Religious Tours & Spiritual Journeys in Kyoto

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A curated directory of religious tours and spiritual journeys in Kyoto available for booking.

Tour Description Countries Duration Dates Min Price
Scholar-led Kyoto Walking Tour: Shintoism and Buddhism in Japan
Company: Viator
Destinations: Kyoto
Categories: Buddhism · history · temples

Join a local scholar of religion on a 3-hour walking tour of Kyoto, exploring Shinto and Buddhist landmarks. Visit Yasaka Shrine, Kennin-ji Temple and Kiyomizu-dera Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.You’ll learn about the synchronicity of religions and spirituality that permeate Japanese culture, historically and in present day. Explore the history, traditions and rituals of both Shintoism — an indigenous spiritual belief — and Buddhism, which was imported from China and Central Asia. Numbers are limited to 6 people, ensuring an intimate experience with a small group. Details and booking→

Japan 3 hours various dates $96.31
Scholar-led Kyoto Walking Tour: Japanese Gardens and Landscape
Company: Viator
Destinations: Kyoto
Categories: Buddhism · temples · walking tours

This 3-hour private walking tour of Kyoto’s beautiful Japanese gardens takes you to several Zen Buddhist temples with a local scholar. Admire Mirror Pond at Kinkaku-ji (the Golden Pavilion), Karesansui Garden at Ryoan-ji and the intricate rock and water landscapes of Ninna-ji. Your knowledgeable private guide will enlighten you about the Japanese aesthetics and principles of design that have shaped the stylized gardens of emperors, nobles and monks for centuries. Enjoy personalized attention on this private tour, with a choice of morning or afternoon departure times. Details and booking→

Japan 3 hours various dates $75.53
Scholar-led Small-Group Kyoto Walking Tour: Japanese Gardens and Landscape
Company: Viator
Destinations: Kyoto
Categories: art · Buddhism · temples · walking tours

Garden and landscape design is an art form that has shaped Japanese aesthetics for centuries. On this 3-hour scholar-led walking tour of Kyoto, you’ll see a wide variety of Japanese garden styles, from the intricate miniature landscapes of emperors to the stylized gravel and rock designs of Zen Buddhist temples. Visit Mirror Pond at Kinkaku-ji (the Golden Pavilion), Karesansui Garden at Ryoan-ji and the landscapes of Ninna-ji as you discuss each design. Numbers are limited to 6 people, ensuring an intimate experience with a small group. Details and booking→

Japan 3 hours various dates $96.31
3- Day or 4-Day Self-Guided Hike on Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Route Including Lodging and Transport
Company: Viator
Destinations: Kyoto
Categories: temples

Visit mountaintop villages, soothing hot springs and Japanese temples along the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kumano Kodo during this 3- or 4-day self-guided tour. Part of a series of old pilgrimage roads, the strenuous but well-maintained route originally connected the former imperial capital with three Grand Shrines of Kumano (Kumano Sanzan). Traveling round-trip by train to the Nakahechi portion of the route from either Kyoto or Osaka, you’ll journey on foot and by bus along village paths and forested mountain trails in the remote Kii Peninsula. Stay at family-run inns and guesthouses where you’ll enjoy traditional Japanese breakfasts and dinners.Overnight accommodation is limited to 12 people on this independent tour, ensuring a personable experience with a small group of fellow travelers. Details and booking→

Japan varies various dates $740.00
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