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Kyoto Westside Story : Walk Samurai Roads with History Guide


Kyoto
8 hours
up to 6 people
English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )

Kyoto is a very attractive city even for Japanese people.
It's no exaggeration to say that the essence of Japan is here in Kyoto.
For a person who specializes in history, this city is like a treasure house.
Of course you go around beautiful spots but you also learn a lot about Japanese culture and history.
Walking around Gion in the early evening may be a lot of fun.

Itinerary

Feel free to personalize this offer with Masaki.

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

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What to Expect

Key words :
Natural beauty, Zen Meditation, Castle, Tea Ceremony, Temple and Shrine, Garden

Arashiyama Tenryuji, Bamboo Forest
Fushimi Inari Shrine
Golden Pavilion
Sanjusangendo Temple
Kiyomizu Temple
Gion
Silver Pavilion
Ryoanji Rock Garden
Nijo Castle
Byodoin Temple in Uji

You can usually choose four destinations in the list written above.

Departure & Return

Depart From Kyoto
Starting time 09:30 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point JR Kyoto Station
Ending Point JR Kyoto Station

Inclusions & Exclusions

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)

Important

I can guide you in Hiroshima, Okayama, Kagawa, Nagoya and Takayama 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 :
1500 - 2000 yen

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

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 ( 64 )
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Cindi Cindi United States ( Family )
Very Good
1 month ago

“ Samurai trail ”

I don’t think we would have appreciated Kyoto without Masaki. He really helped us understand the history and the importance of Kyoto to the rest of Japan. Besides being very informative, he was extremely flexible and caring We were a rough crowd of five different personalities and ages from the United States and he was able to keep our attention and make sure that we got what we needed from the trip. If there was a downside at all, it would be that we spent a lot of time on buses and trains. I don’t know if the transportation we took wasn’t the best option available, But it seems like it would’ve been less wear and tear had we been in a van.

stephen shefler Stephen United States ( Couple )
Excellent
6 months ago

“ Warm host and good teacher ”

Misaki is a very warm and considerate guide. Most importantly, he provided us with very useful information which greatly enhanced our time with him

Kelly Kelly United States ( Couple )
Excellent
6 months ago

“ Outstanding tour of Kyoto ”

I simply can not say enough about Masaki and his skill as a tour guide. Not in a million years would we had been able to see so many beautiful sights in Kyoto without his ability to move us from place to place, purchasing entry tickets without hassle but also knowing the fastest ways in & out plus the timing of our arrivals & exits were spot on. Masaki & Steve had quite a long conversation about the Samari rock garden & breathing that we have continued to reflect upon. We also did some off the beaten path places that I loved but the absolute topper on Masaki’s resume was after the tour when I received 100 photos he took of us in Kyoto with his own camera. And may I say they are not only excellent photos but ones that I will treasure forever. I’m grateful for his touring skills & leadi... read more

Masaki:

Hi Kelly, How are you? Is everything going on well? Thank you for sending me a review. Your review encourages me to work hard and continue this job. It is a wonderful thing that you have a good memory in Kyoto. Please visit me again. Next time I take you in the norther part of Kyoto. See you. Masaki

Trisha Trisha United States ( Family )
Excellent
6 months ago

“ Hiroshima Day Tour ”

Masaki was Awesome! He really lets us absorb and learn so much culture from our day in Hiroshima and Miyajima. My family really loved our time with Masaki and he was very enjoyable and easy to work with. Thanks Masaki for an enjoyable time!

Masaki:

Hi Trisha, Thank you for a wonderful review. Yes, it was a great day for me, too. I had some first experiences. Relaxed time and leisurely tours made me forget the time passing. Thank you again for sharing precious time with your family. Good luck in Japan!! Masaki

Kirandeep Kirandeep Australia ( Family with kids )
Excellent
7 months ago

“ Gion and Philosophers Walk Kyoto tour ”

Masaki was a very helpful guide. Even before we started the tour with him, he gave us directions to get to Kyoto (as we were coming in on train) and helped me source a wheelchair for my Mum who needed it after she had a fall the day after she landed. He made the whole thing easier. I am glad we had him. He also provided in depth info about Kyoto through information that he put together in a booklet to make it more meaningful. And took heaps of photos of us. Thank you Masaki.

Masaki:

Hi Kirandeep, Thank you for a nice message. Very happy that you enjoyed Kyoto tour. Now you have already come back home. Hope your mother's recovery. Please say hello to all the members.

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