Osaka to Kyoto: Highlights Tour and Gion District Tea Ceremony

Day Trips & Excursions in Japan

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Take this rare opportunity to see an authentic Maiko performance! After that, Maiko will serve you tea in Japanese Traditional Tea Ceremony. You will also have the chance to take a commemorative photo with 'Maiko'. (Maiko is a Geisha apprentice, a younger woman training in the arts of dancing and playing instruments). The tour also stops at the UNESCO world heritage sites, Fushimi Inari Shrine, Gion, and Arashiyama. There are convenient pickup locations from Kansai Airport, Osaka Umeda (Hearton Hotel Nishi-Umeda) or Osaka Namba (OCAT).
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, Fushimi, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, KinkiUpon arrival at your first stop around 10:00am, the Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine, you will tour for about an hour. The Fushimi Inari Shrine is the head shrine for some 30,000 Inari shrines all across Japan. It is especially famous for its seemingly endless 1,000 vermilion shrine torii (gates). Fushimi Inari was dedicated to the Gods of agriculture. Afterward, you will head toward the Kiyomizu temple at 11:20. Duration: 1 hour 10 minutesStop At: Gion, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, KinkiNext stop is Gion (around 11:50am.), you will have 3 hours in Gion for lunch, a stroll, and a chance to meet and get acquainted with Maiko or Geiko. Lunch is all-you-can-eat Chanko-nabe, a delicious hot-pot eaten by Sumo wrestlers in large quantities to gain power. The soup is made with fish or chicken broth and ingredients such as meatballs, vegetables, Tofu, Mochi and udon are simmered in the soup.Gion is Kyoto's most famous geisha district, it's filled with shops, restaurants, and ochaya (teahouses), where geiko and maiko entertain. 'Geiko' is a woman trained in the art of music, singing and dancing to entertain the guests (also known as Geisha in Tokyo). Maiko is a Geiko apprentice, a younger woman who is training in the arts. After lunch, you'll be able to see Maiko performance and witness a Japanese Traditional Tea Ceremony whereas the Maiko will serve you the tea herself! You will also get the opportunity to take a commemorative photo with Maiko or Geiko. Continue your journey by taking Hankyu Train from Kawaramachi Station to Arashiyama station (ticket included). Duration: 1 hour 40 minutesStop At: Arashiyama, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, KinkiAfterward, you will head toward Arashiyama by Hankyuu Train (ticket included). Arashiyama district located in the Western part of Kyoto. This area becomes most attractive around early April and late November when the cherry blossoms bloom and fall color seasons usually peak. During the summer months, traditional cormorant fishing is practiced on the Hozu River for tourists to watch. One highly recommended spot is the Sagano Bamboo Forest. It is a pleasantly cool 100m long walkway that begins from the side of the world heritage Tenryuji Temple. Duration: 3 hours

What’s included

  • Local taxes
  • Lunch - All-you-can-eat Chanko Nabe
  • Maiko / Geiko experience
  • Leaflet of detailed Itinerary and tour point description
  • Round-trip bus fare
  • Pickup at designated meeting points
  • Drop off near designated meeting points
  • Accompanied by English speaking tour conductor
  • Entry/Admission - Gion
  • Entry/Admission - Arashiyama

What’s not included

  • Drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off