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Visiting Uji,"a place of Gokurakujodo and Matcha", and Rakuto area

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1 day $ 176 Price up to 6 people


  • Byodoin:Hoo-do,Hoshokan Museum
  • Nakamuraya cafe:enjoy matcha flavored sweets
  • Fushimi Inari
  • Heian Jingu Shrine:Daigoku-den,Oute-mon,Soryu-ro,Byakko-ro,Ryubi-dan,Shin-en
  • Kiyomizu Temple:Hondo,Otowa Waterfall,Koyasu Kannon,Three Storied Pagoda,Koyasu-to
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Price up to 6 people
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Kyoto was a capital of Japan for about 1,000 years till the end of Edo period since establishment of Heian-kyo dating back to 794.Kyoto retains many historic and scenic places because of flourishing of not only Buddhism and Shintoism but also aristocratic and samurai culture.Kyoto consists of four districts including Rakunan,Rakuhoku,Rakusai,Rakuto and Rakuchu.This tour covers Rakunan and Rakuto.

What to Expect

This tour includes visiting Byodoin,Fushimi Inari in Rakunan,Heian Jingu Shrine and Kiyomizu Temple in Rakuto.

Byodoin is located in Uji city and founded by Fujiwara Yorimichi in 1,052. Hoo-do(Phoenix Hall) is famous for the design of Japanese ten yen coin and retains original building in spite of several fires due to civil wars and lightning strikes since 1,053.

Uji is also famous for Uji-cha(green tea). We stop by Nakamuraya cafe to enjoy matcha flavored sweets.Let's discuss Jodoshinko(belief in Jodo) which prays for peaceful death and rebirth in Gokuraku(nirvana).

Fushimi Inari enshrines the deity of good harvest and was founded early Nara period dating back 1,300 years and ten thousands of Torii gates are donated by worshipers such as business man and religious families. You may climb up to the summit of Inari mountain passing through the vermilion colored Torii gates in about an hour.

Heian Jingu Shrine was founded in 1,895 in memory of the 1,100th anniversary of the relocation of the capital to Heian-kyo. You may appreciate the splendor of Heian-kyo Palace from the reconstructed buildings including Daigoku-den,Oute-mon gate,Soryu-ro,Byakko-ro,Horo and Ryubi-dan. Typical Japanese landscape garden called Shin-en is famous for weeping cherry blossoms,Water Iris and Japanese Iris in spring and autumn leaves.

Kiyomizu Temple was founded by priest Enchin in 778 and built by the Commander in Chief of the Expeditionary Force of Sakanoue Tamuramaro in 780. Almost all the buildings were burnt down nine times in the fire since establishment and the existing buildings were reconstructed in 1,633. Hondo(Main Hall) is famous for its extra terrace called "Kiyomizu no Butai" and designated as national treasure.(Hondo is under renovation of cypress bark roof till 2,020.) At Otowa Waterfall, people pray for academic achievement,fulfillment in love and longevity. Koyasu-to was believed to have been the prayer place for Emperor Shomu and Empress Komyo and Koyasu Kannon(guardian diety of safe childbirth) statue is enshrined inside the pagoda.
I will explain about the origin and the history of Kiyomizu Temple and hidden stories behind the scenes.

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  • Byodoin:Hoo-do,Hoshokan Museum
  • Nakamuraya cafe:enjoy matcha flavored sweets
  • Fushimi Inari
  • Heian Jingu Shrine:Daigoku-den,Oute-mon,Soryu-ro,Byakko-ro,Ryubi-dan,Shin-en
  • Kiyomizu Temple:Hondo,Otowa Waterfall,Koyasu Kannon,Three Storied Pagoda,Koyasu-to


What‘s included
guide fee
What‘s not included
hotel pick-up
traffic expenses for you and guide:approximately 1150 yen per person
traffic expense for the guide between his residence and Kyoto:1240 yen
admission fee: 300(600) yen for Byodoin・600 yen for Shin-en・400 yen for Kiyomizu Temple
Meeting Point
Kyoto Station/JR Uji Station
Ending Point
Kyoto Station
1 day
Starting time
09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 6 people

