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Winds through the bamboo grove, the subtle aroma of Matcha tea…
The city of Kyoto is full of “serene excitements” which stimulate you through your five senses.
Please let us introduce you our original plans to make your journey in Kyoto unforgettable.

CHERRY BLOSSOMS IN KYOTO

Cherry blossoms have been loved and cherished by Japanese people all through our history. Especially in Kyoto, they have been attracting a lot of viewers even from overseas, maybe because of their distinctive “glamour” and “gracefulness”.
Please come and enjoy Japanese traditional “cherry blossom viewing” with some Bento lunch box!

FESTIVALS IN KYOTO

People in Kyoto have been traditionally enjoying all sorts of festivals, rituals, and events throughout the year at temples or shrines. Each of them has unique history and stories behind. Exploring festivals would be a fun way to learn deeper about Kyoto.

LEARN DEEPER ABOUT KYOTO

  • In Kyoto, you can enjoy two types of local specialties. One is Kyoto Cuisines which is not only tasty but a feast for the eyes. The other is traditional homemade cooking called “Obanzai” which is not only healthy but brings us seasonal feelings with fresh local Kyoto vegetables.
  • Shakyo, or sutra copying, has been becoming popular among all ages. While copying sutra with ink brush, you will find yourself immersing in doing it in a peaceful silence, without being disturbed by digital sounds from your smartphone and worries of life. Please enjoy the time to cleanse your mind. If you find it too difficult to copy sutra in Chinese characters, shafutsu, or buddha tracing would be recommended.
  • It has been a boom to collect seals on Goshuincho, or book of vermillion seals, which serve originally as the proof of the pilgrimage to shrines or temples. Recently however, collecting seals have gained popularity as they will be the great memory of your visit to Kyoto. Each seal is unique to each location, and there are many selections of book’s designs.
  • There is no other city than Kyoto to be the best match with ladies in beautiful kimonos. You don’t notice the “magical power” of kimono without actually wearing it. Please be amazed at how you look in kimono. Unconsciously, unintentionally, your behavior, movements, and even the way of speaking might change.
  • Matcha, or powdered green tea, is not just a drink. It serves as a “window” through which we can peek the world of Zen. If you are interested in trying to enjoy tea, we recommend to experience whole tea ceremony in a traditional Japanese tatami mat room, where the host will make a beautiful bowl of matcha in an elegant manner.
  • Cultures and architectures in Kyoto are deeply related with wood and paper. People have been traditionally writing books and letters with ink brush on Washi paper (Japanese paper made of the fibers of grass). It is widely said that the customs of “hand writing” has been facing extinction, but in Kyoto, it is still alive. One clear proof is that traditional stationary shops are still attracting a lot of customers with their seasonal line-ups and chic products that evoke the emotions to write letters to someone important.

MODEL COURSE

Half Day Tour

Higashiyama (Eastern Area) Tour
Pleasant walk along “Philosopher’s Path”.
Gingakui-ji(Silver Pavilion) → Hounen-in-temple → Eikan-do-temple → Nanzenji-temple

Rakuhoku (Northern Area) Tour
Visits to serene temples with beautiful gardens.
Shisendo-temple → Sekizan-Zenin-temple → Manshuin-temple

Arashiyama (Western Area) Tour
River, mountains and the bridge consist the perfectly harmonized view.
Togetsukyo-Bridge → Kameyama Park → Nison-in-temple → Giouji-temple

Kiyomizu (Southeast Area)Tour
You can enjoy not only temple visits but SHOPPING!
Koudaiji-temple → Ninen-zaka, Sannen-zaka (shopping zone) → Kiyomizudera temple

One Day Tour

Arashiyama (Western Area) Tour
Togetsukyo-Bridge → Tenryu-ji-temple → Bamboo path→Lunch → Giouji-temple → Nison-in-temple → Kameyama Park

Gion/Kiyomizu (Southeast Area) Tour
Kiyomizudera-temple → Ninen-zaka, Sannen-zaka (shopping zone) → Koudaiji-temple → Lunch → Yasaka Shrine → Gion

Imperial Palace/Nijo-castle (Central Area) Tour
Shimogamo Shrine → Imperial Palace → Lunch → Nijo-castle

Rakuhoku (Northern Area) Tour
Jissouin-temple → Ohara-Sanzen-in-temple → Jakkou-in-temple → Lunch→Sekizan-Zenin-temple → Shisen-do-temple

PRIVATE GUIDE FEE

  • GUIDE FEE

    Half Day (4Hours) 20,000yen
    One Day (8Hours) 31,000yen
    Spot (One site, about 1Hour) 5,000yen / 1h
  • PLEASE NOTE

    • Only English guide is available.
    • The fee includes:
      • Guiding fee
      • Translation fee for shopping, events, exhibitions, and cultural experiences.
    • The fee does NOT include:
      • Transportation
      • Admission fee
      • Meals
      • Guide’s expense (transportation, meal, admission fee)
    • The fee is for one group, up to 5.
      (Please send us inquiry if you are a group of more than 5, or you would prefer the tour of more than 2days from this “contact” form.)
    • The fee is NOT tax included. The total amount of fee will be calculated by adding consumption tax.
    • Please pay the fee when the tour starts in Japanese Yen. We accept only cash.
    • Please refer to our cancel policy below.

CANCEL POLICY

  • Please confirm the cancellation charges:
    • 30days-8days before: 20% of the fee
    • 7days-2days before: 50% of the fee
    • previous day and on the booked day: 100% of the fee

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