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No matter from where visitors view Japan's most famous rock garden, at least one rock is always hidden from sight. That's one of the reasons that Ryoan-jiTemple, a temple with an accompanying zen rock garden, attracts hundreds of visitors every day. Originally a residence for aristocrats, the site was converted to a Buddhist temple in 1450. The temple features traditional Japanese paintings on sliding doors, a refurbished zen kitchen, and tatami, or straw mat, floors.

The temple's main attraction has always been the rock garden, as much for its meditative qualities as a desire to find meaning in its minimalistic attributes. The garden is a rectangular plot of pebbles with 15 larger stones on moss swaths interspersed seemingly arbitrarily. Some have said the garden represents infinity; others see it in an endless sea. Ryoan-ji is nestled down a wooded path that crosses over a beautiful pond with several walking trails. The luscious setting is as attractive as the temple itself.

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One Day Tour : Enjoy Kyoto to the fullest!

One Day Tour : Enjoy Kyoto to the fullest!

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Take in the highlights of Kyoto in one day with a guide who shares insights into the city’s history and culture. Stroll through the picturesque Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, and visit three important temples and shrines: Kinkaku-ji temple (Golden Pavilion), Ryoan-ji temple—known for its Zen garden, and Fushimi Inari shrine—known for rows of bright orange torii gates. You’ll also walk into the Gion district where you might see a geisha.
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  • 8 hours
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$147.48
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Kyoto Golden Early Morning Tour

Kyoto Golden Early Morning Tour

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Kyoto is the most famous tourist destination in Japan with plenty of wonderful sights to see. Here we offer a luxurious tour early in the morning that enables you to visit five of the most iconic tourist attractions in Kyoto comfortably and efficiently while avoiding the crowds.
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  • 8 hours
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$137.64
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Kyoto Full-Day Private Tour by Public Transportation

Kyoto Full-Day Private Tour by Public Transportation

You can enjoy a guided sightseeing tour only with your family and friends. This is a Kyoto tour using by public transportation. The destinations of the tour includes Karesansui Rock Garden, Arashiyama Bamboo Groves, Togetsu Bridge, Kinkakuji Temple and Tenryuji Temple. Enjoy the ancient temples , shrines and wonderful bamboo groves with historical explanations by professional guides. For details of the tour, you can look at the what to expect section and inclusions excursions section of this web page.
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  • 8 hours
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$175.21
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Kyoto Private Custom Walking & Sightseeing Tour

Kyoto Private Custom Walking & Sightseeing Tour

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Take control of your Kyoto sightseeing and visit only the sights you wish to see on this private walking tour. Ideal for first-time visitors, this tour lets you customize a half-day or full-day itinerary. Opt to visit the Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku-ji), Fushimi Inari Shrine, and Nijo Castle, or to stray from the beaten path to see an alternative side of Kyoto. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 2 to 8 hours
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$157.00
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$157.00
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Private Highlights of Kyoto Tour

Private Highlights of Kyoto Tour

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Immerse yourself in the cultural and architectural splendor of Kyoto on this private tour, ideal for first-time visitors. Choose from two different routes, both of which cover major Kyoto attractions including Nijo Castle and Kiyomizu Temple, and explore the city with a personal guide. On the northwest-bound route, you’ll visit the Golden Pavilion, Nishiki Food Market, and the bamboo groves of Arashiyama Park. Alternatively, the southeast course covers the Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kiyomizu Temple, and the Gion area. Receive undivided attention from your guide on this private tour. 
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  • 7 hours
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$206.47
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Kyoto Half-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

Kyoto Half-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

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Explore Kyoto, one of Japan's most popular tourist destinations, accompanied by one of our nationally-licensed, experienced multilingual guides, who will help you efficiently enjoy a four-hour tour, introducing both modern and traditional sides of this dynamic and ancient city. Your guide will pick you up at your hotel, or anywhere else at your convenience, and will take you to a number of Kyoto's famous spots. Let us know what you would like to experience and we will arrange a tour that's best for you! Note*1: Please select your must-see spots from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary. Note*2: The Nationally-licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.
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  • 4 hours
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$90.22
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Small-Group Kyoto Highlight Walking Tour (Full day)

Small-Group Kyoto Highlight Walking Tour (Full day)

