Unusual shrines, daily paths of Maiko and some unique gift stores.
If you are visiting Kyoto, of course, you will visit Gion offering Kyoto’s unique vibe. But how many people see the best backstreets of Gion? This plan takes you to the must-see hidden backstreets.
Stones with a hole to convict evil and connect the good spirits, temples lined with wild-boars, vintage items not even the Japanese can find, ukiyoe made by craftsmen in a traditional Japanese house and souvenirs which you can't find elsewhere!
Lastly, I will take you to watch the Maiko dance. You can see seven traditional performing arts after the show. A trip of Gion you can definitely do by yourself!
・In Kenniji enjoy the fujin-raijin zubyobu and sodazu, as well as other features of big temples
・Fulfill your wish by diving into the 3m hole in a large stone! It is famous for convicting evil and connecting good spirits. A must to share with friends after your visit.
・Yasui Konpiragu: First take a bus from Kyoto. A temple known to convict evil, and connect he good. There is a 3m crack in a stone, the power of God is said to be within. Dive-in, and fulfill your wishes!
・Kenninji Temple: The oldest zen temple in Kyoto, full of highlights! Take a look at the dragon on the ceiling, relaxing garden, and artisan skills within the fusumae (sliding doors).
・Ichimura Hitofusudo: In a traditional Japanese house, you can purchase handmade ukiyoe made by Japanese craftsmen. If you are lucky, you will be able to see the craftsmen create ukiyoe. Let's find a picture of your taste as a souvenir!
・Maiko Antiques Kyoto: A small shop packed with Japanese vintage items. In this oriental shop, there are of course the items you imagined but also some suprising items. Looking for a souvenir out of the ordinary? This shop is recommended for you!
・Zenkyoan: Kyoto has many temples based around animals. Zenkyoan is a famous wild-boar shrine, it is filled with a variety of wild-boar statues. Can you count how many there are? Too many, it is one of the rare temples!
・Gion Corner: Finally we will go to a hall displaying authentic Japanese art. It is located next to one of Gion's representative buildings, Gion Kobukarenjo. You can see not only Japanese traditional art, but also Japan's seven types of traditional performing arts. If you wish to watch the performing arts, otomo can arrange for you to do so after the tour is complete.
・Please wear confortable clothing as you will be walking a lot
・Tour finishing spot is different to meeting spot. Please contact your tour guide if you would like to change the finishing spot
・Lunch (dinner) is not included, but meals can be purchased at rest spots
The following expenses are not included in the tour fee. Please bring extra money to experience this tour to its fullest.
-Travel expenses and entrance fees (about JPY 1000)
-Money for food, souvenirs and extra activities not mentioned in the explanation of the tour above.
Central Gate, JR Kyoto Station (Karasuma exit) In front of the bus center