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The Westside Story of Kyoto : Walk Samurai Roads with History Guide

by Masaki
(55) Reviews
8h $ 246 Price up to 6 people

Highlights

  • Arashiyama Tenryuji Temple and Bamboo Forest
  • Ryoanji Temple
  • Kinkakuji Tempe 金閣寺
  • Gion

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246.40 USD

Price up to 6 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra hour.
$ 26.40
Extra person.
$ 8.80

Overview

Why are we attracted to samurai?
Kyoto was the birthplace of samurai and also the place of the end.
They were fighters in the battle fields. Their ages lasted 700 years.
They suddenly disappeared in the historical stage with the advent of Western civilization.
But you still see samurai spirit to live in present Japan. In this tour you walk around samurai places and know their essence.

What to Expect

Natural beauty : Arashiyama
Culture : Zen meditation, rock garden
Three World heritage sites : Tenryuji, Ryoanji, Kinkakuji
Preserved traditional townscape in Gion
Japanese food : Gion

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(55) Reviews

Highlights

  • Arashiyama Tenryuji Temple and Bamboo Forest
  • Ryoanji Temple
  • Kinkakuji Tempe 金閣寺
  • Gion

Important

I can guide you in Hiroshima, Okayama, Kagawa, and Takayama areas if you pay my transportation fee.

Transportation can be arranged upon request.
But public transportation system in Japan is highly developed and saves moving costs.
However taxi rides are sometimes recommendable.
To hire an individual bus might be one of the options to move around, depending on the size and ages of your group.

This tour starts at the tourist information center of Kyoto Station.
You may choose your favorite destinations or make your custom tour in Kyoto.
Traveling costs about 1000 yen (train and bus) if you use public transportation.

Admission fees :
500 yen (Ryoanji temple)
500 yen (Tenryuji temple)
400 yen (Kinkakuji temple)

Kyoto is very hot in summer. Please never forget to carry water all the time. read more

What‘s included
guide fee, lunch
What‘s not included
entrance fees (you, usually 500 - 600 yen), transportation fees during tour (you and guide, about 500 - 1000 yen), guide pickup (2200 yen)
Depart From
Kyoto
Meeting Point
JR Kyoto Station
Ending Point
JR Kyoto Station
Duration
8 hours
Starting time
09:30 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 6 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 in the first 14 day(s) before the meeting date ,there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting date ,there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 55 )
Maria Teresa Maria United States ( Couple )
Excellent
3 weeks ago

“ Excellent tour guide ”

I highly recommend Masaki. He show us around Ōsaka. Masaki’s English is very good. He is very knowledgeable! We will make sure to recommend him with our friends. Thank you! Thank you! Masaki we really enjoyed our Ōsaka tour. Julio & Teresa

Christian Christian United Kingdom ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ First class ”

Masaki could not have worked harder. He took us to all of the places we wanted to see and tailored the itinerary perfectly. He is full of knowledge and good humour. We did not simply see the sights, we learned about the history of Zen Buddhism, meditation practice and breathing and Japanese philosophy. After the tour was over, he sent us over 70 excellent photos that he had taken during the day, which is a great souvenir. This was a first class day out and we highly recommend Masaki.

Masaki:

Hi Christian, Thank you for sending a good message. I'm very happy to share my knowledge about the meditation method with you. Did Anita start meditation today? No matter how short your time is, practice it in succession. Practice makes perfect. By the way, Christian you are sure to be the best son in the world. See you again. Masaki

Catherine Catherine Japan ( Solo )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Great experience I have encountered with Masaki ”

Masaki is a very passionate guide who takes his time to explain every aspects of the culture; he made my stay in Kyoto very memorable

Masaki:

Hi Catherine, Thank you for a good review. Yes, as you say, it was a very unique tour indeed. This encounter is a gift from God. Probably both of us are a good person. See you again. Masaki

Karin Karin United States ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Fantastic ”

Our tours with Masaki could not have been better!

Masaki:

Hi Doctor Karin, Thank you for sending a message. History, culture, traditions, medicine, chi exercise and deep breathing. It's a wonderful time. Zen is practical Buddhism. Hope it will open and deepen a new world. Say hello to Sharon.

clifton Clifton Canada ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Osaka and Kyoto private tour ”

Masaki is an excellent guide. Being a previous history teacher, his knowledge allowed us to appreciated the sites much more. While English is his second language, he was understandable. We only had 10 hours during our cruise to see Osaka and the surrounding area, but he catered to the destinations and activities that we wanted in the short amount of time allowed. He also had good and prompt communication prior to arriving there, answering all of our questions and helping us tweak our itinerary.

Masaki:

Hello Clifton, Thank you for sending a friendly message. Going around Kyoto and Osaka in this limited time must have been demanding for your mother and older members. I appreciate your cooperation. Thank you again. This time we visited only the entrance of Kansai. Kyoto, Nara, and Osaka have a lot of attractions. Next time, stay in Kyoto and enjoy its night life and beautiful cherry blossoms. Please say hello to your members. Masaki

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