This tour was beyond my imagination from the beginning to the end. Our guide was exceptional: professional and passionate. We met up with the highest ranked monk during the tour, and were shown inside the pagoda just like a VIP. He told me so many interesting stories from his own life and perspective towards Buddhism, to the secret behind the architecture which survived number of earthquakes. He is such a wise man which enlightened me with how each individual gets connected to the Buddhas. The Buddhist statues are so vivid and they bring me back to the ancient Edo period. I wouldn't learn so much without joining this VIP tour. Thank you Viator
I have been to Kyoto many times, going to To-ji temple and other touristy cultural places. But I've never toured around a To-ji with a monk and a certified guide before and wow, I definitely gained a whole Japanese history book worth of information. He lead us through To-ji temple, stopping at each building while other tourists were looking at us like we were some special guests for the temple. This tour made me feel very important and gained deeper appreciation for To-ji after learning about its history and fun facts! Definitely once in a life time experience!
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