Enjoy a carefree, Muslim-friendly day of Kyoto touring! See Kizomizudera, the Gion, Nishiki Market, and more!
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Start Time 10:00
・English Speaking Guide
|Participants||2 〜 10 people|
This is a private tour for our Muslim visitors who want to visit what many say is the best tourist city in Japan, Kyoto. A local guide will show you the popular spots in the Shijom Gion, and Higashiyama areas of Kyoto.
After departure from your hotel, this tour will visit the Nishiki market first. The Nishiki market is popular as a shopping district for Kyoto locals, and has shops dealing in seasonal fish and fruits, as well as traditional craft items unique to Kyoto, so here you can enjoy both shopping and eating while strolling.
Next to the Nishiki market, across the Shijo Bridge, Yasaka Shrine awaits your visit. Yasaka Shrine is famous for the Gion Festival, one of the three biggest festivals in Japan, which local people lovingly call "Gion San." The number of worshipers over New Year's time tops more than 1 million every year, making it one of the most popular shrines in the country. Not just New Year’s, but also throughout the year you will find many visitors from both Japan and abroad.
After visiting Yasaka Shrine, we will have lunch time at Halal Yakiniku Narita, a Yakiniku restaurant that has acquired HALAL certification, meaning you can enjoy delicious Japanese beef with Japanese style hospitality and no worries about food contents.
After lunch we will explore the Gion neighborhood, extending west of Yasaka Shrine to the north and south. A cherry-blossom lined path where nice cafes and tea houses beautifully line the street, with quintessentially Kyoto views yours for the taking in. You may even meet a Maiko (roughly equivalent to young, apprenticing Geisha) if you are lucky.
In one corner of the Gion, we’ll find the hillside lookout on the Rinzai Buddhist sect Kenninji School. This is a cultural treasure of a spot that cannot be removed, as it is the oldest Zen temple in Kyoto. It was opened by Eisai, the master who is the founder of Rinzai sect and boasts the third largest Kyoto Goyama ceremony. The vast precincts are made up of many towers and beautiful gardens and are also famous for possessing many valuable cultural assets including the Wind Fuji Thunder Graphics screen.
At the end of the tour, you’ll visit Kiyomizudera, which is widely known as a representative tourist destination in Japan. Kiyomizudera expands over 130,000 square meters, spreading into the middle of Higashiyama and Okuyama, with fifteen shrines including National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties lined up. Most of these were rebuilt in the early Edo period in the 17th century and were registered as one of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage "Ancient Kyoto Cultural Properties".
Kiyomizu Temple is known especially for the stage of the main hall which has become the origin of "Pure water stage jump off point," the sounds of waterfalls, and more. There are various design and meanings written in the deep green boundaries. Please enjoy your time here slowly and methodically under the tutelage of your guide.
After enjoying Kiyomizudera, the guide will be return you to your hotel and the tour will be over. Together with a local guide who knows Kyoto expertly, please have a wonderful and enjoyable day on this tour.
· Walking "Nishiki Market," where fresh seafood and fruits are on display.
· The west gate of Yasaka Shrine, which is a symbol of the Gion.
· Delicious BBQ lunch at "Halal Yakiniku Narita."
· Walking around Gion / Hanamikoji path where the Maiko walk.
· Giant Ssangyong diagram at Kenninji Temple.
· Exquisite view of Kyoto from Kiyomizudera.
・The pick up hotel is only in Kyoto city, if you stay in Osaka city and want hotel pick up, we accept with 5,000 yen additional fee per group.
・Some changes can be made to the itinerary based on your wishes.
・Tour duration can be extended at a rate of 3,000 yen per group, per hour, payable in cash.
Moslem day tour
The tour is worthed every penny, and the special credit must give to the guide, Mahasaru-san. He was very helpfull & has a good knowledge about Kyoto. I will recommend this tour to moslem family.
We traveled from our place in Osaka to Kyoto together with our tour guide Ms. Michiko. Visited Nishiki Market and had lunch there, watched the show at GEAR Theater and the kids enjoyed the Ninja experience at TOEI Kyoto Studio Park. Michiko was very pleasant and helpful!
Muhammad Hanif（Brunei Darussalam）★★★★★
A Taste of Kyoto
We decided to go on one-day Muslim guided tours in all three cities (Kyoto, Osaka and Tokyo) as it is our first time visiting in Japan, and we wanted to get a feel before venturing out for ourselves.
Our guide was Mamoru-san. He was very generous with his knowledge on the places we visited. From the colourful variety of goods of Nishiki market, to the blossoming culture on Gion Street and the breathtaking view on mountain top Kiyomizudera temple, our visit wouldn't have been as exciting and as efficient without the Mamoru-san's guide.
We also had the chance to eat Halal certified Ramen at Naritaya Ramen shop. The miso-ramen was personally my favorite ramen in our whole 2 weeks stay in Japan.
Thank you Mamoru-san and Omakase!