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Kyoto half-day tour

4 Hours
up to 4 people
English ( Business )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )

I will introduce the most popular tourists' destinations in Kyoto, such as Kinkaku-ji temple (Golden pavilion), Ryoan-ji temple, Nijo-jo castle. It is a half-day tour (4 hour) and I can customize as you like. Normally we can visit 3 or 4 spots in Kyoto using public transportation (subways, trains, buses etc.). Let's enjoy sightseeing in Kyoto together.


Feel free to personalize this offer with Masahiko.

  • Nijo-jo Castle

  • Kinkaku-ji Temple

  • Ryoan-ji Temple

  • Randen

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Departure & Return

Starting time 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point At your hotel in Kyoto
Ending Point Anywhere in Kyoto

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee, hotel pick up in Kyoto

What‘s not included

Transportation fee for you and guide (approx. 1,500 yen / person),
Entrance fees for you (usually temple's fee is 400-600 yen / person),


You need to take off shoes if you enter the rooms of Nijo-jo castle and Ryoan-ji temple.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting time

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 ( 6 )
4.6 (6) Reviews
Very Good
Mark Mark United Kingdom ( Friends )
1 year ago

“ Kyoyoo highlights ”

Enjoyed yhe cirty aspects of the tour but felt we spent a little too much time at the site outside of the city where there was not a lot to see.


I appreciate your comment. I hope you enjoyed the autumn season in Japan. I am sorry for the time we spent in Arashiyama. The area was very crowded, so we made a detour. Arashiyama is Next time, I will try to make the tour more fruitful. Thank you for attending my tour.

cynthia Cynthia United States ( Solo )
1 year ago

“ excellent day in Kyoto ”

Masahiko planned an itinerary based on my requests with some suggestions of his own based on his knowledge and experience. He was very flexible when I wanted to veer off course. Also made an excellent selection for lunch - traditional and very good. His knowledge of the city and off the beaten track areas made the day special. We covered so much of Kyoto in one day thanks to his organization and knowledge of sites and transit system.


Thank you for joining the tour in Kyoto. I am very pleased to know that you enjoyed having lunch at the Okonomiyaki (Japanese traditional pancake) restaurant. For me, it was a joyful tour from Osaka port to Kyoto traditional tourist's destinations. I hope to see you again sometime in the near future.

STEVE STEVE United States ( Family with kids )
1 year ago

“ Personalized, Professional and Flexible ”

I took my 12 year-old grandson to Japan for one week. We spent 3 days in Kyoto (I love Kyoto) with Masahiko. He personalized the tour to fit my grandson's wishes. We went to a Samurai training class, a Manga Museum, practiced writing in Japanese, fed deer in Nara, and learned how to use IC cards! It was 100 degrees everyday, and Masahiko adjusted our tours so that we would not be too stressed out by the heat. Masahiko enhanced the trip immeasurably. And his English comprehension and speaking are excellent.


Thank you for attending my tour in Kyoto and Nara. I was very happy to have unique experiences with you. I hope these experiences will become a great memory for your grandson. I look forward to the next chance to see you!

Brad Brad United States ( Solo )
1 year ago

“ Great guide ”

Masahiko was very flexible in setting up my tour as I only had a few hours in Kyoto. He was very knowledgeable and helpful. He also helped me get to my train on time for my flight home. I recommend him him with no reservations.


Thank you for attending my short tour in Kyoto. I hope you had a good impression of Kyoto atmosphere. Japan has distinctive feature of each season, so you will be never tired of the scenery. I look forward to seeing you again in Japan.

Jonathan Jonathan United States ( Couple )
1 year ago

“ Highly Recommended Tour Guide ”

My wife and I had a very educational and enriching tour of Kyoto with Masahiko. We planned for one full day tour with Masahiko and he created a full schedule for us based on what we wanted to visit. It seemed we were a bit ambitious with our goal of visiting most of the main attractions in Kyoto, as some of the shrines/temples were all the way across town and take anywhere between 20 to 30 minutes to get to. In addition, although we knew that we were going to be walking most of the time, we didn't anticipate that there would be a lot of uphill walking. Masahiko informed me that most of his clients book at least two days to see Kyoto so they wouldn't get exhausted and have more time to enjoy the beautiful shrines and temples. After we visited Fushimi-Inari Taisha Shrine, Kiyomizu-dera Templ... read more


Dear Jonathan, Thank you for your detailed comment. I am very happy to know that you really enjoyed staying with me. There are still more places that I would like to show you in Kyoto and Osaka. I hope to see you again someday! Masahiko

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