Kyoto Highlights

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Japanese garden and aesthetic sense [Total 4-6h]

  The 4 temples in this course will give you a glimpse of the unique Japanese aesthetics. All 4 temples are known for their beautiful gardens and architectural styles, but they are not yet popular enough to get crowded. Recommend for those who would like to touch the essence of unexampled Japanese aesthetics. Whether you are visiting Kyoto for the first time, or whether you are a repeater, this course will certainly change your image of Kyoto. You will also enjoy the idyllic country side. A taxi will help you go around efficiently. Route and Time Ginkaku-ji Temple (Silver Pavilion) (30min) >> Shisen-do Temple (30min) >> Manshu-in-monzeki Temple (30min) >> …

The Garden Course (East) [Total 6h]

  We have selected beautiful gardens in the eastern part of Kyoto. This plan includes the Shugakuin Rikyu Imperial Villa where special reservation in advance is required. Route and Time Tofuku-ji Temple (60mim) >> Shoren-in Temple (60min) >> (Lunch break 60min) >> Shugakuin Rikyu Imperial Villa (120min) [ Total: 6h ] (transportation : mainly taxi) *Total Time would be 8h with public transportation.

The Garden Course (West) [Total 6h]

  We have selected beautiful gardens in the western part of Kyoto. This plan includes the Katsura Rikyu Imperial Villa where special reservation in advance is required. Route and Time Ryoan-ji Temple (30mim) >> Koke-dera Temple (60min) >> (Lunch break 60min) >> Katsura Rikyu Imperial Villa (120min) [ Total: 6h ] (transportation : mainly taxi) *Total Time would be 8h with public transportation.

Kyoto as seen from the mountains! (East) [Total 6-8h]

  Kyoto is located in a basin with level land within. In this plan, you can view the city of Kyoto from the mountains, which have watched Kyoto for thousands of years. From the past, Japanese people have believed that gods resided in the mountains, so by the temples and shrines in the mountains, you might feel as if something inside you get awakened. This plan is recommended for repeaters who would like to revisit Kyoto in the long history. Route and Time Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple (60min) >> Kurama-dera Temple (90min) >> Path of Roots (60min) >> Kifune-jinja Shrine (60min) [ TOTAL:6-8h (plus lunch break) ] (transportation : mainly by …

Kyoto as seen from the mountains! (West) [Total 5-6h]

  Kyoto is known as a basin with level land within. In this plan, you can view the city of Kyoto from the mountains, which have watched Kyoto for thousands of years. From the past, mountains surrounding Kyoto have been depicted in many stories. Visiting such mountains by yourself, you would touch the spirits of Japanese arts and literature. This plan is recommended for repeaters who want to revisit Kyoto from a new perspective in the long history. Route and Time The route and time: Kosan-ji Temple (60min) >> Jingo-ji Temple (60min) >> Gioh-ji Temple (20min) >> Jojakukoh-ji Temple (40min) [ TOTAL:5-6h (plus lunch break) ] (transportation : mainly by …

ZEN [Total 5h]

  Recommended for those visiting Kyoto for the first time, those who wish to visit a typical yet serene Kyoto spot, for those who would like to experience things that only Kyoto can offer. At Ryoan-ji Temple, you can admire the philosophical Dry Rock Garden praised by Queen Elizabeth II Herself. At Ninna-ji Temple, you might want to ponder in vast Zen style garden. At Myoshin-ji temple, you can actually participate in an English Zen meditation class. Suzumushi-dera Temple will offer a unique experience where you will listen to the teaching of a monk with songs of crickets in the background. Route and Time Ryoan-ji Temple(20min) >> Ninna-ji Temple(30min) >> …

Peaceful KYOTO in the Higashiyama district -Wabi Sabi and Zen- [Total 4h]

  The 5 spots in this plan are all locate in the Higashiyama district, so going around is easy. Renowned as this area is, it is not so crowded, especially in the morning. This course is recommended for those with tight schedule, or those who would like to spend a peaceful time in a perfect harmony with nature and ancient architecture. This course is done on foot. Route and Time Ginkaku-ji Temple(Silver Pavilion) (30min) >> Honen-in Temple (20min) >> Path of philosophy (60min) >> Eikan-do Temple (40min) >> Nanzen-ji Templ e(60min) [ TOTAL:4h (plus Lunch break) ]

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