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This is a small group highlight Kyoto Walking Tour. (8 hours) If you join a big group tour, you can't talk with a guide. But this tour is more like a private tour. The maximum is 8 people. (Minimum 2) You can talk with a local professional guide easily. You can choose the course from the West or East. *Tue, Thu, Sun only【East Kyoto Highlight course】 9:00 Meetup in JR Kyoto Station < Fushimi Inari Shrine (Thousand gates) < Sanjusangen-do (Temple with 1001 Kannon Buddha) < Lunch Time < Kiyomizudera Temple and its area < Gion District (Geisha area) 17:00 Finish *Mon, Wed, Sat only【West Kyoto Highlight course】 9:00 Meetup in JR Kyoto Station < Arashiyama Area (Bamboo forest, Togetsukyo Bridge) < Ryoanji Temple (Famous Rock garden) < Lunch Time < Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavillion) < Nijo-jo Castle 17:00 Finish **Caution** 1. The transportation fee, entrance fee, Lunch is NOT included in the price. 2. We can organize a tour over 2 people. If you are a solo, we need to cancel the tour.
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  • 8 hours
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$125.00
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$125.00

Kyoto UNESCO Historical Walking Tour

Kyoto UNESCO Historical Walking Tour

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-Explore Ninnaji temple deeply!- Learn about this heritage and its connections with the Japanese emperor. Shake hands with a Kannon deity, explore various halls. -Feel "Zen" at Ryoan-ji Temple- Home of the famous stone gardens praised by people all around the world. Your local guide will explain to you how religion plays a role in Japanese culture, and ways to feel ZEN. -Behold... the Golden Pavilion- Your local guide takes you through its gardens. Experience the ancient art of Sutra copying (Shakyo) and drink Matcha Tea with some sweets. Magical Trip is a local tour operator with the TripAdvisor certificate of excellence that offers various types of small-group tours throughout Japan! Check out our Trip Advisor Page for more tours and our reviews!
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$81.20
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$81.20

Kyoto One day Trip - Visiting Arashiyama & Kinkakuji , Tea ceremony (option)

Kyoto One day Trip - Visiting Arashiyama & Kinkakuji , Tea ceremony (option)

1200 years ago, Kyoto became the capital of Japan and the Heian period is started where the aristocratic culture was bloomed. Since then, Arashiyama was started to be developped as the village of elegance because the aristocracy has chosen to build their villa and for strolling in this place. It has been only a suburb of the capital, but by the murmur of the stream of Katsuragawa river from the Hozukyo vally, and riches of the nature of all land, the aristocracy were fascinated and they have chosen this place as the most favorable place for building the temples to be concentrated in the stillness. Today, it is one of the best place of Kyoto loved by tourists, where you find today many souvenir shops and cafés, and it is a wonderful place for having many activities which allow the interesting experiences of the culture, and also for finding the beautiful nature of each season and off course, it is a good place for visiting the temples.
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  • 8 hours
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$282.96
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UNESCO Sites sightseeing guided tour in Kyoto

UNESCO Sites sightseeing guided tour in Kyoto

The tour includes visits to some of the top spots of Kyoto including: Ryoan-ji Temple: a Zen temple of the Dragon at Peace, the site of Japan's most famous rock garden, one of the symbols of Kyoto. Kinkakoji temple: built in 1397 as a Zen temple in northern Kyoto. The temple is famous for having its top two floors completely covered in gold leaf. The temple had an impressive structure built overlooking a large pond. Nijo castle: dates back to Edo period in 1603. Nijo castle is a perfect place to get a feel of the local history and political changes that happened in the Japanese history. Kiyomezu dera temple: one of the most beautiful places to spend few hours in. Many Japanese shops are around, where you can try matcha and yatsuhashi, and get some souvenirs.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
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$500.00
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Free Choice of Itineraries Kyoto Private Tour

