Excursion
We plan excursions on Japnuary 24th, 12:30-15:30.
There are three excursion routes.
If you wish to join, please select one in the registration form.

North Course

includes two world heritages: Ryoanji temple (Rock Garden) and Ninnaji (Five-Storied Pagoda). You cannot miss these too famous temples in Japan!

Ryoanji( or ), "The Temple of the Peaceful Dragon" is a Zen temple located in northwest Kyoto, Japan. It is part of the "Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto", a UNESCO's World Heritage Site. The temple belongs to the Myoshinji school of the Rinzai branch of Zen Buddhism. The site of the temple was originally a Fujiwara family estate.To many, the temple's name is synonymous with the temple's famous karesansui (dry landscape) rock garden, thought to have been built in the late 1400s. The garden consists of raked gravel and fifteen moss-covered boulders, which are placed so that, when looking at the garden from any angle (other than from above) only fourteen of the boulders are visible at one time. It is believed that only through attaining enlightenment would one be able to view the fifteenth boulder.

Ninnaji(ma) is a large temple complex in eastern Kyoto, Japan, founded in 888 by the retired Emperor Uda. It is part of the "Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto", a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From 888 to 1869 it was traditional for reigning Emperors to send a son to the temple to take over as head priest when a vacancy arose.Most of the surviving buildings date from the 17th century, and include a five-storey pagoda and a plantation of dwarf cherry trees. The temple itself features some beautifully painted screen walls, and a beautiful walled garden. Behind the temple there is a miniature version of the renowned 88-temple walk in Shikoku.

***Entrance Fee
Ryoanji Temple: 500 yen
Ninnaji Temple: 500 yen

West Course

includes Tenryuji temple and Togetsukyo-Bridge. Let's walk through Bamboo street, and enjoy quiet Kyoto.

Tenryuji (V)is a Zen temple in the Arashiyama area of Kyoto. It has been ranked first among the city's "Five Great Zen Temples". The temple was established in 1339, and like many other temples burnt down several times over its history. The current buildings date from the Meiji Period. Muso Soseki, the temple's founding abbot and famous garden designer, created Tenryuji's landscape garden which, unlike the temple buildings, survived the many fires and is considered one of the oldest of its kind. Tenryuji has been designated a UNESCO world heritage site in 1995.

***Entrance Fee
Tenryu Temple: 500 yen