Kyoto walking tour
Kyoto Private Guide Tour"I like everybody visiting Kyoto has a good impression and underst,ands in all aspects. And find out that Japan is a wonderful country and the people here are really nice. I like to offer guiding service at the price most people can find it reasonable enough." –Shihoko Hirooka –- Shihoko Ms. Hirooka, Johnnie Hillwalker's wife with 35 years of guide experience, offers private tour showing you around Kyoto and Nara area, with guiding fee of 10,000yen for half day, 15,000 yen for full day, per one party(not including transportations, admissions nor meals). She can help and give you useful information about places to eat, something to see and to experience etc.
Kyoto Walking Tour
"Walk in Kyoto, Talk in English" is a tour guide given by Hajime Hirooka, better known to the tourists as Johnnie Hillwalker. This is an all walking tour, guide tourism. During the five-hour English-speaking private tour, Visitors’s guide Hillwalker shows tourists a large Buddhist temple, a few Shinto shrines and "workshops" (some are just shops) in the back alleys of the city. The tour operates rain or shine on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between March and November, excluding public holidays.
The walk is easy, covering 3 kilometers in 5 hours. No up and down, slow walking, visiting many places, mostly private, with much talking about Buddhism, Shinto, geisha, history, and everything. No reservation system, just join and go. It will be a lot of advantages and merits for your Kyoto trip.
Walking starts at 10:15 from JR Kyoto station. The Check-in place is an easy to find small, 10 steps down Square, you find when you walk out of the main entrance (Karasuma gate) of Kyoto station. In the direction of Kyoto tower, you will find some trees surrounding the meeting place, a small low square.
Tour fare : 2,000 yen (Adults) (About $20 U.S.dollars) 1,000 yen (13~15 years old children) Smaller children are free & No other charges. tourist participant : 20~(no limit)
Place to visit: Higashi-Honganji, the biggest Buddhist temple, not a tourist spot, but a place to worship. We have to take off our shoes to go inside. 3 Shinto shrines, Ayako enman-gu ,Ichihime shrine and Toyokuni shrine. A former geisha area, Gojo rakuen. A graveyard in Chokodo Temple, or Renkoji Temple. 4 workshops in private homes along back alleys where things such as Buddhist prayer beads, paper fans, tofu, paper lanterns, rope decorations, green tea containers, Japanese pastries and pottery are made.
There is no lunch stop.
The tour provides each of you one small piece of vegetarian sushi, and there is a rest in an old pastry shop, Kanshundo-Higashimise, around 2:00, where you are served a small piece of Japanese pastry with a cup of green tea. phone 075-561-1318.
The tour finishes around 3:00-3:30 near Kiyomizu temple, the No. 1 tourist spot in Kyoto, half way up the eastside hill, with wonderful views and many shops, and restaurants along old Kyoto-style lanes, the best part of Kyoto to spend the remaining of the day yourself.
You can find our pamphlets at most of the hotels, ryokans, and information desks in Kyoto.
2010, Johnnie asked WaRaiDo Guide Networks Co., Ltd. to cooperate with this tour. Now WaRaiDo takes care of Monday Walks. Johnnie takes care of Wednesday Walks and Friday Walks.
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