Your orientation begins here; take a ‘crash course’ through time in Kyoto to map out what comes next
From $38.13 USD pp (based on 8 adults)
Private & 100% personalized tour
Hosted in English (On request: Arabic, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish)
You’ll discover a city that’s steeped in perfectly preserved history as you explore with a local insider who’s ready to share their city’s secrets with you. Your host will take you on a journey through time, starting with the ancient temples and shrines of Higashiyama, where narrow lanes are flanked by traditional wooden buildings and pottery stores. You could visit Kennin-ji Temple and Yasaka Shrine, or both - they’re just eight minutes apart! In fall and spring, you might head a mile south to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, where cherry blossom and maple trees put on impressive seasonal performances. Your host will share with you their local knowledge, from the best places to eat to where you could experience an authentic tea ceremony.
Memorize the layout of centuries-old Nishiki Market in Nakagyo, a large central district, while your host orders a portion of wagyu sushi, because you’ll definitely want to come back. Or take part in a tea ceremony at Rakusho, a teahouse famous for its beautiful garden and koi pond. Dodge salarymen on their way to a post-work bar hop across central Gion, and enter a dreamlike state while searching for ethereal geishas. Once your host has taught you to navigate crowded Higashiyama, the historic eastern quarter of the city where you’ll instantly recognize the traditional wooden buildings, and pointed out the best restaurants on Hanamikoji-dori Street, the central artery of Gion, you’ll be ready to take on the rest of the city solo.
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