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Highlights

  •   Five-storied pagoda at Toji temple.
  •   Zen gardens of Tofukuji temple.

Information

City Kyoto
Meeting Point At your hotel
Ending Point At your hotel
Departure 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Duration 7:30h   Flexible
Languages English (License)
Tour Type Private Tour ( only for you )
Number of people 1 ~ 15
Booking
7:30h
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217.50 USD

total price up to 15

FREE cancelation 14 days prior

Extras (optional)

Additional charges for extended 30 minutes.. 8.70 USD

What to Expect

Besides the scenic beauty, you can learn the architectural difference between a shrine and a temple in this tour.
(1) Fushimi-Inari-Taisha shrine
According to the legend, Fushimi-Inari-Taisha shrine was founded when God Inari was enshrined on Mt. Inariyama in February, 711. It celebrated the 1300th anniversary of the God`s enshrinement and all the buildings in the ground were restored and re-painted with the vermilion color in 2011.
This shrine is the "So-honzan" head shrine of 30,000 Inari shrines across the country. There are paths called "sen-bon-torii", meaning alleys of tunnels made of 1,000 "torii" gates. Actually, however, it is said there are a total of more than 10, 000 "torii" gates, large and small, in the shrine compound which includes the whole of Mt. Inariyama. You can reach the top of the 233-meter-high mountain, or rather a hill, in about a 1.5-hour walk amid the rich greenery. It is the guardian shrine of merchants and tradesmen, attracting millions of visitors in the New-Year period. Pairs of foxes sitting at the base of "torii" gates are regarded as the messenger of the God.
After getting off the train, walk a bit and go through the huge "torii" gate, walk further on the paved main road and you will be met by the huge shrine building. Then, walk along the unpaved narrow paths which are inside the tunnel of "torii" gates according to the instructions of the signboards. There are many vermilion-colored buildings on your way, souvenir shops and small stalls selling charms. You can sit on the sides of the paths and enjoy chatting with your companions or have snacks. There are some places which command a fine view of the city of Kyoto below.

(2) Tofukuji temple
Established during the Kamakura period (1192 to 1333) of Japan, the name of this Zen Buddhist temple was derived from the two major temples in Nara: Todaiji temple and Kofukuji temple. There are many buildings in the temple precincts, but particularly notable are the three structures. They are: "Hondo" Main Hall, which is open to the public only in the three-day period of March 14, 15 and 16 each year, displaying the left hand of the Great Buddha; Tsutenkyo Bridge, where you can see thick leaves of trees on both sides, leading to Kaisendo Hall, where you can enjoy the atmosphere of the beautiful landscaped garden with a pond and a sand garden; and "Hojo" Hall, which is surrounded by the four representative Zen gardens consisting of rocks and sand.

(3) Toji-temple
Having the status as the World Cultural Heritage Site, the construction of this temple got started toward the end of the eighth century after the capital of Japan was moved to Kyoto from Nara. After having studied in China for two years, the Venerable "Kobo-Daishi", or "Kukai", was given this temple in 823. He wished that the peace of the nation will be maintained through the teachings of Buddhism whose light reaches every corner of the world and that individual thought will coexist without infringing on each other through the cooperation of all the people.
The four main structures of this temple, namely, "Kondo", "Kodo", "Jikido" halls and the 55-meter-high five-storied pagoda were destroyed by typhoons, fires, lightnings and other natural disasters many times since their coming into being in the early 9th century. The reconstruction of these buildings as they stand now were completed in the period between 1492 and 1644. On the 21st of each month, which is called "Kobo-san" and is the monthly return of the date of the demise of the Venerable "Kobo-daishi ", more than 1,000 stalls are installed where you can buy various kinds of antiques and souvenirs. There are more than 200,000 visitors on this day alone. There are 21 Buddhist statues in the" Kodo" Hall, 15 in "Kondo" Hall and many others in the five-storied pagoda, whose door is opened only on that memorable day each month.


What‘s included

guide fee, hotel pick-up in the Kyoto area

What‘s not included

transportation fee (you and guide), lunch, dinner, entrance fee, hotel pick-up in areas beyond the Kyoto area

Extras (optional)

Additional charges for extended 30 minutes.. 8.70 USD

Frequently Asked Questions

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

I can wait for you for up to 30 minutes for free, but if you are late any further, I will ask you 1,000 yen for each 30 minutes.

What are the transportation fees?

The JR fare from Kyoto to Tofukuji is 140 yen and that from Kyoto to Inari is also 140 yen one way. In case you are taking the private Kintetsu Line to Toji temple, the fare from Kyoto to Toji is 150 yen.

How much are entrance fees?

You have to pay the admission of 500 yen at Toji temple. On the 21st of each month, however, it is 800 yen. The entrance fees for Tofukuji temple are 400 yen for "Tsutenkyo" Bridge and 400 yen for "Hojo" Hall. You are basically not required to pay admission for visiting Fushimi-Inari-Taisha shrine, although you are supposed to make a small amount of monetary contribution there.

Can we (customers) walk from Tofukuji temple to Inari-Taisha Shrine? Can we also walk from JR kyoto station to Toji temple?

Yes, you can, if you are willing to do so. The distance between Tofukuji temple and Fushimi-Inari-Taisha shrine is about one kilometer and you can enjoy the scenery on your way. You can also walk to go to Toji temple from JR Kyoto station. The
distance is one kilometer.

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Reviews

Jill Jill
2 weeks ago , ( Friends ) , From: United Kingdom

“ A joy to spend the day with ”

My guests reported back that tatsuhiro was a delight. Very vety informative and giving of his time. I will certainly hire him again. Thank you tatsuhiro!

Tatsuhiro:
Dear Jill-san, Thank you so much for your favorable comment on our tour of the 22nd of November. Nothing could be more encouraging and rewarding for me than having my job appreciated by my client. I will try to enrich my knowlege on the sights in Kyoto and those in other cities as well. I am looking forward to seeing you again. Last but not least, I wish all of you a good health and good luck. However dark, cold and humid the weather in England may be in the months ahead, you will have a spring full of sunlight again after such a period. So, goodbye for now. Regards, Hiro

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