Higashi Honganji and Ramen

Morning chants at Higashi Honganji Temple

Feeling spiritual? Enjoy the morning Buddhist chants at Higashi Honganji temple. Afterwards, you’ll have delicious ramen for breakfast and unwind with a refreshing bath inside Kyoto Tower.
Higashi Honganji Temple → Ramen Breakfast → Bath


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We’ll walk from Kyoto Station to Higashi Honganji Temple in the morning. Every morning at 7:00am, the temple hosts their morning service, which includes the melodic chants of the Shin Buddhist monks. The temple complex is home to several structures, including 2 large wooden halls, beautifully maintained gateways, and a picturesque Japanese garden.

After touring Higashi Honganji’s complex, we’ll find some ramen for breakfast. There are many variations of ramen across Japan (& the world!), so we’ll help narrow down your choices to some of the shops which best capture the flavors of Kyoto.

What is Kyoto’s flavor?
As Kyoto city is inland and is known for vegetables. Over the years, Kyoto people have also perfected preservation techniques for their vegetables. This is why you’ll find many tsukemono (pickle) stores throughout Kyoto. Kyoto also produces very fine meats, but unlike waterfront cities, Kyoto isn’t known for fish and sushi.

We’ll end our tour at a Japanese public bath, a popular pastime of many Japanese people. There is a public bath conveniently located at Kyoto Tower, in front of Kyoto Station. You’ll be able to wash yourself and then relax in the large bathing area while planning for your next adventure!
Please note that public baths are separated by sex.

Sample Itinerary

This is a sample itinerary. Timings and dietary restrictions can be discussed to best suit your needs.
06:30 Meet in front of Kyoto Station.
07:00 Higashi Honganji chants and tour
07:45 Ramen breakfast
08:15 Walking tour of Kyoto Station area and shops
09:00 Kyoto Tower bath
09:30 End of tour (Tour ends at Kyoto Tower)

Included in the cost:

  • Entrance fees for facility
  • Guide fee

Minimum number of people: 2
Tour fee: 10,000 yen per person (about $92USD); Children: elementary and junior high school student · 5,000 yen; Infants · free
Language: English

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