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Morning Tour to Uji and Byodoin Temple with a Tea Ceremony from Kyoto

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Visit the historic city of Uji on this morning tour. Discover the Uji Bridge, the World Heritage Site-listed Byodo-in Temple and experience a delightful tea ceremony in an authentic setting.

Highlights
  • Enjoy a 4-hour walking tour around Uji with tea ceremony from Kyoto
  • Stroll the historic streets of one of Japan's oldest cities
  • Visit Uji Bridge, Byodo-in Temple and Furitsu Uji Park
  • Gain and in-depth understanding of Japanese culture and traditions

Description

Explore one of the oldest cities in Japan! Located between the two ancient capitals of Nara and Kyoto, Uji's roots reach almost as deep into Japanese history as its two famous neighbors.

Upon arrival at Uji, visit the ancient Uji Bridge. Thought to have been built in the 7th century, the bridge is known as one the oldest in the country.

Next, enjoy a relaxing morning stroll around Furitsu Uji Park. Situated on the bank of Uji River, this park offers a magnificent view of Arashiyama.

Then, enjoy a simple tea ceremony at Taiho-an, an authentic tea house on the bank of Uji River.

Head to the World Heritage Site-listed Byodo-in Temple, a Buddhist temple that houses Buddha statue and other images, surrounded by a beautiful garden. An image of this temple's Phoenix Hall is featured on the 10 yen coin.

At the end of the tour, you will board a train to Kyoto Station.

Includes

  • Tea ceremony fee

  • Admission

  • Train fare

  • English-speaking guide
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Morning Tour to Uji and Byodoin Temple with a Tea Ceremony from Kyoto

Duration: 4 - 4:30 hour(s)
Available: Tue and Fri
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: Tea ceremony fee / Admission / Train fare / English-speaking guide
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Schedule

  • 08:20

    Meet at New Miyako Hotel

  • Tour Departs (20 min)

    Head to Kyoto Station on foot, and board the JR Nara Line train bound for Uji.

  • Uji Bridge

    Constructed some time in the seventh century, the Uji Bridge is considered to be one of the oldest bridges in Japan. Enjoy the wonderful views from the side of the bridge forming an artistic arch.

  • Nakanoshima Park

    A gorgeous park known for its 2,000-plus cherry blossoms! Stroll though this park which is built on a sandbar in the middle of the river.

  • Tea Ceremony at Taihoan (20 min)

    Take part in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony.

  • Byodoin Temple (50 min)

    Built near the end of the Heian Era, this temple houses a Buddha statue and other images, and is surrounded by a beautiful garden. The temple is registered on the World Heritage List as a part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto

  • Uji Train Station (20 min)

    Hop on the train and head back towards Kyoto.

  • 12:15-12:45

    Tour Ends at Kyoto Station

  • (For Check-In) New Miyako Hotel (17, Nishikujo-Inmachi Minami-ku, Kyoto 601-8412, Japan) Time: 08:20:00

  • (For Check-Out) Kyoto Train Station Time: 12:15:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) New Miyako Hotel (17, Nishikujo-Inmachi Minami-ku, Kyoto 601-8412, Japan) Time: 08:20:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Kyoto Train Station Time: 12:15:00

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Notes

Restriction(s)
  • Children (ages 0-5 years) will be able to participate for free under the following conditions. Tour: An individual seat will not be provided. Please have them sit on the lap of their parent or guardian. If there are seats available, they are welcome to use it, however they will not be getting a priority in seating. An individual meal or snack will not be provided as well. If you would like any of the above for children (ages 0-5 years), please book them as a child.

  • If less than 2 participants are booked, the activity may not operate.

Required Items to Bring & Attire
  • This is a walking tour, not a bus tour. Please wear shoes and clothes which are appropriate for walking.

Additional Note(s)
  • In case of flooding of the Uji River, the tour may not visit Nakanoshima Park.

  • If the Phoenix hall at the Byodo-in Temple is too crowded, the tour may not be able to enter for safety reasons. In such cases, JPY 300 will be refunded on site.

  • Public transportation will be used on this tour. All trains have non-reserved seats. Please note that seating is not guaranteed.

  • The activity schedule is subject to change or cancellation due to weather or traffic conditions.

Booking Requirements (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)
  • You can book a maximum of 10.

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Cancellation Policy

  • Any cancellations made between 8 business days (18:00:00 local time) to 2 business days (18:00:00 local time) prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 30% of the total amount.

  • Any cancellations made between 2 business days (18:00:00 local time) to 1 business days (18:00:00 local time) prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 40% of the total amount.

  • Any cancellations made between 1 business days (18:00:00 local time) to business days (18:00:00 local time) prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 50% of the total amount.

  • Any cancellations made after 1 hours prior to the activity start time will be subject to a charge a charge of 100% of the total amount.

Change Policy

Please contact Veltra immediately if you make any changes to your booking once it is confirmed, as:

・Any changes made between 18:00 local time, 8 business days to 18:00 local time, 2 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 30% of the total amount.
・Any changes made between 18:00 local time, 2 business days to 18:00 local time, 1 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 40% of the total amount.
・Any changes made between 18:00 local time, 1 business days to 1 hours prior to the activity start time will be subject to a charge of 50% of the total amount.
・Any changes made after 1 hours prior to the activity start time will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.

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