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Kyoto Private Full Day Tour by Car

(46) Reviews
8h $ 282 up to 6 people


  • Tenryu-ji, Bamboo Forest, Kinkaku-ji Temple, Nijo Castle, Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Fushimi-inari-taisha Shrine, and so on
  • Nishiki Market and so on

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281.60 USD

total price for up to 6 people
FREE cancellation 14 days prior

Extras (optional)

A half hour extension.
$ 17.60


Kyoto is an old capital of Japan. Kyoto had been the capital of Japan for more than 1,000 years until 1868. Kyoto is actually the center of Japanese history and traditional culture. There are many scenic and historic sites including 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kyoto and its vicinity.

What to Expect

I’m a licensed English tour guide and a professional driver. I will guide you around Kyoto by car. You can make a tour of Kyoto at your own pace in air-conditioned comfort. I will take you to any places that you would like to visit. My car is a people carrier Honda Odyssey which can carry 6 passengers maximum. No smoking car. I receive only English guiding fee. No extra charge for carfare. As I'm not a taxi driver, I cannot receive any money for carfare. I’m available from 8:00 to 22:00. Please let me know places which you want to visit. This tour is very convenient especially for tourists with limited time. I can efficiently take you to as many places as possible by car.

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  • Tenryu-ji, Bamboo Forest, Kinkaku-ji Temple, Nijo Castle, Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Fushimi-inari-taisha Shrine, and so on
  • Nishiki Market and so on


You have to additionally pay, in cash in this tour, parking fee, expressway fee, lunch for you and me(your guide), entrance fee for you and your guide(But, as I am a licensed tour guide, I can enter most places for free.

Parking fee: total about 4,000 yen
Expressway fee: from Kyoto, Shiga: 0 yen, from Nara: round-trip about 3,000 yen, from Osaka: round-trip about 4,000 yen, from Osaka Port Tempozan 4,000 yen.
Lunch: it depends on what you eat. About 1,500 yen/person. Please pay for lunch also for me(your guide)
Entrance fee: total about 1,700 yen/adult. As I am a licensed tour guide, I can enter most places for free. read more

City Kyoto

Depart From Kyoto , Nara, Osaka, Shiga, Kobe

Meeting Point At your hotel or anywhere in Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe, Nara, or Shiga

Ending Point At your hotel or anywhere in Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe, Nara, or Shiga

Duration 8 hours

Starting time 08:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible

Number of people 1 to 6   Flexible
What‘s included
  • guide fee only (As I'm not a taxi driver, I cannot receive any money for carfare)

What‘s not included
  • parking fee
  • expressway fee
  • lunch for you and me (your guide)
  • entrance fee for you and your guide (But, as I am a licensed tour guide, I can enter most places for free)

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.

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 at least 14 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
  • If you cancel between 2 and 13 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 20% charge.
  • If you cancel within 1 day prior to the meeting date, there is a 40% charge.
  • If you cancel on the meeting date, there is no refund.

Organized by Mitsuyuki

National Certified Guide

(46) Reviews

Contact Mitsuyuki
Response Time 5 hs

Languages spoken
  • English ( License )

I had been working as an English-speaking taxi driver in Kyoto for about 4 years from March 2012 to May 2016. During that time I guided many visitors from abroad around Kyoto. In June 2016 I decided to quit working as a taxi driver and become a self-employed English tour guide. As I'm a licensed English tour guide and a professional driver, I can guide visitors from abroad around Kyoto, Nara, and other places in my car. 6 passengers maximum. English guiding is 4,000 yen/hour. No extra charge for carfare. As I'm not a taxi driver, I cannot receive any money for carfare. I will take you anywhere you like in my car mainly in the Kansai Region. read more

Reviews ( 46 )

3 weeks ago |   by Mark

“ A journey to Kyoto ”

Mitsuyuki san picked us up with a very comfortable minivan at the pier in Kobe and drove us to Kyoto. As a former taxi driver in Kyoto he was able to take efficient short cuts in the city which enabled us to see more sights than we would have otherwise been able to do. Because we needed to be back on the ship by 5pm and wished to take the 3pm bullet train from Kyoto to Kobe our touring was fairly limited. However, at each site Mitsuyuki was able to maximize our time with short cuts within the parks. Our guide was a pleasure to be with and had a great sense of humor.

