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Beautiful Memories In The Eternal Ancient Capitals, Kyoto, Nara

by Masaki
(30) Reviews
8h $ 260 Price up to 8 people


  • Sanjusangendo Hall 三十三間堂
  • NIjyo Castle 二条城
  • Kinkakuji Tempe 金閣寺
  • Ryoanji Temple 竜安寺
  • Arashiyama Bamboo Forest 嵐山
  • Omizutori ceremony at Todaiji Temple
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Select Date and Travelers

260.40 USD

Price up to 8 people
FREE cancellation 14 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra hour.
$ 18.60
Extra person.
$ 9.30


You cannot go back to your country without seeing Omizutori ceremony (water drawing ceremony) in Nara. Japan's spring starts when this ceremony comes to an end. Beautiful cherry blossom season comes soon after this event that has lasted for more than 1000 years. Come and see this big event when you come to Kyoto.

What to Expect

it is colored in red, yellow, brown by autumn leaves.

Kyoto Tour

Plan A ) Standard Course for beginners (4 or 5 destinations)
It includes the most popular five sightseeing spots (All World Heritage Sites)
You enjoy famous spots as well as natural beauties.
Nijyo Castle - Kinkakuji Temple - Arashiyama Tenryuji Temple and Bamboo Forest - Fushimi Inari Shrine

These five are the most popular sightseeing spots in Kyoto.
Probably you will be overwhelmed by the magnificent 1000 Buddha statues housed in the temple.
Nijyo Castle is a historical site. It still has retained the original shapes 400 years old. Its historical significance cannot be too exaggerated.
You never visit Kyoto without visiting this temple. It is the architectural masterpiece of the 14th century.
Ryoanji is a zen temple. Its rock garden is internationally well known.
Arashiyama is the most beautiful in Kyoto. Its beauty consists of river, bamboo forest, and mountainous backgrounds.
These five spots are the essence of Kyoto.

Plan B) two day course ( 8 or 9 destinations )
day one:
Touji Temple - Uji Byodoin Temple - Sanjusangendo Hall - Fushimi Inari Grand Shrine - Nishiki Market
day two
Arashiyama Bamboo Forest - Ryoanji Temple - Kinkakuji Temple - Nijyo Castle - Gion

Plan C) three day course : Nara and Kyoto Tour
day one : Nara the first capital of Japan
Horyuji Temple (Japan's first world heritage site)
Nara Park and the Great Buddha Hall
day two :
Fushimi Inari Shrine - Uji Byodoin Temple - Nishiki Market - Ryoanji Temple - Kinkakuji Temple
day three :
Arashiyama - Nijyo Castle - Imperial Palace - Nanzenji Temple - Murinan Residence

This ancient city has different faces from season to season.
Probably the most beautiful season will be the cherry blossom period in spring.
After the long endurance of cold winter, people wait for the arrival of cherry blossoms.
People's joy explodes in this short period.
The transition of changing colors of autumn leaves also attracts people's attention.
Towards the end of November the mountains surrounding the city turn into gorgeous color paintings.

There is a path called "Philosopher's Way" in the northern part of the city.
Nishida Kitaro, a famous philosopher, used to walk along a small canal surrounded by cherry trees. It is about 2 km long.
In the quiet, calm atmosphere, he is said to have reflected on his thoughts.
Now this narrow path is loved by many people from home and abroad because of its scenic beauties.
In the neighborhood are Honenin Temple, Eikando Temple, and Nanzenji Temple.
Surely you can immerse yourself in natural beauty.
The tour ends at Murin-an, which was owned by a political leader of Japan in the 19th century.

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Organized by Masaki

Licensed Guide
(30) Reviews


  • Sanjusangendo Hall 三十三間堂
  • NIjyo Castle 二条城
  • Kinkakuji Tempe 金閣寺
  • Ryoanji Temple 竜安寺
  • Arashiyama Bamboo Forest 嵐山
  • Omizutori ceremony at Todaiji Temple


This tour starts at the tourist information center of Kyoto Station.
You may choose your favorite destinations or make your custom tour in Kyoto.

Kyoto is very crowded because of the number of inhabitants and tourists from home and abroad.
We can't move smoothly on schedule especially on weekends or in tourist seasons.
Walking is sometimes faster than taking a bus.

City Kyoto

Depart From Kyoto

Meeting Point JR Kyoto Station

Ending Point JR Kyoto Station

Duration 8 hours

Starting time 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible

Number of people up to 8 people   Flexible

What‘s included
  • guide fee

What‘s not included
  • entrance fees (you, usually 500 - 900 yen)
  • transportation fees during tour (you and guide, about **********yen)
  • guide travel fee (2000 yen )
  • lunch (you and guide)  

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.

About Masaki

Licensed Guide

(30) Reviews

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Languages spoken
  • English ( License )

Welcome to my homepage.
For me, meeting with people is a gift from God.
A new encounter inspires me and enriches my heart.
People sometimes ask me unexpected questions I can't answer on the spot.
New encounters are, in a sense, a kind of continuation of embarrassment and bewilderment.
As a tour guide, going around with people is like an adventurous journey.
Those who I met stay in my heart with good memories.But I also would like to stay in your heart.
Yes, every encounter, solo or group, is a glow of jewels.
I taught at senior high school. Good teachers are not always a good scholar, one time a comedian, another time a hero, like a spiderman.
I'm an expert in history, culture, and religion.
Why is Japan so mysterious?
My tour is full of smile, humor, laughter, and lectures.
I'm also a lover of music and a chi exercise instructor.
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Reviews ( 30 )

2 weeks ago |   by Joliza

“ Nara and Kyoto Escapade with Mountain Burning Festival ”

Masaki gave us the highlight of our trip. We really enjoyed our time with him. He prepared a very organized tour and you can really see his hardwork and effort paying off. Much recommended to other tourists. He also took us to an excellent dinner place afterwards where we drank sake and ate delicious japanese food. We will never forget our time with Masaki. He will also take pictures for you to keep memories. I would book hin again when I return to Japan. Thank you Masaki!

1 month ago |   by Samantha

“ Knowledgeable, prepared and enthusiastic ”

We toured Nara with Masaki and had a fantastic day! He brought us off the beaten path to see Horyuji Temple, which was worth the time, then to Nara Park to play with the deer and see Todaji Temple. Masaki knew his history about each spot and had plenty of stories and information to share. He has a notebook with facts and dates for you to read and was very well prepared. He is also a fantastic photographer and took 100 pictures of us throughout the day on his iPad (shared via Google photos). We wish we had booked him in Kyoto also... our other guided days paled in comparison. We learned a lot and had a very enjoyable time with Masaki- highly recommended.

1 month ago |   by Doris

“ Spiritual Journey ”

My family was so happy . Kyoto and Nara’s tourist spots was amazing.

1 month ago |   by Ewan

“ Kyoto Solo ”

As a lone traveler who's no experience with tour guides I was a bit dubious about how much I would enjoy a guided tour. But I can honestly say spending time with Masaki was probably the highlight of my entire trip. From his warm welcome, extensive historical knowledge and attentiveness the day turned out to be very rewarding. On top of the very informative tour, Masaki provided all the information required to easily travel to the meet up point. Taking time at the end of the day to ensure I was catching the correct train home. The pictures are also a nice souvenir. Thanks for a great time Masaki. Hope to see you again when I return to Japan!

Very Good
2 months ago |   by Duy

“ Customized Kyoto day tour ”

Mr. Masaki Hira was very knowledgeable of history and accommodating to fit all our trip itinerary. He's very helpful at taking our photos, overzealous at times, and emailing them to us afterwards.

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