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

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1 day $ 178 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

Starting and ending points of the tour.

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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 ( 56 )
Laura Laura United Kingdom ( Couple )
3 days ago

“ Great tour with a knowledgeable guide ”

Hiro-san was very friendly and was happy and eager to answer our questions relating to the tour and Japan in general. His tours have been an absolute highlight of our stay in Japan and we will be sure to book another if we are ever in the area again. We got to see many of the best attractions the city had to offer and eat some great food too!


Dear Laura, I appreciate your leaving five-star rated review on the tour with me. I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed the tour with me. It was also very honorable for me to attend your honeymoon tour on this occasion. I wish you a happy marriage with Chris and look forward to seeing you again in the future. Best regards, Hiroyuki

Robyn Robyn Australia ( Couple )
2 weeks ago

“ Very professional ”

Very pleasant and professional and considerate - we have him for many days so please no more surveys until the end of our time with him - yr business if very helpful but these constant reviews intrusive in a busy holiday - I do not want to spend every day answering yr emails, please!


Dear Robyn, Thank you very much for taking time to leave such a prompt review on me. I am looking forward to the tours with you from now on. Best regards, Hiroyuki

Carol Carol United States ( Family )
3 weeks ago

“ A delightful customized tour in Kyoto! ”

My son and I had a delightful day with Hiro-san as our guide in Kyoto. We had requested the Sagano Bamboo Forest, the Saihoji Temple (moss garden), and the Katsura Imperial Villa--the last two requiring applications--and Hiro-san pulled all of them into our itinerary plus the Togetsu Bridge, lunch at a Japanese restaurant, and a visit to the Nishiki Market (which we requested at the last minute). Hiro-san is a knowledgable, personable, patient and organized guide with a great command of English. We enjoyed bantering with him about all kinds of issues--culture, history, lifestyles, etc. Hiro-san was a great sport about it all, and we enjoyed the tour and our time with him very much. We highly recommend Hiro-san for customized tours.


Dear Carol san, I appreciate your leaving rave review on the tour with me over Kyoto. I had a very pleasant time with you and Keith. I shall be happy if the tour with me would be of help to Keith understand the matters in Japan. I look forward to seeing you again in the near future. Best regards, Hiroyuki

Daniel Daniel Brazil ( Couple )
1 month ago

“ Amazing!! We had lota of fun! ”

Hiro was super fun. Took us to amazing places in Kyoto, great restaurants and had great knowledge about local culture. Hiro watch out for the deers ;) Thanks for the wonderful time!


Dear Daniel, I appreciate your taking time to leave such a rave review on 3-day tour with me over Kyoto and Nara. I am the one who enjoyed the pleasant days with you. I look forward to seeing you again in the near future. Best regards, Hiroyuki

Ian Ian Australia ( Family with kids )
3 months 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


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

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