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

(52) Reviews
1 day $ 180 Price up to 6 people

Highlights

  • 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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Overview

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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Highlights

  • 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

Important

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
meals
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
Duration
1 day
Starting time
09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 6 people

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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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 ( 52 )
Ian Ian Australia ( Family with kids )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Nara highlights. ”

Absolutely loved our day with Hiro. Excellent English and a warm nature made our day. Hiro never seemed to tire of our many questions and had an extensive knowledge of the ancient sites . Finished the day with a toy museum to our daughter’s delight. He also will send us the photos he took. I highly recommend his services. Regards Ian,Lisa &Ian

Hiroyuki:

Dear Ian, I appreciate your prompt and very favorable review on the tour with me over Nara. I am pleased to hear that the tour was satisfactory to you. I hope the tour with me was of some help to you understand the culture and history of Japan. I look forward to serving you again in the near future. Please give my best regards to Lisa and Emma. Best Regards, Hiroyuki Fukui

Chitra Chitra United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Half day Kyoto tour ”

Hiro was a great tour guide. He picked us up from our hotel and dropped us back even though it took him additional time. He updated the tour itinerary to include the best possible places we could cover in the allotted time, explained about the history using literature he had brought with him and was very flexible. We did not feel hurried at any time and it was a good intro tour to Kyoto.

Hiroyuki:

Dear Chitra, It is a great pleasure to have a wonderful review on the tour with me over Kyoto. I am glad to here that the tour was satisfactory to you. I look forward to serving you again in the near future. Please give my best regards to Anand,Nitya and Naviya. Best regards, Hiroyuki Fukui

Jerry Jerry United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ 5 star guide for Kyoto area ”

Excellent prep Terrific driver Thoughtful enjoyable guide

Hiroyuki:

Dear Jerry, I appreciate your five star review on the tour with me over Nara. Although it was a very chilly day, I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed the tour with me. I look forward to seeing you tomorrow. Best regards, Hiroyuki Fukui

Melvin Melvin Singapore ( Family with kids )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Osaka Tour ”

Hiro is highly recommended. He takes time to explain the history of the places in Osaka we went to. We had a nice meal together and exchanged ideas and stories. My son liked to play with him. Hiro was like a friend who knows the place well.

Hiroyuki:

Dear Melvin, Thank you very much for leaving a very favorable review on the tour with me. I also had a very pleasant time with you, Wyse and Liam. I hope you will enjoy the rest of the trip in Japan and look forward to seeing you again in the near future. Best regards, Hiroyuki Fukui

Phil Phil United States ( Couple )
Excellent
2 months 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!

Hiroyuki:

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

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