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Kyoto: Zen Garden, Zen Mind (Small Group)

Kyoto, Japan
Kyoto: Zen Garden, Zen Mind (Small Group)

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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


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.
  • Get insider knowledge on Kyoto’s most magical gardens
  • Learn fascinating insights from a landscape designer
  • See multiple temples on one tour, including Nanzen-ji
  • Exploring Kyoto on foot takes you to places inaccessible by car or bus
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Walking tour of some of the most magical gardens Kyoto has to offer
Guided narration by a landscape designer with 15 years experience
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks
Keage Sta. , Higashikomonozacho, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, 605-0044, Japan

We will meet outside of exit #1 of Keage Station on the Tozai Line.

Nanzenji Fukuchicho , Nanzenji Fukuchicho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, 606-8435, Japan

We will end in front of Nanzen-ji.

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY An Design
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Fabulous Insights and Inspiration!
Katherine K
, Jul 2019
Andrew’s knowledge and passion about landscaping and Zen gardens is incredible! I learned so much about the history and design of gardens, and a lot of interesting tidbits about the culture. These are the kinds of things you’d only learn from an ex-pat who’s been in the country for close to a decade. Very special! It was my first trip to Kyoto and I can’t wait to come back and do more of Andrew’s tours.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
Thank you so much Katherine. It was absolutely my pleasure. I wish you many safe and enjoyable travels in the future and hope to see you in Kyoto again!

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