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A Wonderful Half Day in Kyoto (North-west Kyoto) 4h

4 hours
up to 6 people
Japanese ( Native ), English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )

This tour is recommended for the first timers to Kyoto. Kyoto had been the capital of Japan for 1000 years and has many old temples and shrines to visit. You can visit three famous and popular sightseeing spots in Kyoto. All of these three places are registered as UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites.


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  • Nijyojo Castle: The Ninomaru Palace in this castle has 33 rooms and 800 tatami mats. You can also see wonderful wall paintings.
  • Kinkakuji Temple: This temple is well known as 'Golden Pavillion', covered with pure gold leaves.
  • Ryoanji Temple: It's very famous for its rock garden.

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What to Expect

Nijyojo Castle: This castle was built in the 17th century and used as the place where the shogun stayed when he visited Kyoto and to watch the Imperial family who lived in Kyoto in those days. You can see the power of Tokugawa shogunate.
Kinkakuji Temple: This temple was built as the villa for the shogun during the 14th century. (Today's structure was rebuilt.) It became a Zen temple and it's a must-see spot in Kyoto.
Ryoanji Temple: This temple was built in the 15th century. You can see the dry landscape garden which doesn't use any ponds or small rivers. It became famous after Queen Elizabeth visited. Please find its ultimate Zen spirit.

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Departure & Return

Starting time 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point At your hotel (lobby)(in Kyoto)
Ending Point This tour ends at Ryoanji Temple, however, I can tell you how to go back to your hotel.

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee, hotel pick up in Kyoto area

What‘s not included

Transportation fee (you and your guide)
Entrance fee: Nijyojo Castle, 600 Japanese yen
Kinkakuji Temple, 400 Japanese yen
Ryoanji Temple, 500 Japanese yen


If you book me early, I can exchange mails with you many times to know what you want to do in details, collect information and prepare a lot for your plan. Please don't hesitate to ask me anything in advance.

I can guide you in the morning almost every day.(from 8:30 or 9:00 AM till 13:00 or 13:30PM)
This year, in case of the full day tour, Friday, Saturday, Sunday,and Monday are available.

Please note that you cannot see the inside of Ninomaru Palace every Tuesday in December, January, July and August, and between January 1-3, and December 26-28.
Especailly in spring (end of March to middle of April) and in autumn (middle of November to beginning of December), around Kinkakuji and Ryoanji, we have heavy traffic jam and buses are not serviced as scheduled, so, in such cases, you may need extra hours.
Please note that we use public transportation.

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 ( 33 )
4.9 (33) Reviews
Very Good
William William United States ( Family )
1 day ago

“ Fushimi Inari and Sake factory ”

Tomoe was a wonderful tour guide. She took my family to Fushimi Inari and a sake factory. She was very knowledgeable and a pleasure to spend the day with.


Dear William, Thank you very much for your warmhearted review. It was my best pleasure that I could see you and had such a wonderful half day with such a wonderful family like you! I really like, and feel very happy to be a guide which let me have such a wonderful encounter. Thank you so much for finding me, booking me as your guide, at the last minute. Please come to Kyoto again. I miss all of your family...TOMOE

Mark Mark United States ( Couple )
4 days ago

“ Half Day Tour in Kyoto ”

We spent a wonderful morning with Tomoe touring in Kyoto. My wife and I found Tomoe on the TripleLights website only shortly before arriving in Kyoto. Our lack of organization and preparation was no issue for Tomoe, and she worked with us going back and forth, answering and asking questions to help fine tune a tour for us. Tomoe was friendly and gracious and full of information & advice. She cheerfully helped us with train schedules and suggestions for the rest of our stay. We would book with Tomoe again without hesitation.


Dear Mark, Thank you so much for your warmhearted review! We couldn' t have so much time before the tour and I could exchange only a few mails with you before the tour, however, I could have such a wonderful half day with you. You are such a wonderful couple with a history, and I enjoyed visiting places and talking with you. Kyoto is an old capital of Japan and there are many places to visit. I hope that you will have more time to visit Kyoto and I can see you again. Thank you very much for finding me and booking me as your private guide in Kyoto. Thank you so much for a precious meeting! TOMOE

Samantha Samantha Australia ( Family )
2 weeks ago

“ Kyoto with Tomoe ”

I was fortunate to have visited Kyoto with my Mother (80yrs) and my Daughter (15yrs) in early October. I booked Tomoe to guide us to many wonderful areas in and around Kyoto including: Kinkakuji Temple, Fushimi Inari Shrine, Arashiyama monkey park and a lovely morning of shopping in the Sannenzaka area dressed in traditional Kimono. Tomoe also generously shared her favourite temple with us, a beautiful, tranquil temple set in peaceful gardens. Tomoe carefully curated tours for us each day which highlighted the beauty of Kyoto. Tomoe was effortlessly able to ensure the needs of my vegetarian Mother and my teenage Daughter were met with no difficulty at all. We were expertly guided through ticket queues, public transport and advised on the best place to stand for the perfect holiday photo... read more


Dear Samantha, Thank you sooo much for your warmhearted review!!! Even though 3 weeks have passed since I saw you leave for Kansai International Airport, I still remember my happy time as if it happened yesterday. Soon after I met you for the first time, I could feel as if you were one of my best friends or my sister. That's why you are such a nice and attractive person! Three days I spent with you became one of my most precious memories as a guide. I like your mother and daughter, too. They always made me feel relaxed. I'm very sorry that you had to give up the last part of your trip due to the coming typhoon, and I do hope that someday will come when I can guide you to Nara!!! I miss you so much...Thank you so much for finding me and choosing me as your guide. TOMOE

Mickey Mickey United States ( Friends )
2 weeks ago

“ Excellent Guide in Every Way ”

Tomoe had an excellent knowledge of Japanese history and culture, as well as very good command of the English language. She also went beyond her obligation, came earlier and met us on our train's platform. We felt this was the best way to experience Kyoto's historic sites.


Dear Mickey, Thank you so much for your warmhearted review. I could spend only half a day, however, I enjoyed the time with you, such a nice group of people so much. (I enjoyed exchanging mails with you before the tour, too.) There are many wonderful places to visit in Kyoto, so I hope that I can guide you to such places next time, too. I'm waiting for your next visit! TOMOE

Grace Grace United States
2 weeks ago

“ Kyoto day trip tour ”

I highly recommend Tomoe for anyone looking for a personalized tour. She is efficient, kind, patient and knowledgeable! We enjoyed her company and if I were to come back to Japan, I would book her again. She made our day in Kyoto very memorable! Thank you Tomoe! Grace & Russ


Dear Grace and Russ, Thank you very much for such a warmhearted review!! You are such a wonderful couple and I really enjoyed the day with you. I do hope that you will visit Kyoto and I can spend more time with you again. Thank you so much for finding me and choosing me as your private guide. Meeting with you inspired me so much. TOMOE

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