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W001 Kyoto Walking Tour: Buddhism, Art and Gardens

W001

Visit three significant Kyoto temples: HIgashi Honganji Temple, Sanjusangen-do Temple, and Chishaku-in Temple to see impeccable views of the city, beautiful historic gardens, iconic statues and traditionally painted national treasures.

HIGHLIGHT

◆ View Kyoto from above at Kyoto Station’s roof top garden
◆ Walk the grounds of Higashi Honganji, one of the head temples of the Jodo Shinshu School of Buddhism
◆ Visit Higashi Honganji Temple’s Goeido, one of the largest wooden buildings in the world
◆ Be among 1,001 Buddhist statues at Sanjusangen-do Temple
◆ See Chishaku-in Temple’s gorgeous painted screens, designated as national treasures of Japan
◆ Walk along Takase River with its historic townhouses and stores to see the daily lives of the Kyoto locals

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT

Kyoto Station : You will first meet your guide at JR Kyoto Station, a futuristic marvel made of steel and plate glass. From there, you will head to the 15th floor, where you can enjoy excellent views of the city from a peaceful rooftop garden.

Higashi Honganji Temple : After the station, you will then head down one of Kyoto’s quieter alleys to Higashi Honganji Temple. As you walk the alley, you will able to observe the daily lives of the Kyoto locals, all the while avoiding the crowds of the main streets. At the end of the path, you will arrive at Higashi Honganji, one of two head temples of the Jodo Shinshu school of Buddhism, the most popular form of Buddhism in Japan. At Higashi Honganji, you will visit, among other buildings, the impressive Goeido hall, one of the largest wooden buildings in the world. Consisting of towering high ceilings and gold fittings, it is a sight to be seen. Takase River From Higashi Honganji, you will take a walk along the beautiful Takase River, a canal with a long history connected to Kyoto’s sake trade. Along Takase River, you can see old town houses, stores selling traditional souvenirs, and canopies of flowers in bloom. It is especially picturesque in the cherry blossom season.

Sanjusangen-do Temple : You will then arrive at Sanjusangen-do Temple (officially called “Rengo-in Temple”). Here, you can see a large gold statue of the “thousand-armed” Kannon, the Buddhist goddess of Mercy, flanked by 1,000 human-sized replicas — a breathtaking scene, unlike anywhere else in the world. Other impressive sights at Sanjusangen-do also include the powerful Fujin (“God of Wind”) and Raijin (“God of Thunder”) statues and the 24 guardian deities statuettes that all express different facial expressions, all statues representing the very height of Japanese Buddhist arts. In addition, the main building of Sanjusangen-do is a National Treasure in itself. At 120-meters long from North to South, it is the longest wooden building in Kyoto, and the 33 spaces between its columns give the temples its namesake (“sanju san” meaning “33” in Japanese). Its construction style, which uses 50-meter long pillars, is also a unique sight.

Chishaku-in Temple : At Chishaku-in Temple, the last destination on this tour, you can see artworks painted by Hasegawa Tohaku and his pupils. Tohaku was one of the greatest Japanese painters of the 16th century, and the beautiful gold-leaf screens displayed here showcase the very best of his skills. Three of them, “Kaede-no-zu” (“Maples”), “Sakura-no zu” (“Cherry blossoms”), and “Matsu to Aoi no zu” (“Pine trees & Hollyhock”), are registered National Treasure. The temple is also known for its lush strolling garden, where visitors can appreciate a beautiful green landscape atop a man-made hill. The garden is centered around a poind and some highlights include its striking azalea area, which is vibrantly colorful in mid-spring.

ITINERARY

8:15~11:45
JR Kyoto Station Ozora Square → Higasho Honganji Temple → Takase River → Sanjusangen-do Temle → Chishaku-in Temple
13:15~16:45
JR Kyoto Station Ozora Square → Higasho Honganji Temple → Takase River → Sanjusangen-do Temle → Chishaku-in Temple
More Info

The meeting place is "Ozora Square" on the roof of JR Kyoto Station.

We walk all the way, and the routes are as follows.
JR Kyoto Station Ozora Square → Higasho Honganji Temple → Takase River → Sanjusangen-do Temle → Chishaku-in Temple

The tour end place is Chishaku-in Temple, and the nearest station, Keihan Railway Shichijo Station, is a 10-minute walk.

After this tour is over, we recommend the following tours.
W002 Kyoto’s Higashiyama: Tradition, Art & Religion Tour
W004 Toji, Fushimi Inari, Tofukuji Tour

CANCELLATION POLICY

If you cancel your reservation, the following cancellation rates and remittance charge will be charged.
(1) 14 days - 3 days prior to the program date: 20 % of the program fee
(2) 2 days of the day before the program date: 50 % of the program fee
(3) a day before the program date: 100 % of the program fee

PROGRAM FEE

Basic Fee (Per Group)
0JPY
Fee per Person
12,800JPY

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

STARTING TIME
(1) 8:15~
(2) 13:15~
DURATION
3.5 hours
LOCATION

3.5 hours

MINIMUM NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS
2 persons
INCLUSIONS

・ Guide in English by an interpreter guide with a national license (1 guide for every 8 people)
・ Admission Fee(Sanjusangen-do Temple and Chishaku-in Temple)

・ The adult fee is 12,800 yen as shown, and the child fee for children under 12 years old accompanied by an adult is 8,960 yen.
・ The minimum number of participants is 2 adults. 2 children under 12 years old accompanied by an adult are counted as 1 adult.

EXCLUSIONS

・ Food and drink, shopping expenses, etc.
・ Transportation expenses to the meeting place
・ Transportation expenses from the tour end place

※ If you wish to pick up at your hotel, an additional 3,300 yen (tax included) will be added.

NOTIFICATIONS

◆ Be sure to follow the guide's instructions during the program. We are not responsible for any accidents caused by not following the instructions of the guide.
◆ In principle, the supported language is English. If you would like a guide for Chinese, French, Spanish, German, Italian, etc., please apply in advance to info@truejapantours.com. We will answer about whether or not it can be implemented. For languages other than English, an additional charge of JPY 1,100 will be charged per person.
◆ Our business hours are from 8:00 to 17:00 on weekdays and from 8:00 to 10:00 on Saturdays. Please note that inquiries outside business hours will be handled on the next business day.

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