All prices are per group (irrespective of the number of people) and include only the vehicle cost, driver fee, highway tolls/ parking fees. Lunch/ dinner/ incidental expenses & tickets etc. are not included.
You will be shown the option add an expert level guide and other additional available services prior to payment. All prices are inclusive of tax and credit card fees. No hidden charges.
Bookings can be made up to 72 hours before the listed departure time. A credit card will be required (and authorized for the tour amount) to make a booking, but it will only be charged once our team has confirmed the availability of your requested date.
We will pick you up from your accommodation at the beginning of the tour and drop you back at a location of your choosing (within Kyoto) after the tour. Please make sure to fill in the correct accommodation (and address) when booking the tour.
MAIN ACTIVITY :
Kimono Experience (Dressing at Hotel 1 Hour before your tour starts)
Feel first-hand the tradition of Japanese culture by being dressed in stylish and authentic Japanese traditional clothing in the privacy of your own hotel or home. Comfortably make your way to your destination in the beautiful kimono without hassle of going to a shop to dress-up or return the kimono. The service offers various of premium kimono, accessories rental and hair set that will suit your preferences. Take a stroll or visit places all dressed up in kimono for a memorable day during your stay in Japan.
Rent and Dressing Fee > JPY 9,720/person
The tour then moves onto best spots in Kyoto. Guests can choose three destinations from the following options:
Option 01: Kiyomizudera (Including Ninenzaka-Sannenzaka)
Kiyomizudera is one of the most celebrated temples of Japan. It was founded in 780 on the site of the Otowa Waterfall in the wooded hills east of Kyoto, and derives its name from the fall’s pure waters. The temple was originally associated with the Hosso sect, one of the oldest schools within Japanese Buddhism, but formed its own Kita Hosso sect in 1965. In 1994, the temple was added to the list of UNESCO world heritage sites.
Part of the fun of visiting Kiyomizudera is the approach to the temple along the steep and busy lanes of the atmospheric Higashiyama District including Ninenzaka-Sannenzaka. The many shops and restaurants in the area have been catering to tourists and pilgrims for centuries, and products on sale range from local specialties such as Kiyomizu-yaki pottery, sweets and pickles to the standard set of souvenirs.
Option 02: Fushimi Inari Shrine (Recommended)
Fushimi Inari Shrine is an important Shinto shrine in southern Kyoto. It is famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates, which straddle a network of trails behind its main buildings. The trails lead into the wooded forest of the sacred Mount Inari, which stands at 233 meters and belongs to the shrine grounds. Fushimi Inari is the most important of several thousands of shrines dedicated to Inari, the Shinto god of rice. Foxes are thought to be Inari’s messengers, resulting in many fox statues across the shrine grounds.
Option 03: Kinkakuji
Kinkakuji or Golden Pavilion is a Zen temple in northern Kyoto whose top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf. Formally known as Rokuonji, the temple was the retirement villa of the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, and according to his will it became a Zen temple of the Rinzai sect after his death in 1408. Kinkakuji is an impressive structure built overlooking a large pond, and is the only building left of Yoshimitsu’s former retirement complex.
Entrance fee (separate from Tour price, to be purchased on the spot)>
Round Trip, Adults : JPY400 per person / Elementary & Junior High School Students: JPY 300 per person
Option 05: Arashiyama Bamboo Forest (Recommended)
The iconic Arashiyama Bamboo Forest in Kyoto is one of the most beautiful and serene places we visited during our travels through Japan. Arashiyama Bamboo Grove or Sagano Bamboo Forest, is a natural forest of bamboo in Arashiyama, Kyoto, Japan. The forest consists of several pathways for tourists and visitors. The Ministry of the Environment considers it a part of the soundscape of Japan.
The walking paths that cut through the bamboo groves make for a nice walk or bicycle ride. The groves are particularly attractive when there is a light wind and the tall bamboo stalks sway gently back and forth. The bamboo has been used to manufacture various products, such as baskets, cups, boxes and mats at local workshops for centuries.
Option 06: Gion (Recommended)
Gion is Kyoto’s geisha district, with hostesses in colorful kimonos often sighted on the wooden Tatsumi Bridge, or amid upscale Japanese restaurants and boutiques on Hanamikoji Street. Gion Corner hosts traditional Kyomai dances, while Kennin-ji Temple is known for its Zen garden and Yasaka Shrine has seasonal festivals in a lantern-lit courtyard. Nightlife ranges from quiet sake bars to buzzing, pub-like izakayas.