Kyoto Walking Tour

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PRIVATE 8 HOUR KYOTO WALKING TOUR (DAILY)

  • THE KYOTO WALKING TOUR is an exclusive tour operated solely for you and your party.
  • We will accommodate your needs, requests and interests. If necessary, your itinerary can be changed to accommodate your existing schedule.
  • A licensed English speaking tour guide will take you to Kyoto.
  • This tour is a walking tour that also uses public transportation when needed.
  • Pick-up and drop-off services are available.

Kyoto is located nearly 500 kilometers south west of Tokyo, and bounded by mountains to the west, north, and east. Kyoto became Japan's capital in 794 when Emperor Kanmu moved Heijo-kyo Palace in Nara, south of Kyoto, to Heian-kyo Palace (meaning "Capital of Peace") in Kyoto.
Since Heian-kyo Place was modeled on Chang'an (now Xi'an) of the Chinese Tang Dynasty, as in Hejo-kyo Place in Nara, Heian-kyo Palace was laid out in a checkerboard. As a result, unlike today's Tokyo, Kyoto is also arranged on a grid like layout.
Kyoto was Japan's capital for more than 1000 years till the middle of the 19th century. After the political revolution known as the Meiji Restoration in 1868, political power was returned to the emperors from the military head of state; shoguns. Then, Japan's capital was moved to Tokyo from Kyoto by Emperor Meiji. Tokyo has been Japan's capital since then.
More than 1600 temples and 400 shrines are located in Kyoto. 17 temples and shrines are registered as World Cultural Heritage sites. Kyoto boasts of its rich culture, refined cuisine, many dry gardens, works of art, and traditional handcrafts. The Golden and Silver Pavilions are especially popular for their historical significance. Kyoto's three biggest festivals, Gion, Jidai, and Aoi draw the attention of a lot of people every year.

Recommended Itinerary

Time:8:00‐16:00

Duration:8 hours (Approx.)

  • Kiyomizu, Buddhist temple
  • Sanneizaka Slope
  • Yasaka Shrine
  • Maruyama Park
  • Chionin Temple
  • Heian Jingu Shrine, a Shinto shrine
  • Philosopher's Path
  • Ginkakuji, Silver Pavilion

Note: The tour begins at your hotel. The sequence of the tour depends on the location of your hotel.

Kiyomizu-dera, Buddhist temple, officially called Otowasan, belongs to the Hosso sect. It is designated as a World Heritage Site, and dedicated to the 11-headed Kannon (goddess of mercy) who can bring about easy childbirth. The temple was reportedly founded by warlord Sakanoueno Tamuramaro who was dispatched by the Imperial court in the Heian period to conquer the Emishi race in northern Japan. It is also famous for its stage referred to as the "Stage of Kiyomizu." The veranda was constructed without any nails. 139 giant pillars are dovetailed together. Because this veranda stands on a steep hillside, it commands superb views of Kyoto city. "To jump off Kiyomizu's veranda" is often used when one starts a new venture. It is the Japanese equivalent of "to take the plunge". The Otowa Waterfalls are another landmark, and are considered sacred waters, falling down from three channels of water. In fact, Kiyomizu literally means "clear water" in Japanese.

Sanneizaka or Sannenzaka Slope consists of narrow alleys with a traditional atmosphere, packed with souvenir shops selling local sweets, Kiyomizu porcelain, lacquer ware, folding fans, Japanese dolls, etc. You can enjoy strolling through these tiny alleys.

The Yasaka Shrine is dedicated to Susano no mikoto, younger brother of Amaterasu Omikami, the Sun Goddess. She is one of the original Shinto gods, enshrined at Ise Shinto Shrine. This shrine holds one of the three famous Kyoto festivals, Gion festival.

Maruyama Park is a public park which connects the Yasaka Shine with Chionin Temple, an ideal place to enjoy leisurely walk.

Chionin Temple was founded by Priest Honen and it is the main temple of the Jodo sect of Buddhism. The Jodo sect teaches that you will be able to go to the "Pure Land", a paradise only if you recite Buddhist sutras. The temple has a famous temple bell which is often struck on New Year's Eve. And it is often televised on NHK, the public broadcasting corporation. In the main hall, Mieido, you can experience meditation sitting with your legs crossed for a short time.

The Heian Jingu Shrine was modeled on the ancient Heijyo-kyo Palace in Kiyoto, and constructed in 1895 to celebrate the 1100th anniversary of Kyoto becoming Japan's capital in 794. The shrine is dedicated to two emperors; Emperor Kammu who moved the capital to Kyoto from Nara, and Emperor Komei who was the last emperor to reign in Kyoto. The size of the shrine is two thirds of the original. The huge vermilion colored torii archway stands in front of the shrine. The shrine has beautiful Japanese style gardens called Shinen which are four gardens, with a total area of 33,000m2. The strolling landscape gardens are designated as a national scenic spot.

