Higashiyama (meaning "eastern mountains"), nestled between the Kamogawa River and the eastern sloping foothills, is Kyoto's most historic district. From sprawling temple complexes perched atop hills to the traditional backstreets of Gion, THIS is the historical and cultural heart of Japan that you came to Kyoto to experience!

This culturally rich district is famous for containing the densest collection of Buddhist temples in the world, but it's far more than just a religious area. This is where geisha still live and entertain guests nightly, craftsmen use traditional techniques to create masterworks, and guests gather for tea ceremonies in elegant townhouses on quiet backstreets. With KyoTours Japan, you'll experience and fully understand some truly magnificent spots in Higashiyama.

This full day tour of the east side of Kyoto is the perfect tour for guests who want to soak up as much Kyoto culture as possible in a single day, while avoiding the well-known, busy tourist spots. Out of all of our tours, this Higashiyama experience is the best embodiment of our touring philosophy about getting an in-depth look at local culture. Don't worry about getting "templed-out" on this tour! KyoTours Japan knows how to keep things interesting for guests, and we can show you how to approach each temple and shrine from fresh viewpoints that let you find new details to admire and appreciate. This walk through Higashiyama will provide insight on Japanese religion, art, architecture, geisha, gardens, tea, food, and traditional - as well as modern - ways of life. See another side of Kyoto that most guests often overlook, and join us on this unique journey through Kyoto's past.

Full Day Higashiyama Culture Tour

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This tour took us to main sites as well as off the beaten path. We felt like we were not with a guide, but with a friend taking us around Kyoto. The guide did not rush us during our tour with him which was so nice! We would not have gotten that in a big group tour. Overall, a great tour with a great guide.
— Ocdclean, from San Diego via Trip Advisor

Additional information

  • This tour must be started no later than 9:00am.

  • This is mainly a walking tour, so comfortable clothing and shoes are recommended.

  • The suggested route above may be reversed depending on the season and the guest's choice of lunch location.

  • The tour can start from a number of easy to access meeting places, including your hotel or another spot convenient for you.

  • Tour price includes all transportation prices and all temple and garden admission fees.

  • Guests are responsible for their bill at lunch, their bill at the optional tea house stop, and any additional snacks, drinks, and shopping.

  • Itinerary subject to change due to seasonal changes in temple hours, special events, transportation delays, weather, or other factors. Guests will be kept informed of any itinerary changes as they occur on the day of the tour.

  • Please read our terms and conditions for more information before booking.


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