temple
According to the Chronicle of Kiyomizu-dera temple, it originated in 778 when the noted monk, Enchin, enshrined an image of "Kannon" Goddess of Mercy on the mountain overlooking the Otowa-no-taki waterfall; later in 798, the distinguished general, Sakanoue-no-Tamuramaro, built a Buddha hall there, following which the temple came under the official patronage of Emperor Kammu. Repeatedly destroyed by fire over the centuries, it was rebuilt on each occasion.
Today, the principal temple buildings are the "Saimon" West Gate, the three-storied pagoda, the "Kyodo" Sutra Hall, the "Tamurado" Founder`s Hall, the "Todorokimon" Middle Gate, the "Asakurado" Hall, the "Hondo" Main Hall and the "Amidado" Amida Buddha Hall, all aligned on an east-west axis.
The "Hondo" Main Hall, built in 1633, is the central building of the temple compound and is an example of "Kake-zukuri", or "overhang" architecture. It is famous for its so-called "Kiyomozu-dera stage", an imposing veranda, supported by a forest of tall wooden columns with wooden braces running through them crosswise and lengthwise. The temple itself is a magnificent building utilizing every sophisticated construction technique available in the olden times of Japan.
Not only can you be in the solemn atmosphere accompanied by the delicate aroma of burning incense, but also get the breathtaking view below from the 12-meter-high platform, which is popularly known for the proverb "Jumping off the stage of Kiyomizu-dera temple", meaning making a bold attempt at doing something dangerous or impossible. The Buddhist temple is attractive throughout the year in the beautiful natural surroundings: cherry-blossoms in early April, fresh green leaves in early summer and trees with beautiful red and yellow leaves late in autumn. Meanwhile, you can drink cold, clean water from a waterfall below the platform. You can also find various kinds of souvenir shops on both sides of the approach to the temple and spend a happy time there wondering what to buy.

(3) Ryozen-Kannon Goddess & Kodaiji temple
This imposing, 24-meter-high "Kannon" statue built in 1955 to wish for the construction of peace-loving Japan and to console the souls of Japanese killed in World War Ⅱ stands with the rich greenery in the background. Her serene, mild, gentle face gives us relief from our daily worries and concerns.
Kodaiji temple near the Kannon image was built by the wife of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, one-time ruler of Japan, to console his soul in 1606. Later, with the huge financial assistance made by Tokugawa Ieyasu, his successor, the temple enjoyed prosperity. After 1789, however, it lost many of its buildings due to repeated fires except the main hall, the mausoleum of Toyotomi Hideyoshi and his wife Nene called "Mitamaya", where the statues of the couple is seated, the two tea houses and a few other structures.
There is a small museum in the temple precincts called Kodaiji Sho (palm-of-the-hand) Museum, where many pieces of "makie" lacquerware and other artifacts are on display. The lacquerware was made by sprinkling gold powder on the lacquered products such as spice containers, pitchers and chests of drawers. They are associated with the life of the wife of Toyotomi Hideyoshi.

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Tatsuhiro Licensed Guide
(15) Reviews

Highlights

  • Sanjusangen-do temple
  • Kiyomizu-dera temple stage
  • Ryozen Kannon statue
  • Kodaiji-temple

Important

What‘s included
guide fee, hotel pick-up in Kyoto area.

What‘s not included
transportation fee (you and guide), lunch, dinner, entrance fee, hotel pick-up outside Kyoto area
Meeting Point
At your hotel
Ending Point
At your hotel
Duration
7 hours
Starting time
09:30 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 15 people   Flexible

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you (guide) wait if we (customers) are late for the appointment?

I (guide) can wait for up to 30 minutes free of charge, but if you are late any further, I will ask you 1,000 yen per 30 minutes.

What about the transportation cost?

We are going to use the Kyoto city bus services. The fare is the uniform 230 yen per one ride; the total fare for this tour will be 920 yen.

How much are the entrance fees?

