This is a half day tour for people who want to have a quick look at the main attractions. Even though it is a half day tour, you can experience the calm and historical atmosphere of Kyoto. Our guides will take you to the three main sights where you can learn about Kyoto’s long history and culture.
Kinkakuji was established in 1397 by Ashikaga Yoshimitsu. The dazzling appearance of the reliquary hall on the temple grounds, which is decorated with gold leaf, is what Kinkakuji is known for.
Hosokawa Katsumoto established Ryōan-ji in 1450 during the Muromachi period, when Zen sects flourished. Without using water, karesansui, or dry landscape, gardens represent water using stones and sand, and “Ryōan-ji’s Rock Garden” is famous for this.The garden is listed as a World Heritage Site.
Nijo Castle, which was constructed in the Edo period, is a registered National Historic Site, while Ninomaru Palace is a designated National Treasure, and other buildings and wall panel paintings are designated as Important Cultural Properties. Nijo Castle is also a registered UN World Heritage site. (Ninomaru is the area that directly defended Honmaru, which was the control center in times of war.)
Our Guides in Kyoto
Do you want to customize this tour?
You can change the places you want to visit during the booking process. In the first step, you can add or remove places and also write any special requests that you have for the tour.
Our guides will take care of you and help you to plan the perfect trip.
Transportation (Public or Private)
Most of our guides use public transportation such as train, subway, bus, etc., which is cheaper than taking a taxi or hiring a private car. If you are a big group or if you prefer to use taxi or a private car, our guides will help you to find the best option that fits your needs.
Please note that the transportation cost is NOT included in the tour fee, only the guide fee is included.
If your group is more than 6 people, we recommend you to contact our guides directly first, to see if they can manage your group.
- Guide Fee
What‘s not included
- Hotel Pickup
- Your transportation fee
- Guide transportation fee
- Lunch, Dinner, Entrance fee
Frequently Asked Questions
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Your credit card or PayPal account will be charged upon booking. However, if the guide does not accept your booking, the amount will be credited back to the account from which the charge was drawn.
Example of your tour experience
3 hours ago , ( Family ) , From: Philippines
“ Amazing tour in Kyoto and Kobe ”
We had a wonderful tour in Kyoto and Kobe with Hideo. He brought us to the temples and historical places. My family learned so much from him. Hideo is very energetic and patient. I will definitely recommend Hideo to my friends.
14 hours ago , ( Family ) , From: Israel
“ The best of the best!!! ”
Absolutely excellent guide. Many e-mail communications before our trip to hone and finalize our itinerary. Has a car which made it possible to get to several distant sites of interest. Brought his own camera to take our photos, and e-mailed them to us. He is very informative and knows the area well. Very accommodating. I recommend him highly without hesitation. You'll be fortunate if you are able to book him.
Dear Robert Thank you very much for your kind review. Your words really motivate and inspire me to improve as a guide. I spent a great time with you and Avi, and you guys are exactly the family that I and my son would like to be in 20 years! As we promised in Gion, let's meet again 20 years later!! Kind Regards, Masaki Makoon Mori
1 day ago , ( Solo ) , From: United States
“ Nice walk! ”
I ended up traveling solo so booked the evening Gion tour with Ryoji who was very knowledgeable and accommodating. It was especially nice to see the quieter areas away from all the crowds. The secret garden is just lovely.
Thanks a lot for your positive review. I enjoyed myself guiding you. Hope to see you again!
3 days ago , ( Family ) , From: Singapore
“ Kyoto Day trip ”
It was a pleasant and enjoyable experience travelling with Mitsu- san in his car. We were very appreciative of the transportation although it was a little difficult to get in and out for the shorter elderly or for an elderly with bad knees. Otherwise - good for family travel. He was knowledgable enough and shared what he knew of the various sites. Also helpful in assisting us with family photos. End of the day - great to be able to be dropped off at the hotel. All the best !
Thank you, Christina-san. I was greatly moved by your being good to your parents. I'm sure that they are happy to have such an excellent daughter. I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed your Kyoto tour with me. Please visit Japan again!
1 week ago , ( Family ) , From: China
“ Very good service ”
Our tour is going very well as of now. Mary is very good guide we enjoyed the lunch that Mary booked for us
Dear Sara, Thank you very much for the tour review . I'm glad the clients liked the vegetarian restaurant I booked for them. The bus driver was efficient and we could visit the sights smoothly. Mari
TripleLights Private Tours
- Select places you want to go
- When you want to go
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- Start planning together your trip!
- Nijo Castle
- Nishiki Market
- Fushimi Inari Shrine
- Tenryu-ji Temple
- Okochi Sanso (Mountain Villa)
- Jojakko-ji Temple
- Togetsu-kyo Bridge
- Arashiyama Monkey Park Iwatayama