Bamboo Artistry and Zen Serenity: A Day of Tranquility with Ginkaku-ji in Kyoto

Bamboo Artistry and Zen Serenity: A Day of Tranquility with Ginkaku-ji in Kyoto


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Meeting Place

JR Kyoto Station


Adult (13+)19,800 JPY
Child (6-12)13,000JPY

Bamboo Artistry and Zen Serenity: A Day of Tranquility with Ginkaku-ji in Kyoto

Kyoto is undoubtedly one of the most famous cities in Japan. Unlike the urban and modern atmosphere of Tokyo and Osaka, Kyoto is an iconic image of traditional Japan for most tourists. Not only being symbolic, Kyoto is one of the oldest municipalities in Japan, the capital of Japan and the residence of the Emperor from 794 to 1868, is home to countless temples, shrines, and other historically significant structures that still stand today. With so much to explore and experience, it is worth spending a few days travelling here in Kyoto.

This tour will focus on the northern part of the prefecture. The Kitayama district, nestled in the northern part of Kyoto, is renowned for its rich heritage and distinct Kitayama culture. This traditional atmosphere is palpable in the serene temples, timeless tea houses, and meticulously maintained gardens that dot the landscape. One remarkable aspect of Kyoto’s cultural tapestry is the enduring bamboo tradition. Bamboo, a symbol of strength and flexibility, is intricately woven into Kyoto’s history. From tea utensils to craftwork and architecture, the city embraces bamboo in various forms, showcasing its versatility and aesthetic appeal. 

This enduring tradition not only adds to the city’s charm but also reflects the enduring spirit of Kyoto’s cultural heritage. Join us and experience it for yourself!


  • This is a one-day tour that visits carefully selected famous sightseeing spots in northern Kyoto. We will guide you around with explanations.
  • We will not only show you around the city, but also tell you about its history and culture. We will do our best to help you understand this city more deeply.
  • It is also a tour where you can learn about and actually experience the traditions of Japanese art that have been passed down since ancient times.


Our journey begins at 09:00 at JR Kyoto Station. The first destination is Nanzenji. Nanzenji, a Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto, offers a tranquil escape with its serene gardens and historic charm. Established in the 13th century, it stands as a testament to Japanese cultural and spiritual heritage. The main hall and surrounding grounds create a peaceful atmosphere, inviting visitors to experience the beauty and tranquillity of Zen Buddhism in the heart of Kyoto.

Next on our Kyoto adventure is Ginkakuji, the Silver Pavilion. Tucked at the base of Higashiyama, this Zen temple captivates with its minimalist design and serene surroundings. While lacking the silver coating it was intended to have, Ginkakuji’s charm lies in its simplicity and perfectly crafted sand garden. A visit promises breathtaking views of Kyoto and a tranquil experience that complements our earlier stop at Nanzenji.

Lunch on a lively shopping street is a delightful fusion of flavours and atmosphere. Exploring local stalls or cosy eateries, you will discover the essence of the area through its culinary offerings, making for a satisfying and culturally immersive dining experience.

After a satisfying lunch, our adventure in Kyoto takes a creative turn with a bamboo art experience. Set against the backdrop of the city’s rich history, we will immerse ourselves in the ancient craft of bamboo weaving. Our hands-on activity involves crafting a basket together, tapping into the traditional skills passed down through generations. Kyoto’s deep connection with bamboo unfolds as we learn about its historical significance, from traditional construction to tea ceremonies. This engaging experience not only allows us to create something beautiful but also deepens our appreciation for the timeless artistry and cultural heritage of Kyoto.

As our bamboo art joint venture concludes, we will gracefully head back to the train station, wrapping up our memorable day in Kyoto. The echoes of cultural exploration and creative engagement will linger as we bid farewell to this enchanting city.

We will return to JR Kyoto Station together to say goodbye. However, if you would like to spend the rest of your day in the city centre, you are more than welcome. We will do our best to help you have a wonderful time in Kyoto.


09:00Meet us at the JR Kyoto Station to start your journey.
The meeting place is immediately after exiting the Central Gate of the station.
10:00Our first stop is Nanzenji. This is a Zen temple. It was built by Emperor Kameyama in 1291 on the site of his imperial palace. It is also the head temple of the Nanzenji school of the Rinzai sect.
11:00The next destination before lunch is Ginkakuji. The temple was completed in 1490 and served as a retreat for generals to take a break from government duties.
12:30It is your lunch time! If you finish before the meeting time, you can also do some shopping.
13:30Our afternoon begins with a bamboo art experience. You can take it home as a keepsake or a meaningful gift for a loved one.
16:30We will return to JR Kyoto Station to end the tour. However, if you would like to spend the rest of your day in the city centre, please let us know at any time.


JR Kyoto Station @ 09:00

You can see us immediately after exiting the JR Kyoto Station central gate. We are waiting in front of the directory. We will be holding up a sign that says “Snow Monkey Resort.”


  • The times listed in the itinerary below are for reference only, and the actual tour may vary depending on weather conditions and transportation schedules.
  • This is a walking tour that takes you outdoors for hours. We recommend wearing comfortable shoes and clothing. Please bring sunshade and rain protection if necessary.
  • If you feel uncomfortable during the tour, please let us know. We will do our best to help you.
  • This tour includes free time. We will make sure you know when and where to meet again. If you get lost or forget your meeting point, please call us immediately.


  • Entrance fees for each spot during the tour
  • Bus / Train tickets required for the tour 
  • Japanese art experience fee
  • Guided tour with an English speaking guide


  • Food and drinks
  • Transportation costs before and after the tour


Can I join this tour from Osaka?
Yes, you can join from Osaka by taking the Shinkansen from Shin-Osaka Station to Kyoto Station. It only takes 13 minutes!
Is this tour suitable for children?
Yes, it is suitable for children. However, only one thing to keep in mind. Since it is a walking tour, you will be walking for hours. If your child is too young, make sure you can hold them when needed.
Is it difficult to make a bamboo basket?
All we need is our hands to make the bamboo basket. The weaving might be a bit challenging, suggested for children aged 5 and above.

(Travel Agency License No: Nagano 2-562)
Snow Monkey Resorts Tours
Nagano City Kurita 1015-7, NK Copo 202, Nagano, 380-0921 Japan
Tel: (81)26-219-6256
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Travel Service Supervisor: Tomoko Kasahara