Sanjusangen-do temple: 600 yen; Kiyomizu-dera temple: 400 yen; Ryozen Kannon statue: 300 yen; Kodaiji temple: 600 yen.

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 ( 15 )
Maya Maya Indonesia ( Family )
Very Good
2 months ago

“ Very kind and patient ”

Tatsuhiro is very kind and patient. He always reply my email and try to answer my question. He also give suggestion and recommendation for the tour. He also get refund for my mom ticket of Kaiyukan and assist to make reservation for the restaurant in Kyoto. However, he got a little confused when we took train to Osaka City Tour. But it was understandable because he is not originally from Osaka. My mom is in wheelchair and we are big group (16 person), can not handle easily. However, we had so much fun in Osaka and great time to see the beautiful of Kyoto. I wish him good luck and thank you for his kind service.

Tatsuhiro:

Hi Maya-san, Selamat sore. Thank you very much for your favorable review on the two-day tour. I enjoyed your company everywhere we visited. I received a lot of energy from the kids who are steadily growing up. Nothing is more encouraging than seeing kids` smiling faces. Meanwhile, I humbly accept your comment on my confusion regarding the transportation in Osaka. I will fully take that into consideration. Also, I feel sorry for having lost sight of you at Kaiyukan Osaka Aquarium. It` s also the source of reflection for me. I wish you all a greater happiness and a brighter future. I wish to see you again. Terimakasih. Regards, ... read more

Christopher Christopher Japan ( Family )
Excellent
4 months ago

“ Great night out ”

We had a wonderful night with Tasuhiro, Hiro-san. Starting with his punctuality, it led to an engaging night exploring Osaka and its vibrant food district. As first-time visitors to Osaka, he was a great asset, escorting us from Kyoto and immersing us in the local cultural rituals and adding his knowledge of the area. He was charming company and when we return one day, we would like to see him again and head out on another urban adventure together.

Tatsuhiro:

Hi Christopher-san & Stephanie-san, Thank you so much for your favorable comment. I am really encouraged. I truly appreciate your kindness treating me to a wonderful "yakiniku" dinner. You originally requested dropping in at a "takoyaki" stall, which is widely popular among Osaka citizens. I actually found one on our way back to Namba station, but didn`t suggest we spend time there, since I thought your stomach might be full. We walked on the bridge across a river flowing between the rows of plush buildings. It`s Dotombori-river, where reckless and enthusiastic baseball fans often jump into when their favorite team wins a championship. I wish I can take you to more places the next time you visit this city of "kui-daore", meaning you can eat until you fall down onto the ground, a com... read more

john John United States ( Couple )
Horrible
4 months ago

“ Guide a no-show ”

We arrived at Kyoto station at 9:55 am on N6 as planned with Tatashiro and came out to the central entrance...... looking for a sign with our name.... we waited for 30 minutes. At which tine I bought train tix myself to Ishiyama and asked how to find the correct track. We went to the MIHO on our own with the help of my guide book. Very disappointed that Mr. TAtashiro was not there. Poor impression of Triple lights John Bisenius

Alice Alice United States ( Friends )
Very Good
4 months ago

“ Extra mile ”

Very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful in answering questions not related to his tour subject. We recommend him highly

Tatsuhiro:

Hi Alice-san, I really appreciate your favorable comments on my work. Thank you so much. I wish you all a good health and happiness. I am forever thinking of you from the other side of the Pacific Ocean. Hope to see you again. Regards, Tatsuhiro

Romain Romain Japan ( Solo )
Very Good
8 months ago

“ Very knowledgeable and very nice ”

Tastuhiro was very nice and even wrote down the questions that he was not sure about. He then came back to me with the answer via email.

Tatsuhiro:

Hi Romain-san, Thank you very much for your favorable comment on my work. I am really encouraged. I am glad you had a chance to have a firsthand look at one of the most beautiful feudal-era castles in Japan. I hope your visit here will remain forever in your memory. I wish you all a good luck and good health. Regards, Tatsuhiro

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