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Kyoto: Zen Garden, Zen Mind (Small Group)

Kyoto: Zen Garden, Zen Mind (Small Group)

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This is a perfect pick for nature lovers, and those interested in Japanese spirituality. Put away the guidebook and follow the lead of a landscape designer with over 15 years’ experience. It’s a great way to discover secret local spots that you wouldn’t discover otherwise, and to understand more about the meaning behind zen gardens.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$60.79
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$60.79

Kyoto Nishiki Market Tour with 7 Course Lunch

Kyoto Nishiki Market Tour with 7 Course Lunch

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The Nishiki Food Market, known to locals as the “Kitchen of Kyoto,” is a huge 400-year-old market sprawling with food vendors. Navigate what can be an overwhelming space with the help of your guide, whose insight into the local food scene will give you a taste of Japanese culture—and plenty of food. All food tastings are included as per itinerary.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$190.71
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$190.71

Itajime Shibori Scarf Class

Itajime Shibori Scarf Class

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Discover the art of ‘shibori’ during this 30 to 60-minute scarf-making class in Kyoto. Learn about Japanese culture from your knowledgable guide and become versed in one of the country’s many art forms. Use traditional tools and fabrics to make your scarf, then take this memorable handmade souvenir home with you to show your friends and family.
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  • 30 minutes to 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$49.17
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$49.17

Kyoto: Descending Arashiyama (Small Group)

Kyoto: Descending Arashiyama (Small Group)

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Get away from the crowds and spend a wonderful day in Arashiyama which will undoubtedly stand out in your mind as you think back to your time here in Kyoto. With a small group of 7 members or less you are ensured an authentic and intimate experience. We begin with a morning stroll through the lush garden of one of Japan’s first Zen temples dating back over 1,000 years. We then head into the foothills and as we peacefully stroll back to town we visit twelve hundred stone Buddhas on a hillside, an Edo period cafe, an ancient burial ground, a temple founded by two former geisha, a working pottery studio, the villa of a silent film actor, a majestic bamboo grove, and the "shrine of love'. All this as we browse shops filled with handmade goods and enjoy a delicious traditional lunch. Important Note: Each guest is required to bring an additional 5,500 yen (cash) for admission tickets and lunch.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$71.52
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$71.52

Japanese Roof Architecture and Workshop Tour

Japanese Roof Architecture and Workshop Tour

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Learn about the roof architecture of Japan's traditional shrines and temples with this half-day tour, just a short train ride away from Kyoto. After meeting your guide, you'll get the lowdown on some of the famous tiled monuments around Japan, then enjoy behind-the-scenes visits to two renowned artisan workshops to see craftsmen at work. You'll finish with a visit to the Hiyoshi Taisha Shrine, the roof of which was made by the aforementioned craftsmen.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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$165.63
Price varies by group size
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$165.63
Price varies by group size

Kyoto: Zen Garden, Zen Mind (Private)

Kyoto: Zen Garden, Zen Mind (Private)

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“When a garden is used as a place to pause for thought, that is when a Zen garden comes to life. When you contemplate a garden like this it will form a lasting impression on your heart.” — Muso Soseki, 13th c. Zen master The Japanese garden defies quick and easy understanding. As we move in awe through one of these masterpieces we can feel that there is something deeper than just the physical beauty that surrounds us. This experience is designed to go to the heart of that "something deeper". While occupying 3 temples of the Nanzen-ji Monastery, you will hear in-depth explanations and insights into the world of Japanese gardens that you would never learn about otherwise. The Japanese garden will be revealed to you as an expression of profound art. As you will undoubtly visit at least several temples and gardens while you are here, this experience will equip you with all the tools you need to help make your experience in Kyoto one that will form a lasting impression on your heart.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$291.36
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$291.36
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Calligraphy and Make your own Kanji T-shirt in Kyoto

