For those looking to get off the tourist trail and enjoy some of the city’s true hidden gems, our Shisendo, Enkoji and Manshuin half day walking tour is one of the most unique ones we offer. We should know – we live in the area!
We begin by taking the train from central Kyoto to Ichijoji shopping street to discover some of the area’s local artisans as well as Kyoto’s best ramen noodles. This is where Kyotoites come to eat – the selection is amazing and there’s not a hint of English – true local style!
Our walk then takes us to beautiful Shisendo temple, passing by tiny neighbourhood shrines, traditional houses, local vegetable farmers and small Jizo statues on the way. Shisendo’s gardens are particularly nice in the autumn and at other times of the year, we may have the temple all to ourselves – a truly sublime experience.
From there it’s a short walk to Enkoji temple, known for its ‘karesansui’ dry rock garden, impressive iron bell and bamboo grove before we follow a small mountain trail to Manshuin, a majestic Tendai Buddhism temple which boasts a fascinating history and some beautiful artwork dating back to the Muromachi Period in the 14th century. This is also a great place to collect Goshuin temple stamps from the resident head monk.
If time allows there’s also the option to pass by the grounds of Shugakuin, a magnificent 17th century Imperial Family retreat which commands great views of the surrounding countryside, before returning by train to Kyoto.
The above price is the guide fee for up to 5 people, not per person
The price does not include transportation or temple / garden 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 bring a little cash to enjoy some local snacks and delicacies! We can also tailor this to suit vegetarian and vegan 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 ask all guests to have comprehensive travel insurance