The 16th-century Nishi Hongan-ji Temple offers insight into ancient Japanese Buddhist history. This temple, along with its sibling-temple, Higashi Hongan-ji, represent two factions of the Jodo Shinshu sect.
Active travelers will love seeing Kyoto’s sights from the seat of a bicycle. You’ll cover more ground than on a walking tour but get a more intimate experience than on a bus tour. Visit must-see highlights including the Imperial Palace, the Gion district, Kinkaku-ji (the Golden Temple), and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Refuel with a hearty Japanese lunch.
Active travelers will love the opportunity to explore the northern parts of Kyoto by bike. Your local guide will make sure you don’t get lost, and will show you to back alleys and hidden corners that you might miss otherwise, as well as some of the famous attractions that shouldn’t be missed. Cycle on comfortable bike, and enjoy an authentic Japanese lunch to refuel.
This bike tour is the perfect way to explore Kyoto. Cycle down narrow backstreets that are inaccessible by bus tours, and cover ground at a faster pace than a walking tour. The itinerary showcases Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, the traditional geisha district of Gion, Tofukuji Temple, Takase Canal, and plenty more scenic surprises along the way.
Enrich your knowledge of Zen meditation in a place known for being the spiritual home of Zen Buddhism—Kyoto. Instead of sharing the experience with other travelers—have the rare opportunity of taking part in a private Zen meditation workshop for just your group. During the session, find out about the theory and practice of meditation in a traditional “machiya” house, and try out both seated and walking meditations.
3 hours 30 minutes
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