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

1 day
up to 6 people
English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
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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.


Feel free to personalize this offer with Hiroyuki.

  • 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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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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Departure & Return

Starting time 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point Kyoto Station/JR Uji Station
Ending Point Kyoto Station

Inclusions & Exclusions

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

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting date
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting date
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting date

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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?

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Reviews ( 79 )
4.8 (79) Reviews
Very Good
Irene Irene United States ( Couple )
Very Good
2 days ago

“ Good guide, but... ”

Hiroyuki was supposed to meet us at the disembarkation center in Osaka and take to Kyoto. He stood together with his driver at the wrong spot, away from all other guides meeting the ship, and we lost 40 min. of precious time. He did his best as the guide, was knowledgeable and friendly, but had to run (literally) all the time to show us what was planned. The tour turned out quite uneasy.


Dear Lily, Thank you for taking time to leave serious review on the tour with me. In fact our meeting time was delayed by 30 minutes and our tour ended at around 7:00 p.m., which was 30 minutes after the originally scheduled arrival time of 6:30 p.m. I feel sorry that I misled the meet up place where we usually meet with customers. It is my understanding that this tour was originally tough one, so visiting time for each spots should have been short. In any case I will take this matter seriously and improve the way to inform meet up place from now on. Very truly yours, Hiroyuki

ADELE ADELE United States ( Couple )
5 days ago

“ Best guide ever! ”

Hiro took us on tours of Nara and Kyoto and we are so glad we picked him to be our guide! We learned so much about the history behind every site that we never would have learned had we not had him with us. You can tell Hiro enjoys what he does because of his enthusiasm. We will definitely hire him again the next time we visit Japan!


Dear Adele, Thank you very much for your prompt submission of wonderful review on the tour with me. I really had pleasant two days with you and Brad. I am also very much impressed with Brad's deep interest about the culture and the history of Japan. I look forward to seeing you again in the near future. Please give my best regards to Brad. Best regards, Hiroyuki

Deborah Deborah United States ( Family )
3 weeks ago

“ Excellent 8 hour tours of Kyoto and Osaka ”

Hiro gave us excellent tours of both Kyoto and Osaka. His English was superb, he knew an incredible amount of history at each historical site we visited, and he even went out of his way to help us search for stores that sold items we were looking for. In Kyoto, he took us to a unique restaurant specializing in tofu that we all enjoyed. Overall, we would highly recommend Hiro!


Dear Deborah, Thank you very much for leaving a wonderful review on the tour with me.I am pleased to know that the tour with me seems to be satisfactory to you. I have enjoyed talking with you and am very much impressed with your father's deep insight into the history and the culture of Japan. I look forward to seeing you again in the near future. Please give my best regards to Dennis and Elaine. Sincerely yours, Hiroyuki

Jim Jim United States ( Couple )
Very Good
3 weeks ago

“ Kyoto sightseeing ”

Hiro is exceptional. He was knowledgeable, organized and extremely helpful. He educated us about the history and culture of everything we saw. And he even helped us figure out the best combination of bullet train connections to our next destination. He was easy going, kind and funny. We enjoyed our two days with him immensely and recommend him with the highest confidence. Jim S.


Dear Jim, I appreciate your kind review on the tour with me. I hope you enjoyed playing golf after the tour with me. I look forward to seeing you again in the near future. Please give my best regards to Julie. Best regards, Hiroyuki

Shannon Shannon New Zealand ( Couple )
1 month ago

“ Great day with Hiro ”

We had a great day in Kyoto with Hiro. He helped us plan a full day itinerary and was very accommodative to any changes. We actually went faster than his itinerary so we tagged on something extra at the end as well. He is very knowledgeable and fun to spend a day with and would highly recommend using his services! I am 6 months pregnant and he made sure I was ok the whole time. Very good!


Dear Shannon, I appreciate your rave review on the tour with me. I had a very pleasant day with you and Steven over Kyoto. I hope you will enjoy watching the rugby game of New Zealand and South Africa. Please do not fight with Steven whichever the team wins. I wish you have a healthy baby soon. Best regards, Hiroyuki

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