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.
Feel free to personalize this offer with TOMOE.
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.
Guide fee, hotel pick up in Kyoto area
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.
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
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.
After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.
Me, my wife and 16 month old baby were visiting Japan for a holiday and decided to book a tour during our stay in Kyoto. We had done a lot of searching and decided to book in with Tomoe for a day tour; we had an absolutely amazing day! From the start Tomoe's communication before the trip was excellent. She listened to what it was we were looking to do, and used her expertise to advise us and come up with the perfect itinerary, taking in to consideration the fact that we had a very young person with us. Throughout the day, Tomoe was really kind and friendly and highly knowledgeable. We had a lot of fun with Tomoe, and she was amazing with our baby, as well as being amazing at getting us to wherever we needed to go! We would have no hesitation in recommending Tomoe as she was a bril... leer más
Dear Sandeep and Jessica, Thank you sooo much for such a warmhearted review!! I still remember the pleasant time I spent with you. I love your daughter and I wish I could have spent more time with you. There are more places in Kyoto that I want to show you. Please come back again and let me see your lovely princess. Thank you for finding me and booking me. I miss all of your family. TOMOE
We had a great tour with Tomoe! We are a military family of 4, from the US. She was patient and kind with us (we have a 2 year old). She seemed to know all the quickest routes to get to places. Her English is good, and we had a great time. We would not have been able to cover this much ground in one day without her. If you have the time and energy to navigate- proceed on your own. If you don’t want to have to worry about a thing, let Tomoe take care of you! She even had snacks for my kids 🙌
Dear Amanda, Thank you so much for such a warmhearted review. A day spent with you and your family in Kyoto was such a wonderful time and I really enjoyed it! I was so happy to meet you and your family. Thank you so much for finding my page and booking me. I do! do! hope that I can see you again. Let's spend more time together in Kyoto!!! I love your daughters so much. Thank you so much again. TOMOE
We visited Nara with Tomoe, starting from Kyoto and stopping at Fushimi Inari on the way back. We had lunch at a friendly vegetarian restaurant in Nara. We found Tomoe to be knowledgeable, organized, and attentive to our needs. Throughout the long day, her enthusiasm never flagged, nor did her bag run of goodies meant for us – lovely photographs of a garden in summer and fall, Japanese sweets, and refreshing mints. Tomoe even accompanied us to the basement of a department store and helped pick out evening meals to take home!
Dear Uday, Thank you so much for such a warmhearted review! I really enjoyed the day with you. Talking with you and your friend inspired me and encouraged me so much. I hope that you will come back! to Kyoto and I can see you again. There are more places to show you in Kyoto, Nara, and also, my hometown, Shiga. TOMOE
We booked a trip on 15 November for Tomoe to guide us to see some of the less visited attractions in Kyoto. She very efficiently communicated and arranged an itinerary of Rurikoin, Enkouji temple and (at our request) Nijo castle. She arranged for us to have lunch at a nice tradiitonal Japanese restaurant. Tomoe has been a wonderful guide, patient and full of knowledge and with her cheerful personality made it a wonderful day for the family. Thumbs up and we would definitely recommend booking with her for her knowledge and attention to detail.
Dear Kelvin, Thank you very much for such a warmhearted review! All of your family are such nice people, and I really enjoyed the day with you and your family. Because you have already visited some places in Kyoto before, I suggested RURIKOIN even though it is so popular during this season and many people visit. I'm very sorry that there were so! so! many people there. (It was my pleasure to see your father took so many pictures and looked happy, though.) Please come to Kyoto again and let me see you sometime in the future. Thank you so much for finding me, booking me, and letting me see such nice people. You let me feel how happy I am to be a guide and could see you. TOMOE
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