Cultural Walking Tour of Kyoto's Shrines and Gion Geisha District

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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

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

  • Entrance to Tofukuji

  • Admission

  • Transportation fee

  • English-speaking guide
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Cultural Walking Tour of Kyoto's Shrines and Gion Geisha District

Duration: 4 hour(s)
Available: Daily
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Inclusions: Entrance to Tofukuji / Admission / Transportation fee / English-speaking guide
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Schedule

  • 13:50

    Meet at Kyoto Central Post Office (Door Close to Lawson)

  • 14:00

    Visit Tofukuji Temple

    Spend some time at this historic temple, built in the 13th century and enjoy its relaxing Zen garden. This temple is especially beautiful in the autumn, although its dramatic rock garden is lovely all-year round.

  • Walk to Fushimi Inari Shrine

    Get off the beaten path and see a more local side of Kyoto as your guide takes you towards the next stop.

  • Fushimi Inari Shrine

    See the famous and practically endless torii gates, as well as the shrine's many fox statues. They say that if you loook hard enough, you will find one that looks like you!

  • Gion District

    In the evening, head to Gion, the geisha district of Kyoto and see it come alive at night. There are many historical tea houses which are still used by geisha and their clients today. Keep your eyes open for the maiko and geisha as they make their way to the tea houses.

  • 17:30

    Tour Disbands in Gion Area

  • (For Check-In) Kyoto Central Post Office (600-8799 Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto, Shimogyo Ward, Higashishiokojicho, 843−12) Time: 13:50:00

  • (For Check-Out) Gion Neighborhood Time: 17:30:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Kyoto Central Post Office (600-8799 Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto, Shimogyo Ward, Higashishiokojicho, 843−12) Time: 13:50:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Gion Neighborhood Time: 17:30:00

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Notes

Restriction(s)
  • The maximum group size on this tour is 12 people.

Additional Note(s)
  • Children below the age of 6 are not permitted to join the tour.

  • Please note that items of a personal nature and gratuities for your guide are not included in the tour price.

Booking Requirements (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)
  • You can book a maximum of 12.

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  • Any cancellations made within 2 business days of your activity (after 17:00:00 local time) will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.

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