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Exploring the Heart of Kyoto (Half Day) -from Hotel (MH02)

(Kiyomizu Temple / Sanenzaka / Gion)

  Kyoto has a large cultural legacy coming from its 1200 year-long history and offers an incredible number of attractions for tourists. Among them, this private walking tour is planned to discover Kyoto's hidden beauty and explore the heart of Kyoto.

  Our government-licensed guides will take you not only to major tourists' spots but also to lesser-known alleys and markets. At the end of the tour, you will agree that the best feature of Kyoto city is the mixture of the new and the old!

Yasaka no Tou Pic.


Tour Information

Every day : 9:00~12:30 (Prior booking required)


Program Fee

(Per Group in Japanese yen)

Number of
Over 5people *1



9:00 - 12:30







*1: each additional person

*The tour price includes the guide fee, transportation fee, and temple admission fee (the cost of lunch is not included).

(English guides are always available. Please contact us if you need French or Spanish guides.)


Meeting Point/End of tour

Pick up at your hotel

The picking applicable hotels are limited to the hotels between Higashi-oji-dori and Nishi-oji-dori (to the east and west) and Imadegawa-dori and Jujo-dori(to the north and south). If you need a taxi or a hired car, an additional fee will be charged.

End of tour

Tour guide will assist you how to get to the subway station or the nearby bus stop for your next visiting spot or your hotel.


Tour Course

Kiyomizu Temple, Sannenzaka, Gion


Kiyomizu temple Pic.

The stage of Kiyomizu

Sannenzaka Pic.

at Kiyomizu Temple

Sannenzaka Pic.


Tour Highlight

"Don't jump off the cliff" / Kiyomizu Temple

  This temple predates the foundation of Kyoto and has had millions of pilgrims ever since. It is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site with over 30 structures, including a huge wooden veranda in front of the main hall that juts out over the cliff and provides you a panoramic view of Kyoto. There is a famous expression: that states "You must jump off the stage of Kiyomizu." It means that you should take the plunge to make your dreams come true.


"Most walked street in Kyoto" / Sannenzaka

  This sloped path leading to Kiyomizu temple was originally paved with stones in about 808 AD and may be the most walked street in Kyoto. It is lined with old wooden houses running restaurants and shops selling pottery, artworks and other traditional goods. You may come across young women dressed in kimono and feel as though you had traveled back in time to the days of 300 years ago.


"Encounter Geiko and Maiko" / Gion

  Gion is the entertainment district beautifully lined with traditional town houses and restaurants, you will encounter geiko and maiko, professional entertainers trained in traditional Japanese dance and music, including the playing the shamisen (like a three-stringed guitar) and singing. They can be seen wearing, beautiful, elaborate kimonos as they walk to and from appointments.



*Please wear proper clothing and shoes for walking.


Application Procedure

Step1: Please send the following information to IJCEE at info@ijcee.com.

  1. Desired program name 2. Desired date and time 3. Number of participants (including children) 4. Group leader’s name 5. Group leader's nationality 6.Your hotel in Kyoto


Step2: IJCEE will reply and inform whether or not the program is available.


Step3: Please purchase ticket(s) using the form below. You can pay with your credit card, debit card and PayPal acount.

When you click the "add to cart" button, you will be directly transferred to the PayPal shopping cart page. Please change the quantity if you would like to buy more than one ticket. Following this, please click the "Proceed to checkout" button.

Fascinating view from Kiyomizu temple & geisha locales (MH02)

Per Group in Japanese Yen

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Step4:Payment from PayPal will be sent after receiving the program fee from you. Please come to the meeting place on the day with the copy of the mail. IJCEE staff will be waiting for you with name plate.

Gion Pic.

Encounter Geiko and Maiko?!

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on a corner of Gion

Gion Pic.

Walk through the Gion Distract

Cancellation Charge (Cancellation Policy)

If you cancel your reservation, the following cancellation rates and remittance charge will be charged.

  (1) 14 days - 3 days prior to the program date: 20 % of the program fee

  (2) 2 days of the day before the program date: 50 % of the program fee

  (3) a day before the program date: 100 % of the program fee