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1 day special customized tour in Kyoto

by Toshiyo
(46) Reviews
7h $ 228 Price up to 6 people


  • Nijo Castle
  • Arashiyama Area (For example Tenryu-ji Temple, Okochi Sanso, Ninomiya Shrine etc.)
  • Kinkakuji Temple
  • Kiyomizudera Temple
  • Toji Temple
  • Fushimi Inari Shrine
  • Sanjuisangendo Temple
  • Miidera Temple (in Otsu, Shiga prefecture)
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227.50 USD

Price up to 6 people
FREE cancellation 14 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra hour.
$ 31.85


Kyoto has many beautiful places to visit. I especially would like to take you to the most exciting spots in Kyoto in 1 day. Please pick a few of the options from the following sightseeing places and I will take you as many places as possible at a reasonable price.

What to Expect

You can experience both temples and shrines as well as visit beautiful Japanese bamboo grove and gardens. With my help, you will be able to understand Japanese culture and food. I will take you to these places by public transportation. Such transportation costs about 2000 yen for 1 day. It is your own tour. You can stay in the place you like as long as you want to, taking pictures and enjoying the scenic beauty. Take your time. No hurry.

In Kyoto, there are countless sightseeing places to see. Here are some options:

-Nijo Castle ... One of the finest castles from the Edo period. The Ninomaru Palace in the Castle has 33 rooms , 800 tatami mats and many superb wall paintings.
-Arashiyama Area ... Mainly Tenryu-ji Temple, which has a beautiful pond garden and the bamboo forest close to Tenryu-ji Temple, but I can take you to some other tourists spots in Arashiyama area such as Okochi Sanso with beautiful garden, Nonomiya Shrine etc.
-Kinkaku-ji Temple...Golden Pavilion whose top two floors are completely covered with gold leaf.
-Fushimi Inari ... It has 1000 torii gates. There are 2 courses: a short course with 30 minutes and a long hiking course with 2 hours since it is located at the foot of Mt Inari. It is the top headquarters of 30,000 Inari shrines all over Japan.
-Kimono experience ... You can experience putting on Kimono for about 2500 yen per person.
-Tea ceremony experience ... You can experience tea ceremony for about 2000 yen per person.
-Nishiki Market ... If you would like to, I can take you to a Yuba (bean curd sheet) factory as well.
-Kiyomizudera Temple ... It is located in one of the oldest area of Kyoto city. You can enjoy shopping , eating and making handicrafts as well as the view of Kyoto city from the temple.
-Toji Temple ... It has a city landmark of the five story (57 meters high) pagoda. The lecture hall has contains 21 striking mandara images.
-Sanjusangendo ... It has 1001 Buddha statues with 40 hands and 11 faces on the heads.
-Miidera Temple (in Otsu, Shiga prefecture) ... It is a long history temple with important cultural property, Niomon Gate and a famous Benkei bell. Although it is next to Kyoto and takes about 15 minutes from Otsu Station, which is 10 minute train ride, the area is very quiet and pretty with Lake Biwa, which is the largest lake in Japan.

Please remember, there are only so many hours in a day, so there's a limit to how much you can visit in a day. Please pick a few of the above options and I will arrange a special tour to suit your requirements as much as possible.

I would like to take you any other places you are interested in.

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Toshiyo Licensed Guide
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  • Nijo Castle
  • Arashiyama Area (For example Tenryu-ji Temple, Okochi Sanso, Ninomiya Shrine etc.)
  • Kinkakuji Temple
  • Kiyomizudera Temple
  • Toji Temple
  • Fushimi Inari Shrine
  • Sanjuisangendo Temple
  • Miidera Temple (in Otsu, Shiga prefecture)


I can guide in Kyoto,Nara Osaka Koyasan and Shiga. I can also take guests to Kouyasan . I can also guide you in the evening.

You and your guide's transportation fees, lunch, and any entrance fees are not included.

What‘s included
Guide fee, hotel pick-up in Kyoto area
What‘s not included
Transportation fee (you and your guide), lunch and/or dinner, entrance fee
Depart From
Kyoto , Shiga
Meeting Point
At your hotel in Kyoto
Ending Point
At your hotel in Kyoto
7 hours
Starting time
08:30 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 6 people   Flexible

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make changes after I book?

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email

Starting and ending points of the tour.

After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.

What happens after I book a tour?

After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.

Is the price per person or per group?

The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.

Can I add more people to my booking?

Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel at least 14 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
  • If you cancel between 2 and 13 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 20% charge.
  • If you cancel within 1 day prior to the meeting date, there is a 40% charge.
  • If you cancel on the meeting date, there is no refund.

Reviews ( 46 )

Very Good
1 month ago |   by Bocian

“ Very good guide and very good interesting explainings ”

Our best wishes for the great job Toshijo did in the six hours of our trip around the interesting places of Kyoto, always taking a view on the different speed-steps one of us could go caused by somme personal medical reasons by a neurological handicap. Explaining and talks were interesting and friendly. We would do the same again when coming another time to this place. All the best for Toshiyo and the team.

1 month ago |   by Donald

“ Seeing Kyoto on public transport ”

For the five days that we spent together, Toshiyo was good company and a pleasant travelling companion. She made my visit to Kyoto an enjoyable one. She guided me well through the challenges of the city's trains and buses to reach the places that I had already told her I wanted to see. In this way, with her help, I made the very best use of my limited time. Toshiyo was very helpful in rearranging parts of my proposed program to make more efficient use of that limited time. She herself suggested additions to my plans which added to my enjoyment. The unforeseen always happens and when it did she was able quickly to make necessary changes. Kyoto guides are required to know a great deal about national and local history. Toshiyo showed that she was well informed, but she didn't always display her knowledge in the way that many guides do. When something I saw piqued my interest and I asked her about it, she usually had the answer. We did, however, seem to have a problem of communication: she did not always comprehend my questions and I did not always understand her responses. I know that she has lived in and visited English-speaking countries so I feel that I ought to have done better in allowing and encouraging her to make the sort of contribution that such a working relationship requires and of which, I am sure, she is capable. I would recommend Toshiyo to anyone needing advice on places to visit in Kyoto and help in getting to them without wasting time by getting lost or confused on the buses or in the subway.

1 month ago |   by Penny

“ Highly recommend ”

We had a amazing time seeing kyoto with Toshiyo. Nothing compares to a local travel guide and we were not disappointed. Toshiyo accomodated our needs of travelling with two small children. Would highly recommend her.

1 month ago |   by Todd

“ Very patient and flexible ”

She was very patient and flexible with my family. We spent the whole day traveling around Tokyo with my wife and three kids. The schedule was very flexible and she was understanding

1 month ago |   by Lisa

“ 5 star guide ????? ”

Toshiyo was fantastic. We had a great time with her. As I was traveling with my husband and children (ages 13,11,10 & 1) I wanted someone to show us around so that we wouldn't get lost or frustrated. We followed her lead and was very happy with our tour. She was very knowledgable of Kyoto's history and extremely considerate of my family. We moved at our own pace and really took in the sights.

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