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

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1 day $ 188 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 ( 73 )
Joseph Joseph United States ( Family )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ Hiroyuki is a great guide ”

Hiroyuki guided my daughter and I for 2 days in Kyoto. I highly recommend him. He is very knowledgeable and helpful.

Hiroyuki:

Dear Joseph, I appreciate your kind review on the tour with me. Although it was extremely hot two days, I am pleased that we were able to complete the tour without any troubles. I hope you visit Japan again in spring and autumn season when you can enjoy beautiful cherry blossoms and autumn leaves. Please give my best regards to Nicole. Best regards, Hiroyuki

Kol Kol United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
3 weeks ago

“ Kyoto - historical tour of shrines and temples ”

Hiro-San is fantastic. He is very knowledgeable of Kyoto’s history and culture. He also did a great job in ensuring all of the wishes of different age travelers and personalities are met. He was very thoughtful to the children who were experiencing exhaustion due to the numerous steps and heat. Upon discovery of me leaving my phone on the bullet train, he went beyond the call of duty to take our family to a tech center to activate the phone in lost mode and called the rail station on our behalf. Hiro-San made our trip truly memorable. Thank you!

Hiroyuki:

Dear Bonna, Thank you very much for leaving a kind review on the tour with me. I had a very pleasant day with you and your family over eastern part of Kyoto. I am also glad to know that your phone was returned to you safely. Please give my best regards to James,Kailey,Ellie,Thuy,Madison and Michael. I look forward to seeing you again in the near future. Best regards, Hiroyuki

Jennifer Jennifer Japan ( Family with kids )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Fantastic Tour! ”

Thanks Hiro for a fantastic tour! We had so much fun seeing the sites with you as you made our experience such a lovey one. My 14 year old son said you were his best guide in Japan! You made getting around very easy and our time spent at the shrine, temple and castle with you was both educational and enjoyable. I recommend you for anyone coming to town who wants a professional and fun guide. Thanks again! And we love the photos you took of us. :)

Hiroyuki:

Dear Jennifer, I appreciate your taking time to leave prompt and wonderful review on the tour with me. I enjoyed showing you around eastern part of Kyoto including Sanjusangendo, Fushimi Inari Shrine and Nijo Castle. I was also very much impressed with Manny's intelligence. I am sure that he is a very promising young guy. Please give my best regards to Arline and Manny. I look forward to seeing you again in the near future. Sincerely yours, Hiroyuki

Isadora Isadora United Kingdom ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ One of the best guides I’ve ever met! ”

Hiro-san was an amazing guide! We really enjoyed our day in Nara. He really went out of his way to provide us all with the best experience, which is not so easy to do when you are with a family of seven and all with different interests. We had never been to Nara before and only had a little idea of what was there, so he prepared a great itinerary for us with many interesting things to see, but still taking into account my family’s needs (some members were older and needed to go slower or find resting points). He was full of stories to tell and we learned so much about Japan from him. I can’t recommend him enough! :)

Hiroyuki:

Dear Isadora, Thank you very much for your prompt and wonderful review on the tour over Nara with me. Although it was a short tour, I am pleased to know that the tour was satisfactory to you. I hope the tour with me was of any help to you understand something about Japan. I look forward to seeing you again in the near future. Please give my best regards to Mark, Margey, Connie, Chuchay, Pippa and Chiara. Best regards, Hiroyuki

LuIsa LuIsa United States ( Couple )
Very Good
2 months ago

“ Delightful Day in Nara ”

Hiroyuki is knowledgeable and a very helpful and flexible guide to tour with. He has a wonderful sense of humor and it is clear that he enjoys sharing the treasures of his city.

Hiroyuki:

Dear Luisa, Thank you very much for leaving a kind review on the tour with me. I hope you will enjoy cruising tour for the rest of your stay in Japan. Best regards, Hiroyuki

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