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ONLINE EXPERIENCE

Revealing Kyoto

Rated 4.96 out of 5 from 185 reviews.Kyoto, JapanPart of Airbnb Online Experiences collection

Online experience hosted by Andrew

90 mins
Up to 6 people. Private groups available for up to 100
Join from your computer, phone, or tablet
Hosted in English

What you'll do

"REVEALING KYOTO" is a multi-part series that brings you deep into the heart of Japan. Led by a Japanese garden expert, you will experience culture in a way that you never have before.

※CURRENTLY SHOWING: An Ancient Temple Transformed (Oct.1- Nov.3)

※AN ANCIENT TEMPLE TRANSFORMED
Otagi Nenbutsu-ji is a temple that fell on hard times after WWII. In an effort to restore it, an ambitious art project was initiated that brought regular people from all over Japan together to carve their own rakan, or followers of the Buddha, out of stone.

In this online experience, we will follow the artistic transformation of this temple and intimately experience the power it emanates. This truly unique and uplifting story will undoubtedly fill your heart with joy and inspiration.

To Preview:
https://youtu.be/uD9HKJyRsLs

※ZEN GARDEN, ZEN MIND (Nov. 1- Nov. 30)
Experience the restorative power of nature and art while you virtually travel to Japan and immerse yourself in the Zen garden at Konchi-in. While occupying one of Kyoto's magical and sacred spaces created hundreds of years ago you will hear deep insights into the world of Japanese gardens.

To Preview:
https://youtu.be/-iZwnXwzSFQ

※ Both Experiences are great for private groups, team-building and birthday events. For groups larger than 15 guests message me for discount rates.
"REVEALING KYOTO" is a multi-part series that brings you deep into the heart of Japan. Led by a Japanese garden expert, you will experience culture in a way that you never have before.

※CURRENTLY SHOWING: An Ancient Temple Transformed (Oct.1- Nov.3)

※AN ANCIENT TEMPLE TRANSFORMED
Otagi Nenbutsu-ji is a temple that fell on hard times after WWII. In an effort to restore it, an ambitious art project was initiated that brou…

How to participate

  • Join a video call
    Download Zoom for free on a desktop or mobile device. After you book, you’ll receive an email with a link and details on how to join.
  • Book a private group
    Andrew can host private groups of any size, up to 100 guests. Private group rates start at $143.

What to bring

  • A pen and paper might come in handy to take down notes on topics you find interesting or to write down questions that come to mind.
From $19
/ person
Thu, 22 Oct
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm (EDT)
$24 per person
$24 per person
Thu, 22 Oct
10:00 pm - 11:30 pm (EDT)
$24 per person
$24 per person
Wed, 28 Oct
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm (EDT)
$24 per person
$24 per person

Meet your host, Andrew

Host on Airbnb since 2010
  • 185 Reviews
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Hello. I am a landscape designer living in Kyoto for the last decade. Over the last 3.5 years I have been leading walks of many of the amazing gardens here through my small business called An Design, which has become one of the highest rated tour companies in Kyoto.

Drawing on my 16 years of garden experience in the U.S. and Japan and my self-studies in Eastern philosophy since my early teens, I am able to provide experiences for my guests that are unique and from the heart.

As the only foreigner to graduate from the Kyoto Japanese Garden Training Program, I have gained insights to Japanese culture and gardens that are very rare for an outsider to obtain.

Come with me on an adventure away from the regular tourist route and immerse yourself in the exquisite and mystical nature of Kyoto.

FB: An Design Kyoto
Insta: @an_design_kyoto
Hello. I am a landscape designer living in Kyoto for the last decade. Over the last 3.5 years I have been leading walks of many of the amazing gardens here through my small business called An Design, which has become one of the highest rated tour companies in Kyoto.

Drawing on my 16 years of garden experience in the U.S. and Japan and my self-studies in Eastern philosophy since my early teens, I am able to provide experiences for my guests that are unique and from the heart.…
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Rated 4.96 out of 5 from 185 reviews.

