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One Day Kyoto Highlights


Kyoto
8 hours
up to 6 people
English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )

In this tour I'd like to show you the most popular spots in Kyoto in 8 hours.
Kyoto has so many places worthwhile to visit. I will ask you beforehand what your interests are to select the spots.
They can be temples, shrines, gardens, Gion district of Geisha, Kimono show place, etc.
Let's wander around Japan's most traditional city!

Itinerary

Feel free to personalize this offer with Mari.

  • Fushimi Inari Grand Shrine
  • Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion)
  • Kiyomizudera Temple
  • Nijo-jo Castle
  • Gion
  • Yasaka Jinja Shrine
  • Sanjusangendo Temple
  • Tenryuji Temple
  • Arashiyama Bamboo Forest
  • Hokanji Temple (Yasaka Pagoda)
  • Ginkakuji Temple (Silver Pavilion)
  • Nishiki Food Market

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What to Expect

Of the spots listed, you can choose 4 to 5 places that you wish to visit. If you want to include Arashiyama area (bamboo forest and Tenryuji Temple), please choose 3 to 4 places.
As for transportation, usually trains, subways and buses are used. Please let me know if you like to hire a van.

Departure & Return

Starting time 08:30 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point At Information Counter at JR Central Gate of Kyoto Station or at your hotel (1000yen pickup fee will be added.)
Ending Point At any place you like

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee only

What‘s not included

transportation for your and guide (approx. 1,500yen/person in the case of public transportation),
lunch for you and guide (approx. 1,000-2,000yen/person),
entrance fees for you (usually temples' admissions are 400-600yen/person. Shrines have no admission fees.)

Important

I accept a tour request until 2 days prior to the tour date and a group of 2 persons up to 10 persons.

At a high season (spring and autumn), we may not be able to visit all the spots we plan due to crowds and heavy traffic.

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 ( 108 )
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Anthony Anthony United States ( Solo )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ Wonderful day with Mari ”

We had a wonderful day touring Kyoto with Mari. She is an outstanding guide. She planned our day to maximize our experience. We give her our highest recommendation.

Mari:

Dear Anthony, Thank you so much for your wonderful review. I also had a great time with you. I was so glad I could show you the shiniest Golden Pavilion yesterday! Mari

Zachary Zachary United States ( Couple )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Thank you very much! ”

Mari was very prompt and thorough with all communications, and did a great job guiding!

Mari:

Dear Zachary, Thank you for your nice comments! I really enjoyed sharing time with your clients. Thank you for all your support.

Caroline Caroline Australia
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Absolutely wonderful tour guide! ”

Mari arranged a wonderful 2 day tour for my family and I in Kyoto. Mari went out of her way to plan the details of our 2 days in advance to ensure we would get the most of our trip, down to ensure dietary requirements would be met during lunch each day. Mari is very warm and friendly, speaks wonderful English and had much knowledge to teach us about Japan history, culture, and the various sites we visited during the tour. I highly recommend you book your tour with Mari!

Mari:

Dear Caroline, Thank you so much for your wonderful tour review! I had a great time with you in those 2 days. First day was quite busy, but I’m glad you were all energetic. Also your smile always made me relaxed! Thank you, Caroline! Mari

Barry Barry United States ( Family )
Excellent
4 weeks ago

“ When in Osaka ”

Mari is a Great choice for a guide in Osaka. She is attentive, knowledgable, patient and accommodating. She know's the history of the cultural sites we visited, and that really made our experience enjoyable and interesting. Know's good places to eat too. Thank you Mari.

Mari:

Dear Barry, Thank you so much for your very nice comments! I had a great time with your family. You taught me a lot about fishing too. Thank you for letting me share time with you. Mari

Bernd Bernd Germany ( Couple )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ 1 Day KOBE and OSAKA ”

Maria prepared our tour perfectly in Advance, so we had a very interesting full Day visiting both towns. Mari spoke perfect english and she organised a very comfortable Car and Driver. All in all a 5* service.

Mari:

Dear Bernd, Thank you for your wonderful comments. I had a very nice time with you and your wife. Your friendliness made me feel very comfortable for the whole tour. Mari

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