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5 hour Kyoto highlights tour plus optional Maiko dinner

5 Hours
up to 5 people
Japanese ( Native ), English ( Business )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )

By joining this tour, you can enjoy main 3 sightseeing spots of Kyoto in 5 hours. After that you have an option to join Maiko dinner which you can enjoy Japanese cuisine and Maiko (apprentice Geisha) performance in 2 hours with additional special price taken care by Rick.


Feel free to personalize this offer with Rick.

  • Please select one of the courses below. (The touring spots may be changed based on the communication with customer.)

  • < Golden course > Golden pavilion, Nijo castle, Nishiki market, (Option) Maiko dinner

  • < East course> Silver pavilion, Philosopher's path, Nanzennji temple, (Option) Maiko dinner

  • < West course > Bamboo groove, Tenryuji temple, Ryoanji temple, (Option) Maiko dinner

  • < South course > Fushimi Inari shrine, Kiyomizu temple, Gion walk, (Option) Maiko dinner

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Departure & Return

Starting time 08:30 AM , 1:00 PM
Meeting Point At the lobby of your hotel in central Kyoto
Ending Point Tour only: At any place upon request, Tour & Maiko dinner: At the restaurant (Yasaka-dori Enraku)

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee, hotel pick-up in central Kyoto area

What‘s not included

Maiko dinner(17,600JPY per person), transportation fee(apx. 1,000JPY by subway or train and 2,000JPY by taxi), entrance fee(apx. 1,400 or less)


Maiko dinner in operated only Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, The 5 hour tour is operated everyday.

Please send me a message in advance if you want to reserve a tour of two or more consecutive days.

(Option) Maiko dinner
It is operated only Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and starts from 6 PM. The special price for Maiko dinner is 17,600JPY per person. This price is applied for the customers who book 5 hour tour. If you want to join it, please send me a message about it at the timing of tour booking. Then the Maiko dinner booking on the day is taken care by Rick. If you take the afternoon tour, Rick will take you to the restaurant of Miko dinner just after the tour. The location is Yasaka-dori Enraku and the price for it is paid at the restaurant by credit card only.

Cancellation Policy

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

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Maiko dinner

You join a dinner in Japanese traditional restaurant with Japanese dishes where you can enjoy the Maiko's (Apprentice Geisha) dancing, conversation and traditional playing with her. The translator will assist you to make a communication with Maiko. Of course Maiko is real one from an agent (Okiya) in Gion.

Can I join only Maiko dinner with special price ?

No, you need to take 5 hour tour before joining Maiko dinner.

Can I join 5 hour highlight tour only ?

Yes, you can and it is also welcomed. 5 hour tour is operated any available date on the calender.

Can I ask you to modify the 5 hour tour ?

Please send me the message of your request and I will try to make it as far as possible.

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 ( 46 )
4.8 (46) Reviews
Very Good
Amely Amely United States ( Family )
9 months ago

“ Rick is a wonderful Kyoto guide...fun, efficient, knowledgeable, and informative ”

Rick was an amazing guide to Kyoto for my son and I for 2 days. He was very efficient and thoughtful in planning our itinerary and what we would do. He took us to many sites and had we not went with him we would never have seen half of what we did. His knowledge of the shrines and markets was so thorough. It was such a pleasure to have a guide not only to understand the history of the sites we were touring but also to give us insight into the culture and history of the city. Rick KNOWS Kyoto. He was very friendly and personable. His food choices were excellent. He was very easy to spend time with. Of our entire month travels in Asia, Kyoto and our time with Rick specifically was such a significant highlight. Without hesitation, I can recommend Rick as a guide for you. We could not ha... read more


Dear Amley, Thank you very much for so nice review! I am very glad that you were happy and satisfied the tour. Yes, we enjoyed some gardens, market streets, temples, a castle and so on. Since you love garden, architecture and art, Kyoto was the ideal city for you to enjoy, I believe. Your son was so nice boy and I enjoyed very much talking with him and knowing his interests. Please come back to Kyoto in near future and I hope I can guide you again! Best regards, Rick

Angela Angela United States ( Family )
10 months ago

“ Kyoto calling! We want to go back, there is so much to do and 2.5 days was just not enough. ”

RIck was wonderful, patient, kind, soft-spoken, yet definitive in his plans for our days spent together. I must say that he handled a mom and her men child(s) extremely well, especially my special angel man child who kept up with us but made it a little tricky at times. Rick did not judge, he jumped in and assisted when needed, he took his time with us and made sure we were all happy, enjoying the areas, and best of all educating us! We learned a great deal about Kyoto and other Japanese areas and their traditions. Rick, we would find you again for the parts of Kyoto we did not see, but for 2.5 days...you did pretty darn well san. Thank you for the pictures of the tea ceremony, treasures thy are.


Dear Angela, Thank you very much for the nice review! I am so glad that you enjoyed Kyoto for 2.5 days with me and want to come back. I also had a nice time with your and your nice sons going to tea ceremony, cooking class and some sites and so on. I hope I can guide you again when you come back and I am sure to take you to the sites you did not see! Best regards, Rick

Meredith Meredith Canada ( Family with kids )
10 months ago

“ Insightful Day! ”

We really enjoyed our time with Rick. He was very friendly, knowledgeable and easy to talk to. We not only appreciated learning about the sites but we also loved just learning about his life in Japan. We spent a full 8 hours with Rick and even our 14 and 12 year olds were engaged the whole time. He planned a great day and made sure me maximized by planning efficiently. I would definitely recommend Rick!


Dear Meredith, Thank you very much for the nice review! I am glad to hear that you enjoyed the tour and had a nice time. All of your families are so nice and I enjoyed talking various things with all the members. Also I am glad you had a lot of interests in Japan and its cultures, so it was my pleasure explaining about it. Please enjoy some more days in Japan and have a safe trip back home. I hope you will come back to Kyoto some day in future. Best regards, Rick

Kate Kate Australia ( Family )
11 months ago

“ Kyoto with kids ”

We enjoyed our day sightseeing around Kyoto with Rick


Dear Kate and families, Thank you very much for your nice review! I am glad that you enjoyed the tour. Your families are so nice and I enjoyed talking with all of you especially in the monkey mountain park. Please enjoy more in Japan and I hope you will come back Kyoto someday in future. Best regards, Rick

Jenner Jenner United States ( Family )
11 months ago

“ The things you can learn in a day....! ”

Rick did a perfect job selecting some highlights while working in our requests and making the most efficient use of our time together. He was very knowledgeable about the historical sights we visited. We're so happy to have chosen a licensed guide so that we could have comfort knowing the level of communication we would be able to have in addition to Rick having his own pass for entry into most of the places we visited.


Dear Jenner, Thank you very much for the nice review! It was my pleasure guiding through the sights in Kyoto and we had a nice time as in viewing the autumn leaves in Kyoto Imperial palace with lunch or visiting Sake brewery museum and so on. I also enjoyed a lot talking with all of your families who are so nice! I hope you keep good memories in Kyoto and come back someday in future. Best regards, Rick

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