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A Wonderful Half Day in Kyoto (South-east Kyoto) 4h

4 hours
up to 6 people
Japanese ( Native ), English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)

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. In this tour, you can visit the most popular sightseeing spot for travelors from abroad and the temple which is very famous for its beautiful garden.


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  • Tofukuji Temple: This temple was built in the 13th century and has beautiful gardens.
  • Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine: You can walk under 10000 vermillion torii gates tunnel.

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What to Expect

Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine was built in the 8th century and is the head shrine of more than 30000 Inari jinjya shrines in Japan. You can pray for your business success because this shrine has the connection with rice harvest.
This shrine is also well known as a stage, used in the movie 'SAYURI'.
Tofukuji Temple is especially famous for its colored maple leaves in autumn, however, you can also enjoy its beauty of its green maples in other seasons.
We also visit its beautful gardens (zen gardens)

Departure & Return

Starting time 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point At your hotel (lobby)(in Kyoto)
Ending Point This tour ends at Inari Station (JR) or Fushimi Inari Station (Keihan), however, I will give you some advice, where to have lunch around Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, how to go back to your hotel, and so on.

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 : Tofukuji Temple, 400 Japanese yen
garden, 400 Japanese yen
another garden, 300 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 we will 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 ( 38 )
4.9 (38) Reviews
Very Good
Anne Anne Australia ( Friends )
1 day ago

“ Day Visit to Kyoto - 25 November 2019 ”

We docked at Kobe cruise port on 25 November 2019 and then took the Shinkansen to Kyoto. Prior to arriving, Tomoe had been very patient with our enquiries and was very informative with instructions as to how best to get to Kyoto by public transport. We also discussed many options of places to visit in Kyoto especially to see the temple/gardens with spectacular autumn colours. Tomoe helped us achieve this major aim of visiting Kyoto and took us to the best spots for the excellent autumn views. We found Tomoe to be very fluent in English and her patience with our endless enquiries before and during the visit was greatly appreciated. Tomoe is highly recommended as a tour guide and her very pleasant demeanour made our Kyoto day trip a memorable one.


Dear Anne, Thank you very much for such a warmhearted review! We had exchanged so many mails before the tour to have the marvelous view of colored maple leaves during the day and at night, and thanks to you, I could also enjoy the brilliant view of the best night, which I will never forget. (You sent me your mail of inquiry and booked me earlier, and that is why I accept the night tour, which I usually don't accept.) I wish I could have spent more time with you...I hope that you will come back to Kyoto and I can see you again. Thank you so much for finding me and booking me as your guide. TOMOE

Sandeep Sandeep United Kingdom ( Family with kids )
1 week ago

“ Fantastic day with Tomoe ”

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... read more


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

Amanda Amanda Guam ( Family with kids )
1 week ago

“ A delightful day in Kyoto ”

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

Uday Uday United States ( Family )
2 weeks ago

“ 110% customer satisfaction ”

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

Kelvin Kelvin Singapore ( Family )
3 weeks ago

“ Visit to Rurikoin ”

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

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