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Kyoto: Tea Ceremony Ju-An at Jotokuji Temple

1. Kyoto: Tea Ceremony Ju-An at Jotokuji Temple

Start your tea ceremony experience by entering through the main gates of the Jotoku-ji Temple. You will pass the entrance to the Grand Tearoom on your left and a shop next to it and meet at the nearby red benches where your guide awaits. Whilst walking through the temple you are free to admire the architecture and stand by the purification fountain. Weather permitting, you are free to sit at the red benches and for a break. In the event of rain you can stand outside under the gable of the shop or wait in the Grand Tearoom. Once you have finished perusing the temple or sitting on the red benches taking in the atmosphere you are able to enter the Grand Tearoom where your instructor waits for you.  Start your tour of the Temple with a traditional purification ritual, a completely unique and insightful experience for Western visitors. Afterwards you will remove your shoes at the entrance of the Grand Tearoom and in your group, proceed inside to take your seat. Get the chance to sample matcha tea at its best. The Tea Master will guide you throughout, showing and explaining every step of the way. Throughout the ceremony you will be taught the fine art of drinking matcha tea and learn about the importance of the ceremony.

Kyoto: 45-Minute Tea Ceremony Experience

2. Kyoto: 45-Minute Tea Ceremony Experience

You will take you place on the tatami, the traditional Japanese floor mat and be met by your English-speaking host, who is a licensed tea master from Urasenke, the biggest school of tea ceremony in Japan. Watch as the host carries out the ceremonial preparation of matcha, powdered green tea. Then, you will have the chance to make tea yourself, while the host informs you about the history and spiritual role of the tea ceremony and the effects each tea-making method has on its flavor. Afterwards, savor some traditional Japanese sweets Once the ceremony has come to a close, you will have the chance to take photos and see examples of kimonos and beautiful woven textiles made in the Nishijin district of Kyoto. If you'd like to wear a kimono during the experience, you can select it as an add-on during booking and take photos to remember the experience.

Kyoto: Ninnaji Temple Entry Ticket

3. Kyoto: Ninnaji Temple Entry Ticket

Experience the historic Ninna-ji Temple in Kyoto. Famous for its late-blooming Omuro sakura cherry trees and a five-story pagoda, Ninna-ji was founded in 888 AD. It is the main temple of the Omuro school of the Shingon sect of Buddhism, and it houses countless national treasures and cultural artifacts. Appreciate the beauty of nature at Ninna-ji Temple throughout the year. Discover the striking beauty of the Omuro Pilgrimage course. This two-hour course is a shorter version of the Shikoku Pilgrimage, surrounded by the sounds of nature and the changing seasons.  In spring, witness the late-blooming cherry blossoms. Summertime sees many priests in the temple for Buddhist ceremonies. In the fall, the historic temple buildings are enveloped in vivid shades of red and yellow. And in winter, enjoy the serene Japanese garden after it has snowed.  You can even soak up the gorgeous snowy scenery of the Goten Palace. 

Kyoto: Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Ticket

4. Kyoto: Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Ticket

Discover the highlights of Kyoto with a same-day or 2-day ticket on this convenient hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus. Admire the panoramic views from onboard the open-top double-decker bus, and hop on or off at any of the stops along the route. Enjoy informative audio commentary on board the bus, available in 7 languages. Choose this efficient way of exploring the must-see places and attractions in Kyoto. The bus takes you past many of the city's top attractions, including UNESCO World Heritage sites such as Nijo Castle, Kinkakuji, and Kiyomizu-Dera Temple. You can enjoy unlimited rides for the duration of your ticket's validity. Bus stops along the route:  • Kyoto Station • Nishihonganji ( Kyoto Tokyu Hotel) • Shijo Karasuma / Nishiki-ichiba Market • Nijo-jo Castle • Kitano-tenmangu Shrine / Kamishichiken • Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion) • Daitokuji Temple • Kyoto Imperial Palace (Doshisha University) • Ginkakuji Temple (Silver Pavilion) • Heian-jingu Shrine / Okazaki Park • Gion (Kotowa-Kyoto Yasaka) • Gojozaka (Kiyomizu-dera Temple / Gion) • Sanjusangendo / Kyoto National Museum (Hyatt Regency Kyoto)