1 month ago |   by Robert

“ kyoto in one day / mr mitsuyuki ”

my family only had one day in kyoto to see the sights and i could find no tour that could get me to all the major sights in one day. i then found mr mitsuyuki through triple lights. first he is very professional and an excellent english speaker. we started early which he was ok with, and i recommend because we saw a couple of the sights before the crowds. we were able to criss cross kyoto to all the major sights with his knowledge adding color along the way. it was an awesome day. it was also about the same price as taking a tour but much more efficient because of the small size plus mr mitsuyuki has more knowledge than most tour guides and his language skills is more than most tour guides. he has lived in the us so his conversation is quite good, he also lived in kyoto and was a taxi driver so his driving was very good and again save time because he had local knowledge of how to get around. once again major thumbs up for mr mitsuyuki and what a GREAT DAY IN KYOTO! i would highly recommend this trip/tour to anyone, i actually think it was great value. thanks again mr mitsuyuki

1 month ago |   by James

“ Top notch!! Efficient, knowledgeable and excellent driver. ”

Mitsuyuki knows Kyoto and can show you all the top sights but is also highly flexible if you have your own separate agenda. He once spent a year in North Carolina and has excellent English. The day before I arrived via bullet train from Tokyo he Emailed asking which car and which seat I was taking and once I arrived and exited the train he was right there! He will take very good care of you.

3 months ago |   by Janis

“ Friendly, Trustful & Reliable ”

Mitsusan picked us up & dropped us back at our hotel in Osaka , which made it very convenient for us. We had taken our teenage grandkids on our trip and so I arranged with Mitsusan on the places we thought they would enjoy in Osaka & Kyoto. Mitsusan was accommodating and we all had a fun day. Aloha & Mahalo, Mitsusan

3 months ago |   by Amy

“ Kyoto Day Tour ”

Mitsuyuki was a very good & efficient tour guide. He responds quickly to my queries even before the tour. He helped me plan the itineraries covering almost all of the popular attractions. He is friendly and gives personalized service. Our tour schedule was on time and as specified. I have a back problem and has difficulty walking for long distances. And Mitsuyuki made it conform to my needs. Will definitely recommend him to friends & families who will go to Kyoto in the future.

4 months ago |   by Joyseline

“ 1 day kyoto tour ”

First time we booked triplelights. We really enjoyed the tour. It was very convenient that he had a car to tour us around kyoto. It was a bit fast phased but I can understand this since the itinerary was packed. We were able to go to all of the places. He's knowledge was very good. I just wished that he can give more background on some sites. I love how he is very friendly with us. Overall he is a very good and accommodating tour guide. I would definitely get and recommend him.

4 months ago |   by Eddie

“ Great tour in Kyoto ”

My kids were tired from walking in the past few days. With Mitsu-san taken us around Kyoto, we were able to rest up and enjoyed the destinations. We visited all the sites in the itinerary despite of the local school field trip caused traffic jams in most of the sightseeing places. Mitsu-san is very accommodating. It was a pleasant experience.

4 months ago |   by Rebecca

“ Kyoto tour with Mitsu-san! ”

We had a great tour with Mitsu-san! We were so tired by that point in our trip and he put up with a lot of neediness and rest stops! We changed our mind about what we wanted to do like twelve times during the day and he was right there to facilitate, making sure we had time to do the things we wanted to. We hiked up to the monkey park in Arashiyama which was not easy, and he just hopped right along like it was a tiny gentle slope. He knows EVERYTHING about all the shrines and temples and a lot of insight about the history and religious elements of Kyoto. Mitsu-san definitely loves being a guide and we felt bad at times when we were in places that didn't require a lot of explaining. He clearly loves the places he tours and loves to share them with people. Having a car was a huge luxury after a few days of walking everywhere! I would definitely recommend Mitsu-san for any tour he offers!

4 months ago |   by Nadia

“ Great tour guide for families! ”

Mitsuyuki was kind and patient wit our family traveling with 3 small children. He arranged a car seat for our youngest child and led us to all the sights we wanted to see- even in the pouring rain! He even ran out tour a little over to be sure we hit everything on our list. It was a pleasure to learn from him.

4 months ago |   by Karen A. 

“ Kyoto temples and Shrines, Sento Palace, and visit to O'Hara temple. ”

Very prompt and willing to go new places not toured before. Friendly and spoke English well. Should provide more narrative on sites visited.

