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All About Higashiyama

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Trip at a Glance

  • Company

    Private Guide Kansai

  • Locations

    Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan

  • Activities

    Heritage-History Tour, Sightseeing, Walking Tour

  • Price
    ¥33,000 JPY per trip
  • Duration

    10 hours

  • Avg Distance

    9 km

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    9:00 AM

  • Starting Location

    Hotel or Kyoto station

  • Price Includes

    Guide fee, hotel pick-up in Kansai (Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Kobe and so on) area


  • Ginkaku-ji temple: a temple built in the Shoin-zukuri style, with a sense of quiet simplicity and subdued refinement.
  • Eikan-do temple: with beautiful autumn leaves, this is the temple where Precept Master Yokan practiced.
  • Nanzen-ji temple: a great zen temple with many solemn and impressive prayer halls.
  • Kiyomizu-dera temple: look out at wonderful scenery from the Kiyomizu platform
  • Gion district: an alley way with highly dignified Maiko/Geiko tea houses. A scene that says "This is Kyoto"


Trip Info

For your first impression of Kyoto, you should start with a visit to the Higashiyama ward. This area has tons of “must-see” attractions, including the Ginkaku-ji, Eikan-do, Nanzen-ji and Kiyomizu-dera temples. The impressive UNESCO world heritage site Kiyomizu-dera, a Buddhist temple founded in 778 and one of the finalists for the ‘New Seven Wonders of the World’ list, is something that you surely should not miss.

We will explore the famous Maiko/Geiko quarter and Gion district, now a national historical preservation area. At the Gion district, you will enjoy viewing traditional Japanese performing arts, another experience not to be missed in Kyoto. Please put on your broken-in walking shoes since we will walk around 9 kilometers on this heritage history tour in Kyoto.

Your adventure awaits!

Private Guide Kansai

Hi! My name is Koji Matsuda, a nationally certified English-speaking guide. Let me welcome you to Japan and be your Private Guide in the Kansai region of Japan’s main island of Honshu. The region includes the prefectures of Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Hyogo, Wakayama, Mie, Shiga. The area of Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe (the Keihanshin region) is the second most populated in Japan after Greater Tokyo. After more than 20 years in the business world, in May 2015 I began a new career as a professional guide. Through my education, private study and travel experience I am well qualified to be your guide to the geographic wonders, history, customs, and places of interest in Japan. To take your own tour with me, please contact first. We will correspond and work out the very best tour. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you might have. - Koji Matsuda

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