Secret garden tour of Kyoto

Secret garden tour of Kyoto

Escape the crowds with a knowledgeable guide to show you Kyoto's secret gardens in all their tranquil splendour.

While most visitors to Kyoto only have time for the classic temples & shrines, it's worth finding an extra day to get off the tourist trail to explore the city's hidden gardens. InsideJapan can arrange a knowledgeable guide to help you make the most of your time and find these hidden gems.

The day will include visits to a variety of garden styles including dry stone gardens, stroll gardens and gardens using the 'borrowed scenery' technique. The Zen gardens at Daitokuji Temple for example are some of the finest stone gardens in the country. Said to look like a Chinese painting, vertical rocks represent mountains while white sand symbolises rivers and oceans.

Secret garden tour of Kyoto

located in Kyoto

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