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Japanese Roof Architecture and Workshop Tour

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Otsu, Japan
Japanese Roof Architecture and Workshop Tour

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icon4 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Learn about the roof architecture of Japan's traditional shrines and temples with this half-day tour, just a short train ride away from Kyoto. After meeting your guide, you'll get the lowdown on some of the famous tiled monuments around Japan, then enjoy behind-the-scenes visits to two renowned artisan workshops to see craftsmen at work. You'll finish with a visit to the Hiyoshi Taisha Shrine, the roof of which was made by the aforementioned craftsmen.
  • Japanese roofing and artisan workshop tour near Kyoto
  • Learn about the architecture of famous sites such as Kiyomizu-dera
  • Discover the difference between onigawara and hiwadabuki concepts
  • Visit two artisan roof workshops to see skilled craftsmen in action
  • Hear the history behind the shrine pavilion of Hiyoshi Taisha
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Local guide
Mini onigawara ornament
Local transportation fare (taxi fare from JR Hieizan-Sakamoto Station)
A snack (SOBA buckwheat noodle)
All Fees and Taxes
Gratuities
JR Kyoto Station Pickup charge
Round trip train fare between JR Kyoto and JR Hieizan-Sakamoto stations
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
  • Hieizan-Sakamoto Station , 3 Chome-31 Sakamoto, Otsu, Shiga 520-0113, Japan

    JR Hieizan-Sakamoto Station (KOSEI LINE) is the starting point of the tour. Meet our tour conductor in front of the ticket gate (there's only one gate at the station) at 9:30 am.

  • Kyoto Station , Higashishiokoji Kamadonocho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, 600-8216, Japan

    We can also pick you up at JR Kyoto Station at 9:00 am in front of the 7-11 convenience store next to the West Ticket Gate (2nd floor). The pick-up charge is 4,500JPY/group. Your train fare is not included in the price. Please pay the pick-up charge by cash to our tour conductor.

  • 9:30 AM

    Please arrive 10 minutes before your selected start time for pickup. Your operator can coordinate exact time and location.

    Hieizan-Sakamoto Station , 3 Chome-31 Sakamoto, Otsu, Shiga 520-0113, Japan
    JR Hieizan-Sakamoto Station (KOSEI LINE) is the starting point of the tour. Meet our tour conductor in front of the ticket gate (there's only one gate at the station) at 9:30 am. We can also pick you up at JR Kyoto Station at 9:00 am in front of the 7-11 convenience store next to the West Ticket Gate (2nd floor). The pick-up charge is 4,500JPY/group. Your train fare is not included in the price. Please pay the pick-up charge by cash to our tour conductor.
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Not recommended for children under 15
    • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
    • OPERATED BY Tour Du Lac Co., Ltd.
    You can cancel up to 7 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 7 full days before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Any changes made less than 6 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • For a 50% refund, you must cancel 3–6 full days before the experience’s start time.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    Q:
    What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Japanese Roof Architecture and Workshop Tour?
    A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    See all safety measures taken by Japanese Roof Architecture and Workshop Tour.
    Q:
    What is the policy on sanitization during Japanese Roof Architecture and Workshop Tour?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    See all safety measures taken by Japanese Roof Architecture and Workshop Tour.
    Q:
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Japanese Roof Architecture and Workshop Tour?
    A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    See all safety measures taken by Japanese Roof Architecture and Workshop Tour.

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    Hands down our best experience in...
    Riki H
    , Aug 2017
    Hands down our best experience in Kyoto! We learned so much about the symbolism and practicalities of traditional Japanese architecture. Our guides were lovely and made a big effort to get to know us, and the artisans we got to meet were so friendly and welcoming. If you're even the slightest bit interested in traditional architecture, you HAVE to do this tour!
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    Gail_P
    , Apr 2017
    This experience was the highlight of our trip to Kyoto! It's a fascinating behind the scenes look at how the iconic Japanese roofs of temples and shrines are constructed. One key element of the roofs is the placement of Gargoyles, and we so enjoyed touring the workshop where they are designed and created. Everything we learned during this tour made our subsequent visits to the shrines and temples much more interesting and fun because we were able to identify the various Gargoyles at each location. If you have any interest in architecture and craftsmanship, this is the tour for you!

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