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Premium tour of Kyoto (4): Fushimi-Inari-Taisha shrine, Tofukuji temple & Toji temple

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7:30h $ 223 up to 15 people

Highlights

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

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222.50 USD

total price for up to 15 people
FREE cancellation 14 days prior

Extras (optional)

Additional charges for extended 30 minutes..
$ 8.90

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.

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Highlights

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

Important

City Kyoto

Meeting Point At your hotel

Ending Point At your hotel

Duration 7:30 hours

Starting time 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible

Number of people up to 15 people   Flexible

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

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.

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.

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 at least 14 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
  • If you cancel between 2 and 13 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 20% charge.
  • If you cancel within 1 day prior to the meeting date, there is a 40% charge.
  • If you cancel on the meeting date, there is no refund.

Organized by Tatsuhiro


National Certified Guide

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  • English ( License )

It took me some 20 years to be qualified for this job and I feel honored for being able to help tourists from abroad understand our nation and culture. Japan is a beautiful country with a long history, tradition and rich cultural heritages, having various features in each of the four distinct seasons. Although there are now many visitors from abroad, mainly from Asian countries, they are mostly interested in shopping taking advantage of cheaper yen rather than understanding our people and culture. Kyoto and Nara are the two cities best known by foreign tourists, but not all the aspects of Japanese culture are concentrated there. If you visit the countryside other than these two cities, you will never fail to see the beautiful natural surroundings and people who will warmly welcome you. I wish to work as the bridge between Japanese people and tourists from all over the world. read more


Reviews ( 10 )

Very Good
1 month ago |   by Benjamin

“ Satisfying Tour ”

We have an enjoyable tour with Tatsuhiro as our guide. He brought us to the places that we want to see like Tofukuji Temple, Arashima area, Osakajo Castle and other places of interests. He also guided us to shopping area like Daiso. He is patient with us and his knowledge about the places that we tour is quite good. He is also on time in fetching us from our hotel. Most of all he is friendly, honest and a descent person.

Excellent
2 months ago |   by Antonio

“ Kyoto and Nara ”

Mr. Tatsuhiro made our experience in Kyoto something we would cherish forever. He is a gentleman, very patient and so sweet. He met us with a Jack O lantern with USA flag. Very welcoming. During our several months of planning this trip, he communicated with us efficiently. He is prompt and professional. He introduced us to the culture and food. We totally enjoyed his guidance. Arigato gozaimasu!

Very Good
5 months ago |   by Stephen

“ Great Kyoto and Nara Tours ”

Hero is a great tour guide. He took us on 2 tours one in Kyoto and the other in Nara. He is very knowledgeable and was eager to share all of his insights. He is very friendly and outgoing and curious about his customers lives. I highly recommend him.

Very Good
7 months ago |   by Marissa

“ A relaxed day of touring ”

Tatsuhiro is very kind and respectful. He was eager to share local insights, advice and directions on inquiries, even those unrelated to the tour. I was impressed that he was well versed with Japanese-Philippine history and felt his sincerity in wanting to better understand our culture and people. We had to put extra effort to understand his English at times.

Excellent
7 months ago |   by Agni

“ Nara tour ”

Very nice itinerary, guide was super polite and helpful. Excellent experience

Very Good
7 months ago |   by JACQUELINE

“ We find Kyoto so beautiful,scenic,rich in culture and good food. The Japanese are so respectful and helpful. ”

Tatsuhiro was very prompt, patient,helpful, and kind. We learned a lot from him.

Good
8 months ago |   by Kavita

“ Great knowledge of Kyoto ”

We (my family 3 kids aged 15,14,11) visiting from Chicago enjoyed the day with Tatsuhiro. He made sure to ask what we wanted to do to plan the trip and then adjust to our needs during the tour. We enjoyed Kyoto and my kids were able to engage and learn to much about a city they had never visited. Highly recommend!

Excellent
9 months ago |   by Sally

“ very enjoyable & informative ”

We had a wonderful evening tour with Tatsuhiro to see Hanatoro on the last night. This evening was a highlight of our holiday & the memories will last. We enjoyed the company of Tatsuhiro & saw everthing on the walking trail, we took so many photos.

Very Good
1 year ago |   by Agnes

“ Traveling with Tatsuhiro is like visiting a family friend in Kyoto ”

Tatsuhiro-san was truly valuable in navigating the kyoto bus system. He had thoughtfully prepared for the tour by keeping in touch with us via email prior to our arrival in Osaka, and he had even visited the sites on our itinerary a week ahead just so he can brief us on what we could expect to see and how to better maximize it, as well made sure all necessary reservations were made on some of the destinations we intended to visit. He loves discussing Japanese history and was always ready with his notebook and pencil to note down any additional questions we had. However, what was outstanding is how he made sure we were properly cared for and comfortable during the tour - Tatsuhiro even carried with him some sitting cushions for us to use during the scenic ride in sagano and also brought along extra gloves and overcoats on standby in case we find the Kyoto winter weather too cold. Sightseeing with Tatsuhiro is like traveling with a relative or an old friend.

Excellent
1 year ago |   by Jill

“ 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!

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