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What To Expect
Packed with cultural sights and must-see locations, discover the best of Kyoto with this tour of the city's highlights. Discover the Zen gardens surrounding the Tofukuji Temple, stroll through the snaking red corridors of torii gates at Fushimi Inari Shrine, and end the day among the lights of Gion, the heart of Japan's Geisha district. This day is sure to unlock the many secrets of the city and give you a unique local perspective of Japan's cultural capital.
Experience on this unique tour in Kyoto the temples, shrines and gardens that make it as Japan's cultural capital. Founded as a capital more than 1,200 years ago, Kyoto emerged as a center of aristocratic culture, famous for its Zen gardens and geisha traditions.
Discover some of this magic by exploring the the Tofukuji Temple. Originally built in the 13th century, and famous for its traditional and at the same time modern Zen style garden, this is a great place to soak up the relaxed atmosphere of the city. Learn about the origin and inspiration for the garden - and what it means for the Monks to continue to live and study here.
Then, head to another of Kyoto's must-see sights, the Fushimi Inari Shrine on the outskirts of the city. Home to a seemingly endless stretch of red torii gates that are spread across a thickly wooded mountain, this shrine is a world unto itself. Walk through snaking corridors of red gates, which was made famous in the film Memoirs of a Geisha and take a stop to admire the shrines and many fox statues.
As the sun begins to set, leave the tranquil gardens behind and head to Gion, famous as Kyoto's Geisha district. This area was the model for Memoirs of a Geisha, and it comes alive with people and lights in the evening. Stroll past the 17th-century traditional restaurants and tea houses, many of which are still exclusive establishments for geisha entertainment. See the theaters and traditional shops and soak up the atmosphere of this historic quarter. This is the ideal end to the tour in Kyoto and is sure to leave you completely enthralled with this dynamic city.
English speaking guide
Tips and gratuities
Children under 6 years old are not permitted on this tour.
Tour will be operated as a guaranteed Small Group Tour with a maximum of 12 guests.
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