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One Day Kyoto Highlights

8 hours
up to 6 people
English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)

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 ( 111 )
4.7 (111) Reviews
Very Good
Yanti Yanti Singapore ( Family )
Very Good
1 day ago

“ Thankful for Mari ”

Mari was such a great organizer. I gave her a list of all places that we wanted to go, and within 2 days, she managed to help us organize where to go and what to do first. She even helped and taught us how to do rickshaw and kimono rental bookings. Even places that she has never been to before, she managed to find out how to go and brought us there! She speaks very good English and very patient to us when we walk too slow 😅 will definitely hire Mari when we need to explore Kyoto again!!!


Dear Yanti, I had a wonderful time with you in Kyoto. Some of the places such as Shigetsu vegetarian restaurant and the Fire Ramen place were new experiences for me. They were a lot of fun! I look forward to seeing you again!

Alanna Alanna Australia ( Couple )
1 week ago

“ Wonderful day in Kyoto ”

We highly recommend Mari as a guide for any tour. She chose an interesting itinerary and was extremely knowledgeable. We saw far more with Mari than we could possibly have done by ourselves. Highlights of the day included riding the Shinkansen, seeing the stunning autumn foliage, Golden Pavilion and lunch at a traditional restaurant. Mari speaks excellent English and is very organised.


Dear Alanna, Thank you so much for your nice tour review. I had a wonderful day with your group. Everyone was so cooperative. As the group was an international one, I enjoyed even more!

Don Don Canada ( Couple )
1 week ago

“ A day in Osaka ”

Mari was wonderful. Her English was excellent and she was very easy to understand. We were a group of 6 from a cruise ship docked in Kobe. She navigated the train an subways very efficiently. The itinerary was perfect and we really made the most out of our short time in Osaka. We will be forever in her debt for introducing us to Onykomyaki. . Be prepared for lots of walking but it is worth it.


Dear Don, Thank you so much for your kind comments. I had a wonderful day with your group. At the end of the day I realized how much we walked! Thank you again for your nice review.

Anthony Anthony United States ( Solo )
4 weeks 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.


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 )
1 month ago

“ Thank you very much! ”

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


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

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