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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
traffic expenses for the guide
admission fee for the guide

What‘s not included

hotel pick-up
traffic expenses for you: approximately 1150 yen per person
meals fee for you and the guide
admission fee for you: 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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Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

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Reviews ( 84 )
4.8 (84) Reviews
Very Good
Michael Michael Australia ( Couple )
6 days ago

“ Giro had designed a detailed full day schedule which he provided to us for approval or feedback. It included major temples, the Bamboo forest, the Nishi Market and walking tour of the Giro district ”

Hiro was an absolute pleasure. He was extremely well informed, articulate, an intelligent and humorous companion for the day. We fitted into one day what would have taken us two days or more without him, and the experience was a great deal richer for his insights. Could not recommend him more highly.


Dear Michael, Thank you very much for five star rated review on the tour with me. I had a very pleasant day with you and Ronna. I was also very much impressed with your interest about the things in Japan. I hope you are enjoying self tour over Kyoto for the rest of your stay in Japan. I look forward to seeing you again in the near future. Best regards, Hiroyuki

Hilary Hilary United Kingdom ( Friends )
1 week ago

“ Interesting things to see in Kyoto lovely Herb garden in Kobe ”

Communication is a problem. Although he sent a full detailed itinerary he did not inform us that no break schedules for coffee etc were included and most of the day was spent on public transport or waiting for public transport. This type of tour is not suitable for the older person 60+ as there are many steps to negotiate. He should have told us that what we wanted to see and do was too ambitious for 5he time allocated.


Dear Hilary, Thank you very much for frank comment on the tour with me. I will take this matter seriously and improve pre-tour communication from now on. Best regards, Hiroyuki

Louise Louise Australia
1 week ago

“ Whole day tour of Kyoto including temples, shrines and interesting places ”

Our Day with Hiro in Kyoto was one of my favourite touring days ever. Hiro was an absolute gentleman for the entire day. The itinerary he prepared for us was organised and included items that we wanted to see. He added experiences for us using his great local knowledge. He was very open to our questions and he has a wonderful knowledge of Japanese culture and history. Additionally he navigated the transport system seamlessly. I would recommend Hiro unreservedly.


Dear Louise, Thank you very much for your wonderful review on the tour with me. I am pleased to know that the tour was satisfactory to you. I look forward to seeing you again in the near future. Please give my best regards to Bruce. Best regards, Hiroyuki

Lily Lily United States ( Business )
2 weeks ago

“ Nara Day Tour ”

Thanks for a great day, Hiro.


Dear Lily, Thank you very much for your review. I had a very good time with you and Alfred too. I look forward to the tour over Kyoto and Osaka in the middle of November. Sincerely yours, Hiroyuki

Anna Anna United States ( Family )
2 weeks ago

“ Wonderful day in Kyoto ”

We had a wonderful day in Kyoto enhanced by Hiroyuki's guidance. He was in constant communication with us leading up to our time together and was the first to inform us of the impeding typhoon that ended up changing some of our travel plans. He planned a beautiful day in Kyoto and we got to fit in all of the top sites and a delicious donbori lunch. Sightseeing was easy and efficient with Hiro as our guide. Would definitely recommend if you are in any of his touring areas.


Dear Anna, Thank you very much for a wonderful review on the tour with me. I am pleased to know that the tour was satisfactory to you. It was unfortunate that your tour over Osaka was cancelled due to your ship's schedule change because of the typhoon. I look forward to seeing you again in the near future. Please give my best regards to Eddie,Pamela,Mathew,Edward and Daniel. Sincerely yours, Hiroyuki

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