Drawing on my 11 years of experience as a landscape designer in the U. S. A. , 5 years working in the traditional garden industry in Kyoto, and my self-studies in Eastern philosophy since as long as I can remember, I am able to provide experiences for my guests that are unique and from the heart.
Living in Kyoto for over 9 years, I have come to fully understand that by limiting one's precious time here to visiting only the "must see" sites, one can hardly experience the beauty, serenity and deep spiritual nature of this town. Unless your idea of an enjoyable time is fighting through dense crowds, endless souvenir shops and noisy surroundings, I'd really recommend steering clear of most of the "must-see's" all together.
By visiting lesser known but nontheless stunning sites that are far off the usual tourist route, we can immerse ourselves in the exquisite and mystical nature of Kyoto. The experience we will share will feel less like a tour and more like a meaningful day considering design, philosophy and history while visiting amazing locations of harmony and beauty.
Available for half-day, full-day, and multi-day tours, I hope I can lead you on an enchanting and introspective outing while helping you to better understand this enigmatic country of Japan.
A Recent Review of this guide
Excellent! This tour is a must to begin to understand the various elements of Japanese gardens, Highly recommended no matter how many gardens you have.seen before. Andrew was a highly knowledgeable and engaging guide. The walking level was easy, and pace relaxed, with the benefit of seeing a variety of gardens. This was the best guided tour we have done. H&L Sydney Australia
Over 750 5-star reviews on various travel websites.
Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture.
5 years experience working in traditional Kyoto garden companies.
Certificate of Graduation from the Kyoto Japanese Gardener Training Program.
11 years professional experience working in garden design/ build in the U.S.A.
As we travel through the town we will utilize public transportation, taxis or walk. As I am not a driver, I can arrange for a separate car and driver.