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Explore Hidden Beauties in Kyoto with Your Private Guide

by Masaki
(54) Reviews
8h $ 229 Price up to 6 people


  • Shisendo
  • Manjuin
  • Kinpukuji

Select Date and Travelers

228.80 USD

Price up to 6 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra person.
$ 8.80
Extra hour.
$ 17.60


There are many popular sightseeing spots in Kyoto.
Fushimi Inari Shrine, Nijo Castle, Golden Pavilion, or Arashiyama, etc.
This tour is different from other tours.
I guide you places that are appreciated highly by Japanese.
If you want to enjoy a quiet, relaxed tour, this will be an unforgettable tour for you.
Our destinations differ from season to season.

What to Expect

Autumn leaves in Kyoto are brilliant.
Toward the end of November, the city is surrounded by beautiful autumn leaves.raka
In this tour you walk along the most popular, beautiful spots.
In the afternoon you walk along Philosopher's Way and visit Eikando, which is the highlight of the day.
Enjoy Kyoto's autumn.

4.9 (54) Reviews
Very Good

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Masaki Licensed Guide
(54) Reviews


  • Shisendo
  • Manjuin
  • Kinpukuji


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

What‘s included
guide fee, guide's lunch

What‘s not included
transportation fee during tour(you and guide), hotel or cruise pickup (2000 yen)
entrance fee
Meeting Point
Kyoto station or your hotel
Ending Point
Kyoto Station
8 hours
Starting time
09:00 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 ( 54 )
Christian Christian United Kingdom ( Family )
5 days 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.


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 )
6 days 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


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 )
3 weeks ago

“ Fantastic ”

Our tours with Masaki could not have been better!


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 )
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.


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

John John Australia ( Couple )
1 month ago

“ Fantastic Two Days in Kyoto and Nara ”

Thanks Masaki (Mike) for a fantastic two days guiding us through Kyoto and Nara . You are very passionate about your job . We appreciate your thorough knowledge of Japanese history and have learnt much about your culture and now have a better understanding Buddhism and Shinto religions. Thank you for the photos you sent , we are not “selfie” people so it was good to have some shots of us together for a change .Also thank you for teaching us some Chi exercises whilst we had down time waiting for buses. We will continue to practice what you taught us. We highly recommend Mike as a guide , he is most professional, punctual and most of all flexible . We were able to see a number of sites that are not on the usual tourist trail . John and Roma , Perth Australia


Hi John and Roma, Thank you for sending a message. I'm very happy that you enjoyed Kyoto and Nara for two days. Yes, these cities are so called Japan's essence. For those who like history, they may be the best historical stage, no matter what country you come from. I think you had wonderful vacation here. Practice chi exercise every morning and night. Be a good meditator. See you again!

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