Kyoto Zen Gardens Private Half Day Tour

Visit some of the most beautiful gardens of the Kyoto temples, have Matcha tea while watching the gardens and feel the "wabi-sabi" concept.

This is a private half-day tour. If you're a nature lover and want to immerse yourself in rustic tranquility, this tour is a must! Japanese gardens are traditional gardens that create miniature idealized landscapes, often in a highly abstract and stylized way. The gardens of the Buddhist temples were designed for contemplation and meditation. The Honbo gardens arranged at the four quarters are designed by Mirei Shigemori (a famous garden builder who expresses the simplicity of Zen with the abstract construction of modern arts).


  • 9:00 Meet in front of "Kyoto Tourist Information Center 京なび (JR Kyoto Station,2nd floor).
  • Move to Tofukuji JR Station (one stop)
  • Walk to Tofukuji Temple through the beautiful Gaun bridge.
  • Enter to Tofukuji Temple's "Honbo Garden" designated as a National Site of Scenic Beauty.
  • Walk to Unryuin Temple passing by Sennyuji Temple. (the family temple of the imperial family)
  • Along the way, you'll see a magunificent 10 meters Buddha statue aged about 800 years.
  • Enter to Unryuin Temple (a subtemple of Sennyuji Temple). Try a short meditation while watching the garden. Feel your inward thoughts through 2 windows: "the Window of Delusion" and "the Window of Enlightenment".
  • Enjoy Matcha tea with seasonal sweets viewing the garden.
  • 12:30 End the tour

If you have time, you can visit "Fushimi Inari" grand shrine after the tour - it's only one stop from JR Tofukuji Station or Keihan Tobakaido Station.


2 Working Days
3.5 hours
Voucher Type
No Amendments
No Refunds

Operating Hours

Meeting time: 9 am

Duration: 3.5 minutes

What You Get

Kyoto Zen Gardens Private Half Day Tour


  • Guide fee
  • Entrance fee
  • Tea & sweet
  • Transport
Additional information:
  • This activity requires a minimum of 2 participants
  • Please wear comfortable shoes 

Terms and Conditions

  • Changi Recommends and the appointed operator will not be responsible for any accidents, loss of property or damaged caused by individual negligence
  • The e-ticket/e-voucher cannot be exchanged for cash or used on more than one occasion
  • Any alteration(s) on the e-ticket/e-voucher will not be accepted by Changi Recommends and the appointed merchant
  • In the event of unforeseen circumstances that affects tour departure or ticket/voucher invalidity, customers will be notified and be advised accordingly

Cancellation Policy:

  • No refunds will be entertained for cancellations
  • There will be no refunds even if included items are not utilised by the visitor
  • In the event of late comers/no show, it would be considered as cancellation and no refund will be given

Upon purchase of the ticket, you will receive an email confirmation with e-ticket/e-voucher within two days. Tours and tickets are subjected to availability and are not confirmed until a second confirmation email is received.

How to Get There

Meeting point: In front of “Kyoto Tourist Information Center 京なび“( JR Kyoto Station2F)

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