From Osaka/Kyoto: Kyoto & Nara Bus Tour w/ Kinkakuji Ticket

5. From Osaka/Kyoto: Kyoto & Nara Bus Tour w/ Kinkakuji Ticket

Depart from the exclusive VIP Lounge of Osaka or Kyoto, heading to Fushimi Inari Shine. Designated as an Important Cultural Property, the main shrine building contains five shrines together, these five pillars of Fushimi Inari Taisha are named for the great virtues of Inari Okami that they embody. Inari Okami is known as a deity of business prosperity, the prosperity of industries, the safety of households, safety in traffic and improvement in the performing arts. The 'Senbon Torii' or 1000 torii gates are donations by individuals and companies, and you will find the donator's name and the date of the donation inscribed on the back of each gate. Then you will head to Traditional Kyoto Townhouse built over 120 years ago, the "Kyoto Wasabi" for lunch. enjoy the Kyoto pork and tofu shabu-shabu which is a Japanese dish where very thinly sliced pork is cooked in a traditional hot-pot full of boiling pot. ************* Those who choose the no-meal option will spend 20 minutes at Kyoto Imperial Palace or go directly to Kinkaku-ji Temple. ************* Proceed to the symbol of Kyoto, Kinkakuji, the Golden Pavilion, also named Rakuon-ji: one of the most popular buildings in Japan.  Finally, move on to Japan’s old capital, Nara: you will have the time to explore its park, cuddle the worldwide famous deer and enter the biggest wooden building of the planet, Todai-ji Temple, another UNESCO world heritage site. Here you will find yourself in front of Japan’s biggest Buddha statue, 15 meters tall. We will then take the bus back to end the tour. Just like the meeting points, we also provide two disbanding locations in Kyoto and Osaka for guests to choose. Simply decide where you want to end your trip for the day.

Kyoto: Full-Day Best UNESCO and Historical Sites Bus Tour

6. Kyoto: Full-Day Best UNESCO and Historical Sites Bus Tour

Discover Kyoto's must-see landmarks and World Heritages on the deluxe coach in 1day! In this tour we will take you to most famous places in ancient Kyoto such as Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Sanju-san-gen-do Temple, Arashiyama, Sagano Bamboo Forest, Tenryuji Temple, Golden Temple, and Fushimi Inari Shrine. Departing from Kyoto at 8am. A comfortable air-conditioned coach will stop first at the Kiyomizudera Temple. Enjoying the wealthy nature from the significant terrace where you can admire panoramic views of the city below. Kiyomizudera Temple is one of the can't-miss points of interest in Kyoto. The old historic temple, reportedly opened in the year 778, is a designated world heritage site. Then we will visit Sanju-san-gen-do Temple, the Temple is also known as the temple of 33 spaces (Sanjusan means "33" in Japanese ), though its official name is Rengo-In. Its hall is Japan's longest wooden structure and consists of 35 columns that divide the building into 33 parts. Let's Say Konnichiwa to one thousand and one Kannon statue at Sanju-san-gen-do Temple, then the coach will take you to the Sagano Arashiyama area. After Explore east side of Kyoto, we will visit the other side, Sagano Arashiyama. Enjoy a Japanese buffet made with seasonal ingredients while gazing at Arashiyama's Togetsukyo Bridge.The Togetsukyo Bridge is Arashiyama's well known, central landmark. Many small shops, restaurants and other attractions are found nearby *Muslim-friendly meals, Allergy-friendly meals, lactose-free meals, gluten-free meals and vegan-friendly meals etc. are not available. Please book the tour without lunch After lunch don’t forget to explore green tunnels, Sagano Bamboo Forest. The paths that cut through the bamboo groves make for a nice walk. The groves are particularly attractive when there is a light wind and the tall bamboo stalks sway gently back and forth. You can find Tenryu-ji Temple after passing through the bamboo grove. Feel the beauty of the Japanese garden throughout the four seasons at Tenryu-ji Temple, which is also registered as a World Heritage Site. Then the bus head to Kinkaku-ji(The Golden Temple) Rokuon-ji Temple, known locally as the "Golden Temple" and adore the gorgeousness and return to Kyoto with satisfaction. Finally, head to the most iconic place, Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine. Going under thousands of Torii Red gate tunnels will be a memorable experience. You will finish the tour at Kyoto Station. The tour includes commentary from both our frendly tour guide and a Multilingual audio guide from English, French, Italian, Spanish, Thai, Indonesian, and Ukrainian. The coach is always antibacterial coating and regularly ventilation, a comfy airconditioned bus with free wifi.

