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Kyoto 1 Day Tour covering Most Popular Spots

by MAKOTO
(46) Reviews
7h $ 195 Price up to 6 people

Highlights

  • Fushimi Inari Grand Shrine: Famous for a thousand torie gates. No.1 popular spots of Japan according to Trip Advisor
  • Arashiyama Area----Bamboo grove, Tenryuji temple with beautiful garden, and Togetsu-kyo Bridge(Moon-crossing Bridge)
  • Kinkakuji temple(Golden Pavilion)

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195.30 USD

Price up to 6 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra person.
$ 18.60

Overview

This tour covers the most popular spots in Kyoto with scenic beauty.
The spots are selected from Fushimi area, Arashiyama area, and Kitayama area of Kyoto.
From the point of scenic beauty, you will see Fushimi Inari Grand Shrine, Arashiyama Bamboo grove, and Kinkakuji Golden Pavilion, where
you can take memorable pictures.

What to Expect

You will visit the major scenic sites in one day effectively.
These three areas are apart from each other, but can be travelled by JR-train and bus in relatively short time.

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Highlights

  • Fushimi Inari Grand Shrine: Famous for a thousand torie gates. No.1 popular spots of Japan according to Trip Advisor
  • Arashiyama Area----Bamboo grove, Tenryuji temple with beautiful garden, and Togetsu-kyo Bridge(Moon-crossing Bridge)
  • Kinkakuji temple(Golden Pavilion)

Important

-If you have JR rail pass, it can be used and you will save the travel cost.
-We will walk through shrine, temple, and garden, which is quite distance, and walking shoes is recommended.

What‘s included
Guide fee, Hotel pick-up in Kyoto area
What‘s not included
The entrance fee is about 1000 yen for Kinkakuji temple, and Tenryuji temple.
Transportation fee(you and guide), lunch,
Meeting Point
Kyoto station or hotel
Ending Point
Kyoto station
Duration
7 hours
Starting time
09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 6 people   Flexible

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 in the first 14 day(s) before the meeting date ,there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting date ,there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 46 )
Ana Ana United States ( Family )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Nara park and temples from a local ”

Excellent tour guide. He greeted us at the train station and helped us get a bus to the park. Taught us many things about local culture and even some basic Japanese phrases. Makoto lives in Nara so he knew the city like the back of his hand and took us through many beautiful roads and shops that we would not have known of. We were a family of 15 and he was very calm and patient the whole time. We were in Japan for almost 3 weeks and this tour was the favorite of many of us. Highly recommend the city and the tour guide!

MAKOTO:

Dear Ana, Thank you very much for your nice review comments. I am so happy that you have enjoyed the tour and Nara. You have nice and big family, and I also enjoyed much being with you.Thanks again for yoir choosing me of your guide. I hope that you visit Japan again someday. MAKOTO

Roger Roger United Kingdom ( Couple )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Kyoto highlights in a day - Nijo Castle, Imperial Palace, Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion),Ryoan-ji & Ninna-ji ”

Makoto is a very well-organised guide who gave us an excellent insight into Kyoto. Having worked in the US and the UK he speaks excellent English and has a very easy-going manner which made his introduction to Japanese history through our visits to Nijo and the Imperial Palace very easy to follow. Unlike some guides who can give too much detail Makoto pitched it just right and left us with some excellent print-outs to study later. Before our trip I had expressed an interest in Samurai sword making and he would have been prepared to arrange a factory visit, although this proved impractical in the timescale of our visit. Nonetheless, on the day he gave us an superb print-out showing the production process which must have taken some considerable effort. Just one example of the efforts Mak i... read more

MAKOTO:

Dear Roger, Thank you very much for the nice review comments. I am so plessed that you have enjoyed the tour and Kyoto. As I used to live in the same regeon, Yorkshare, I am so enjoyed the conversation, and remind the days in Yorkshare. Thanks again for your choosing me of yoir guide, and I am sure that I visit Yorkshare again someday, which is so beautiful area in U.K. MAKOTO

Sylvie Sylvie France
Excellent
3 weeks ago

“ Wonderful day in Nara! ”

What a wonderful day in Nara with Makoto!! Starting with a wonderful smile at our hotel in Kyoto, followed by some great history about Japan, we took off for our beautiful tour of Nara. Everything was easy and interesting with Makoto. He was so well prepared, had maps and historical chronology and explained the historical facts precisely yet concisely. We got the highlights, with the beauty of avoiding most crowds, and had the most delicious lunch. While visiting, we mentioned our interest in a tea ceremony (perhaps in Kyoto the next day) and before we knew it, he had called the local tea ceremony in Nara and had figured out an option for us to have one there (he said there were less people at these in Nara). We strolled in that direction and when we realized we were having a private cere... read more

MAKOTO:

Dear Sylvie, Thanks for your such nice message. I am so glad that you have enjoyed the tour. I have had a wonderful day with you also. The conversation with you was so fun and enjoyably. Thanks again for your choosing me of your guide. MAKOTO

Miya Miya United States ( Family )
Very Good
3 weeks ago

“ 1 Day Custom ”

We began by emailing Makoto to see if we could customize our tour. He was very prompt and accommodating. Our trip (with two teenagers) started off leaving Tokyo Station and arrive around 9:30 in Kyoto. Makoto suggested the train and time and was waiting for us outside the car when we arrived on the Nozomi train. We visited the Fushimi Shrine, Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, Tenryuji Temple, the Kinkajui Temple and back to the Kyoto Station. He gave us a lot of historical information and fun facts at each site and along the way. He helped us find souvenirs and snacks and had wonderful cooling wipes for us. He went out of his way to help us find some medicine at the pharmacy. Our trip ended with some parting chocolates as he walked us to our final gate. I would definitely recommend him for his kno... read more

MAKOTO:

Dear Miya, Thanks for your prompt and nice review comments. I am pleased that you have enjoyed the tour. I hope that your daughter get well. Thank you very much for your choosing me of your guide. Best regards. MAKOTO

Lindy Lindy New Zealand ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Tour of Kyoto ”

Makoto promised to take us to the 3 most popular sites in Kyoto. We didn't realise how busy they would be, but he led the 5 of us round efficiently and although they were some distance apart kept us on schedule. He was meticulously prepared, with a printed itinerary with map for us all, together with a potted history of the religious eras and even a bit of helpful Japanese language. He was very knowledgeable and his English was terrific.

MAKOTO:

Dear Lindy, thank you so much for your nice comments. I am so glad that you have enjoyed the tour. Before the tour, I was a bit concerne about your daughter who is pregnant, but she did fine job to walk through. I am sure that she will have a nice baby. Thanks again for you choosing me of your guide. MAKOTO

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