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[7hours]Time Travel Tour in Kyoto

by Lisa
(26) Reviews
7h $ 228 Price up to 5 people


  • Kyoto Station
  • Fushimi Inari Shrine
  • Kyoto Imperial Palace
  • Kenninji Temple

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227.50 USD

Price up to 5 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Hotel pick-up and drop-off (Kyoto city).
$ 25.48


Join me on my private 7hour tour and discover the historical layers of Kyoto!
Why do I call it "Time Travel Tour"? Because the destinations associate with four different time period within Japan's history.

What to Expect

Tour Time Table -sample-

8:00-8:20 Kyoto Station
8:20-8:30 transport* 
8:30-9:30 Fushimi Inari Shrine
9:30-10:00 transport* 
10:00-12:00 Imperial Palace
12:00-1:00 Lunch**
1:00-1:30 transport*
1:30-3:00 Kenninji Temple***


1.Kyoto station
--Modern period and Japan's Industrialisation--
The tour starts at Kyoto station which represents the modern period of Japans history. Kyoto station has been repeatedly rebuilt over the last 140 years during Japan's history of industrialisation. Compared to previously built Kyoto stations, the present station that you will be seeing has an absolute modern style. One of Japan's leading architect, Hiroshi Hara who designed this station has been at the center of a cultural argument; "Is this station suitable for Kyoto which is supposed to be part of Japan's traditional beauty?"
Let's take a walk through the huge station building and discuss what Hiroshi Hara wanted to express by building the entrance of Kyoto like this.

2. Fushimi Inari Shrine
--Ancient time and Shintoism--
We will take a 10 minute JR train to get to the next destination, Fushimi Inari Shrine, which represents ancient period of Japanese history.
You probably know that Buddhism is very popular in Japan. However, before Buddhism existed, there has been a concept in Japan that there are many deities in nature all around us such as mountains, rocks, rivers, and rice. This concept is called Shintoism which is a very important concept to understand Japanese culture in addition to Buddhism.
The deity of rice, whose name is "Inari," is one of the most popular deities among local Japanese people. In fact, there are more than 30,000 shrines that enshrine Inari all across Japan.
Fushimi Inari Shrine, our second destination, is the head of all those shrines. The significant feature of this shrine is thousands of Torii gates, which are red coloured gateways composed of two uprights and two crosspieces. Why are there so many Torii gates? I will tell you more about it on my tour!

3.Imperial Palace
--Noblemen's prosperity--
After Fushimi Inari shrine, we will take a 30 minute train and subway ride to our third destination, the Imperial Palace, which represents the emperor's and noblemen's prosperity. Since the 8th century, the emperor and noblemen had been a strong influence in the nation until the Samurai warrior overtook them.
Emperor and noblemen lived a lavish lifestyle, wearing gorgeous clothes, surrounded by sophisticated finishings, spending time playing music or reading poems...
The Imperial palace is one of the very rare places where you can see the housing style of this period. The architectural style called "Sinden-zukuri"

4.Lunch Time
After the Imperial Palace we will take a lunch break for about one hour.
Soba, Ramen, Kaiseki, cutlet, Japanese curry, Tofu and so on...
I have many restaurants to recommend and if you have any request I will arrange that for you!

5. Kenninji Temple
--Period of Samurai warriors and Zen buddhism--
After lunch, we will take a 20 minute bus ride and a 10 minute walk to get to the third destination, Kenninji temple. The temple represents the period of the Samurai warriors prosperity.
Samurai warriors who were originally servicemen for noblemen, gradually became powerful and took control of the country by forming its own military government called Bakufu in the 12th century. Along with the Samurai class, the new type of Buddhism called Zen became popular. Bakufu started to build huge Zen temples everywhere in order to show their power and influence. Kenninji Temple is the oldest Zen temple in Kyoto city!
Zen temples tend to have significant features such as Sanmon gate, zen style rock gardens, and dragon paint on the ceiling. In Kenninji temple you will be able to see all of those and I will explain why those features are so important.

This is the end of my Time Travel Tour in Kyoto!
Of course, this tour can be organised to fit your needs.
Please share with me your requests and I will do my best to arrange that for you!

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  • Kyoto Station
  • Fushimi Inari Shrine
  • Kyoto Imperial Palace
  • Kenninji Temple


This tour includes a lot of walking. Please wear comfortable shoes.
Primary mode of transportation: public transportation such as trains, subways and buses. If you need a taxi for transportation, it is absolutely fine! Please contact me for the estimated price.

