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.
Feel free to personalize this offer with Toshiyo.
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.
Guide fee, hotel pick-up in Kyoto area
Transportation fee (you and your guide), lunch and/or dinner, entrance fee
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.
I am very flexible and I can respond to any requests. Please contact me.
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
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.
After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.
We are group of 8 from California visiting Kyoto in Fall. Toshiyo was our tour guide for 2 days by walking and public transportation.She had shown great integrity, punctual, good knowledge, and very helpful in all aspects. We truly appreciate her charming and tour guide service. We recommend her for anyone. Cheers !!!
Dear Loi and friends, Thank you very much for you having me as your guide. We had beautiful fine days in Kyoto and I am very glad you enjoyed Kyoto. I appreciate your kindness and warm heart you showed me. Please come back again sometime. Best regards. Toshiyo
Toshiyo was able to successfully guide a very large group (12 seniors) through subways and trains to see the major sights that we requested in Kyoto. Her command of the English language is excellent and her explanations were clear and helped us understand what we were seeing.
Dear Steven and square dancers Thank you very much for having me as your guide. I am sorry that I might have walked fast but I was glad you could see our main tourist spots successfully. I appreciate your kind review. I hope you will have great time another week in Japan. Thank you. Toshiyo
i spend two great days visiting kyoto with toshiyo. she knows place very well and will guide you to many hidde gems in city.
Dear Stephane Thank you very much for your warm hearted review. I appreciate you having me as your guide. Hope you come back again with your parents. Best regards. Toshiyo
Our family (16 of us) loved having Toshi guide us through the different sites of Kyoto. We had excellent communication from booking to the end of the tour. She was very flexible and knowledgeable on all the historical sites in Kyoto. I gave her what we wanted to see and she provided input on the best way to cover all of them in 1 day. She provided advice on what to do at each site. She provided historical perspectives to all different sites and pointed other sites along the way. I highly recommend Toshi for anyone visiting Kyoto.
Dear Ramon Thank you very much for your warm hearted review. You have such a beautiful and talented family. Your mother in law is amazing. Hope you have a great impression about Kyoto and Japanese culture. I appreciate you having as a guide. Best regards. Toshiyo
My husband and I wanted to get the most out of our two-days touring in Kyoto, Nara and Osaka, and Toshiyo made sure that we did. Her knowledge of all the local landmarks is extraordinary, and Toshiyo made it her mission to show us all that she could. From adorable monkeys and deer to majestic castles and shrines, Toshiyo hit all the high notes, making our visit to Kyoto and the surrounding area a memorable one. She was terrific.
Dear Laura and Paul Thank you very much for your warm hearted review and I really appreciate you having me as your guide for your special trip in Japan. I hope you could come visit in spring when time. Thank you. Toshiyo