Kyoto Zen Garden Tour

Step into the world of Zen at Daitokuji Temple Complex in Kyoto. Dating back to the 1500s, this collection of temples is set amid intricately landscaped gardens in typical Zen style. Wander here and soak in the serene atmosphere and learn all about the art of Zen.

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With this tour you can:

  • Choose your own departure date
  • Select the comfort level of accommodation
  • Adjust activities to cater to special interests
  • Modify any aspect of the tour as needed
  • Learn about the history and philosophy behind Zen gardens
  • See the beautiful rock gardens of Daisenin and the majestic maple trees of Kotoin
  • Discover the symbolism behind the raked patterns of the stunning white gravel fields
  • Tours as mentioned and air-conditioned transfers
  • Sightseeing and permit fees during guided times
  • Meals listed in the itinerary
  • Expert English-speaking local guide
  • Service charges and government VAT tax

Your journey into the world of Zen begins by heading to Daitokuji Temple Complex, where you’ll find some of Kyoto's most beautiful, yet less well known, Zen Gardens. Each of the beautiful subtemples of Daisenin, Ryogenin, Kotoin and Zuihoin have their own distinctive Zen garden style. Spend the next few hours on a meandering tour of them all, soaking in the serene atmosphere and taking in the intricate details so typical of Japan.

The rock gardens of Daisenin are known to be some of the best examples of their kind, while Kotoin is famous for its majestic maple trees. In Ryogenin you will find a striking field of white gravel, accented with islands of rocks and moss representing symbols of longevity and health. In tiny Zuihoin, the raked gravel resembles the peaks of stormy seas.

Let your mind wander back to a time of emperors,  and warriors as you wander through the complex, learning about the unique features of the gardens and how they embody the Zen philosophy. 

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