Nijo Castle (Highlight in Kyoto) and tea ceremony with a private guide
Nijo Castle was originally built by Tokugawa Shogun in 1603. We can enter beautiful palace buildings and walk on the corridors where Samurai were actually walking in ancient days. Each chamber is decorated with gorgeous wall paintings. Garden in front of the buildings is a Japanese landsacape garden, where you can enjoy the art of Janapese garden master.
Next we move to a traditional Japanese house and learn tea ceremony. First you see elegant manner of tea ceremony performed by the host of the house. Then you can try your own cup of tea by yourself with the help of host in a traditional Japanese-style room with tatami mats. Please experience the tradition just in the center of ancient capital of Japan.
At the end of this tour, we visit Nishi-Honganji Buddhist Temple in this neigbor.
Nijo Castle(1 and half hours)
-subway or taxi
Tea Ceremony near Nishi Honganji Temple (1 hour)
Nishi Honganji Temple(half hour)
*Please note that Nijo Castle is closed on Tuesday in July, August, January and February. In this case, some other option is offered.
*As for tea ceremony place, substitute would be offered in case this facility is full.
*This is a basic plan. I am happy to meet your request as much as possible. Please feel free to contact me.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I will pick you up at the lobby of your hotel in Kyoto or other place suggested.
End location: I will leave you at the lobby of your hotel or some other place around Kyoto.
Duration: 4 hours
We use public transportation,such as subway and bus.
we may use a taxi depending on the number of the participans.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
4200 JPY - 2700 for tea ceremony
1500 for admission and transportation
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Yoriko is very kind patient and knowledgeable. The tea ceremony is not to be missed. We made matcha tea and learned about the ceremony . Our hostess was wonderful.