• Location: Kyoto, Japan
  • Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
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Learn about Japanese garden landscaping on a Kyoto walking tour, led by a local expert. The 3-hour experience takes in an array of the country’s different garden designs, from the intricately constructed gardens of emperors to the stylish Zen Buddhist temple grounds. Wander around the Golden Pavilion’s Mirror Pond, and then admire Ryoan-ji’s lauded Karesansui Garden and the grounds of Ninna-ji. This tour runs with a maximum of just six people for a small-group experience.


  • 3-hour scholar-led walking tour of Kyoto’s Japanese gardens
  • See the Golden Pavilion reflected in Mirror Pond at Kinkaku-ji
  • Visit Karesansui Garden at Ryoan-ji Temple
  • Admire the Zen rock gardens and water features at Ninna-ji Temple
  • Learn about Japanese aesthetics and culture from your informative guide
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 6 people ensures a personalized experience

What You Can Expect

Scholar-led Small-Group Kyoto Walking Tour: Japanese Gardens and Landscape

Kyoto Walking Tour of Japanese Zen Gardens Including the Golden Pavilion

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed an informative, thought-provoking tour with Gavin. Would definitely recommend if you are interested in an explanation of the interaction between Zen Buddhism and Japanese Garden design.

Andrea T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Gavin was an excellent guide on this tour. We appreciated the custom tour that we received. Gavin answered our questions and generated very stimulating conversation!

Dr. P United States of ... 

4 star rating: Recommended May 2016

Wish Daikakuji temple was also included

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