Kyoto Stunning Japanese Gardens Tour

 

Overview

Kyoto is the best known sightseeing spot in Japan. As it was the old capital of Japan for over 1,000 years, it offers plenty of fabulous things to see such as venerated temples, shrines, Geisha and Uji matcha town.
One thing we strongly recommend is to visit traditional Japanese gardens which are acknowledged and admired throughout the world. Some of them beautifully harmonize with the surroundings and others provide space to indulge in meditation.
Here we offer a one-day tour introducing splendid gardens in Kyoto including Arashiyama Bamboo Grove.

What to Expect

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Tenryuji Temple, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Kinki

Tenryu-ji Temple which is designated as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site was founded in the 14th century by the then shogun, Ashikaga Takauji, in memory of the late emperor, Godaigo. The garden, arranged so that you can stroll around the pond, was designed by renowned zen priest Muso Soseki. Throughout the year you can enjoy this beautiful garden which cleverly incorporates the landscape behind it.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Ryoanji Temple, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Kinki

Ryoanji Temple is so famous that even Queen Elizabeth Ⅱ praised its beauty during her visit to Kyoto. It’s a typical dry garden. Though it’s made quite simply with only rocks, sand and green moss, it still inspires our imagination.
This garden is also famous for its ingenious stone arrangement: whatever angle you are looking at it from, there will always be one stone that is hidden from view.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Kennin-ji Temple, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Kinki

Situated in the Gion area, this temple was founded by Eisai as the first zen temple in Kyoto. It dates back to 1202. There are two things here not to be missed:
One is its dry garden designed by Kumakichi Kato in 1940 which expresses the wabi-sabi aesthetic sense in Japanese art centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection.
The other is a picture of powerful twin dragons painted on the ceiling of the main hall as can be seen in other head temples too. They are believed to protect Buddhism. As the painting was so large, it took the painter Junpei Koizumi almost two years to complete it.

Duration: 1 hour

Departure Point
Kyoto Station
Departure Time
9:00 AM
Duration
7h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
Guide Fare
Exclusions
Transportation fare abt.1,600 yen, Admission fee 1,300 yen, Food & drinks
Entry/Admission – Tenryuji Temple
Entry/Admission – Ryoanji Temple
Entry/Admission – Kennin-ji Temple

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 5 travelers