Calligraphy and Make your own Kanji T-shirt in Kyoto

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You can get your own Kanji t-shirt in 2 hours. You will have 3 kinds of FUN! 1. Fun of Learning, 2. Fun of Making, 3. Fun of Wearing 1st Fun is learning about Japanese calligraphy. You will learn about Kanji history and Japanese calligraphy tools. We practice how to make black ink, how to use a brush, how to write basic lines. Then, practice the kanji you chose. You can choose specific kanji you want to write, or just tell me the images you want to write in English, or you can find it from our Kanji List. We tell you the tips for writing the kanji. 2nd Fun is making your own t-shirt. First, we make a silkscreen to print the ink to a t-shirt. Next, choose the color of t-shirt and the color of ink. Then, print the ink to the t-shirt through the silkscreen. Finally, press the t-shirt with heat by a machine so that the ink will not disappear. 3rd Fun is wearing your own Kanji t-shirt. Please wear your own t-shirt with the Kanji you actually wrote. It is the one and only t-shirt.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$53.64
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$53.64

Skip the Line: Museum Visit with Experience and Tea Ceremony Ticket at Maikoya

Skip the Line: Museum Visit with Experience and Tea Ceremony Ticket at Maikoya

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This is a great combo pack for those who are interested in the culture and history of Kyoto. Tea ceremony is a ritualistic way of drinking green tea and eating traditional sweets in a Japanese style room. It has the foundations of harmy, purity, respect and tranquility. The sessions usually last around 45 minutes and Maikoya is a walking distance from the museum located in downtown Kyoto. After the tea ceremony, you can enjoy all the main activities in the Samurai & Ninja Museum near Nishiki Food Market with the same reservation.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$49.17
Price varies by group size
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$49.17
Price varies by group size

Kyo-arashi Shibori Scarf Class

Kyo-arashi Shibori Scarf Class

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Traditional Japanese crafts are tricky for outsiders to try their hand at. This class at the Kyoto Shibori Museum guides you through the technique of how to dye a silk scarf using the kyo-arashi shibori method. You can customize your scarf to your own color preferences and leave with an elegant scarf to serve as a souvenir of your trip to Kyoto. While your fabric is drying, you are free to browse the museum displays and try on a shibori kimono.
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  • 30 minutes to 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$51.69
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$51.69

Kyoto: Descending Arashiyama (Private)

Kyoto: Descending Arashiyama (Private)

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Get away from the crowds and spend a wonderful day in Arashiyama which will undoubtedly stand out in your mind as you think back to your time here in Kyoto. We begin with a relaxing morning stroll through the lush garden of one of Japan’s first Zen temples dating back over 1,000 years. We then head into the foothills and as we peacefully stroll back to town we visit twelve hundred stone Buddhas on a hillside, an Edo period cafe, an ancient burial ground, a temple founded by two former geisha, a working pottery studio, the villa of a silent film actor, a majestic bamboo grove, and the "shrine of love'. All this as we browse shops filled with handmade goods and enjoy a delicious traditional lunch. Important Note: Each guest is required to bring an additional 5,500 yen (cash) for admission tickets and lunch.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$421.80
per group
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$421.80
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Kasamaki and Nuishime Shibori Wrapping Cloth Class

Kasamaki and Nuishime Shibori Wrapping Cloth Class

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Steep yourself in the arts of kasamaki and nuishime shibori during this 60- to 90-minute cloth-wrapping class in Kyoto. Try your hand at this intriguing Japanese art, with the help of an expert local craftsman. Learn tricks to do these techniques at home and bring a memento home with you. You’ll also get to see many prime samples of classic kasamaki and nuishime shibori dyeing displayed and in the museum shop. 
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  • 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$59.01
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$59.01

Private Tour - First Time - Kyoto! Visit All the

Private Tour - First Time - Kyoto! Visit All the "Must-See" Destinations!

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A must-visit location in Japan. Discover Kyoto's famous spots efficiently by bus. There is a story behind each spot in Kyoto representing the people who lived there and its history. You will take a visit to many of the shrines and temples. There is also time to enjoy the beautiful garden while tasting some matcha. From Kiyomizudera temple, you can see over Kyoto providing a great photo spot! The final spot is the well-known "Kanrakugai," popular for its Okonomiyaki. It is a plan that will allow you to discover the Kyoto hot-spots!
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$108.09
Price varies by group size
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$108.09
Price varies by group size

Private Tour - Have You Ever Tried? Experience the Skill to Make a Kimono.

Private Tour - Have You Ever Tried? Experience the Skill to Make a Kimono.