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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

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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 ( 48 )
Phil Phil United States ( Couple )
1 week ago

“ Professional and Personal Guide ”

Hiroyuki (Hiro) made our trip to Takayama and Shirakawago an amazing experience that we simply could not have done on our own. We only had a half day each day due to our train schedule and he worked the itinerary perfectly and with an easy going flexibility to allow us to take the pictures and shop as we needed. Prior to the trip, he made us most comfortable with communication and planning that gave us the sense we were in good hands. No doubt, we would use Hiro again on our next trip to Japan! Thank you Hiro for a great and thoughtful experience!


Dear Phil, I am very much pleased to hear that you have enjoyed the tour with me over Takayama and Shirakawago. Although autumn color season was over there, I hope you got pictures of scenic beauty of the old towns. Spending comfortable days with nice couple in beautiful town made me refreshing. I look forward to seeing you again in the near future. Please give my best regards to Patty. Best regards, Hiroyuki

Michael Michael Israel ( Couple )
2 weeks ago

“ Wonderful day in Nara ”

Hiroyuki guide us a day in Nara. It was wonderful. So many insights knowledge to thr places we visited. The stories that are not in the guide books or Internet. Thank you for great day!!!


Dear Michael, I appreciate your very favorable comment on the tour with me. I am glad if the tour would be of help to you understand something of Japan. I look forward to seeing you again in the near future. Please give my best regards to Shevy. Best regards, Hiroyuki Fukui

Stephanie Stephanie United States ( Family )
3 weeks ago

“ Excellent tour! ”

I booked Hiro on short notice for a 4-hour tour with my family in Kyoto. He was very responsive in communicating ahead of time via the website and even accommodated my last-minute schedule change request the night before our tour. The tour was wonderful! Hiro planned an easy route and prepared us for what to expect (for example, needing exact change for our bus fare). He made smart use of public transit to keep extra costs down, and the route was well-planned. He kept track of us when we wandered in the crowded areas and slowed his pace when we would linger--Hiro is obviously an experienced guide. He was knowledgeable about the history of the sites we visited and answered all our questions. I appreciated Hiro's flexibility and knowledge of the local sites. We had a great time and took some... read more


Dear Stephanie, I appreciate your very favorable review on the tour with me. I was afraid a harsh tour in the cold rain on a windy day in the early morning when I got up on the day. However it became a calm day without rain and everything went smoothly thanks to you. I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed the tour although it was a short time. I look forward to seeing you again in the near future. Please give my best regards to Ralph,Virginia and Patrick. Best regards, Hiroyuki Fukui

Divya Divya United States ( Family )
4 weeks ago

“ 1 day Kyoto ”

Hiro is a fantastic guide who went out of his way to show us Kyoto. He is punctual, organized, and has a strong grasp of history. He brought laminated papers explaining temple history etc. He was flexible with the plan and tried his best to get us from point A to point B in the most efficient but cheapest manner possible. He even made a dinner reservation for us 3 days before our tour. I would recommend Hiro highly.


Dear Divya, I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed the tour with me. Although it was a short time to be with you,I really had a good time for cross cultural communication. I’m also glad to have shown you the lit-up beautiful autumn foliages in Eikando. I hope you will visit another district of Japan and deepen your understanding of something about Japan. Please give my best regards to Vish and Daniel. I look forward to seeing you again in the near future. Best regards, Hiroyuki Fukui

Moises Moises Mexico ( Family )
Very Good
1 month ago

“ Good knowledge of the town ”

Good knowledge of the town


Dear Moises, Thank you for taking time to leave a review. I hope you enjoyed the night strolling in Osaka. I look forward to seeing you again. Best regards, Hiroyuki Fukui

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