Kyoto Day Tour – Escape the Crowds

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This guided tour takes you to some of Kyoto’s most celebrated hanami locations for admiring cherry blossoms. Additionally, you will learn about the life and work of renowned artist and famous son of Kyoto, Hashimoto Kansetsu, in the tranquil surrounds of Hakusasonso Hashimoto Kansetsu Garden and Museum Kyoto.

Trip HighLights

  • Tour of special places in Kyoto with an English speaking guide
  • Travel on public transport to get a feel for the city
  • Admission to Hakusasonso Hashimoto Kansetsu Garden and Museum Kyoto
  • Visit one of Kyoto’s premier Zen Buddhist Temples

Quick Itinerary

Day Trip Schedule
9:00  Kyoto Station   Meet Tour Guide and take public transport to first location.

   Keage Incline  A favorite walking spot for the people of Kyoto – steeped (literally!) in history as part of the old canal and railroad system.

   Garden at the Abbot’s quarters of Nanzen-ji Temple  A sanctuary of calm in Kyoto – and one of the most important locations for Zen Buddhism in the old Capital City.

   The Philosopher's Path  Nishida Kitaro, one of Japan’s great thinkers, used to stroll along this path. Will you be lost in thought as you walk by the water and the cherry trees?

Lunch  Hakusasonso Hashimoto Kansetsu Garden and Museum Kyoto  A table is booked for you in the charming surrounds of this combined museum and garden.

  Travel back to Kyoto Station on public transport  
16:00 Kyoto Station   Tour Ends at Kyoto Station
 Tour Price Includes Lunch

Access Information

Tour Start Point Kyoto Station
Tour Start Point Map
How to get to the Tour Start Point From Tokyo:
About an hour and forty minutes on the Shinkansen Bullet Train.
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Keage Incline

Keage Incline

The Keage Incline is a stretch of old train track lined with cherry trees in Kyoto City.

It was originally part of the Lake Biwa canal system which connected Japan’s largest lake with Kyoto City. In order to carry boats and cargo from one section of the canal to another, a 580 meter (or about 1,900 feet) railway line was constructed. Boats were loaded onto flat cars and pulled along the tracks. Due to the 36 meter (120 feet) difference in elevation between sections of the canal system, the track is sloped. You notice this slant as you walk along the old tracks.

The canal route was completed in 1890 and at that time, the Keage Incline was the longest sloped plane of any canal system in the world. It was still raising and lowering vessels between the different waterways on its tracks as late as the 1940s.

Today, it is a popular place to take a relaxing stroll, especially during cherry blossom season.

Garden at the Abbot’s quarters of Nanzen-ji Temple

Garden at the Abbot’s quarters of Nanzen-ji Temple

Built in 1291, Nanzen-ji is one of Kyoto’s most important Zen Buddhist temples.

The extensive grounds of the temple include sub-temples, a National Treasure and the 22 meter (70 feet) tall Sanmon, a triple gate structure. The sub-temples are called Tacchu and were built by apprentice monks to commemorate the great Abbots who have passed away.

Nanzen-ji gives its name to the Nanzen-ji sect of Rinzai Zen Buddhism. It is the head temple which oversees the Five Mountain System of Gozan, a group of Zen Temples in Kyoto.

The Philosopher's Path

The Philosopher's Path

The Philosopher’s Path follows the Lake Biwa canal at the foot of the Higashiyama Mountains.

It is one of Japan’s most famous paths for a quiet walk. In the 1920s, artist Kansetsu Hashimoto and his wife Yone undertook the planting of 300 cherry trees along the path. The trees which enchant Kyoto’s people every spring with their cherry blossoms are known to this day as Kansetsu-zakura – Kansetsu’s cherry trees.

Hakusasonso Hashimoto Kansetsu Garden and Museum Kyoto

Hakusasonso Hashimoto Kansetsu Garden and Museum Kyoto

Renowned artist Kansetsu Hashimoto begain building Hakusa Sonso as his residence, studio and garden in 1913 and it took several decades to complete.

As part of this Kyoto tour, gaze at the grand, majestic gardens while enjoying a local specialty lunch. Afterwards, it’s time to learn about Hashimoto’s life and works.

The grounds cover about 10,000 square meters or over 100,000 square feet and are home to a tea house, art studios where Hashimoto worked, and even Hashimoto’s own personal Buddhist temple where he prayed as part of his daily life.

The garden covers over 7,000 square meters or 80,000 square feet and is in the Chisen Kaiyu style. This type of garden is designed to be appreciated while walking around the central pond. Admire the stone works found throughout the garden, some of which are over 1,000 years old.

Even though the Hashimoto Kansetsu Museum and Hakusa Sonso Garden are quite close to the bustling tourist areas of Ginkaku-ji Silver Pavilion Temple and the Philosopher’s Path, they maintain a tranquil and calming atmosphere. Only those with reservations may have lunch here so rest assured that your afternoon here will be comfortable and relaxing.

Cancellations and modifications
If you would like to modify details, such as your traveling dates or the number of participants, please cancel your current reservation and make a new one. Cancellations can be made online through “My Page”. Please be aware that a cancellation fee may apply depending on the time of year.

■Cancellation period
[1)Within 60 days of receipt of payment. 2)Up to 8 days before departure]
Cancellation fee:None (free of charge)

[3 days before departure]
Cancellation fee:30% of the total tour fee

[the day before departure 1 day before departure]
Cancellation fee:40% of the total tour fee

[On the departure day On the day]
Cancellation fee:50% of the total tour fee

[After departure or in case of no-show]
Cancellation fee:100% of the total tour fee

About taxi drivers and sightseeing・Concerning your luggage
・For your convenience, we have arranged for taxis and mini-vans to allow you the comfort of traveling without being preoccupied about handling your luggage. Taxis will be available regardless of the number of participants however, due to space limitations, we ask you to inform us should you be traveling with more than 3 pieces per person (additional costs may incur). To respect your privacy, we work exclusively with experienced drivers who can only speak Japanese. For necessary information, we have prepared a separate document with useful phrases in English and other foreign languages.

・During the tour, large items such as suitcases and duffle bags will be kept in the trunk of the taxis. When getting on and off, please feel free to request access to your belongings from the driver at any time. However, we ask that you keep any valuable and fragile items as well as perishable food items with you at all times. Please acknowledge that we are not liable for any damages to your luggage in the event of an accident during transportation. We do not take responsibility for the damage, loss or theft of items due to negligence of the transportation company or its employees.

For customers joining tours during the winter period
・Over the winter season (December to March), it is not uncommon to see snow in Japan. Please understand that weather-related changes in the road conditions will also impact the tour schedule. If you need to catch a train or a flight to another city at the end of the tour, we advise you to give yourself extra time to work around any potential delays.

Itinerary Changes
・Tourist spots may sometimes need to be changed, or the length of travel time required may be different due to traffic conditions, etc. Please note that additional charges may be applicable if the arrival time is later than the end time specified in the itinerary.

Tour operation: regarding the minimum number of participants
・Tours may be canceled if the minimum number of travelers is not reached. In that case, an e-mail notifying customers to this effect will be sent up to 12 days before the start of the tour. Full refunds shall be issued for any canceled tours.

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