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1 day special customized tour in Kyoto


Kyoto
7 hours
up to 15 people
English ( License ), Japanese ( Fluent )
Private tour (only you and your guide)

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.

Itinerary

Feel free to personalize this offer with Toshiyo.

  • 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)
  • Nara park Dainutsuden

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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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Departure & Return

Depart From Osaka
Starting time 08:30 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point At your hotel in Kyoto
Ending Point At your hotel in Kyoto

Inclusions & Exclusions

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

Important

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.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting date
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting date
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting date

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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Reviews ( 146 )
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Peter Peter Australia ( Couple )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ Wonderful Day, Magnificent Guide ”

A memorable day seeing the wonders of Kyoto. The day was made all the more special by our guide. As we wanted to see so many things, Toshiyo was most helpful & flexible in organising our day. Her knowledge about the sites & culture of Kyoto left us with fond memories..... highly recommended!!!

Toshiyo:

Dear Peter Thank you very much for warm hearted review. I am happy you liked Kyoto and our culture. Please come back again in spring and autumn. The more beautiful Kyoto will be waiting for you. Thank you. Toshiyo

Edward Edward United States ( Family )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ Great Two Days ”

We had terrific tours of Kyoto, Horyuji and Nara. Lots of fun. Will never forget how she arranged surprise kimono experience for the grand girls. She also raced ahead for us to have special lunch. Overall patient with us, flexible and a great tour guide. Hope to see her again in a couple years.

Toshiyo:

Dear Ed and lovely girls Very very enjoyable time with you. I appreciate you having me as your guide. Thank you very much. Hope to see you again. Best regards. Toshiyo

Karin Karin Singapore ( Family )
Excellent
3 weeks ago

“ Kyoto-Shi spent with a local guide ”

This petite sophisticated Japanese teacher dipped us into the complexities of the Japanese culture - enhancing our appreciation of the country and its people. She was client responsive by adjusting the program at our request and made the day fit into an already busy schedule. Her grace, curiosity and intelligence made the time spent with her very worth while

Toshiyo:

Thank you very much for you having me as your guide. Your family are all amazing. I learned a lot about different cultures. I am very glad you like Japan. Please come back again when you have time. Thank you. Toshiyo

Talia Talia United States ( Couple )
Excellent
3 weeks ago

“ Amazing guide, helped us see the city! ”

We spent our first few hours in Kyoto with Toshiyo. We were only in the city for 2 days, and Toshiyo made our full 4 hours so educational and fun. She took us to all of the sights we wanted to see, educated us on the temples and culture and history of Kyoto, and even helped us navigate the bus and subway system as we had just arrived in Japan. Toshiyo made our trip to Kyoto so memorable and helped us maximize our time! We had a great experience, thank you Toshiyo!

Toshiyo:

Dear Talia Thank you very much for you having me as your guide. I am very glad you enjoyed Kyoto. Please come back again. Thank you very much. Toshiyo

Abigail Abigail Philippines ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Wonderful Tour in Kyoto ”

Toshiyo is remarkable and her knowledge about Kyoto's culture and history is extraordinary. She was organized, flexible and attentive to our needs and requests. Oh and she takes great photos too :) My family and I wanted to make the most of our one day trip to Kyoto, and Toshiyo made sure that we did. We would highly recommend her! All the best!

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