Free Choice of Itineraries Kyoto Private Tour

This is a guided private custom Kyoto tour using by chartered taxi. Pick up at a hotel in Kyoto city. For the tour destination, choose four places where you are interested in Kyoto from the list below for your tour! Karesansui Rock Garden, Arashiyama Bamboo Groves, Togetsu Bridge, Kinkakuji Temple,Tenryuji Temple, Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, Kiyomizu Temple, Nijo Castle, Kyoto Imperial Palace, Sanjusangendo. Enjoy the ancient temples , shrines and wonderful bamboo groves with historical explanations by professional guides. You will receive an email after booking your tour from this web page. Please reply to the email with the 4 tourist sites you want to visit. The price for the displayed tour does not include the charter car fares. The fares is 55000 yen on average. However, it changes with the parking lot and toll road to use on the day. Charter fares will be charged on the day of the tour. For details of the tour, you can look at inclusions excursions section of this web page.
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  • 8 hours
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$208.67
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Kyoto All Must-Sees Private Chauffeur Full-day Tour - English Speaking Driver

Kyoto All Must-Sees Private Chauffeur Full-day Tour - English Speaking Driver

This is the ideal pick for time-tight travelers wanting to discover lots of Kyoto’s highlights in a day. Avoid the potential confusion of Kyoto’s subway and bus systems, and travel comfortably in a private vehicle instead. Enjoy the flexibility of being able to pick a set itinerary, or customize your own. Potential attractions include all Must-See spots in Kyoto, so please explore at your own pace and visit sights such as Kiyomizu Temple, Gion Geisha District, Kinkakuji Temple and Arashiyama Bamboo Forest. Your English speaking driver will fully support your six-hours tour. Note*: Tour details has a possibility of change depending on the place of your meeting point. Please feel free to ask us if you have any special request for your itinerary. We will do our best to meet your request.
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  • 6 hours
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$406.00
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Full Day Kyoto Chartered Taxi Tour

Full Day Kyoto Chartered Taxi Tour

This is a guided private custom Kyoto tour using by chartered taxi. Pick up at a hotel in Kyoto city. For the tour destination, choose four places where you are interested in Kyoto from the list below for your tour! Karesansui Rock Garden, Arashiyama Bamboo Groves, Togetsu Bridge, Kinkakuji Temple,Tenryuji Temple, Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, Kiyomizu Temple, Nijo Castle, Kyoto Imperial Palace, Sanjusangendo. Enjoy the ancient temples , shrines and wonderful bamboo groves with historical explanations by professional guides. You will receive an email after booking your tour from this web page. Please reply to the email with the 4 tourist sites you want to visit. The price for the displayed tour does not include the charter car fares. The fares is 40000 yen on average. However, it changes with the parking lot and toll road to use on the day. Charter fares will be charged on the day of the tour. For details of the tour, you can look at inclusions excursions section of this web page.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$238.92
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$238.92
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Kyoto Stunning Japanese Gardens Tour

Kyoto Stunning Japanese Gardens Tour

Kyoto is the best known sightseeing spot in Japan. As it was the old capital of Japan for over 1,000 years, it offers plenty of fabulous things to see such as venerated temples, shrines, Geisha and Uji matcha town. One thing we strongly recommend is to visit traditional Japanese gardens which are acknowledged and admired throughout the world. Some of them beautifully harmonize with the surroundings and others provide space to indulge in meditation. Here we offer a one-day tour introducing splendid gardens in Kyoto including Arashiyama Bamboo Grove.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$135.33
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$135.33
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Kyoto Japanese Garden Lover's Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

Kyoto Japanese Garden Lover's Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

Traditional and historical Japanese gardens are best sites to see Japanese aesthetics. Both artistic landscape gardens with seasonal plants and dry landscape gardens at Zen temples help you get relaxed for meditation. Visiting various styled gardens and experiencing traditional Japanese spirits which are represented in plants, rocks, and total design. Our nationally-licensed and experienced multilingual guides will help you efficiently enjoy a one-day private tour of the best Japanese gardens in Kyoto. Select gardens from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary. In addition to gardens, you may also choose any famous site in Kyoto for a truly memorable experience! Note*1: Please select your must-see spots from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary. Note*2: The Nationally-licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$112.78
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$112.78
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What are Ryoan-ji Temple & Garden hours of operation?
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Ryoan-ji Temple & Garden hours of operation: 8am - 5pm March - November and 8:30am - 4:30pm December - February.. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book Ryoan-ji Temple & Garden tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Ryoan-ji Temple & Garden can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Ryoan-ji Temple & Garden 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Ryoan-ji Temple & Garden costs USD 81.20. Guided Ryoan-ji Temple & Garden tours start around USD 81.20 per person.
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