Night Walk in Gion: Kyoto's Geisha District

7. Night Walk in Gion: Kyoto's Geisha District

Experience one of the most popular walking tours in Kyoto, joined by nearly 5,000 guests annually. This 100-minute guided walk is led by a licensed English-speaking guide and takes you through nighttime Gion. The tour begins at Gion Omoide Museum, connected to a traditional pastry shop. Walk down the classic cobblestoned streets next to the Shirakawa River, and admire the scenery that was featured in the book and film, Memoirs of a Geisha. As you walk beside this beautiful stream, the guide will tell you about the history of geisha and give you a detailed explanation in regards to their kimono, hairstyle, traditional rules, and what their daily life is like. Although it is not guaranteed, during the walking tour guests often encounter geisha walking along the street.

Kyoto: Gion Night Walking Tour

8. Kyoto: Gion Night Walking Tour

Explore Gion, the centuries-old entertainment district of Kyoto, which truly comes alive at night. With your guide, learn about the customs of the geisha and the apprentice maiko-san. You may catch a glimpse of a few of the women in full costume.  Walk through the narrow streets with the lanterns flickering on the wooden buildings. Enjoy a night visit to a Shinto shrine, with a beautifully lit pagoda. Wander through the grounds of a Zen temple in the tranquil calm of the night. Learn more about the modern history of the entertainment district from your guide. We start the tour at our traveler lounge where you can enjoy a welcome drink while we give some background about the world of the geisha. From there we hit the road on a walking tour that takes close to 2hrs. At the end of the tour, we can help make suggestions for places to go for dinner after too! This is a great tour to do on your first day in Kyoto to get a snapshot of the city and insights into the local culture. We are sure you will have a blast!

Japan: 7, 14 or 21-Day Japan Rail Pass

9. Japan: 7, 14 or 21-Day Japan Rail Pass

Take the hassle out of your vacation transportation with the Japan Rail Pass. Explore the whole country with just one ticket and ride the famous Shinkansen bullet train. Travel from Tokyo to Kyoto, Osaka to Hiroshima, and Hokkaido to Kyushu – Japan's your oyster with a 7, 14, or 21-day pass. Get your voucher mailed to your home or office address, then exchange this for your actual Japan Rail Pass at a major train station or international airport in Japan and start traveling. Use the free guide booklet to make the best of your Japan trip, thanks to insider tips and train details. Travel as much as you like for 7, 14, or 21 consecutive days. The pass includes: • All Japan Rail Group shinkansen bullet trains, except the Nozomi and Mizuho departures • All Japan Rail Group limited express, express, rapid, local, trains, and Bus Rapid Transit in Tohoku • Tokyo Monorail between Haneda airport and Hamamatsucho station (no service to Narita) • Aomori Railway services between Aomori and Hachinohe (some exceptions) • Ishikawa Railway services between Kanazawa and Tsubata (local, limited departures only) • Ainokaze Toyama Railway services between Toyama and Takaoka (local departures only) • All Japan Rail Bus local lines (some exceptions, no express services), including services from JR Hokkaido Bus, JR Bus Tohoku, JR Bus Kanto, JR Tokai Bus, West Japan JR Bus, Chugoku JR Bus, JR Shikoku Bus, and JR Kyushu Bus • JR-West ferry service between Miyajima and Miyajimaguchi (JR station near the pier with ferry services for Miyajima)

