Enjoy a quiet early morning stroll before Kyoto wakes up!

We’ll start the tour with a walk up the Philosopher’s Path at its most tranquil time of day. Next we’ll go to hidden Honen-in temple to discover what’s behind its gate – famous for its wabi-sabi appeal – and the primeval forest beyond. Discover a hidden haven for Kyoto’s wildlife and keep your eyes peeled for squirrels, badgers, foxes, and the odd insomniac owl. This forest preserves 110 of Kyoto’s officially recognized 234 ancient and important trees, which have been marked for preservation.

We conclude our tour with the Silver Temple, Ginkakuji, catching it at its opening hour. Savor the classic Zen atmosphere of its pavilion and gardens in a relaxed and pleasant manner before the crowds come in.

The tour starts from Doutor Cafe at the corner of Shirakawa-dori and Marutamachi. From Kyoto Station, take Bus 5 or Bus 5 via Gojo-dori, get off at Higashi Tennocho bus stop. From the bus stop, walk back south to the gas station at the corner where Doutor Cafe is located. We’ll have our breakfast here before beginning our walk.

No. Pax USD
Availability November 14-December 9,2018 1/2 74.00/68.00
Maximum 10 persons 3/4 66.00/65.00
Duration 6:00-11:00 a.m., you can specify your desired starting time 5/6 64.00
Starts from Doutor Cafe, corner Shirakawa-dori and Marutamachi 7/8 63.00
Inclusions guide, breakfast, admission fee 9-10 63.00
Accessibility Mostly level; this is an all-walking tour
Temperature Expect 5-15 C, possibly colder

Tour Options

You can extend this tour to a full day tour for a small additional fee.