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Zen Garden Walking Tour by a gardener - includes 2 temples and green tea- 庭師の解説で巡る日本庭園ツアー -
We will explain about Japanese gardens as clearly as possible, using materials in English.
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PeriodJune 23 and 27, 2023
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Tour to learn the basics of Japanese Karesansui gardens
This is a tour led by a guide from Sharing Kyoto staff. If you would like to participate, please apply here ■ Overview
This tour includes an explanation of Japanese gardens by a gardener who is familiar with Japanese gardens in Kyoto!We will be visiting two very famous temples in Kyoto, Nanzenji Temple and Konchi-in Temple.
Enjoy learning about Japanese gardens with a gardener who can help you understand more than just looking at them!
■ What's Included
◎ Temple admission fee
◎ Matcha green tea and Japanese sweets
◎ Commentary by the gardener
× Transportation costs
× Hotel meet-up
￥20,000 per person (Tax included)
■ What To Expect
13：00 | Meet in front of Nanzen-ji Sanmon Gate.
13：10 | Explanation of the garden while walking around Nanzenji temple (70 min)
14 : 20 | Time to ask questions to the gardener over a cup of Matcha green tea（30 min）
14：50 | Move to Konchi-in Temple (10 min）
15：00 | Explanation of the garden while walking around Konchi-in temple (60 min)
16：00 | Tour ends and participants disperse at the site
Description of Japanese Garden at Nanzen-ji Temple
Nanzenji Temple has three gardens. However, it is quite difficult to read what thoughts were behind the creation of the garden and what it expresses. It would be a great waste to come all the way here only to leave without understanding. We will explain what the differences are between each of the three gardens and the methods used to create them, along with the historical background of when the gardens were created.
Description of Japanese Garden at Konchi-in Temple
Kare-sansui (dry landscape) gardens at Konchi-in will be explained as well as the gardens at Nanzen-ji Temple. The stones in this garden are placed far from where you see the garden, so it is difficult to understand what is so wonderful about this garden without a commentary. We'll be sure to talk about its charms, so stay tuned! By listening to the explanations while viewing the gardens of the two temples, you will learn how to enjoy the basics of Japanese gardens. We encourage you to use what you learned on the tour to view the gardens at other locations as well.
Drinking matcha green tea while viewing the waterfall
Before going to Konchi-in Temple, have a cup of green tea at Nanzen-ji Temple. At Nanzenji Temple, you can drink matcha green tea while viewing the waterfall. At this time, those who have questions about the Japanese garden can ask the gardener directly. We hope you will actively ask questions and make this a meaningful time to deepen your understanding of Japanese gardens!
- Manner & Tips -
・Confirmation will be received at the time of booking
・Please book at least 1 week in advance so that we can build the best experience for you
・You can attend alone
・Applicants must be at least 18 years old to apply. If you are a minor, please obtain the consent of your legal guardian before applying
・The tour may be canceled or postponed at short notice or the content may be changed due to traffic conditions or other reasons