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Atmospheric Zen Gardens including the Golden Pavilion & Nishijin textiles

Summary

Kyoto has a large cultural legacy coming from its 1200 year-long history. We at IJCEE offer special private tours in Kyoto at affordable costs. Our government-licensed guides will meet you at your hotel, and take you not only to major tourists' spots but also to lesser-known alleys and markets. At the end of the tour, you will agree that the best feature of Kyoto city is the mixture of the new and the old!

Itinerary

Itinerary Day Schedule
1

Pick up at hotel ->Kinkakuji Temple -> Ryoanji Temple -> Nishijin District -> Nishijin Textile center

◆Kinkakuji Temple
Second only to Mt Fuji as Japan's most famous sight, Hokusan Rokuonji Temple is better known as Kinkakuji Temple, or the Golden Pavilion, because of its dazzling gold-covered main hall, that seems to float above the surrounding pond.
The three-storied pavilion is covered in gold leaf on the second and third floors and features a bronze phoenix with a gilt impression on top of the roof. The mirror-like reflection of the temple in the pond is extremely photogenic, especially when the maple trees are ablaze in autumn. Their temple is an impressive feat. It is one of the historic monuments of ancient Kyoto, designated as a UNESCO Cultural Heritage site.

◆Ryoanji Temple
Ryoanji Temple belongs to the Rinzai school of Zen Buddhism. It was founded in 1450, after Hosokawa Katsumoto, a Shogunate government officer, inherited the former villa from one of the Imperial Court nobles, families the the Tokudaiji family.
Its biggest attraction is the world famous dry landscape garden. It measures about 25 meters from east to west and 10meters from north. To south. The garden is an austere collection of 15 rocks in various sizes, arranged in five groups adrift in a rectangular sea of white sand. This rock garden, surrounded by low earthen walls, may be thought of as the quintessence of
Zen art, and it is acknowledged to be one of the masterpieces of Japanese culture. The garden’s simple beauty inspires philosophical meditation. Queen Elizabeth Ⅱ, a monarch of the United Kingdom, and Jean Paul Sartre, a French
philosopher, have both greatly admire this dry landscape garden. It is one of the historic monuments of ancient Kyoto, and is designated as a UNESCO Cultural Heritage site.

◆Nishijin District
Nishijin is the center of the Japanese textile industry, traditional Japanese industry in Kyoto. Gorgeous
kimonos and obi sashes made from Nishijin brocade,
the greatest of Japanese woven textiles, is famous throughout the world. The sound of craftmen’s
weaving machines can be heard in alleys lined with typical traditional Japanese town houses, or machiya,
in Kyoto.

◆Nishijin Textile Center
At Nishijin Textile Center, visitors can observe kimono and obi weaving demonstrations performed on hand looms by active craftsmen in the Nishijin District. In addition, kimono fashion shows are performed seven times a day at the entrance hall on the first floor of the Nishijin Textile Center. It is a fascinating place to visit and enjoy.

Included

Guiding fee,Public Transportation fee (For taxis or hired cars, additional fee will be charged.), Admission fee

Not Included

Cost of meal and sightseeing activities

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel your reservation, the following cancellation fees and remittance charge will be charged:
(1) 14-3 days before the program day: 20 % of the program fee
(2) 2 days before the program day: 50 % of the program fee
(3) one day before, on the departure day, or cancellation without notice: 100 % of the program fee

Notifications

◆Please follow the guide's instruction during the program. We shall not be responsible for any accident caused by disregard of the instructions.
◆Please advise us if you have any religious or health restrictions, allergies, or the case where you would like to request a special care for participants, including children. Please email us at info@truejapantours.com to check an availability and share the information.
Please note that any programs booked without an inquiry will not be guaranteed.
◆Our services are mainly offered in English. In addition, services in other languages, such as Chinese, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Russian are also available. In case you would like services in languages other than English, please inquire us at info@truejapantours.com as soon as possible. We will check an availability.
◆Our business hours are from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm on weekdays. For inquiries received outside the business hours, we will look into it and respond on the next business day.
◆Deadline for booking of this program is 10:00 am of 2 business days (JST) prior to the program date except for the peak season described in the note below.
When booking the programs held during the peak season and after the deadline, please be sure to email us at info@truejapantours.com to confirm an availability.
Please note that any programs to be held during the peak season and booked after the deadline without a prior confirmation may not be guaranteed.
*Note : Peak season is from March 20th to April 30th.

Available date calendar

Available Date & Time

9:30 start

The Time Required

6.5 hours

Start City

Your hotel

Finish City

Nishijin Textile center ※【Finish Spot】 Tour guide will assist you how to get to the station for your next visiting spot or your hotel.

Venue

Kinkakuji Temple

Ryoanji Temple

Nishijin District

Nishijin Textile center

Meeting Place

Pick up at your hotel
(The picking applicable hotels are limited to the hotels between Higashi-oji-dori and Nishi-oji-dori (to the east and west) and Imadegawa-dori and Jujo-dori(to the north and south). If you need a taxi or a hired car, an additional fee will be charged.)

Program Fee

Basic Fee (Per Group)
14,800JPY
Fee per Person
7,500JPY
Age 6 - 11
4,500 JPY

Total Price =
Basic Fee + Fee per Person * Number of Participants + Tax

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