Stunning Zen Gardens & the Golden Pavilion
In this tour, you visit the one of the most beautiful and famous temples in Kyoto, the Golden Pavilion & Stunning Zen Gardens. You find out the beauty of Japan.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT
This course highlights two UNESCO Cultural Heritage sites: Kinkakuji Temple, also known as the "Golden Pavilion", and Ryoanji Temple, and Taizoin Subtemple at Myoshinji Temple, one of the five headquarters of Zen Buddhism In the past the shoguns appreciated and enjoyed this area. Our guides, all government-licensed, will show you around with warm hospitality and total dedication.
Pick up at hotel -> Taizoin Subtemple at Myoshinji Temple -> Ryoanji Temple -> Kinkakuji Temple
◆Taizoin Subtemple at Myoshinji Temple
Myoshinji Temple, dating back to 1342, is a walled-off complex of temples and subtemples, and belongs to the Rinzai school of Zen Buddhism. Taizoin, the oldest among the 47 subordinate temples and one of a few subordinate temples open to the public, was founded in 1404. It is well known as a place where Musashi Miyamoto, a sword master, often visited for sitting meditation.
A painting titled "Catching Cat-fish with a Gourd" by Josetsu, one of the greatest producers of Chinese style ink painting in the 15th century, is designated as a National Treasure. It can be seen in the abbots' chamber, where it brings many visitors to the Zen world. "Yoko-en", literally meaning "the garden of lingering fragrance" is a garden that changes endlessly with the flowers of each season and weather of each day. In this garden, visitors can find an earthen jar buried in a garden. that produces a clear, faint, and delightful sound .as water grips into it from a basin above.
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.
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.
Total Price = Basic Fee + Fee per Person * Number of Participants + Tax
Taizo-in Subtemple at Myoshinji Temple
Guiding fee, Public Transportation fee (For taxis or hired cars, additional fee will be charged.), Admission fee
Cost of meal and sightseeing activities
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