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[7hours]Time Travel Tour in Kyoto Part2

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


  • Golden Temple
  • Nijo Castle
  • The Museum of Kyoto
  • Rokkakudo
  • Nishiki Market
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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-

9:00am - 10:00am Golden Temple***
10:00am-10:30am Transportation*
10:30am-12:00am Nijo castle***
12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch**
1:00am-1:15pm Transportation*
1:15am - 2:00pm The Museum of Kyoto ( from outside )
2:00am - 2:10pm Walk
2:10pm - 2:40pm Rokkakudo
2:40pm - 3:00pm Walk
3:00pm - 4:00pm Nishiki Market


1.Golden Temple
-Mixture of nobles and samurai culture-
The tour starts at Japans golden temple which is a historically significant place to visit!
Why? Because it represents the mixture of noble culture and samurai culture.
One samurai, Ashikaga-Takauji, started a new military government in Muromachi, Kyoto.
It was the first time that samurai officially became in charge of politics in Kyoto where the emperor lived.
This led to a mixture of nobles and samurai culture.
A while later, Ashikaga Yoshimitsu built the Golden temple in the Northern area in Kyoto.
If you look at the golden temple carefully you can see each floor of the temple has different features that represent either court nobles, samurai warriors or zen buddhism.
I will explain more about it in my tour.

2.Nijo Castle
-Peak of samurai class prosperity-
After decades of civil war, one samurai, Tokugawa Ieyasu became the head of all samurais and put a new millitery government in Edo, currently known as Tokyo.
This government lasted 200 years, until they returned its control of politics to the emperor in 1867.
This period is characterised as the peak of samurai class prosperity.
Nijo castle is a significant place that represents the beginning and ending of this Edo period.
Unfortunately it is forbidden to take any photographs, but you will be seeing the actual room where the Bakufu returned its right to the emperor.

3.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!

4.The Museum of Kyoto
-Industrialization and modernization-
The building of the museume of Kyoto was once a branch of Nihon Bank kyoto which was built in 1906 by a leading architect, Kingo Tatsuno.
After the last Samurai returned control of the nation to the emperor, Japan started to trade with western countries and tried to catch-up with western industrialization.
The new government hired many kinds of specialist from western countries in all fields such as politics,law, education, art, agriculture, manufacture, medication, and architecture.
Therefore the architecture from this period have strong western influence.
Kingo Tatsuno himself was also one of the disciples of an English architect hired from the Japanese government.

5.Rokkakudo Temple
- Legendary place from 6th century -
We are going to set the clock back 1000years, and see the significant buddhist temple from the end of 6th century.
At that time the political center was in the area of Nara prefecture and the southern part of the Osaka prefecture.
Prince Shotoku-Taishi who had strong political power under the emperor at that time was trying to build buddhist temples to make the religion popular.
There is a legent that one time prince Shotoku-taishi was traveling around Kyoto which was the uninhabited basin surrounded by mountains in order to look for the lumbers to build temples and he was told by buddha to remain in this place to help people.
He remained and built a Hexagonal hall which was the original Rokkaku temple.
I will tell you more about the story in my tour!

6.Nishiki Market
- The Kitchen of Kyoto since Ancient Time-
Nishiki market is a place where you can find all kinds of food from wide variety.
It is a narrow street with a lots of shops along both side.
The area of present Nishiki market had been the center of the fish market industry since Kyoto became Japan’s capital.
My favorite part of Nishiki market is that you can actually shop and taste the food in many shops.
Rice claackers, fishcakes, donut, mochi and so on...

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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  • Golden Temple
  • Nijo Castle
  • The Museum of Kyoto
  • Rokkakudo
  • Nishiki Market


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)
-Golden Temple to Nijo castle ¥230/per
-Nijo castle to The Museum of Kyoto ¥210/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 Golden temple
Adult: ¥400/per
Middle school students and elmentary school students: ¥300/per
Under elementary school age: Free
***Entrance fee for Nijo castle
Adult: ¥600/per
High school and middle school students: ¥350/per
Elementary school students: ¥200/per
Under elementary school age: Free
Note:You need to pay for guide’s entrance fee as well.
Meeting Point
Golden Temple
Ending Point
Nishiki Market or convenient station nearby
7 hours
Starting time
09:00 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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