What‘s included
Guide fee,
Guide’s transportation fee,
Guide’s lunch
What‘s not included
-Your transportation fee (details below*)
-Your lunch (details below**)
-You and your guide’s entrance fee for Kenninji Temple (details below***)
-Hotel pick-up and drop-off

*transportation fee
Public transportation ( train, subway and bus)
-Kyoto Station to Fushimi Inari Shrine ¥140/per
-Fushimi Inari Shrine to Imperial Palace ¥400/per
-Imperial Palace to Kenninji Temple ¥230/per
Note: If you need taxi for transportation, it is absolutely fine! Please contact me for the price.

**Lunch approximately ¥1,000-¥3,000/per
I have several great places to recommend you, but if you have any request I can arrange that for you too!
Note: You do NOT need to pay for guide’s lunch.

*** Entrance fee for Kenninji Temple
Adult ¥500/per
High school and middle school students ¥300/per
Meeting Point
Kyoto Station
Ending Point
Kenninji Temple or convenient station
7 hours
Starting time
08:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 5 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 in the first 14 day(s) before the meeting date ,there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting date ,there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 26 )
camilla Camilla Brazil ( Couple )
2 months ago

“ Lucky if you Have her! ”

Lisa was absolutly amazing, kind, easygoing, and so good with all the rich information about the coulture and history. We were so lucky to Have her in Kyoto! We wanted to keep her for at least two more days! Took us to an excellent restaurant and gave us so many tips about everything. We are grateful! Thank you Lisa!!!

Michael Michael United Kingdom ( Couple )
2 months ago

“ Osaka, Kyoto and Nara with Lisa ”

What an amazing experience. Spent 4 days with Lisa early November visiting many of the major sights in Osaka Kyoto and Nara. Lisa has a wealth of knowlege on Japanese history and culture, she is very organised but also adaptable to late changes to the schedule, as she did in our case. Prior to our holiday Lisa put in an enormous amount of work into providing us with a detailed itinerary and information for each of our 4 days, which meant we did not waste a second. Lisa has a lovely personality, kind,caring, speaks perfect English and is a joy to be with. By the end of our time with her we felt we had become firm friends. Thank you Lisa for a wonderful 4 days and am sure we will will visit Japan again and hopefully meet up with you. Michael & Mary Day

Aileen Aileen United States ( Family )
2 months ago

“ Kyoto tour ”

My sister and I had a Kyoto tour with Lisa and she planned an excellent itinerary based on our interests. She took us to great temples and was thoroughly knowledgeable at each place. We also went to Nishiki Market and learned a lot from her about Japanese history, food and culture. We really enjoyed our time with Lisa throughout the day. My sister wasn’t feeling well and Lisa even made time to take us to and help at a pharmacy. She is an wonderful guide and very enjoyable to be around!

Claro Claro Philippines ( Family )
2 months ago

“ Two fantastic days in Kyoto & Nara with the best guide ever: Lisa!!! ”

With just a few days before our trip to Osaka, Kyoto, Nara and Kobe, I was exasperated over finalizing an itinerary considering the variety and number of must-see sites in the Kansai region. I knew I couldn’t cover them all with my family and needed help pritoritizing and planning the visits and the train and subway trips and, of course, the walking routes. A friend recommended that I search for and book a guide on-line and my search led me to Triple Lights and eventually to Lisa Watanabe. I booked her for our swing to Kyoto and Nara; one day per city. Lisa is an angel sent from heaven! Before the trip, she painstakingly and patiently coordinated with me in planning the itinerary. Because of the many options, I had to keep changing the itinerary and Lisa graciously accommodated all... read more

Alisha Alisha United States ( Family )
2 months ago

“ We didn't just get a tour guide, we got a friend! ”

Lisa was an absolutely amazing tour guide for us! With limited time in Kyoto, she was able to arrange a schedule that included the main sights of Kyoto, Himeji Castle, and a tour of Nara. My mother's knees can give her trouble and so Lisa was very accommodating with our plans and went at a good pace for us. She really does do her best to develop a tour that is best for her specific customers needs and their interests. Lisa wants you to have a wonderful experience and the help and information she shares really shows that. She is intelligent, fun, informative, and friendly! We loved the time we spent with her and if we were ever fortunate enough to return to Japan, we would book her as a guide again in a heart beat! We really did feel like we now have a new friend because she was so wonderfu... read more

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