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Kyoto Shrine & Temple Tour

7 hours
up to 6 people
Japanese ( Professional ), English ( Native )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )

I pick you up@your Hotel (or) Kyoto Station, we hit my favorite Zen Temple with an amazing history, then one of the busiest Shrines in Kyoto, then the most famous temple; we have a few things to do there which you will love, then we have two another Shrine and one Pagoda to hit. I will take you to the Geisha District as the night settles but you must submit to the SAKE GOD!... and some Yakitori!


Feel free to personalize this offer with Richard.

  • Nanzenji Temple (Zen)
  • Aqueduct & Waterfall
  • Kiyomizudera Temple
  • Yasaka Pagoda
  • Yasaka Shrine
  • Shijo Street Shopping
  • Gion & Pontocho Restaurant District Walkabout
  • 45 minute Sake Tasting

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What to Expect

You will see Temples, Shrines, a nice 40 minute Nature Walk, a meditation waterfall, experience how to cut off your bad karma by walking under a Temple in the pitch black fo night, drink from the waterfall of health, study and love, walk a couple of amazing streets with awesome Japanese foods and crafts, see Geisha and their students (Maiko) ((HOPEFULLY)) and experience an all-around sense of old Japan and taste some awesome sake!!! Oh Yeah!

Departure & Return

Starting time 12:00 PM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point Your Hotel or Kyoto Station
Ending Point Your Hotel or Kyoto Station, or I can leave you in the Gion District

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

GUIDE FEE ONLY for seven hours

What‘s not included

Temple Fees, Lunch, transportation between stops. You also pay for me of course. Expect to pay approx. ¥5,000 per person for yourself for Lunch, Sake Tasting, Snack Food, Transportation and Temple Fees. Your GROUP will share the costs for the GUIDE.


If you do not see the tour you are looking for or want to add or subtract something, let me know what you want to do and where you want to go and I will ensure I put together an itinerary that fits your needs and blows your mind. Welcome!!!

There is walking involved and we will walk for about two hours, broken up into a couple of places. Be ready with comfortable walking shoes.

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 ( 103 )
4.9 (103) Reviews
Very Good
Sherrill Sherrill United States ( Couple )
14 hours ago

“ Fast paced, excellent English. Knowledge of Buddhism & Culture ”

Richard was the first and only guide we have met on our multiple private tour experiences around the world who believed that because he had sent a picture of himself that he didn’t need to have a sign. He said “she knows what I look like”. The resulting inability to find our guide started our day late and was irritating to say the least. Richard is an American ex-pat who’s tour experience in Japan could be described as “extreme sport tourism”. Our time was short and we had a long way to travel from Osaka to see Kyoto, however we didn’t really have to power walk through the subway and train stations and whisk through the market so quickly. Was it partly my fault that we were so rushed? Yes. Did he listen and slow down? No. He said he couldn’t walk that slowly but would always wait for u... read more


I am so sorry that you have been the only one to not recognize me as you knew what I looked like from my video, and we got started on time anyway, as you had come down before the 12:30pm start time at the Ship. The whole misstep maybe lasted five minutes at the most as your husband went back to get you after he recognized me. All I wanted to do is get you through the itinerary you requested in the short amount of time I had to get you back to the Ship, and even though I do walk ahead, (as I lead the group), I always stop multiple times to allow everyone to catch up. I told you if you could not walk we should get a car and you did not do that. It would have been easier on all of us, though the other two people in the party that you had met on the ship and brought along, did not complain ... read more

Anna Anna United States ( Friends )
4 days ago

“ We would recommend Richard to everybody! ”

We ( two couples) spent 3 days with Richard in Kyoto,Osaka (Food tour) and Nara . We couldn’t wish for a better guide! He is incredible! We learned and experienced so much Richard knows everything about Japan, his knowledge of Japanese history and Japanese food is encyclopedic! His amazing personality and sense of humor make you feel as if you are traveling with a friend. He is caring and eager to help with all your needs and answer all your questions We already miss him Thank you, our dear friend!


Thank you Anna. Love you guys too! It was so fun with you guys and all of you are just fun-loving people full of wonder and adventure. I do hope to see you again someday. Truly. Thank you and hope to keep in touch! Please tell Daniel and Boris and Jenny hello for me. You still have a few days in Japan, so make sure you drink more SAKE!!! LOL Kind regards Richard

Nicky Nicky United Kingdom ( Couple )
1 week ago

“ Two day guided tour in Kyoto ”

What a fabulous experience we had with Richard for two days. He was very personable, extremely knowledgable and overall a very good guide. He made it feel like you were out with a friend showing us around the city. He was very mindful of what we were looking for and continued to provide advice on visits even after the two days were completed. It always felt like he was looking to provide us with what we needed and the best experience he could provide. We would highly recommend him to anyone who was looking for someone provide an in depth experience of Kyoto area. Richard & Nicky


I have no idea what you're talking about. I intentionally try to misguide you. you have foiled me again! LOL I sincerely hope you had an amazing time and I thank you for entrusting me and allowing me to drag you around. Have a safe trip home and if you need anything you let me know! Kind regards Richard

Linda Linda Canada ( Family )
3 weeks ago

“ Fantastic and Fun ”

Richard’s knowledge of Japan, temples and shrines, and history and culture combined with his gregarious personality made for a truly memorable day visiting several sites in Kyoto. Richard explained and pointed out so many things that helped us appreciate what we were seeing. We three couples enjoy food. His familiarity with its vendors and foods made our time at Nishiki Market, trying many different items including sake that Richard selected, a marvellous adventure. We enjoyed experiences that would have been impossible without this guide. What a great time! Highly recommend.


Thank you Linda. Your family was a lot of fun and I hope the boys are alright with the sake drinking we did... LOL The Melon Bread stands have no chance against you guys!!! Have to make a business plan once you get back home!! Please let me know if there is ever anything else I can do for you! Kind regards, Richard

Elena Elena United States ( Friends )
4 weeks ago

“ Absolutely fabulous ”

Richard is engaging, knowledgeable, flexible, and fun. His personality is icing on the cake. If we return to Japan, we will make sure we hire him for several days, not one like this time. He facilitated the best memories we’ll have from this trip.


Thank you Elena. You guys were so much fun. Please let me know what I can do for you. I will plan on seeing you guys again. Kind regards Richard

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