Kyoto: Heritage Highlights Full-Day Tour

10. Kyoto: Heritage Highlights Full-Day Tour

Embark on an immersive full-day exploration through the rich cultural tapestry of Kyoto. Step into our air-conditioned coach, ensuring a comfortable journey into the heart of Japan's ancient capital. Our first destination is the mesmerizing Fushimi Inari Shrine, adorned with vibrant Torii Gates—an awe-inspiring testament to the depth of Shinto spirituality. Traverse the intricate pathways, surrounded by thousands of vermilion gates, creating a spiritual ambiance like no other. Following this spiritual odyssey, indulge in a culinary masterpiece at a traditional restaurant. Relish a carefully curated set-course menu featuring exquisite Japanese tofu, providing a delightful interlude that prepares us for the adventures ahead. Awaiting us is the UNESCO-listed Kiyomizu-Dera temple, perched on a hillside with panoramic views of Kyoto. Delve into the architectural intricacies and traverse the iconic wooden stage, showcasing the marvels of ancient craftsmanship. Our journey reaches its zenith at the iconic Kinkaku-Ji, the Golden Pavilion, where the exterior glistens in gold leaves. Stroll through meticulously maintained Japanese gardens, a living testament to the grace and elegance of the Ashikaga era. The final chapter unfolds in Arashiyama, renowned for cherry blossoms, Autumn leaves, and the historic Togetsukyo Bridge spanning the Katsura river. Wander the long walkway from the world heritage Tentyuji Temple and immerse yourself in the enchanting Bamboo forest. As the day gracefully concludes at Kyoto Station in the late afternoon, take a moment to reflect on the indelible memories created—immerse yourself in the timeless beauty and cultural splendor of Kyoto, a journey that transcends the ordinary.

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4.1
(127 reviews)

The day trip was amazing, you ideally pay for the guided tour as the name suggests but we found ourselves with plenty of time to do our own thing and take in the sights and sounds of Kyoto and Nara ourselves(which we enjoyed greatly) Our tour guide Jay ran us through everything in the run down of the day which was hard to hear(which I’ll elaborate on later) but he did everything to accommodate us and also I appreciate he was having to switch from English to mandarin due to there being Chinese speakers on our tour which must’ve been very hard as he went into a lot of detail for all parties. The only downside we did end up on a coach which was like a crèche from children swinging about to screaming at the top of their lungs and everything in between, this was raised to one family in particular who didn’t have any control of their children causing a lot of people annoyance and due to the length of the day I would advise to not bring young children as it is a lot of walking/packed areas.

This tour was our favorite tour in Japan! It is an incredible value for what you get. Our guide, Akrita, was so kind and helpful. He quickly helped us navigate public transportation, showed us the highlights of the itinerary he worked with us to build, and told us all about the history and meaning of what we were seeing. It is very obvious that Akrita has a passion for the work he does - it felt like hanging out with a good friend who happens to be extremely knowledgeable and doesn’t mind taking your picture at all the vista points. Thank you so much for a great day!

My tour was amazing! My guide Nicolo was very friendly and approachable and he carefully planned my tour by matching my personal interests with the local sights. In a short period of time, I learnt so many interesting facts about Japan, ate some tasty ramen and even got to experience Matcha and sweets in the home of a sweet Japanese lady, all by chance. Thank you Nicolo for such a wonderful tour! You made my Kyoto experience an unforgettable memory. Ichi-Go Ichi-E. Kris

Nana was a fabulous guide. Her English was excellent as was her knowledge of the places we visited. Thoroughly impressed with this tour. Highly recommended.

Mena? Not sure of spelling. Was excellent. She informed us on the way, gave us maps.