Ginkakuji Temple Walking Tour with Tea Ceremony Experience in Gion

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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.

Highlights
  • 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

Description

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.

Itinerary

  • 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)

Includes

  • Admission

  • Transportation fee

  • English-speaking guide
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2016 Plan

Duration: 3:30 - 4 hour(s)
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: Admission / Transportation fee / English-speaking guide
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Schedule

  • 13:40

    Meet at New Miyako Hotel

  • Ginkakuji Temple (40 min)

    Ginkakuji, also known as the Silver Pavilion, is a World Heritage Site founded by Yoshimasa Ashikaga as a retreat. The garden has been designated as a Special Historic Site.

  • Philosopher's Path

    The Philosopher's Path stretches for 1.5km along a waterway between Nyakuojibashi Bridge and Ginkakujibashi Bridge. It is lined with cherry trees and Japanese maple trees, as well as cute small temples, gardens and little shops.

  • Tea Ceremony Experience (50 min)

    After learning about tea ceremony and observing tea-serving manner, participants will have the opportunity to experience making matcha tea!

  • Stroll around the Gion District (40 min)

    The district developed as a major hanamachi (entertainment district with maiko and geisha) and still maintains the refined and elegant atmosphere of old times. Take a stroll around the area and get a taste of traditional Japanese culture.

  • 17:00-17:30

    Tour Ends in Gion

  • (For Check-In) New Miyako Hotel (17, Nishikujo-Inmachi Minami-ku, Kyoto 601-8412, Japan) Time: 13:40:00

  • (For Check-Out) Gion Time: 17:00:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) New Miyako Hotel (17, Nishikujo-Inmachi Minami-ku, Kyoto 601-8412, Japan) Time: 13:40:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Gion Time: 17:00:00

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Notes

Additional Note(s)
  • The tour will walk along the Philosopher's Walk, so please wear comfortable shoes.

  • Itinerary order is subject to change.

  • If the minimum number of participants is not met by 5 days before a scheduled date, the tour may be cancelled.

  • 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.

Booking Requirements (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)
  • You can book a maximum of 20.

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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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