Reúnase con un especialista religioso en un recorrido a pie de 3 horas de Kioto, explorando los puntos de interés de los cultos sintoísta y budista. Visite el santuario Yasaka, el templo Kennin-ji y el templo Kiyomizu-dera, un lugar declarado Patrimonio de la Humanidad por la UNESCO. Aprenderá muchas cosas sobre la sincronía de las religiones y la espiritualidad que plagan la cultura japonesa, históricamente y en la actualidad. Explore la historia, las tradiciones y los rituales tanto del sintoísmo (una creencia espiritual autóctona) como del budismo, importado de China y Asia Central. El número de personas se limita a 6 para garantizar una experiencia personalizada con un grupo reducido.
Our guide was great. Most of my trip to Japan has been self led and having someone with fantastic knowledge and insight was really great. The tour covered all kinds of aspects of religion, philosophy, architecture and culture related Japan both in history and today. We did not cover the shrine with the 10,000 gates but we covered a lot of other shrines that were just as beautiful and impressive in there own ways.
When people ask me, you're back! So how was Japan?! Even though I was away for three weeks and was busy every day, his is what I end up telling them about.
This is the third time I've been to Japan, and though I know very little about religion broadly and had been to the area that this tour is in, I was very curious to understand a bit more about the places and rituals I'd seen in the past. I figured this tour would uncover a lot of the things that I'd looked at, or read the brochure about, but never really understood what I was looking at. I got that, and much much more!
Our guide was Martin, who is the best tour guide that my partner and I have ever had. He started out by asking about what we wanted out of the tour, and tweaked our experience from there. His tour, stories and information was personalised to what we were interested in and already knew about.
I've attached two photos - they're not the most spectacular of the views we saw that day please do the tour and experience those for yourself!. But it is representative of the quality of this walking tour - this area of Kyoto is a stunner and you'll have a great time, guaranteed.
Our timing for this tour happened to be perfect - we got to see a Shinto wedding took some gorgeous shots, but I'll not post them out of respect for the people involved in the ceremony, and a Buddhist ceremony for the dead which I obviously didn't photograph. I had seen some of the temples when I'd been to Kyoto in the past, however they're not something I could ever get tired of seeing. Real balm for the soul, regardless of your religiousity
Martin was also fantastic for helping us with some of our other burning questions about Japan - he had some great suggestions about where else to go in Japan THANK YOU for your suggestions if you're reading this!, and some really interesting anecdotes that I'm still talking about weeks later.
My top tips for this tour - you'll be on your feet for a few hours so wear comfy shoes, bring water, and make sure you've got cash for souvenirs/entry fees/vending machines.
We weren't sure what to expect from this tour but we had an unparalleled experience! Alex was an absolutely fantastic tour guide, it honestly felt like we were hanging out with a really smart, cool friend who was showing us these amazing tempels and shrines. I wish I could go on and on!
Fantastic tour for anyone who is interested in learning more about how Shintoism and Buddhism have helped to shape Japanese history and culture. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable about the subject matter and thoughtfully answered all of our questions. This tour definitely improved our awareness and understanding of some of the subtleties of Japanese culture. As a result, it also improved our understanding of everything we experienced in the days that followed. Highly recommended!
Friendly and extremely knowledgeable tour guide. He provided insights I would have missed had it not been for him. Do this tour at the start of your stay as it will make subsequent visits to shrines and temples more rewarding.