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One Day Kyoto Highlights

by Mari
(35) Reviews
8h $ 263 Price up to 10 people


  • Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion)
  • Kiyomizudera Temple
  • Nijyo-jo Castle
  • Gion
  • Ysaka Jinjya Shrine
  • Fushimi Inari Grand Shrine
  • Sanjyusangendo
  • Tenryuji Temple
  • Arashiyama Bamboo Forest
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263.20 USD

Price up to 10 people
FREE cancellation 14 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra hour.
$ 32.90
Extra person .
$ 9.40


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!

What to Expect

Of the spots listed, you can choose 4 to 5 places that you like to visit. If you want to include Arashiyama area (bamboo forest and Tenryuji Temple), maybe 3 to 4 places to avoide rush.
As for transportation, usually trains and buses are used, but a hired van with a driver can also be booked. Please let me know if you prefer a van.

Organized by Mari

Licensed Guide
(34) Reviews


  • Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion)
  • Kiyomizudera Temple
  • Nijyo-jo Castle
  • Gion
  • Ysaka Jinjya Shrine
  • Fushimi Inari Grand Shrine
  • Sanjyusangendo
  • Tenryuji Temple
  • Arashiyama Bamboo Forest


What‘s included
guide fee
hotel pick up in the city of Kyoto
What‘s not included
transportation for your and guide (approx. 2000yen/person in the case of public transportation)
lunch for you and guide (approx. **********yen/person)
entrance fees for you (usually temples' admissions are 400-600yen/person. Shrines have no admission fees. Also the kimono show is free of charge.)
Meeting Point
At your hotel in Kyoto or Kyoto Station
Ending Point
At any train station
8 hours
Starting time
09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 10 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 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 Mari

Licensed Guide

(34) Reviews

Contact Mari
Response Time 5 hs

Languages spoken
  • English ( License )

Hi, I'm Mari. Welcome to Japan!

I'm a government certified English tour guide. I would love to help you discover more of
Japan. I went to high school in Georgia, USA and studied Biology at State University of New York. I love traveling and meeting people.

In my tour, it's my pleasure to offer a mini culture lecture such as folding paper(making a crane out of a piece of paper) and kanji of its fascinating structure. Also, please let me know if you wish to arrange a tour for your own interest.

Reviews ( 35 )

6 hours ago |   by Susan

“ Our 2 days with Mari ”

Mari met us at cruise terminal in Kobe and then we boared our TR Taxi and went to Kyoto. She showed us all the important sights and knowledge of everything and explained in detail. Her English was very good. We had her for 2 days and enjoyed every minute of our tour. I will recommend her to anyone travelling to Kyoto.

Very Good
2 weeks ago |   by Chad

“ Kyoto Touring ”

Mari was great. We were a very difficult group to work with due to dietary restrictions and a packed itinerary. She helped us trim the unnecessary sites off of our list so that we could focus on the truly must-see places. She was very flexible with our schedule (by our last day we were pretty tired and needed to eliminate some sites). She was very knowledgeable and I would highly recommend Mari as a guide.

1 month ago |   by Jayvie

“ Osaka Tour ”

Unfortunately, I got sick on the day of the tour. But I talked to my group and asked about Ms Mari. They told me that Ms Mari is so kind, came on time and spoke softly. She was so fast in walking as per my group! But they managed to follow her. She explained every detail to them. Two thumbs up!

1 month ago |   by Janine

“ What a great time with Mari ”

Mari was excellent in both the planning and the tour itself. She was great in corresponding with me on the decisions of how to plan the day. She was so great that we booked a second tour with her based upon the planning of the first. The tour was perfectly executed and we maintained the schedule. Mari is such a pleasant person it was a joy to tour with her.

2 months ago |   by Maria

“ Kyoto 8hr tour ”

Mari is very pleasant, helpful and very patient with us as we had to stop a lot of times for picture taking. We were able to see a lot of places in a short period of time. We learned a lot from Mari as she explained to us the history of the places we visited. She answered all our questions well. She took us to the places that we wanted to visit. We had an excellent time with Mari. She made our visit to Kyoto memorable. We will definitely recommend Mari to our friends and relatives who will visit Japan in the future.

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