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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 ( 118 )
4.8 (118) Reviews
Very Good
Jackie Jackie United States ( Couple )
3 days ago

“ Couldn't have a better guide ”

Had an 11 hour layover between a flight from Bangkok to the US and and thought we'd take advantage of the time to see a small slice of Kyoto. Mari was terrific. She met us at the airport and helped us navigate the train system to Kyoto. Mari couldn't have been better. . We saw the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, Tenryuji temple and Fushimi Inari-taisha before Mari took us back to the airport to catch our long flight to the US. When we go back we will definitely seek out Mari again.


Dear Jackie, Thank you for taking time and writing a nice review. I’m happy to know you enjoyed the tour although it was rather a quick one. I hope to see you again in the near future!

Drake Drake United States ( Family )
5 days ago

“ Must do in Osaka ”

Very happy with this tour for my second day in Osaka. Mari was very knowledgeable and kind. Got to see many of the sites on my to do list and we even stopped for some food and relaxed with some coffee. Mari and this tour is Highly Recommended!


Dear Drake, Thank you for your tour review! The day we had a tour was warm and a perfect day. I enjoyed visiting sites with you and your wife. Thank YOU for being so friendly to me!

Erin Erin Singapore ( Family with kids )
4 weeks ago

“ 2-day Osaka ”

I am overall very delighted with Mari's service. Before my trip, I reached out to many guides with a brief idea of my itinerary and Mari was the most responsive among the lot. She was very helpful in giving advice and ideas, which really helped me in my planning. I was very comfortable with Mari and eventually picked her as my guide and booked her for 3 days. However, Mari came back to me about a week later telling me that she had researched on the places I had wanted to go on my 1st day and they are actually very near to my hotel and asked if I would like to try going there myself instead so I can save some money... I was really impressed by her honesty! During the 2 days we were with Mari, she was very meticulous and took care of even the most minor details. She said her objective ... read more


Dear Erin, It was very nice to hear from you! Thank you so much for taking time and writing a nice review. I enjoyed visiting places with you, and actually it was a learning experience for me as a guide! Thank you Erin. I hope to see you again. Happy New Year!!

Venny Venny United States ( Family with kids )
1 month ago

“ Great Osaka and Kobe Guide ”

Mari is extremely efficient in her planning. She showed us around Kobe and Osaka and showed extensive knowledge of the places she took us. She is extremely well organized. Highly recommend her


Dear Venny, It was my great pleasure to show you around the cities. You have such a nice and fun family! I had a wonderful time!

Mazie Mazie United States ( Family with kids )
1 month ago

“ Nice overview of Kyoto ”

Mari was a fantastic guide for three adults and two kids under 10 years old; covered all the major sites in a good pace and learned about Kyoto’s history along the way. Mari also provided recommendations on great photo locations, other site visits, and restaurants. Many thanks to Mari - had a great day in Kyoto!


Dear Mazie, Thank you for your nice review! It was a beautiful day, and there were less tourists in Kyoto on that day. I think because of that the tour went smoothly. I appreciated that two of your children were very patient with walking!

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