Off the Beaten Path: Takagamine & a Zen Monastery

Visit some lesser-known temples along the northern edge of central Kyoto that are known (among locals) as fantastic autumn leaf viewing spots.  Wander down through a dense forest to a gorgeous garden.  Walk along the stone-paved paths of a huge Zen temple monastery and visit two beautiful sub-temples hidden inside.  Pay your respects at a historic shrine and enjoy a delicious Japanese sweet that has been served in the same location since 1002!

Excursion Details:

  • ¥10,000 (includes 10% sales tax, services and expenses of a cultural specialist).
  • Not included:  Entrance fees ¥2,000, lunch, transportation to/from meeting points.
  • 3-7 participants, ages 18 and older
  • This tour runs rain or shine.
  • Extensive walking over relatively flat ground with some gentle slopes
  • Tour begins and ends at corner of Kuramaguchi-dori & Horikawa-dori.
  • Led by Sandra Isaka

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Nov 21 2021


Tour lasts approx 5-5.5 hours
9:00 AM - 2:30 PM




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