ONLINE EXPERIENCE

Cherry Blossom Edition Kyoto Zen Garden

Kyoto, JapanPart of Airbnb Online Experiences

Online experience hosted by Andrew

90 mins, Hosted in English

What you'll do

※ Immersive and relaxing,. This experiences is great for families, private groups, and team-building events. A shorter format is available if necessary. Please inquire if your desired time is not shown.

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As we take a mystical early morning stroll along the famed Philosopher's Path, you will experience one the most revered cherry blossom viewing spots in Japan as if you are a local. No crowds, not tourists. Just you and I.

We will then arrive at a hidden Zen temple where we will spend time in one of Kyoto's finest gardens that was created hundreds of years ago by Zen monks, artists, and nobles. It is here that I will share with you deep insights into the world of Japanese gardens. Once we are finished you will certainly never see stones, plants, and water in the same way again.

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https://youtu.be/otSGHlMtHWE

As there will be plenty of time for discussion, this will be a meaningful experience considering Japanese design, philosophy and history while virtually exploring landscapes of unparalleled beauty.
※ Immersive and relaxing,. This experiences is great for families, private groups, and team-building events. A shorter format is available if necessary. Please inquire if your desired time is not shown.

※ 5-star ratings from guests representing Google, Facebook, Apple, Airbnb, and others.

※ To view my other online experience with 300+ 5-star reviews, please visit:
https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/1736084

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How to participate

  • Join a video call
    Use Zoom to participate on your 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 $76.

Meet your host, Andrew

Host on Airbnb since 2010
  • 77 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.

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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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Sun, Jul 25
From $76 per group
11:30 PM - 1:00 AM (EDT)
Private groups only
From $76 per group
Mon, Jul 26
From $76 per group
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM (EDT)
Private groups only
From $76 per group
Mon, Jul 26
From $76 per group
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM (EDT)
Private groups only
From $76 per group

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Rated 4.97 out of 5 from 77 reviews.

Alec
July 2021
The entire family (from across 3 cities) got together online for Andrew's private tour of a Kyoto Zen Garden and it was a great way for the family to spend 90 minutes together in a shared experience learning about a new place and culture. Notable Highlights: 1. Andrew is a natural storyteller, and his storytelling voice is zen -- just like the place 2. We got a truly local perspective alongside the main narrative. 3. The photos and videos are very well done. Suggestions for future guests of Andrew's: 1. Use a big screen if you can! 2. Test out Zoom on the devices you'll be using to avoid any technical issues We look forward to more of Andrew's virtual tours and hopefully a chance to meet him for a real-life tour in the future.
The entire family (from across 3 cities) got together online for Andrew's private tour of a Kyoto Zen Garden and it was a great way for the family to spend 90 minutes together in a…
Gericka
May 2021
I coordinated this as a team work experience, in celebration of AAPI Month and it did not disappoint! It is easy to tell that Andrew has placed a great deal of thought into making this experience peaceful and informative. My team and I left our experience with Andrew, feeling zen and inspired to visit the beautiful Kyoto, Japan! This experience is a great mental and visual break for anyone desiring to learn more about the beautiful gardens and history of Japan. So very glad that I choose this experience for my teams celebration of AAPI, month!
I coordinated this as a team work experience, in celebration of AAPI Month and it did not disappoint! It is easy to tell that Andrew has placed a great deal of thought into making…
Kristie
May 2021
It’s really a wonderful virtual journey with Andrew. Not only did we have the opportunity to see a Japanese shrine & zen garden as if we were there, but we also had really great cultural discussion with a local guide who has lived in Japan for 11 years. We rate the experience 5 out of 5 stars. Thank you, Andrew, for your great tour.
It’s really a wonderful virtual journey with Andrew. Not only did we have the opportunity to see a Japanese shrine & zen garden as if we were there, but we also had really great cu…
Laurie
May 2021
I did this with a firend/colleague. Very interesting with soothing sections to just look at the gardens. The history was very interesting - I haven't been to Japan - and the gardens were beautiful and yet subtle. It was a great combination of relaxing experience and interesting experience. Appreciated Andrew's calm demeanor.
I did this with a firend/colleague. Very interesting with soothing sections to just look at the gardens. The history was very interesting - I haven't been to Japan - and the garden…
Julia
April 2021
Beautiful gardens and really interesting and personal explanations from Andrew. We felt like actually walking through this wonderful location. It was a really meditative experience.
Julia
April 2021
A wonderful, even magical experience! Andrew took us on an exciting walk through a huge zen garden, where he described the symbolic meaning of different plants and landscape architecture. These beautiful views and calming sounds felt like a meditation to me – thank you for this very special vacation!
A wonderful, even magical experience! Andrew took us on an exciting walk through a huge zen garden, where he described the symbolic meaning of different plants and landscape archit…

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  • Sun, Jul 25
    11:30 PM - 1:00 AM (EDT)
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    From $76 per group
  • Mon, Jul 26
    9:00 AM - 10:30 AM (EDT)
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    From $76 per group
  • Mon, Jul 26
    4:30 PM - 6:00 PM (EDT)
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    From $76 per group
  • Mon, Jul 26
    8:30 PM - 10:00 PM (EDT)
    Private groups only
    From $76 per group
  • Tue, Jul 27
    11:30 PM - 1:00 AM (EDT)
    Private groups only
    From $76 per group
  • Wed, Jul 28
    4:30 PM - 6:00 PM (EDT)
    Private groups only
    From $76 per group
  • Fri, Jul 30
    9:00 AM - 10:30 AM (EDT)
    Private groups only
    From $76 per group
  • Fri, Jul 30
    4:30 PM - 6:00 PM (EDT)
    Private groups only
    From $76 per group

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled 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.