Indulge your senses in the elegance of Japanese culture with this tour exploring the worlds of ancient Buddhist art, the making of the world-famous Uji matcha, and Kyoto’s pottery-making district.

We’ll visit the stately Byodo-in, a UNESCO World Heritage site and a masterpiece of Buddhist architecture situated by the banks of the Uji River. Take the time to see the equally amazing museum of Buddhist art inside the temple complex, which showcases paintings and sculptures many centuries old. Then learn about the craft of of making Uji Matcha, Japan’s top variety of green tea, with a tea tasting at an atmospheric old teahouse.

Along the way we’ll visit an out-of-the-way temple famous for its autumn colors and enjoy the pleasant maple-lined banks of the Uji River, one of the inspirations for the world’s first novelist, Lady Murasaki Shikibu, and also the site of several major battles between warring samurai clans.

We end the tour with an exploration of Kyoto’s pottery-making district, which specializes in Kiyomizuyaki ware, known for its elegant forms and exquisitely detailed painting set off by lustrous glazes. The center of this craft used to be at the foot of Kiyomizudera, but was later moved to this area — we’ll be going where the Kiyomizudera shops get their wares.

No. Pax USD
Availability November 14-December 9,2018 1/2 127.00/112.00
Maximum 10 persons 3/4 106.00/104.00
Duration ~8 hours* 5/6 102.00/101.00
Starts from Kyoto Station 7-8 100.00
Inclusions guide, all transport, lunch, admission fees, matcha tea tasting 9-10 99.00
Accessibility Mostly level
Temperature Expect 5-15 C, possibly colder

Tour Options

If you would like to have a full tea ceremony and/or tea-making class, please reserve at least a week in advance and add 500 yen.

If you would like to tour the pottery atelier and kilns, please reserve at least a week beforehand, and you will have to purchase an item from the potter.

Please note that with either option, we’ll have to cut our temple tours shorter or take a shorter lunch break.