Kyoto Spring Garden Tour
Kyoto Spring Garden Tour: My goal as Tour Leader is to facilitate a direct experience of beauty that is so much a part of this city, its gardens and its culture. There is an elegance that will touch the core of your being … not from thinking … from feeling. This is what you will carry home with you.
Date: April 10 – 20, 2020 – Price: ¥499,800 (single supplement ¥78,000)
Tour includes 10 nights, 7 fully guided days and 2 free days in Kyoto.
Includes 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 2 dinners, and all transportation & garden admissions on guided days. Group size: 10 – 14 people.
“I’ve been on many international tours, some quite expensive, and Allan, your tour is of an entirely different order.” – direct quote from a recent tour guest
HIGHLIGHTS (partial list):
Springtime in one of the loveliest cities in Japan
Exploring 14+ gardens of various styles in Kyoto, with spontaneous additions to the itinerary – all admissions & transportation included
10 nights traditional-style accommodations in a Zen temple Guest House (w/ ensuite bathrooms), very comfy and atmospheric, our guests love staying here amidst the centuries-old Myoshinji Zen temples
7 full days guided, all accompanied by our excellent guide, Judith Clancy, author of numerous guidebooks to Kyoto
morning Zen meditation lesson at Shunkoin temple
Taking in the Daikakuji Flower festival along with a leisurely stroll around Osawa pond
Wandering along the Philosopher’s Path & shopping for local crafts
Enjoying a private shakuhachi musical performance at our Zen temple – a special favorite evening to relax
Exploring Ohara, the picturesque country town north of Kyoto, known for its gardens and pickles
Learning to prepare seasonal tea sweets in a hands-on wagashi workshop
A day-trip to the world-class Miho Art Museum in a stunning rural setting
Visiting the Shigaraki pottery village & shopping for handmade ceramics
Shopping for treasures at the Chion-ji outdoor craft market
Welcome and Sayonara dinners, and all lunches on guided days – freshly prepared & locally-grown food, in traditional & fusion cuisine – our restaurant meals are super-*oishi*! (delicious!)
Developing a familiar feel for our quiet neighborhood, as well as gaining confidence navigating the remarkable city of Kyoto, the arts and cultural capital of Japan