A Journey of Spiritual Quest – Southern Higashiyama

Start with a secret temple, follow the labyrinth of alleys clearing your mind, reaching one of the largest Zen temples with the perfect tranquility of mind, ending the tour with a visit to a temple famous for its gorgeous autumn leaves

This is an all-inclusive private walk with a friendly guide.

The tour takes you to the hidden gems in the southeastern part of Kyoto.
From a visit to a secret temple with graceful Buddhist statues to a relaxing tea break at a peaceful Japanese garden, this tour is for everyone wishing to see Kyoto through the local people’s eyes.
Why don’t you walk through the mysterious forest and scenic gorges, and lose yourself in the labyrinth of alleys where local people lead their everyday lives?
Clear your thoughts like Zen practice and you will gain tranquility of your mind!
The tour closes after appreciating the impressive rock garden in a famous Zen temple also known for its gorgeous autumn leaves.

Our Kyoto Premium Walks aim to show you the best of Kyoto by following slightly off-the beaten-paths.
This tour promises you:
(1)a relaxing and pleasant time in viewing Japanese gardens while enjoying a bowl of Japanese powdered green tea with a sweet in a Japanese style room
(2)the excellent care of a highly professional and friendly guide
(3)a well-planned course to see the best of Kyoto


approx. 3.5 hours and the walking distance is about 4 km (2.5mi.).


Unryu-in Temple, Tofukuji-Temple, and some hidden gems on the way, and more!


Recommended pick-up time is 9:30. But it is fairly flexible for your convenience (until 11:00a.m.).
Please contact us.


Your hotel (provided your hotel is located in the central part of Kyoto City) or the place of your own selection.

*In case the transportation fee to the starting point of the tour costs more than 500 yen per person (250 yen per child aged 6 to 11), you may be required to pay for the difference. Please contact us for further details.

The tour ends at the heart of the Tofukuji Temple complex. After the tour, you can continue your journey to the world-famous Fushimi Inari Shrine which has over 1000 vermillion torii gates, or go back to JR Tofukuji Station, both of which are within a 20-minute-walk from the tour ending point.

All-Inclusive Tour Fee (per party in Japanese yen)

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Child (6-11 of age) +2,000
Free for children under 5 with parents.
Please pay for children’s tea on site.

Note: The tour fee includes the guide fee, transportation fee from the pick-up place to the starting point of the tour, temple admission fee, and a cup of matcha green tea with a Japanese sweet.
The tour fee excludes the lunch and personal expenses.


No insurance. No responsibility for accidents. Please make sure you are covered with your own travel insurance.


Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.


After you submit your reservation detail, we will send you an e-mail invoice with a link to Paypal payment site. You can pay as a guest user of Paypal.
With your payment, your reservation is confirmed.


The tour closes after appreciating the impressive rock garden in a famous Zen temple also known for its gorgeous autumn leaves. 
In Autumn, Tofukuji temple’s garden is filled with colored leaves.

In spring and summer, green maples are so fresh and radiant.