A great half day tour for first timers to Kyoto, this guided walk dives into the fascinating worlds of Shintoism and Buddhism while exploring two of the city’s most beautiful temple and shrine areas.
After taking the train from central Kyoto, we begin at Fushimi Inari shrine where we’ll learn about Inari Okami, one of the principal Shinto gods responsible for everything from foxes to fertility. As we make our way through the dizzying array of spectacular gates which snake up the mountain, we’ll also discover many of the area’s unique hidden statues – all which have a story to tell!
Every climb up a mountain should be rewarded and returning to the base, we allow ample time to explore some of Kyoto’s best street food. Whether your tastes are sweet, savoury or vegetarian, we’ll explain the subtle differences in the local cuisine and guarantee the food will be full of flavour!
We then make our way through a local neighbourhood via its charming backstreets to Tofukuji temple, one of the Five Great Temples of Kyoto. Originally constructed in the 13th century and home to some of Japan’s finest preserved Zen Buddhist architecture, the Sanmon gate, meditation hall, bathing rooms and elaborate gardens maintain their original form and are spectacular, particularly in autumn. We finish by returning to Tofukuji station which offers excellent access back to the central city.
This walking tour is best done in the morning and for those who would like to beat the crowds or are keen photographers, an early start (e.g. 7am) is recommended. We can also extend this into our Backstreets of Higashiyama tour or allow more time to do a complete circuit of Mt Inari which offers some magnificent photo opportunities and great views over Southern Kyoto.
- Accommodation meet and greet
- Expert bilingual private guide
- Early morning start possible (7am)
- Secret spots and hidden gems
- Option to customise into a full day tour
The above price is the guide fee for up to 5 people, not per person
The price does not include transportation or temple entrance fees for each guest and the guide – these are usually minimal
We will provide an accurate estimate of these fees and any customised options at the time of confirmation
Please allow a little extra cash to enjoy the local street food! We can also tailor this tour to suit vegan and vegetarian clients
As this is a private walking tour, we can adjust the pace and length to suit but please let us know of any mobility issues
Please note our cancellation policy under ‘FAQs’ and we require all guests to have comprehensive travel insurance