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One Day Kyoto Highlights

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!


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.)


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 ( 102 )
4.7 (102) Reviews
Very Good
Les Les United States ( Couple )
5 days ago

“ It was a very informative and complete visit. ”

Mari is excellent. She is very knowledgeable of Kyoto, personable, prompt and very organized. Her command of English is flawless. Highly recommend her for future tours.


Dear Les, Thank you so much for your nice comments. I had a great day with you and your wife! Thank you again for sharing a good time with me. Mari

Pauline Pauline Australia ( Couple )
1 week ago

“ Day in Kyoto ”

We had a wonderful day in Kyoto with Mari. She took to all the sites we wanted to see and give us great insight into the history and culture of the area. We really enjoyed our day.


Dear Pauline, Thank you for the tour review so quickly. I had a great time touring with you! I was happy to be able to show you Golden Pavilion at a right time of the day. Mari

GILL GILL United Kingdom ( Couple )
2 weeks ago

“ Intelligent approach to making the best use of our time ”

Mari is a delightful lady, very easy to talk to with excellent English. Once she knew how long we had, she designed a varied and informative programme which exposed us to temples, markets, shrines and stunning gardens. She is clearly very knowledgeable about her subject but imparts information with a light touch - no monotone lecturing here. Highly recommended


Dear Gill, Thank you very much for your kind review. You don’t how much I enjoyed having you! It was my pleasure showing the highlights of Kyoto. Mari

Benyamin Benyamin United States ( Couple )
3 weeks ago

“ Super guide ”

Perfect English very knowledgeable. Highly recommended.


Dear Benyamin, I had such a nice and enjoyable time with you! Thank you for giving me an opportunity to share time. Mari

Kelly Ann Kelly United States ( Family )
1 month ago

“ Wonderful time in Kyoto. ”

Mari was very polite, respectful, and communicated with me & my daughter very well. She made sure that our tour was a comfortable one. We enjoyed it and had fun. Mari met us, prepared. She was very knowledgeable, informative & knew her way around Kyoto. Over all, Mari exceeded our expectations. Thanks Mari.


Dear Kelly, Thank you for your very nice tour review. You and your daughter were respectful, and I felt very comfortable touring with you. Your sincere attitude to get to know our culture was much appreciated. Mari

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