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[Basic Course] 1 day tour in Western Kyoto (Kitayama-Arashiyama)

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8h $ 298 Price up to 30 people


  • Walk on a ninja floor of Nijo castle with historical art.
  • See the marvelous Golden Pavilion reflected on a pond.
  • Have a beautiful mountain scenery of Arashiyama from Togetsukyo bridge.
  • Walk in Tenryuji Japanese garden registered as World Heritage
  • Breathe in the fresh bamboo forest
  • Have a matcha (green tea) and a have a view of Kyoto from Okochi sanso villa
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297.60 USD

FREE cancellation 14 days prior


Kyoto is one of the biggest destination is Japan, filled with traditional atmosphere.
But it's hard to explore the whole city in one day and this tour focuses on the western part called Kitayama and Arashiyama, which has many world heritage cultural sites and natural scenery. Through the tour, you'll feel the beauty of Japanese culture and nature and learn a lot about Kyoto and Japan.

What to Expect

We'll visit the most popular spots in Western Kyoto city, including Arashiyama bamboo forest and Golden Pavilion.
This area has a lot of beautiful Japanese gardens registered as World Heritage such as Tenryuji and Golden Pavilion and you'll learn some points to see a Japanese garden and history as well as Nijo castle.
Also Arashiyama area has a nice nature scenery and at Okochi sanso villa you can have a nice view of Kyoto city with greentea.

Organized by TOKIE

Licensed Guide
(4) Reviews


  • Walk on a ninja floor of Nijo castle with historical art.
  • See the marvelous Golden Pavilion reflected on a pond.
  • Have a beautiful mountain scenery of Arashiyama from Togetsukyo bridge.
  • Walk in Tenryuji Japanese garden registered as World Heritage
  • Breathe in the fresh bamboo forest
  • Have a matcha (green tea) and a have a view of Kyoto from Okochi sanso villa


It's a walking tour so please join the tour with walking shoes.
Taxi hire is available with extra charge if requested in advance.

City Kyoto

Meeting Point At your hotel in Kyoto city

Ending Point At your hotel in Kyoto city

Duration 8 hours

Starting time 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible

Number of people up to 30 people

What‘s included
  • Guide fee
  • hotel pick up area in Kyoto city

What‘s not included
  • Transportation fare (you and guide)
  • (Nijo castle - Golden pavilion : 230 yen
  • Golden pavilion - Arashiyama 420 yen
  • Lunch
  • Entrance fee (Golden Pavilion : 400 yen, Nijo castle : 600 yen, Tenryuji temple garden: 500 yen, Okochi sanso villa with green tea : 1000 yen )

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 at least 14 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
  • If you cancel between 2 and 13 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 20% charge.
  • If you cancel within 1 day prior to the meeting date, there is a 40% charge.
  • If you cancel on the meeting date, there is no refund.


Licensed Guide

(4) Reviews

Response Time 11 hs

Languages spoken
  • English ( License )
  • Swedish ( Intermediate )
  • Spanish ( Beginner )

Hi, I'm Tokie.

I was born and grew up in Osaka, and I have lived in Osaka for 90% of my life. I like to show people around my city, not only famous sightseeing places but also local places where you can feel how real Osaka is.

I also travel a lot. I have traveled to Europe, South East Asia, North and Central America, and and so on. I always enjoy tours where I have a chance meet local people and enjoy an awesome experience. So I want to offer such tours here in Osaka !

My favorite
1. Local tours (Tenjin, Temma area is my specialized area)
2. Good food (sake as well. Local bar hopping tour is also available)
3. Cooking
4. Language and culture exchange (I can teach Japanese!)
5. Japanese calligraphy
6. Running (I have some marathon experiences.)
7. The beach (That's what I miss here in Osaka!)

Please contact me if you want to enjoy Osaka and Japan! read more

Reviews ( 4 )

Very Good
1 month ago |   by Alana

“ Osaka Market Tour ”

Tokie was fantastic. She met us at our hotel, we caught the train to the markets and she pointed out different food produce along the way- we sampled what we felt like buying and learnt a lot about different cultural customs and foods. After our tour she even sent sake bar recommendations and places to go out should we ever return. I was quite sick on the day and Tokie was sensitive to this so she made sure to keep checking if I was alright and what I felt like I could handle!

1 month ago |   by Quoc-Viet

“ Awesome flexibility & conversation ”

Tokie was the guide for my parents while I had to work in Japan. My parents' favorite day of the trip was with Tokie - she was very accommodating with their schedule, adjusted accordingly, and had a great conversation the whole time with them. Thank you so much, Tokie - looking forward to being able to join the tour next time I'm in town.

1 month ago |   by Ebbie

“ Kyoto West side ”

Tokie San was just a superb guide all around. Her presence made everything flow with the short time we had in Kyoto. She meticulously spent the time at the end of the tour to ensure the logistics for the next few days were in order. Just fabulous. Book her in advance

2 months ago |   by Mark

“ Kyoto Family Trip ”

Tokie Tanaka was our guide in our Kyoto trip and she was an excellent guide! 1st, We had our Kyoto trip first week of December, and we finalized our booking December 1st. First, Communicating with her was easy using the websites messaging system and her response time with my inquiries was quick and detailed. Second, I love history, my wife loves photography, my kids love Pokemon, and she took considerations of our personal preferences and made us a customized trip based on our interests. We were in time constraint, and she suggested time frames on each visits to maximize our tour. Third, she knew her craft, knowledgeable and provided information about the places we visited, answered all my questions well about our tour. I asked her about hotel recommendations and she suggested an excellent hotel, for a family, inside the station with 4.5 star rating! Fourth and finally, she was very friendly and hospitable, her wearing a Japanese outfit made her unique too! I will definitely recommend her to my friends and family!

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