Enjoy the Kyoto National Museum exhibition 100 times more! Guided Tour around Tofukuji Temple

1.5 hours-¥9,500 / Per person
Just looking at an exhibition is not enough to understand it. Enjoy and understand a museum exhibition 100 times more!
The Kyoto National Museum is one of only four national museums in Japan and the most prestigious in Kyoto.

This is where the "Special Exhibition Tofukuji: Monumental Zen Temple of Kyoto" will be held this fall.

Tofukuji Temple is one of Kyoto's most representative Zen temples, renowned for its autumn foliage and beautiful fresh greenery. This is the first-ever large-scale exhibition of the temple's sacred art and cultural properties all under one roof.

Tofukuji Temple was built about 800 years ago in a location close to the National Museum. Many paintings and Buddhist statues remain as national treasures, indicating that the temple was supported by the state as a very prestigious temple.

While walking around Tofukuji Temple and its surroundings, this tour will provide visitors with an opportunity to learn about the role and significance of the temple, which represented the nation in cultural exchanges with the continent and spread its culture to the common people. Visitors will be able to understand how Zen culture has influenced Kyoto and, by extension, Japanese culture.

Be sure to join this guided tour, made possible thanks to the temple's proximity to the exhibition, to gain a deeper understanding of Kyoto and Zen culture, and you will be fully prepared for a self-guided museum tour!

*Only the "Special Exhibition - Tofukuji" can be viewed from 10/7 to 12/3, as no other exhibitions are held during the biannual special exhibitions at Kyoto National Museum.

・Offered in English
・Local meeting and local breakup
What's Included
◎ English-speaking guide (*Tofukuji's surrounding area tour only)
◎ Admission ticket and audio guide (in English) for the "Special Exhibition: Tofukuji" at Kyoto National Museum
◎ Admission fees for facilities visited on the guided tour of the temple's surrounding area
✖ Food, drink, and transportation to the site

*Audio guide rental may not be possible depending on availability on the day of the tour. In such cases, the tour price will remain the same.
What To Expect
9:30 Meet at Keihan Toba-kaido Station

 < Guided tour around Tofukuji Temple (1.5 hours) >
  - Tofukuji Temple (20 min.)
  - Gaunkyo Bridge and numerous pagodas (walking tour)
  - Visit Komyo-in Temple or Yogen-in Temple (30 min.)
  - Ima-Kumano Shrine (15 min.)

11:00 Arrive at Kyoto National Museum / End of the tour

* Due to the extremely crowded season, you will not be allowed to enter the paid viewing area of Tofukuji Temple.
* Please visit Kyoto National Museum on your own. No guide will accompany you.
* The route is subject to change.
Date & Time Weekdays (Tuesday through Friday only)
from 10/7 (Sat.) to 12/3 (Sun.)
* Except 10/10 (Tue), 11/3(Fri), 11/23(Thu)

9:30 – 11:00
Capacity10 people max. Minimum 4 participants
Who can attendAdult rates apply to those 16 years of age and older.
*Children under 15 years old are not required to pay the above tour fee, but each child under 15 years old must pay 500 yen for temple visits during the tour.
*Please let us know the number of children under 15 years old.
VenueKyoto National Museum
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Additional Info
・Please book at least 3 business days in advance so that we can build the best experience for you.
・The final deadline for application is 11/29 (Wed.) at 18:00.
・Confirmation will be received at the time of booking.
・Applicants must be at least 18 years old to apply. Minors must obtain the consent of a parent or guardian before applying.
・Elementary school students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
・If the number of applicants does not reach 4, the tour may be canceled.
・The experience may be canceled or postponed at short notice, or the content may be changed due to traffic conditions, etc.
・The experience may be filmed and posted on social networking sites or used in articles.
・We may share your responses to surveys and reviews on our social networking sites and media.
Cancellation Policy
・Free of charge if canceled up to 3 days before the tour date, 50% 2 days before, and 100% the day before or on the day of the tour.
・Special Cases (Natural disaster, virus, etc.): Full refund
・Bank transfer fees for refunds in the event of cancellation will be borne by the customer.
¥9,500 / Per person
*Tax included/Advance payment(paypal)
* Children aged 15 or under
Where you'll be
Meeting place
Keihan "Toba-kaido" Station

4, Fukuineshimotakamatsucho, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, 605-0982

Approx. 8 minutes from Keihan Gion-Shijo Station by train (please note that express trains, etc. do not stop at this station)
Approx. 15 minutes from JR Kyoto Station by train (transfer to Keihan Railway at JR Tofukuji Station)