Explore the Higashiyama district with your own Local Guide
During this tour, we'll explore the Kiyomizu temple, and the Gion district.
Kiyomizu temple was built in the 8th century, and is one of our world heritage sites. All buildings are made of wood. Kiyomizu temple is famous for the platforms which are projecting over a cliff. You can see very beautiful view of Kyoto from that platform.
The Gion district is located in the center of Kyoto and it is famous for Keisha girls who entertain the guests in particular places called Ochaya (it is a kind of restaurant) If you walk there in the evening and you are lucky, you may see Geisha walking in that area.
Let's enjoy this walking tour together!
From the nearest bus stop we walk up the slope to Kiyomizu temple through the area where a lot of shops are lined up. About 30 minutes walk.
From Kiyomizu temple we go to Yasaka shrine through Sannenzaka slope and Ninennzaka slope where we can see the traditional view and feel the traditional atmosphere.
From Yasaka shrine we go to the Gion district, about 1 hour walk.
We usually end in the Gion district. Or, we can return to your hotel.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Your hotel in Kyoto.
End location: We usually end in the Gion district. Or, we can return to your hotel.
Duration: 4 hours
Public transportation and walking.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
830 Japanese yen - - Bus fare 230yen each for you
- Your admission fee 600yen each for Kiyomizu temple
I am not a driver. I can accompany you in your vehicle which you book.
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What a wonderful introduction to Kyoto! Aki was patient & kind - he let us ask a million questions, stopped and made sure we took great photos and let us set the pace of the tour. Before hand he was awesome about email communication and confirmed the tour with us after making a custom plan for our time! Thank goodness as San Francisco natives we were used to walking hills :) He listened to our asks and set up a great schedule for our time. Lovely tour guide in a lovely city!