4 months ago |   by Christina

“ Kyoto Day trip ”

It was a pleasant and enjoyable experience travelling with Mitsu- san in his car. We were very appreciative of the transportation although it was a little difficult to get in and out for the shorter elderly or for an elderly with bad knees. Otherwise - good for family travel. He was knowledgable enough and shared what he knew of the various sites. Also helpful in assisting us with family photos. End of the day - great to be able to be dropped off at the hotel. All the best !

5 months ago |   by Charnette

“ private day tour in kyoto ”

We were very satisfied with Mitsuyuki-san during our private tour in kyoto last May 2. He speaks very good english and is very knowledgeable of kyoto. We enjoyed the trip very much. Highly recommend his tour. Charnette

5 months ago |   by Shirley

“ Great all day tour of Kyoto ”

We spent 8 hours with Mitsuyuki and had the most wonderful day in Kyoto. He picked us up in his van and drove us to all the places we wanted to visit. His English is very good and he provided us with information about every site that we visited. Mitsuyuki provided us with bottles of water to drink and also umbrellas in case of rain. I would definitely recommend Mitsuyuki as a personal tour guide.

6 months ago |   by Claire

“ Mitsuyuki was a great guide and spoke good English. ”

Mitsuyuki was a great guide and spoke good English. He followed our itinerary and was flexible when we wanted to go to lunch early. His tour was light on content, but with visiting 6 temples, our group was okay with that.

6 months ago |   by Phuong

“ A Wonderful Day Kyoto Tour ”

Mitsuyuki was very flexible , patient and enthusiastic guide. He had offered us good services and our family enjoyed his good company. We enjoyed our day with him and would highly recommend him for travelers.

6 months ago |   by Trevor

“ Review Mitsuyuki ”

We enjoyed Mitsuyuki very much. Had a lovely day with him and will recommend him to our friends. Jill and Trevor Beaumont

6 months ago |   by KM

“ Very good Guide ”

Mitsuyuki San was an excellent guide in Kyoto, Japan. He took us to all the places that we had planned and more importantly he took us to a great Vegetarian Soba Noodle place. Thank you Mitsuyuki san.

6 months ago |   by Leiann

“ Our in shape guide ”

He is very nice, friendly, funny and worked hard to make sure we got to see and do what we wanted. I would highly recommend him.

9 months ago |   by Christina

“ Customize your private tour of Kyoto ”

Mr Mitsuyuki was punctual. His car is very clean and able to fit five people. Having a private car makes life easier and he's flexible with our interest in our sightseeing areas. Should I come to Kyoto again I would be happy to hire him again!

9 months ago |   by Toni

“ Mitsuyuki taught us so much! ”

In early December we had the good fortune of spending a full day with Mitsuyuki. We found him to be a warm and personable person, who taught us so much about Kyoto and about the Japanese culture. He met us promptly at our hotel and immediately told us to call him Mitsu-San. For a full eight hours we toured shrines, temples and neighborhoods. While driving between stops, he kept up a running discourse about Japan. For me personally the most interesting part of the day was learning about Mitsu-san's family, which consists of two sons, one daughter, a wife and a mother. Learning about the Kyoto points of interest was great, but for me it was most interesting to learn how people actually live in the Kyoto-Osaka area. I would recommend him to any friends headed to Kyoto.

1 year ago |   by Trang

“ Osaka cruise port to Kyoto ”

Hi Mitsuyuki, My family would like to thank you for a wonderful private tour to Kyoto when we were in port on the Diamond princess. We were able to customize our own tour to include more sites than what the cruise ship offers at over half the cost. Most importantly returned on time to the ship at half the price the cruise ship offers. This was our itinerary: 8:00 Pick you up at Osaka Port 9:30-10:15 Nijo Castle 10:30-11:30 Kinkaku-ji Temple 12:00-12:45 Nishiki Market 13:15-14:15 Kiyomizu-dera Temple 14:45-15:30 Fushimi-inari-taisha Shine 17:00 Drop you off at Osaka Port We paid for the extra hour to be able to see Nijo castle. Mitsuyuki was very polite and courteous. He listed the exact cost for tolls, parking, and entrance fees for our itinerary so there were no hidden surprises. He was even early to pick us up at the exit of the terminal with a sign with our name. We were 6 elderly people and appreciated the ability to be driven to the destination instead of walking to to take the train. Turned out to be a better price for the 6 of us than the private tours from guides who would take you by foot and use public transportation. Thank you for such a memorable experience. Best wishes and good health to you always. Regards, Trang and family

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