Half day Tour of Kyoto's Northern Higashiyama area


Tour Number

Activity Level



Religious Heritage, First Time Visitor, City


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 6



English (fluent), Italian (fluent), Japanese (conversational)

The Philosopher's path and its beautiful temples and gardens

Step back in time walking along the charming Philosopher's path lined up with dozens of temples and gardens. In spite of being dotted with some of the most amazing temples, shrines and gardens in Kyoto, Northern Higashiyama is far less crowded than Southern Higashiyama and it makes a perfect half day trip within the city.

We'll first visit Nanzen-ji temple and its zen garden, climb up the impressive Sanmon gate and get surprised by a Roman-looking aqueduct running through the temple complex. A short walk will take us to the Eikando Zeinrin-ji temple complex, jaw-dropping in autumn but still a beauty all year round. We'll then start our relaxing walk along the Philosopher's path which runs along a beautiful small stream. A short detour before reaching the world famous Silver Pavilion (Ginkaku-ji), the final stop of our trip, will take us to the Honen-in, a little gem of a temple, with a moss covered entrance gate and a quaint and peaceful garden.


- Nanzen-ji temple and possibly the Sanmon Gate
- Eikando-Zenrin-ji temple
- Philosopher's path
- Honen-in temple
- Silver Pavilion (Ginkaku-ji)

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: Your hotel or a convenient railway/subway station

End location: The Silver Pavilion (Ginkaku-ji temple)

Duration: 4 hours


Mostly a walking tour, public transportation might be necessary to reach the starting point from and back to your hotel.

What’s Included

- My time and service as your private guide.
- Your Guide's transportation and entrance fees.
- Personal itinerary consultation service and tailor-made tour

Estimated Local Cash Needed

2100 yen - Admission fees to Nanzen-ji (500yen), Sanmon Gate (500yen), Eikando-Zenrin-ji (600yen), Ginkaku-ji (500yen).

What’s Extra

- Admission fees to the temples.
- Refreshments and snacks.

We strongly advise that travellers should be covered by their own travel insurance.

A Recent Review of this tour

Our half day tour of Kyoto with Luca was fantastic! Luca is friendly, conscientious, and very knowledgeable about Kyoto and Japan. I highly recommend booking him for a tour and I will be recommending him to my friends and family if they are planning a trip to Japan. Thanks, Luca!
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