The Philosopher's Path, leading to the Silver Pavilion, is a gravel covered narrow alley, lined by cherry trees along the canal. It was so named because a famous philosopher, Nishida Kitaro, used to take walks along the alley. Truly it is an ideal place to take a leisurely walk, while concentrating on something else.

Ginkakuji Silver Pavilion used to be a villa of the 8th shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa, but it became a temple after his death in accordance with Yoshimasa's wishes. The temple has a beautiful strolling garden with a dry garden, consisting of rocks and raked gravel representing oceans. Conical shaped sand called Kogetudai represents Mt. Fuji. The room Togudo Dojinsai is said to be the origin of the traditional Japanese tatami matted room and has tatami rush mats, an alcove, and a hanging scroll and flower arrangement. These originated in this period. This temple is also registered as a World Heritage Site.

8HOUR WALKING TOUR RATES

Number of guests Tour charge-8 hours
(per person)
Tour charge-8 hours
(Total Charge)
1 person 48,000 48,000
2 persons 26,500 53,000
3 persons 19,000 57,000
4 persons 15,750 63,000
5 persons 13,600 68,000
6 persons 12,000 72,000
  • Tour charge may change depending on number of guests.
  • Included: English speaking tour guide; Public transportation fares (including train, subway and taxi fares); Admission fees
  • Not included: Lunch (Although lunch is not included in the package, your tour guide will be happy to help you find a suitable restaurant).
  • Your tour guide will meet you at your hotel and take you back once the tour concludes.

If you are interested in the tour please book it through the booking form on our Website.

PRIVATE 6 HOUR KYOTO WALKING TOUR (DAILY)

  • THE KYOTO WALKING TOUR is an exclusive tour operated solely for you and your party.
  • We will accommodate your needs, requests and interests. If necessary, your itinerary can be changed to accommodate your existing schedule.
  • A licensed English speaking tour guide will take you to Kyoto.
  • This tour is a walking tour that also uses public transportation when needed.
  • Pick-up and drop-off services are available.

Kyoto is located nearly 500 kilometers south west of Tokyo, and bounded by mountains to the west, north, and east. Kyoto became Japan's capital in 794 when Emperor Kanmu moved Heijo-kyo Palace in Nara, south of Kyoto, to Heian-kyo Palace (meaning "Capital of Peace") in Kyoto.
Since Heian-kyo Place was modeled on Chang'an (now Xi'an) of the Chinese Tang Dynasty, as in Hejo-kyo Place in Nara, Heian-kyo Palace was laid out in a checkerboard. As a result, unlike today's Tokyo, Kyoto is also arranged on a grid like layout.
Kyoto was Japan's capital for more than 1000 years till the middle of the 19th century. After the political revolution known as the Meiji Restoration in 1868, political power was returned to the emperors from the military head of state; shoguns. Then, Japan's capital was moved to Tokyo from Kyoto by Emperor Meiji. Tokyo has been Japan's capital since then.
More than 1600 temples and 400 shrines are located in Kyoto. 17 temples and shrines are registered as World Cultural Heritage sites. Kyoto boasts of its rich culture, refined cuisine, many dry gardens, works of art, and traditional handcrafts. The Golden and Silver Pavilions are especially popular for their historical significance. Kyoto's three biggest festivals, Gion, Jidai, and Aoi draw the attention of a lot of people every year.

Recommended Itinerary

Time:8:00‐14:00

Duration:6 hours (Approx.)

  • Kiyomizu, Buddhist temple
  • Sanneizaka Slope
  • Yasaka Shrine
  • Maruyama Park
  • Chionin Temple
  • Heian Jingu Shrine, a Shinto shrine

Note: The tour begins at your hotel. The sequence of the tour depends on the location of your hotel.

6HOUR WALKING TOUR RATES

Number of guests Tour charge-6 hours
(per person)
Tour charge-6 hours
(Total Charge)
1 person 38,000 38,000
2 persons 21,000 42,000
3 persons 15,000 45,500
4 persons 12,500 50,000
5 persons 10,800 54,000
6 persons 9,500 57,000
  • Tour charge may change depending on number of guests.
  • Included: English speaking tour guide; Public transportation fares (including train, subway and taxi fares); Admission fees
  • Not included: Lunch (Although lunch is not included in the package, your tour guide will be happy to help you find a suitable restaurant).
  • Your tour guide will meet you at your hotel and take you back once the tour concludes.

If you are interested in taking one of our tours, we shall be very happy to arrange a tour itinerary to meet your precise requirements. So, please, don't hesitate to contact us and tell us of your special interests or requests by e-mail.

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