CJ Fortuna
October 2020
It was a fantastic experience and I can't wait for next time. Andrew is a very dynamic storyteller, natural teacher, and has a way of making you feel like he invited you into his living room in japan. If you're looking to forget about all the craziness and learn how to breathe again I recommend this highly. This time last year It never even occurred to me that I needed a place like this in my life, And now I can't imagine it not being there.
It was a fantastic experience and I can't wait for next time. Andrew is a very dynamic storyteller, natural teacher, and has a way of making you feel like he invited you into his l…
Wendy
October 2020
This is Raymond, speaking for myself and my wife Wendy, about our marvelous journey with Andrew to the amazingly restored temple of Otagi Nenbutsu-ji in Kyoto. In a world full of bad news and fake news, it was truly refreshing to visit a site that exemplified how, with the guidance of selfless leadership, common people can come together to express their values and their reverence. I was not expecting to find so much beauty in the people and the amazing products of their devotion. So, this was an inspirational experience hosted by an inspiring guide. My wife and I have just become groupies (not our usual thing) in support of Andrew and his unique way of finding and sharing meaning in the lesser known byways of Japanese culture. Try it. You'll be ever so glad you did.
This is Raymond, speaking for myself and my wife Wendy, about our marvelous journey with Andrew to the amazingly restored temple of Otagi Nenbutsu-ji in Kyoto. In a world full of…
Anja
October 2020
Andrew has an amazing way to bring you closer to Kyoto. Not only is his presentation top-notch...he knows the right ratio between bringing facts closer and allowing the visitor to reflect and ask questions. I’ll definitely come back for another tour.
Andrew has an amazing way to bring you closer to Kyoto. Not only is his presentation top-notch...he knows the right ratio between bringing facts closer and allowing the visitor to…
Lauren
October 2020
I did this tour with my husband and we both had a great time! The combination of recent footage from the temple and older documentary footage from the time of its relocation provide a detailed and personal history. Andrew is a great guide and took the time to answer each of our questions. Now we have another place to add to our list when we're able to travel to Kyoto!
I did this tour with my husband and we both had a great time! The combination of recent footage from the temple and older documentary footage from the time of its relocation provid…
Caitlin
October 2020
Having taken a different one of Andrew's online experiences already, I leapt at the chance to hear his insider/outsider perspective and knowledge of this powerful story. Andrew has researched thoroughly and thoughtfully presents the story, all with a personal touch. Like his other online tour, I am left feeling like I just spent the morning at a peaceful temple with an uplifting history. His passion shines through, transcending nationalities. Even post covid, I will keep tuning in to his airbnb experiences, as I think he has figured out how to present the next best thing to being there.
Having taken a different one of Andrew's online experiences already, I leapt at the chance to hear his insider/outsider perspective and knowledge of this powerful story. Andrew ha…
Leah
October 2020
Andrew is a master story teller. This is the second online tour I've taken with him, and they just keep getting better. The way he uses historic and modern video footage, drawings, photos, and authentic music bring you into an immersive multi-sensory experience of the lush and wondrous Otagi Nenbutsu-ji mountain temple. This temple isn't well-known but contains a rich history and unique aspects not seen in other temples. It was a joy to learn about two important artist monks who helped with the temple's restoration, Nishimura Kocho and his son Nishimura Kooei (now head of the temple). Andrew does a spectacular job bringing participants through the nooks and crannies of this beautiful place. I learned a lot, and didn't want it to end. :)
Andrew is a master story teller. This is the second online tour I've taken with him, and they just keep getting better. The way he uses historic and modern video footage, drawings,…

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

You’ll need an internet connection and the ability to stream audio and video to participate. A link and details on how to join will be included in your booking confirmation email.

More tips

Set the mood right before joining this experience. Adjust the lighting in your room and grab a beverage. Maybe candles or incense to help get relaxed. Then have a seat in your most comfortable chair. As we will be watching videos, a screen that is not too small and not too large is recommended.