1. Japan
  2. Kyoto Prefecture
  3. Kyoto
  4. Ginkaku-ji Temple

Kyoto: Ginkaku-ji, Philopher's Path and Nanzen-ji Tour

Product ID: 386544
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Visit two of Kyoto's most important sights, strolling between them along the peaceful Philosopher's Path.
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Duration 3 hours
Starting time 9:30 AM
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  • Vist the Ginkaku-ji temple and gardens, said to enrich the spirit
  • Walk the quaint Philosopher's Path with its lush greenery
  • Explore the grounds of the Nanzen-ji temple complex
  • Hear stories along the way from your guide about Kyoto's past
Full description
Enjoy a 3-hour walking tour covering some of central Kyoto's best-kept secrets in the Higashiyama area. First stop is Ginkaku-ji temple, which dates back to the 15th century and was restored 10 years ago. The temple was constructed with heavy wooden beams, and has an elaborate roof and typical Japanese sliding wooden doors with rice paper.

You’ll then explore the surrounding gardens. Experience the starkness between carefully raked stones, moss, and then more elaborately presented grasses, plants, and trees. Learn about Buddhism from your guide and how its teaching are linked to the design of the temple and its gardens. 

Next, head down a quaint, traditional shopping street that lead to the Philosopher's Path, or "Tetsugaku-no-michi" in Japanese. You’ll walk approximately 2 km (about 1.25 miles) down this gently winding, flat path that mostly runs along a lovely stream and beneath a canopy of trees. 

During the brief cherry blossom season, this scene is particularly gorgeous, but the relative solitude of the path makes for fine walking any time of year. As you walk down the path, the guide will tell you stories about Japan, and you will have the opportunity to ask any questions. 

You’ll then arrive at Nanzen-ji, a smaller temple and gardens. Walk around the complex that includes an imposing wooden gate tower, temple spaces, a bridge and other peaceful areas.
  • Entrance ticket to Ginkaku-ji temple and gardens
  • Entrance ticket to Nanzen-in temple and gardens
  • 3-hour guided walking tour
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Meeting point

Meet on the street in front of the garden and museum. If you ride bus 32 to get to the tour starting point, the bus stops outside.

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You will be walking for most of this tour, so you should be in reasonably good shape.

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Product ID: 386544