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[7hours]Time Travel Tour in Kyoto Part2

by Lisa
(14) Reviews
7h $ 223 Price up to 5 people


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

Price up to 5 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Hotel pick-up and drop-off (Kyoto city). .
$ 24.92


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?

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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 ( 14 )
Isabelle Isabelle Hong Kong ( Solo )
1 week ago

“ The perfect fun day out with Lisa! ”

Had an absolutely lovely day with Lisa! An adorable and very communicative person with excellent English skills. She is very knowledgeable in all aspects of Japan be it history, culture, cuisine or customs and also interested in your culture and background. So, apart from a great lesson in so many Japanese things and a tour of Kyoto it was equally also a wonderful cultural exchange. I highly recommend Lisa and will of course also book her in the future! Many thanks Lisa! Isabelle


Hi Isabelle, thank you so much for your kind review! Yes I had a great time with you and was so impressed by your deep insight into your culture and home country. I could learn a lot, thank you so much! Also your artistic photo shooting was amazingly beautiful. Please keep in touch and I will wait for your next trip to Kyoto!

vijyendra Vijyendra United States ( Couple )
1 week ago

“ She is one professional guide with great customer service ”

Unfortunately our trip got canceled due to the typhoon Jebi and our flight got canceled and couldn't also reach by other means to Kyoto from Osaka.she was all along coordinating with us for our safety and put herself into her safety second by waiting for us in Osaka airport during the typhoon. It is very hard to find a guide who respects her work and has higher standards in terms of her customer service. She is not only our guide now and became our highly respected friend who went the extra mile for us. she has excellent communication skills and speaks very fluent English.


Hi VJ, thank you very much for your kind review! It was unexpected trip to Tokyo instead of Kyoto but I had a wonderful time with you and Suni. I really appreciate you two being so flexible for the change of our tour itinerary that coused by the damage of the typhoon. I was so happy to see you guys enjoying shopping and Japanese food. Please keep in touch and I will wait for your visit to Kyoto in the future!

Clint Clint United States ( Couple )
1 year ago

“ First time in japan ”

Lisa was very polite, punctual and overall very friendly. Thank you Lisa for being courteous and entertaining while showing me around despite having time only for a short tour. I enjoyed seeing the temples and gates especially since it was my first time in Japan. Hope to keep in touch. Thanks Lisa!

Zenia Zenia United States ( Family with kids )
1 year ago

“ Kyoto experience ”

I dont know where to start with Lisa! She really went out of her way to ease my stress during our trip. My mother forgot her insulin back home and really needed her meds during our trip. Lisa did not give up, phone call after phone call trying to find my mother her meds; after 4hrs she succeeded. Lisa made everything smooth for us, from helping out with directions to Kyoto, to making herself available even when done with our tour. She was extremely patient with my little sister and took us to all the places we requested. I HIGHLY recommend Lisa to all that plan to visit Japan. She's a total SWEETHEART!

ralph Ralph United States ( Solo )
1 year ago

“ A fun time with in Tokyo ”

Reserved a day tour with Lisa to experience efficiently the places that the locals go to and that we did! So off to the highlights. The day started off visiting Tsutaya in Daikanyama, a bookstore from yesteryear with a cafe and a Starbucks (surprised?) housed in one place but not under one roof. Then to Omotesando to see the architectural buildings from the 1980s to the present, including the highly photographed Tod's and Prada buildings. Would be remissed if mention was not made about a visit to a Roku Moku shop, which served delicate, light and flavorful dessert. In the States we can only buy their packaged goodies so this was a super special treat. Thanks Lisa for making a yummy stop here. A short walking distance from there is the Meiji Shrine. And on this day there were C... read more

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