6-Person Japanese Gardens Tour

3 Hours
Group Activity

From (USD) $82 Per Person (Minimum 2)

6-Person Japanese Gardens Tour

3 Hours
Group Activity

From (USD) $82 Per Person (Minimum 2)

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      6-Person Japanese Gardens Tour

      Kyoto, Japan
      From (USD) $82 Per Person (Minimum 2)
      • The Golden Pavilion: The Zen Buddhist temple called Kinkaku-ji began as a shogun's private villa, and epitomizes lush garden design in the Muromachi period, when Japanese culture flourished under the influence of Zen Buddhism from the 1330s until 1573.
      • Ryoanji Temple: This sacred site contains two Zen rock gardens – Karesansui Garden, a dry Zen gardens with a highly stylized landscape of gravel and rocks, and Ninna-ji, modeled on the Imperial style, with wet and dry features.
      • More than a guide: Even by GoBe standards, your tour leader is special. Known officially as "docents" (from the Latin for teacher), these Ph.D. and M.A.-level experts provide fascinating insights into the history and philosophy underlying Kyoto's Zen Buddhist landscapes.
      About This Kyoto Tour

      Natural beauty combines with contemplation and tranquility on this tour, as you explore precisely landscaped miniature worlds that were first created by emperors and nobles during Japan's Muromachi period.

      Our walk begins at the dazzling Golden Pavilion of Kinkaku-Ji, built in the 14th century as the home of a regional shogun and now a Zen Buddhist temple. It's the perfect setting for discussion of the era's water-oriented garden design as we analyze the purposeful arrangement of natural elements for reflection and entertainment.

      We then head by motorcoach to Ryoanji Temple for two excellent examples of Zen rock gardens: Karesansui, a prototypical "dry" temple garden of stone, and Ninna-ji, our final destination, where we'll compare earlier landscape design with that of the later Muromachi period. The covered walkways of the Goten, a former residence of the head priest, feature painted sliding doors that mirror the surrounding landscape's rock and water features, tying together our discussion for a deeper understanding of how Japanese gardens reflect a wider philosophy and culture.


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      Cancellation policy

      You cannot participate in this tour if you have not sent your passport number and name beforehand. Context walks can be cancelled up to 48 hours prior to the walk with an 85% refund. Within 48 hours all reservations are final and cannot be refunded. Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather. If you are running late for your meeting with our guide, we ask that you call to alert us so that we can relay the message to the guide. No shows are treated as last-minute cancelations and are non-refundable. Cancellations within two business days need to be made directly with our local offices by calling them directly (or on the emergency number provided). Cancellations made via email or by calling our U.S. 800 number may not be honored.

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