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Kyoto’s Higashiyama: Tradition, Art & Religion Tour


This area, known as Higashiyama, is located on the east side of Kyoto, 3 km from Kyoto Station. In addition to historical buildings such as Kiyomizu Temple, Yasaka-no-to, Kenninji Temple, Kodaiji Temple, and Yasaka Shrine, there are a variety of new and old stores lining the streets connecting these tourist attractions.
In addition, since the city has the largest number of kimono experience facilities in Japan, you can walk around the city. The entire city is like traveling back in time, yet vibrant at the same time.


◆ Tour the most popular area in Kyoto with a nationally certified interpreter-guide
◆ Trek up to Kiyomizu-dera, a temple with over 1,250 years of history
◆ Enjoy a truly serene moment in Kennin-ji Temple, the oldest Zen temple in Kyoto
◆ Explore the brilliant vermillion red buildings of Yasaka Shrine
◆ Walk the streets of Gion, Kyoto’s most famous geisha district
◆ Look around at the traditional shops, caf?s, and galleries that dot Higashiyama



The following is a guide to the major facilities in this area.

(1) Kiyomizu Temple
Kiyomizu-Dera Temple, with a history of 1,250 years, is named after the abundant spring water. The temple has long been open to and loved by the common people, and its stage, which commands a panoramic view of Kyoto, is a must-see spot in Kyoto.

(2) Kenninji Temple
This is the oldest Zen temple in Kyoto, founded by Eisai, the founder of Zen Buddhism. It is famous for Tawaraya Sotatsu's painting of the Wind and Thunder Gods.

(3) Yasaka Shrine, Gion
Gion developed as the approach to Yasaka Shrine. The floats, designated as a World Heritage Site, are the centerpiece of the Gion Festival. The area where geiko and maiko are located is called Hanamachi, and four of Kyoto's five Hanamachi are concentrated in this area.

(4) Kiyomizu-zaka, Nigen-zaka, and Sannen-zaka (Sanneizaka)
In addition to Kiyomizu-yaki ceramics, there are other crafts such as Japanese paper, folding fans, and sculptures, as well as a variety of restaurants that offer culinary delights.

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Meeting Place:
The meeting place for this tour is JR Kyoto Station's Rooftop Sky Garden.


The tour route is as follows:
JR Kyoto Station Rooftop Sky Garden - Kiyomizu-dera Temple - Yasaka Pagoda - Kennin-ji Temple - Gion - Yasaka Shrine - Gion-Shijo Station

The tour ends at Gion-Shijo Station on the Keihan Line.

Want to experience more after this tour? We recommend the following:
W001 Kyoto Walking Tour: Buddhism, Art, & Gardens
W003 Gion Night Tour
W004 Toji, Fushimi Inari Shrine, & Tofukuji Temple Tour


JR Kyoto Station Rooftop Sky Garden - Kiyomizu-dera Temple - Yasaka Pagoda - Kennin-ji Temple - Gion - Yasaka Shrine - Gion-Shijo Station


In case of cancellation, the following cancellation fees will be charged:
(1) 3+ days prior: 20% of the program fee
(2) Two days before: 50% of the program fee
(3) One day before/on the day/no show: 100% of the program fee

*A separate remittance fee will also be charged.
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PROGRAM FEE(Excl. consumption tax)

Fee per Person
(1) 8:15~
(2) 13:15~
210 mins

Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Kennin-ji Temple and Yasaka Shrine


2 persons
・Guided tours in English by a nationally licensed interpreter/guide

・Admission fee (Kiyomizu-dera and Kennin-ji temples)
・ Food & drink, shopping expenses, etc.
・ Transportation to the meeting place
・ Transportation from the tour end place

※ If you wish to be picked up from your hotel, an additional 3,300 yen (tax included) will be added to the fee.
◆ This is a shared program. Multiple groups may take this program at once.
◆ Please follow the instructions of the guide during the program. We will not be responsible for any accidents that may occur due to disobedience of the guide's instructions.
◆ Walking tours may be subject to change due to facility closures or weather conditions.
In such cases, we will guide you to alternative locations.
◆ The program duration stated is only approximate.
Please note that the duration of the experience may vary depending on the situation and the number of guests.
◆ For walking tours, you are requested to meet our guide at a designated meeting place.
If you are late, please contact us at 03-6432-0195 during business hours (weekdays from 9:00 to 18:00).
We may also provide you with an additional telephone number to contact in advance of the program.
◆ If you require special assistance during the program due to any of the following: religious reasons, physical conditions, illness, allergies, or the age of children, please be sure to indicate this in the remarks section of the reservation form at the time of application.
Please note that we cannot guarantee any arrangements or changes to the program without prior inquiry.
◆ The minimum number of participants for this program is 2.
◆ This program is typically held in English. However, languages other than English can also be supported.
Please inquire at for details.
◆ Our business hours are from 9:00 to 18:00 on weekdays.
Please note that inquiries received outside of business hours will be handled on the next business day.
The application deadline for this program is 10:00 a.m. (Japan Standard Time) five business days prior to the tour date.
If you wish to apply after the deadline, please contact us at
◆ Please note that we cannot guarantee arrangements for programs purchased after the application deadline without prior inquiry.




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