Kyoto Ginkaku-ji Temple Tour with Philosopher's Walk and Tea Ceremony

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Ginkaku-ji Temple of the Silver Pavilion
Ginkaku-ji Temple of the Silver Pavilion
Philosopher's Walk lined with blossoming cherry trees during spring.
Philosopher's Walk lined with blossoming cherry trees during spring.
Kyoto Ginkaku-ji Temple Tour with Philosopher's Walk and Tea Ceremony - Picture 3
View of Yasaka Pagoda from the Gion District
View of Yasaka Pagoda from the Gion District
Ginkaku-ji 's sand garden
Ginkaku-ji 's sand garden
Philosopher's Walk in Autumn
Philosopher's Walk in Autumn

What To Expect

Visit Kyoto's UNESCO World Heritage Site Ginkaku-ji, take a walk along the Path of Philosophy, experience a traditional Japanese tea ceremony then stroll around the famed maiko district of Gion.


  • Explore Kyoto's remarkable treasures, including UNESCO World Heritage Site Ginkaku-ji

  • Take a stroll along the mesmerizing Philosopher's Walk as you enjoy the amazing scenery along the path

  • Experience traditional tea-serving ceremony and learn more about Japanese culture

  • Take a step back into the past as you walk around the entertainment district of Gion


Tours around Kyoto
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Meeting Point:
New Miyako Hotel
3 hours and 50 minutes
Tuesday and Friday at 1:40 PM
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Ginkaku-ji, Temple of the Silver Pavilion, one of the Rinzai Zen Buddhist temples included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site listed Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto officially named Jisho-ji Temple of Shining Mercy. Known for its Silver Pavilion, explore Ginkaku-ji by walking along a circular route around its grounds to enjoy the amazing view of the gardens and buildings. Along the route, stop by the temple's famed dry sand garden called the "Sea of Silver Sand."

From Ginkaku-ji, stroll down the 1.5 kilometer (approximately 1 mile) long Philosopher's Walk, a path lined with cherry trees, Japanese maple trees, temples and shrines. One of the most visited sites in Kyoto for cherry blossom viewing and fireflies on hot summer evenings, experience an enchanting and serene walk along the path.

Participate in a traditional tea ceremony and learn about Japanese culture. Get to observe graceful and slow traditional tea-serving practice, from the cleansing of the tea utensils to the clockwise turns before you take a sip of your tea.

Walk around Gion, an entertainment district with maiko girls and geiko women. Deemed as a major hanamachi, take in the refined and elegant atmosphere of old times at Gion. Check out the old wooden buildings, tea houses, antique shops and many more.

Tour ends at Gion.


  • Departure from New Miyako Hotel

  • Ginkaku-ji Temple (40 minutes)

  • Philosopher's Path (40 minutes)

  • Tea Ceremony at Kanou Shoujuan or Koko-an (40 minutes)

  • Gion (40 minutes)


  • English-speaking guide service

  • Ginkakuji Temple visit

  • Philosopher's Path walking tour

  • Tea Ceremony Experience

  • Gion tour


  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

  • Meals and drinks

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off

Please Note

  • Itinerary order is subject to change without prior notice.

  • This tour walks along the Philosopher's Path (approximately 1.5 km / 1 mile) and around the Gion district. Please wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes.

  • This tour has a 2 passenger minimum requirement for operation and is subject to cancellation if this minimum is not met. Please call at least 72 hours prior to departure to confirm schedule.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 9 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 30% Cancellation Fee (70% reimbursement): between 3 to 8 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 2 days or less prior to date of activity.

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