1. Japan
  2. Kyoto Prefecture
  3. Kyoto
  4. Sanjusangen-do

Kyoto: The Path Less Traveled Private Full Day Tour

Product ID: 311388
Visit the quiet and peaceful parts of Kyoto on this full-day tour packed with hidden gems. See another side of the city as you visit relaxing gardens, shrines, and museums with your own private guide.
About this activity
Duration: 8 hours
Starting time 9:00 AM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Ticket confirmation within 48 hours
Once purchased, you’ll receive booking confirmation from the tour operator.
Live tour guide
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Immerse yourself in the tranquil environments of 3 Japanese gardens
  • Visit the home of a prominent Kyoto artist whose studio has been converted into an art museum
  • Walk through a building filled with 1,001 life-sized golden Buddha statues
Full description
In a city whose history spans over 1,300 years, there’s far more than just “Top 10” sites that are worth visiting. Far away from busy touristy areas, spend a peaceful day getting to know the true nature of Kyoto, with a private guide just for your group.

Visit Konchi-in and admire this temple's high-level architecture, garden, statuary and paintings in a tranquil setting away from the crowds. At Tenju-an, a temple containing two lush gardens, get the feeling of walking into a forest and stumbling upon a fairy-tale world.  

Visit Heian Jingu, one of the highest-ranking shrines in all of Japan. Unbelievably, very few visitors take the time to enter this exquisite garden, one of the most picturesque in all of Japan. Explore the Kawai Kanjiro Memorial house, a free museum that was once the home of a noted 20th-century master potter. Here, you’ll experience a fine example of the wabi-sabi way of design and living.  

See Toyokuni Jinja, a shrine dedicated Toyotomi Hideyoshi, one of the most pivotal samurai in Japanese history. Finally, visit Sanjusangen-do, one of the oldest structures in Kyoto and home to 1,001 jaw-dropping golden Buddha statues.
Includes
  • Guide service
What’s Not Included
  • Transportation to meeting point
  • Transportation during the tour (1,500 Yen)
  • Admission tickets (3,200 Yen)
  • Lunch
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meet outside of exit 1 of Keage Station on the Tozai Line.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Know before you go
Please bring at least 6,000 Yen to cover extra costs and buy lunch during the tour.

From £401.40 Per group up to 5

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We had a wonderful day traveling through some of the most beautiful temples and shrines in Kyoto. Andrew arranged the route based on our interest and by location, so that we could use the time efficiently sightseeing and not in transit. He had many interesting insights to share at each sight: on its history, references to mythology, art, and the philosophy and practicality of gardening and landscape architecture. Overall a wonderful trip and great value for money. We can absolutely recommend this trip to anyone who wants to experience the beauty of Kyoto outside of tourist masses and the few top seen sights!

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29 December 2019

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Product ID: 311388