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Explore Historical Side of Kyoto

In this experience, you will be visiting the historical attractions of Kyoto like Kiyomizu-Dera Temple, Otowa Waterfall, Jishu-Jinja Shrine, and more.

In Kyoto
8 Hours
Upto 5 people
  • Visit popular historical attractions of Kyoto
  • Learn interesting facts about the history and culture of the city

This historical tour of Kyoto will take you to the following places:

  • Kiyomizu-Dera Temple: A great place to begin a day in Higashiyama is Kiyomizu-Dera, a World Heritage Site with more than 1,200 years of history. Inside the temple complex, there is a balcony that hangs over an impressive cliff. Amazingly, this nearly four-story tall balcony was constructed without a single nail using a technique known as Kake-Zukuri. The view of the trees is particularly stunning during the fall or when dotted with sakura in the spring.
  • Otowa Waterfall: Located just below the Honden or main shrine, these waters were believed to be sacred and capable of passing on blessings to those who drank from the falls.
  • Jishu-Jinja Shrine: It is a famous shrine located inside Kiyomizu-Dera. The main attraction of the shrine is the “Love Fortune Telling Stones.” Located about 10 meters apart from each other, it’s said that anyone who can successfully walk eyes-closed from one stone to the other will be successful in love.
  • Ninenzaka and Sannenzaka: Located at the foot of the mountains and slightly to the north of Kiyomizu-Dera are Ninenzaka and Sannenzaka. These historic streets are some of the best-preserved in Kyoto. The stoned-paved streets are lined with lovely wooden stores selling everything from delicious Kyoto specialties to fine souvenir goods. There are also numerous cafes and restaurants, where you can take a break and have something to eat.
  • Yasaka Pagoda: Yasaka Pagoda is a symbol of the Higashiyama area. This impressive pagoda stands 46m (approx. 150ft.) tall.
  • Yasaka Koshindo Shrine: Built in the Heian Period, this is said to be the oldest sacred place of Koshin-Shinko, a folk faith of Japan. It is well known for the many strings of Kukuri-Zaru i.e. little “monkeys” with their hands and feet tied together. Visitors can leave their wishes tied up with these monkeys to get them fulfilled.
  • Nene no Michi: This street is named for Nene, the wife of Toyotomi Hideyoshi. As with Ninenzaka and Sannenzaka, you’ll find many beautiful stores selling a variety of goods.
  • Kodai-Ji Temple: This temple was established at the behest of Nene in memory of her husband. Both she and Toyotomi are enshrined here.
  • Maruyama Park: This one is famous as one of Kyoto’s most popular sakura viewing spots. The star attraction is a Shidarezakura weeping cherry tree. The tree is lit up during the cherry blossom season from sunset until 1:00 am between mid-March and mid-April.
  • Yasaka-Jinja Shrine: Yasaka-Jinja is an important place in Gion. In fact, it was called Gion-Jinja or Gion Shrine until the Meiji Restoration. Yasaka-Jinja holds the Gion Matsuri, a festival with a history of more than a thousand years. This incredible event goes on for nearly the entire month of July.
  • Hanamikoji-Dori Street: The most notable attractions of this street are the many okiya, places where geisha and maiko live. Also here is the Gion Kaikan, the theatre in which Gion’s maiko and geiko perform the Miyako Odori every year in April.
  • Maiko Spotting: Lastly, with some luck, you may be able to see maiko on their way to engagements in the early evening on Hanamikoji-Dori.
What's included

Services of the local guide

What's excluded
  • Transportation
  • Entrance fees
  • Lunch
  • Personal expenses
Know before you go

Optionally, you can also choose for Maiko Henshin Experience in this tour

  • Since these are live tours, they may be subject to last minute cancellation due to inclement weather, Internet disruptions or other unforeseen circumstances.
Meet your Host
Tokio tours

My name is Nicki Yoshihara and I am the founder and owner of Tokio Tours. We have been guiding people across various places in Japan since 2013. We have a lot of experience in providing the best possible experience in Japan. Since I am originally Dutch, we have a lot of Dutch-speaking guides working for us in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, and various other locations around Japan. All our guides are local people who have had extensive training in how to be the guide you need. We specialize in bespoke private tours. All our guides do their utmost to enhance your experience and to adjust every tour we do to the clients' needs. All our guides are also fluent in Japanese and English and have extensive knowledge of Japanese culture, cuisine, modern pop culture, religion. All our guides have their own expertise.

From USD 369 / Person
Important Information
  • Fully refundable in case of any cancellation upto 2 days before the tour.