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There are still many kimono shops in Kyoto and high-quality kimonos are made there. There are a lot of kimono related shops in a small area in Kyoto because kimono consists of many parts such as cloth, kimono ties, and accessories. You will visit facilities where you can make a kimono cloth yourself on this tour! There are much more techniques in making a cloth than you think like dying. You can experience such techniques originated in Kyoto at specialized shops! Choose your favorite shape, color, and pattern and make your own one of a kind cloth! Don’t forget to book your tour to make your own kimono cloth, with your otomo guide!
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$93.99
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$93.99

Private Ultimate Temples of Kyoto Tour with a Local

Private Ultimate Temples of Kyoto Tour with a Local

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The temples of Kyoto are vestiges of its captivating past, and the stories surrounding these ancient places of worship define Japan’s iconic cultural city. Go in-depth into the country’s main religion of Buddhism, discover the true meaning of “Zen,” explore breathtaking scenery and architecture, all with your favorite local host on this personalized tour. Step into a stunning temple built by an emperor in the 12th century. See thousands of Buddha statues displayed in a giant hall, many of which are influenced by Hinduism. There’s more to see! Join your host and tour a Shingon sect temple, acclaimed for its expertly crafted sculptures dating back to the 1100s. Hear the life story of a local savior and see the statue modeled after him. For more historic temples and landmarks, follow your favorite local to a richly decorated temple with picturesque zen gardens, dedicated to a shogun who unified Japan. Also, explore old tea houses and tranquil bamboo forests within the temple!
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$121.07
Price varies by group size
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$121.07
Price varies by group size

Family Mitsui House Museum with green tea admission ticket

Family Mitsui House Museum with green tea admission ticket

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You can enjoy the garden and green tea in front of you while sitting on the tatami floor and the tatami mats of the Family Mitsui House Museum. Although it is in the city, it is a rich mansion where you can hear the voice of birds and the murmur of the river. This ticket is an advantageous plan that combines the admission fee and the matcha green tea. Please enjoy with the garden that changes its expression from season to season.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$9.83
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$9.83

Kyoto: The Path Less Traveled (Private)

Kyoto: The Path Less Traveled (Private)

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Get away from the crowded tourist sites and indulge on a private tour of some of Kyoto's most enchanting spaces. In a town whose history spans over 1,300 years, there are far more than just the "Top 10" that are worth visiting! Quiet Zen gardens, high ranking shrines, a local traditional lunch, a folk art museum and 1,001 Golden Buddha statues. This experience will introduce you to a world far away from the busy tourist sites, where you will spend peaceful moments getting to know the true nature of Kyoto. Note: Depending on our pace, all of the sites on this route may not be able to be visited. If the situation arises where we have to eliminate one or more of the sites the guest will determine what is eliminated.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$421.80
per group
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$421.80
per group

Ikebana Workshop in a 200 Year Old Ryokan

Ikebana Workshop in a 200 Year Old Ryokan

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Immerse yourself in Japanese culture and escape the rush of Kyoto with this relaxing, hands-on flower arranging class, held in the historic Kinse Ryokan building. During the class, learn about the history of ikebana from your professional ikebana instructor guide and with the group capped at a maximum of four people, you’re guaranteed personalized attention throughout.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$56.42
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$56.42

Private Tour - Kyoto Ghost Mystery Tour - Enjoy a different aspect of Kyoto

Private Tour - Kyoto Ghost Mystery Tour - Enjoy a different aspect of Kyoto

Kyoto is a place that once flourished as a capital. There are various legends, including one about Youkai. Enjoy a this tour with the theme of a Youkai! First buy traditional Kyoto power goods, and the Nishijin design star-shaped red seal book. Let's get power to get rid of the Youkai. Once equipped, walk around the legendary streets where the Youkai are said to have marched. There are Youkai goods and objects everywhere! For the courage, challenge yourself to the unusual Youkai ramen. Lastly we will visit a shrine that worshipped famous evil sprits in Japan. Let's enjoy an aspect of Kyoto, just a little different from the average tourist!
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  • 3 to 4 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.89
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$79.89

Kyoto: The Poet and the Ox (Private)

Kyoto: The Poet and the Ox (Private)

In this experience you will spend time in some of the most charming spaces in all of Kyoto including The Poet's Hut Temple, The Hermitage of an ex-Samurai, The Garden of the Ox and Dragon, and A Temple of Refined Elegance. In between we will have a tea break at a secret mountain tea house (only available on Wed., Sat. and Sun). We travel to an old, quiet and surprisingly ordinary neighborhood in the northeastern part of Kyoto, tucked into the Higashiyama mountain range. This is not like the busy tourist areas that are scattered around town. The road we follow winds its way through this residential neighborhood and we soon encounter traces of the farm life that existed in this area for hundreds of years. As we approach the cedar forest we can feel that this is like nowhere we have seen in Kyoto up until this point. It is in these surroundings you will have one of your most memorable experiences in Japan.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$232.45
per group
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$232.45
per group

