Kyoto Temple, Shrine, Geiko and Sake
- 12:00am ~ 7:00pm
- Full Day Tour
I pick you up at your Hotel / Kyoto Station at noon and we head to my favorite Zen Temple where I will take you through and up into the main SANMON gate and see beautiful views of Kyoto. We will then walk through the Temple grounds, offer incense for loved ones passed on and then through an aqueduct to a secluded waterfall where people have practiced ‘Misogi’, a Japanese Shinto practice of ritual purification, for over 800 years. A National Historical Site.
We then head to a famous 1,300 year-old temple that shines in vermillion. We will meet the guardians at the gate and will enter a dark, underground passage to cut our ties to fears we have and offer prayer. Once we enter the main hall, you will ring bell to alert the gods you are there and offer prayer.
We will walk the grounds and view Kyoto from the mountain. Great picture taking opportunities. I will introduce you to Jizo, the keeper of lost babies and children. We will end up at a small waterfall split into three cascades of Love, Health and Wisdom. You get to pick one to drink from.
From there we walk to a beautiful 5 story pagoda but not after traversing a shopping street and then head on to the famous Geisha Gion District. Here I will give you time to explore Shijo Street which is filled with literally hundreds of shops, Yasui Shrine, Yasaka Shrine and then we will meet back and explore the famous Gion District and Pontocho Restaurant District during the early evening hours.
We will also end the early evening by having a little sake to top the evening off.
- Interpretive Guide & Translation for 7 hours
- 4 Temple/Shrine Tour: Nanzenji Temple, Kiyomizudera Temple, Yasui and Yasaka Shrines
- Early Evening Gion & Pontocho District Tour
DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- All Fees for Temple and Shrine entrances, fees for making offerings, food tasting, bottled water.
- Transportation between spots for you and Guide
- Sake drink at end of tour
Expect to pay approx. ¥5,000 per person for yourself for Lunch, Sake Tasting, Snack Food, Transportation and Temple Fees. Your GROUP will share the costs for the GUIDE.