Guided tour

Kyoto: Historic Higashiyama Walking Tour

Activity provider: Pinpoint Traveler

Kyoto: Historic Higashiyama Walking Tour

Activity provider: Pinpoint Traveler

From US$ 72.44 per person

Explore a variety of Kyoto’s best spots on this 4-hour walking tour. Stroll around Higashiyama and discover its must-see places, plus Fushimi Inari. Take great photos and enjoy the unique atmosphere.

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Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, French, German, Hebrew, English
Small group
Limited to 10 participants

Experience

Itinerary
4 hours
  • Fushimi Inari Taisha (guided tour)

  • Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine Senbontorii (guided tour)

  • Gion (guided tour)

  • Kōdaiji Temple (guided tour)

  • Kiyomizu-dera (guided tour)

Main stop
Other stop
End point
Highlights
  • Explore Fushimi Inari Taisha with a knowledgable guide at your side.
  • Enjoy breathtaking views and serenity at Kodaiji Temple (admission included)
  • Explore Sannenzaka and other backstreets in Higashiyama
  • Admire the traditional entertainment quarter in Gion
  • See what all the fuss in about at Kiyomizu-dera (admission included)
Full description
The district of Higashiyama is full of Kyoto must-see locations. Higashiyama means East Mountain, and this tour takes place at the foothills of the mountain range that forms the Eastern border of central Kyoto.  Start off your tour at the Fushimi Inari Taisha, a Shinto shrine located in the Southern part of the Higashiyama mountain range. Pass through the mystical vermilion torii gates that snake up the mountainside. Beyond the gates, you find the Fushimi Inari Taisha which is about Shinto history and culture.  Take a short train ride from Fushimi Inari to Gion and listen to the stories your guide has to share about this colorful, much-storied playground of the geisha and beyond. Gion is a special place as it continues to be an active part of modern-day culture. This district is also known for its evening entertainment.  Stroll through the streets of Higashiyama and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. Visit the Kodaiji temple (admission included) and immerse yourself in the serenity of its gardens and bamboo grove. The temple complex dates back to the early 17th-century.  Take some snacks or souvenirs in the streets along Sannenzaka and walk you way up to Kiyomizu Temple. Once arrived you can enjoy a spectacular view of Kyoto. The temple is famous for its clear, pure water flowing from the mountains into the Otowa Waterfall. Take the opportunity to sample some of the pure water yourself. It is said that the 3 divided streams bring health, wealth, or happiness. Choose wisely as for greedy people none of the wishes will come true.  The tour ends after we tour Kiyomizudera (admission included) together, at which point you are free to spend more time and discover the area at your own pace.
Includes
  • Entry fees for Kodaiji and Kiyomizu-dera. Fushimi Inari is free.
  • Train ticket from Fushimi Inari to Gion.
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Meeting point

We meet just outside the fare gates of JR Inari Station. Depending on which part of Kyoto you are coming from, it may make sense to use the Keihan train line and walk the few minutes to the JR station.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • This activity includes a bit of uphill walking but nothing exceptionally steep or demanding
Customer reviews

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Our tour guide, Kevin, was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. 10/10 recommend and cannot wait to check out his company's other tours!

November 16, 2022

Product ID: 384629