Spend a day soaking in the ancient ways of Japan. Wandering a few beautiful temples and shrines of Kyoto. Then visit the countries' most renowned night-time district. Meeting close to an accessible station, walk just a short distance to the first location. At these temples, learn about Japanese Buddhism and the symbolic nature of the surrounding grounds. Taking special moments to explain the dieties while we look at statues made hundreds of years ago. Then explore the beautiful gardens, and take a moment to just breath. The next location follows a hidden route to the major Fushimi Inari shrine, known only by locals. Hear stories that shaped the shrine and learn why it is one of today's biggest tourist destinations. Spend a moment discovering the shrine's charm for yourself, and without the crowds. Before heading to a restaurant to eat a typical Japanese lunch, overlook kyoto from the mountain's best viewing point. Then join the major shrine route to explore the official entrance. Finally, jump on a train to the last location of the tour. Discover the mystery and wonder of this well-known night district. Visiting alleys that your guide knows Geishas and Maicos frequent on their way to work. Learn about the art of Geishas and Maicos. Then hear how the culture of Japan has shaped the distinguished appearance of these women.
After living abroad for several years, my most prized memories are the incredible friendships that were cultivated with the locals. It was from these people that I gained local insights and unique experiences. Since moving back to this ancient city, I'm keen to give visitors to Kyoto a similar experience and pass on my cultural knowledge. I have a great interest in Buddhism and Shintoism, that has taught me the privilege of this spirited city, and I wish to share that with you.
Classic Japanese dishes such as Udon, Soba noodles or Inari Sushi.
Entrance fee to the rock garden in the main temple.
A train ticket from Fushimi Inari Station to Gion Shijo Station.
Unique temples with a beautiful rock garden that is rarely visited by foreign tourists. After that, walk to the secret entrance of Inari mountain and walk up to the best viewing point. Have lunch at an old Japanese restaurant where customers can overlook the beautiful view of Kyoto while eating. After lunch, walk down the mountain to go to the main shrine of Fushimi Inari. Finally, take a train to go to Gion and explore its back alley ways.
Additional water and some snack.
The lunch included in this tour is not suitable for those who follow a vegetarian or vegan diet as the restaurant uses fish/chicken broth for their soup. Also, it is a five hour walking tour that includes hiking on the mountain so it might be hard for people who have mobility difficulties.
Learn about temples, shrines and Geisha