Kyoto Culture Small Group Tour - Tofuku-ji, Fushimi Inari Shine and Gion

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Fushimi Inari-taisha
Fushimi Inari-taisha
Walk through corridors of bright-red torii gates
Walk through corridors of bright-red torii gates
Fushimi Inari Shrine
Fushimi Inari Shrine
Main Gate of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Main Gate of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Fushimi Inari-taisha
Fushimi Inari-taisha
Fox Statues, regarded as the messengers, are often found in Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine
Fox Statues, regarded as the messengers, are often found in Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine
Tofukuji Temple, Kyoto
Tofukuji Temple, Kyoto
Tofukuji Temple Zen Garden
Tofukuji Temple Zen Garden
Tofukuji Temple
Tofukuji Temple
Tofukuji Temple
Tofukuji Temple
Japanese stone garden in Tofuku-ji temple
Japanese stone garden in Tofuku-ji temple
Head to Gion, famous as Kyoto's Geisha district
Head to Gion, famous as Kyoto's Geisha district
Tourists walk in Gion
Tourists walk in Gion
Soak up the atmosphere of this historic quarter
Soak up the atmosphere of this historic quarter
Head to Gion, famous as Kyoto's Geisha district
Head to Gion, famous as Kyoto's Geisha district
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What To Expect

Walk through corridors of bright-red torii gates. See and learn about the modern and traditional aspects of Tofukuji Temple. Spot the thousands of fox statues in the Fushimi Inari Shrine while experiencing the peace of Zen gardens. Take a tour within Gion and discover the culture of Japan's Geisha district.

Highlights

  • Explore the Zen gardens surrounding the Tofukuji Temple

  • Stroll through the snaking red corridors of the torii gates at Fushimi Inari Shrine and spot thousands of fox statues

  • Visit Gion, the heart of Japan's Geisha district, and see its old wooden buildings, teahouses and exclusive Japanese restaurants

Specifications

Type:
Tours around Kyoto
Departs From:
Kyoto
Meeting Point:
In front of Kyoto Central Post Office
Duration:
3 hours and 30 minutes
Availability:
daily at 2:00 PM
Product Code:
8938
Voucher info:
Paper voucher printout not required for this activity. You may show e-voucher from your mobile device.
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Description

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.

Includes

  • English speaking guide

  • Transportation fare

  • Entry to Tofukiji

Excludes

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity expenses

Please Note

  • 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.

  • Tour ends at Gion area.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 4 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 3 days or less prior to date of activity.

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