“Tairyu-sanso” The best masterwork of aesthetics in Kyoto

“Tairyu-sanso” The best masterwork of aesthetics in Kyoto

This pair dragon mountain cottage is private. The technique and design of this Sukiya architecture and Japanese garden are so valuable that they are used when building the Kyoto State Guest House. Normally, tourists are not allowed to make arrangements through travel agencies, but we can make arrangements. Recommended for those interested in Sukiya architecture and Japanese gardens.
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  • 2 hours
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$280.42
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$280.42

Private Tour - Take a Walk Through a “Deep and Unique” Town to Gion

Private Tour - Take a Walk Through a “Deep and Unique” Town to Gion

If you are visiting Kyoto, of course, you will visit Gion offering Kyoto’s unique vibe. But how many people see the best backstreets of Gion? This plan takes you to the must-see hidden backstreets. Stones with a hole to convict evil and connect the good spirits, temples lined with wild-boars, vintage items not even the Japanese can find, ukiyoe made by craftsmen in a traditional Japanese house and souvenirs which you can't find elsewhere! Lastly, I will take you to watch the Maiko dance. You can see seven traditional performing arts after the show. A trip of Gion you can definitely do by yourself!
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.89
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$79.89

Carefree Private Exploration of Fushimi Inari, Gion, Kiyomizudera, and More

Carefree Private Exploration of Fushimi Inari, Gion, Kiyomizudera, and More

Dive into and swoon about one of Kyoto's most historically rich areas, Higashiyama ("Eastern Mountain") with your very own private, English speaking guide with vast knowledge of Kyoto and Japanese culture. Start from the southernmost mountain in the city, where the justifiably famous Fushimi Inari Shrine lies in wait with its thousands upon thousands of bright red torii gates leading you up the mountain into higher and still holier places. Mission accomplished, a short train ride (included) deposits us perfectly for an exploration of the Gion, a traditional entertainment district, where geisha still hold court and high regard. Work your way through various temples and shrines on the east side while learning what makes this area so special. All admission fees and transit are included so there's no need to fret about hidden fees. Since this is a private tour, feel free to contact us about any changes you'd like to make to the itinerary. We're very flexible.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$100.00
Price varies by group size
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$100.00
Price varies by group size

Fushimi Inari Shrine: Explore the 1,000 Torii Gates on an audio walking tour

Fushimi Inari Shrine: Explore the 1,000 Torii Gates on an audio walking tour

Fushimi Inari Shrine is one of Japan’s most popular and beautiful shrines. Thousands of people visit it every day to see the 1,000 magnificent torii gates. But most do not get the full story behind the pretty pictures they take. Join me on this self-guided audio tour as we delve into the history behind the Shinto rituals and beliefs linked to this amazing shrine. We’ll take an easy stroll among the tranquil forest scenery. You'll be one of a few who will discover the real power of this shrine that has been influencing people's lives over 1,300 years. The landmarks include: • The unique fox statues dotted across the shrine • An unmatched vista of the thousand bright red torii gates • The Heavy-Light Stone where you can make a wish Let’s take a stroll and found out why this ancient shrine has lessons that can still be learned today.
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  • 45 minutes to 1 hour
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$6.22
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$6.22

Private Tour - A Tour to Visit Rare Specialized Art Museums Unique to Kyoto

Private Tour - A Tour to Visit Rare Specialized Art Museums Unique to Kyoto

Kyoto is the center of Japanese culture and it used to have many craftsmen. To inherit these techniques and let the world know about these techniques, Kyoto has many specialized art museums. You will visit not so famous but worth visiting spots among those museums on this tour such as an art museum specializing in a special tea kettle essential to the Japanese traditional tea ceremony, one specializing in “Netuske”, a sort of a strap people use when wearing a kimono, one exhibiting work of art made from Japanese dying technique, one specializing in ukiyo-e picture, and so on! Don’t forget to book your tour to appreciate the art and technique of craftsmen, with your otomo guide!
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$126.88
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