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Deepest Kyoto Tour - Private Tours

#86 of 258 Tours in Kyoto
Kyoto, Japan
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About Deepest Kyoto Tour - Private Tours
Welcome to Deepest Kyoto Tour!Indulge yourselves in a walking excursion with REAL Kyoto local residents and government-certified bilingual tour guides! Explore a hidden side of Kyoto that, for most, remains shrouded behind the mist of history and legends.You are invited to take part in a tour of this mysterious and historical side of Kyoto.
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travelwithmorealoha wrote a review Jul 2019
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii22 contributions14 helpful votes
A once-in-a-lifetime experience. Absolutely worth the time and money. If you are interested in Japanese Architecture, Kyoto's History or simply a fan of Woodworking. You will love this tour! Simply put, it is an intimate afternoon with a Japanese Master Carpenter and his translator. Through the tour you will see cut away models in a museum explaining building techniques as well as the history of the Gojo area. You will then take a walk around the neighborhood looking at the different types of Machiya, (which may include, private houses, geisha cafes, and a theatre (exteriors only)) as well as any other significant buildings along the way. Then you will enter an Inn which is a newly renovated Machiya to see first hand your guide's expertise. And finally your tour will end with a cup of tea and a chance to touch and feel all of the extraordinary Japanese tools that it took to build these beautiful buildings. We learned that it takes decades of learning your craft as a carpenter to have the knowledge and skill to build even one room of a Machiya (not to mention the 260+ tools it takes). His passion for his craft is palpable, and inspiring. He is a true treasure of Japan and a gift to Kyoto and their unique Machiyas. This is a tour not to be missed! Absolutely worth the time and money. A once-in-a-lifetime experience.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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Caterina G wrote a review Apr 2018
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It was so beautiful to do this two tours because first of all we have an amazing tour guide called Unna Yuta He was expert, kind and above all he knew very well how to lead a tour Thanks Yuta
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Date of experience: April 2018
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Johnsan417 wrote a review Feb 2016
Boston, Massachusetts3 contributions
Please let me take this opportunity at a very late date to comment on the Kyoto Machiya Tour. I felt well prepared to contribute my personal experience at a Historic Preservation In Japan and Boston Symposium last winter after meeting Mr. Yamamoto and Ms. Ayuko. The Boston Japan Society membership was discussing and confronting our mutual sister city cities preservation issues. My first hand experience and the documentation provided by the tour proved to be valuable information even for the local academic community and visiting experts from Japan. Thank you again .
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Date of experience: November 2015
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Response from ayukoY, General Manager at Deepest Kyoto Tour - Private Tours
Responded Feb 3, 2016
Thank you so much for your positive comment! It was a great pleasure meeting you and I am so happy to hear that the living experiences of Mr. Yamamoto as a machiya carpenter was transferred to the participants in the prestigious symposium:) We hope to be of some help to the people who are interested in machiya and the traditions in Kyoto!
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linbinpin wrote a review Dec 2015
Canberra, Australia603 contributions148 helpful votes
We took many tours and workshops on this visit to Japan - this architecture focussed tour was my son's favourite. It was really interesting to hear from a master carpenter about the building techniques and history of the area (formerly a red light district). It was a pleasure to see his pride in his work - we got to see a place he designed and made - as well as seeing older places from the outside and inside. The craftsmanship evident in the machiyas (traditional buildings) is inspiring - as is the use of only locally sourced natural materials used in construction. The interplay between the master craftsman and interpreter worked effectively.
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Date of experience: December 2015
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Response from ayukoY, General Manager at Deepest Kyoto Tour - Private Tours
Responded Dec 23, 2015
Thank you so much for your positive comment! I really hope that you will have a chance to visit us again:)
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Tina H wrote a review Dec 2015
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I booked the machiya tour with Ayuko and Mr Yamamoto because I love architecture and wanted an unconventional tourism experience. My afternoon with Ayuko and Mr Yamamoto absolutely met my expectations. I learned so much about machiya and the dedicated craftsmanship that is required to maintain these beautiful homes. I highly recommend Deepest Kyoto - just know that it takes a little bit of advance notice to coordinate schedules since the tour guides are working artisans. I inquired a week in advance and was able to book a tour. It was one of the highlights of my time in Kyoto and I will definitely book another tour the next time I return to Kyoto.
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Date of experience: December 2015
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Response from ayukoY, General Manager at Deepest Kyoto Tour - Private Tours
Responded Dec 15, 2015
Thank you so much for your positive review! Please join us again when you come back to Kyoto:)
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