2. Shrines and Temples Tour Example

Shrines and Temples Tour Example

Shrines, temples, villas

It is said that there are more than 88,000 Shinto shrines in Japan, more than Buddhist temples, and they are the most numerous religious and cultural structures in Japan. Both Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines are located in Kyoto and Nara, and many villas of wealthy merchants and politicians of the Meiji era can be found in Kyoto and all over the country. In addition, the ruins of castles and residences of feudal lords scattered throughout the country offer special access to valuable artifacts that lie dormant and add color to the travel experience. In these circumstances, we operate a program that allows special permission to enter areas of forbidden buildings that are normally inaccessible to the public, and special viewing and visits are permitted.

Also, we have invited renowned chefs to come to the forbidden area for luncheon and dinner parties in these privately owned buildings, creating an even greater rarity. The dining experience in harmony with the nature surrounding the building is also one of the reasons for the high satisfaction of our guests.

Visitors can also enjoy a special viewing of the main image of the temple, which can only be seen once every few decades, and have the rare opportunity to see paintings and artifacts such as fusuma (sliding door) paintings and murals by famous artists right in front of their eyes.

Furthermore, by listening to the commentaries, Dharma talks, and stories given by experts, you can further deepen your understanding of the temple. In addition, we plan and operate events, festivals, and dances that have been handed down from season to season and are unique to Japan, such as customs, manners, to increase the level of satisfaction by offering the best seating for observation, appreciation, and theater.

And we also play a part in creating unforgettable memories by guiding you to the best places during the best seasons interwoven with nature, such as cherry blossoms in spring and autumn leaves in fall. We also provide charter services for the popular luxury trains Nanatsuboshi and Shikishima, as well as the luxury cruise ship Gantu. The vehicles used for transportation are not Mercedes Benz or Rolls Royce, but Toyota’s “Alphard” and “Vellfire”, which are taller and have more interior space, and we can also provide helicopters, cruise ships, small private jets, etc., making full use of these vehicles.

≪Accomplishment Samples≫…For Kyoto area only

Normally closed to the public for special viewing

1, Daitoku-ji Temple: Honbo (main temple), Sub-temple Shinjuan, Jukou-in, Kohoan, Hoshun-in, Sangen-in, etc.
2, Shokoku-ji Temple: Dharma Hall, Hojo, Jisho-in, etc.
3, Nanzen-ji Temple: Sub-temple Koun-ji Temple
4, Myoshin-ji Temple: Sub-temple Tenkyu-in, Kobai-in, Gyokuhou-in, Jusho-in, etc. 
5, To-ji Temple: Shoshibo, the five-story pagoda interior, etc.
6, Kiyomizu Temple: Joju-in, West Gate, Gohondo, etc.
7, Sanbo-in, Daigo-ji Temple: Sho-in, Risho-in, etc.
8, Sennyu-ji Temple: Reimei-den,Yang Guifei Statue, etc.
9, Nishi Hongwanji Temple: Hounkaku, Sho-in, Face to Face Room (Konoma), etc.
10, Higashi Hongan-ji Temple: Daishinden, Shirosho-in, etc.
11, Enryaku-ji Temple, Hieizan: Daisho-in
12, Chion-in: Ohojo, Kohojo, Sutra Repository
13, Saiho-ji Temple (moss temple)
14, Hogon-in: main hall, painted sliding partitions (Fusuma-painting), etc.
15, Others, Jiju-in Temple, Daisho-ji Temple, Daikaku-ji Temple, Ryoan-ji Temple, etc.

Special viewing of non-public areas (tearooms, fusuma paintings, etc.) of public shrines and temples

1, Ryoan-ji Temple: Tea ceremony room Zorokuan, Buddhist temple
2,Ninna-ji Temple: Tea room (Ryokaku-tei, Hito-tei), Kondo, Kyozo
3, Shrines: Official visit to the main shrine and special visits, Treasure House, Kamigamo Shrine, Shimogamo Shrine, Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, Yoshida Shrine, Heian Shrine, Iwashimizu Hachimangu Shrine, etc.

Buildings such as villas that are not normally open to the public

1, Okazaki: Tairyu Sanso, Murin-an, Daineiken Garden, Ryukyo-in, Shinshin-an, Seifuso
2, Shimogamo: Former Mitsui Family Shimogamo Villa
3, Kawaramachi Nijo: Kosei-in