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Private Dinner with a Geisha
"This experience is a guided tour with a private dinner with one maiko. This is a truly private and authentic party arrangement with a privately arranged maiko for approximately two hours. This includes a guided tour and Japanese dinner course. You may choose from two options: a half Kaiseki course option in a room with others or a full Kaiseki cour or Kaiseki ryouri is a traditional multi-course Japanese dinner that came about originally when monks would ward off hunger with warm stones. Due to the half Kaiseki option being in a room shared with others voices from neighboring tables may be overheard. But there will still be one maiko with her undivided attention to the room.For the full Kaiseki course at the Japanese restaurant’s private room there will be one maiko there specifically for your room.Both half and full Kaiseki meal options will meet at 5pm at the Minamiza theater and will go on a guided tour of the geiko and maiko district. Then at around 6pm
From JPY16,000.00
 
Private Highlights of Kyoto Tour
"The tour starts at 9am from the Hotel Granvia Kyoto in the JR Kyoto Station building. You are requested to select one of two different courses Northwest-bound course or the Southeast-bound course. The Northwest-bound course visits the Bamboo Grove the Rock Garden (Ryoanji Temple) the Golden Pavilion and the Nijo Castle or the Nishiki Market. The Southeast-bound course visits the Sake Brewery the Fushimi Inari Taisha the Sanjusangendo Temple the Kiyomizudera Temple and the Ninenzaka or Sannenzaka Slope.Tour ends at 4pm near the Gion area
From JPY10,000.00
 
Nighttime Tour of Kyoto by Bus
"Enjoy a tour of Kyoto’s enchanting night scenery with English narration. This bus will pick you up from one of 5 designated starting points and take you to the UNESCO World Heritage sites such as the Five Story Pagoda of To-ji Temple Nishi-Honganji Temple and Nijo Castle as well as the Outenmon gate of Heian Jingu Shrine and Yasaka Shrine. The bus will also visit Shijo Kawaramachi and the Gion district at the heart of this ancient city with Heian Jingu Shrine and Chion-in Temple specifically illuminating their shrine and temple especially for this tour! All of these locations are lit up in a beautiful fashion that highlight both the architecture and culture against the beautiful night """Enjoy a tour of Kyoto’s enchanting night scenery with English narration. The bus tour will take you around UNESCO World Heritage sites including To-ji Temple Nishi-Honganji Temple and Nijo Castle
From JPY2,100.00

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JR Kyoto Station Karasuma Entrance Karasuma-Dori Shiokoji-Sagaru Shimogyo-Ku, Kyoto, Japan
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Kamogawa Nijo-Ohashi Hotori, Nakagyo-ku, 604-0902
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644-2 Sanjusangendo-mawari, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, 605-0941, Japan
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17 Minami-ku Nishi Kujoin-machi, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, 601-8412, Japan
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1 Awadaguchi Kachocho, Higashiyama-ku, Sanjo Keage, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0052, Japan
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Karasuma Sanjyo Minami Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, 604-8161, Japan
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Gion (Geisha District)

Gion is the famous geisha districted that is located between Yasaka Shrine and Kamo river with Shijo Dori crossing in the heart of it. We visited the district twice, first early in the morning on...
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Kiyomizu Temple

I wish you shelter from the storm / A cozy fire to keep you warm But most of all when snowflakes fall / I wish you love I wish you love (Frank Sinatra) Second day in Kyoto and we woke up early...
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Kinkaku-ji - Golden Pavilion

By bus from downtown we reached Kinkaku-ji Temple after 40’. First we took some cold coffee from the machines outside the temple grounds and then we walked inside, purchased our ticket (¥400) and we...
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Nijo Castle

Within the sturdy walls and moats of Nijo Castle, approached through the the grand Karamon gateway lies a paean to the glory of Tokugawa Ieyasu in the form of the glorious Ninomaru Palace, whose...
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Fushimi Inari Shrine

Normally I try to take people to see Fushimi Inari shrine in the afternoon; it normally fits in between a train trip from somewhere (and hotel check-in) and dusk, and the light is good for...
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Arashiyama

I think the people who lives here are the luckiest! If you love nature, this place is a must-see! I would not forget how the place smells in spring time... From Arashiyama, I walked around 20 minutes...
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Ryoanji Temple

After the Golden Pavilion we took bus 59 for just 2 stops downhill (we could have walked for about 25’ but we had the day-pass) and reached another famous temple. This one is Ryoan-ji Zen Temple that...
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Philosopher's Path

The Philosopher's Path is a stone path in the Higashiyama district of Kyoto. It follows a narrow canal which is lined with hundreds of cherry trees. We were fortunate enough to see it when these were...
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Scams

At 650 yen a pop most people bought two or three of these "Johnny Jumpers". Hey, that seems like a bargain to the duped customers handing over the Yen. A couple of thousand Yen and they're already...
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Street Safety and Cautions

As stated before, Japanese bike riders and pedestrains do get a little close to you when you transerse their sidewalks. What I find is that they are really just trying to second guess where you'll be...
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Weather

May is lovely with spring blossoms and blue skies most of the time. October and November have the cool autumn air and red maple leaves. That aside, here are the seasons to avoid: June is the rainy...
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Child Safety and Cautions

Some shops close to the Heian Temple (left side of the temple) sells x-rated stuff. Also, most of the Seven Eleven stores all over Japan sell Adult x-rated magazines without covers. I saw some...
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"Kyoto is a must see for every tourist in Japan!"
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"WORLD OF ITS OWN (Kyoto,Nara,Osaka,Himeji & Kobe)"
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