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Kyoto Shrine & Temple Tour

8 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 most prominent Shrines in Kyoto, then the Castle so we can see how a Shogun ran a Castle. We head to the famous Nishiki Market and I show you what are the foods you should try (with sake) and then off to eat a little Okonomiyaki and hit two Geisha (Geiko) Districts.


Feel free to personalize this offer with Richard.

  • Nanzenji Temple (Zen)
  • Aqueduct & Waterfall
  • Heian Shrine & Garden
  • Nijo Castle
  • Nishiki Market
  • Okonomiyaki & Geisha (Geiko) Districts

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What to Expect

You will see a quiet Zen Temple, its grounds and learn about Buddhism and its History, then a walk to a Shinto Shrine, where we talk about Shinto and its History, walk its Garden and then hit a famous Castle built by the first Tokugawa himself. Then to Nishiki Market, where we try different Kyoto food and sake and finish the day with some Okonomiyaki and hitting two Geiko Districts

Departure & Return

Starting time 09:00 AM
Meeting Point Your Hotel or Kyoto Station
Ending Point I can leave you in the Gion District (where you probably want to hang out anyway)

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

GUIDE FEE ONLY paid through this site

What‘s not included

¥2100 per person for Entrance Fees for everyone for the day (pls inc Guide)
¥1500 approx per person for Transportation Fees for everyone for the day (pls inc Guide)
¥10000 approx per person for food at Nishiki and Okonomiyaki place for the day (pls inc Guide, though GUIDE will have sake only at Nishiki)


IMPORTANT NOTE: All reservations are FIRST COME FIRST SERVE. I cannot guarantee or hold the day unless you secure the day accordingly. Thank you for your understanding and let's make you some awesome memories!

Tours are not covered by insurance, so please make sure you are under your own insurance.

My recommendation would be for you to purchase IC/SUICA/PASMO cards for your subway/train/bus passes. They are ¥2000 each and once purchased, you can use ¥1500 of that and refill it as you need it at any station. (¥500 is kept as a hold on the card) You can also use at most convenience stores and some vending machines. Once you are done with them, you turn them back in and get the ¥500 hold and any monies left on them minus a ¥220 processing fee per card. It is a great deal! This way you only have to pay the Guides transportation.

Tours are no more than 8 hours. Over 8 hours will be charged at ¥4500 per hour unless due to circumstances beyond our control or unless agreed upon in writing in advance.



Not available on Tuesdays

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!!!

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 ( 114 )
4.8 (114) Reviews
Very Good
Joseph Joseph United States
2 days ago

“ My New Go-To Personal Guide ”

Richard was awesome! Richard showed us all around Kyoto and after being on a guided tour with him, my kids and myself wished we planned more time in Kyoto to explore more. From visiting the Monkey Park, Bamboo forest, having lunch, visiting the market and even getting lucky to see (3) Geisha's walking around the Gian district, we sure packed a lot of things into one day. Richards knew the in's and out's of the city and train routes. He met us at our hotel on time (actually early) and in a few moments we were on the train heading to the opposite side of the city. Richard was able to answer every question my kids and I had from the city places and landmarks to the Japanese culture. It was awesome to watch him in actions when it came to interacting ******* and bumping into people ... read more


Yay!!! We were tearing up the town were we not? LOL. Thank you for booking me and entrusting me with torturing your kids! I am not sure Zach trusts me yet though... ha ha.... Please, anytime, come back and let me take you guys a little deeper. Bring the wifey next time too and take care of those babies at home! Kind regards, Richard

ken Ken United Kingdom ( Family )
3 days ago

“ If you want an interesting guide around Kyoto then book Richard ”

Richard had organised a really interesting schedule for our day. Rather than take us to the very busy main tourist sites Richard took us to some wonderful places that gave us a real feel for the old 'Imperial Japan'. We also spent an hour having a walking lunch at the Nishiki Market, what was amazing about this is he managed to get my very fussy eater brother to try most of the delicacies on offer! Richard's knowledge of both the city and history really made for a great day.


Hey Ken!!! Thank you so much for everything and I'm so happy you had a great day. I will never forget the picture I took of you guys eating Wagyu Beef at Nishiki Market!!! I hope we made some awesome memories for you guys!!!! Kind regards Richard

Rose Rose United States ( Friends )
4 days ago

“ Imperial Kyoto ”

Charming Kyoto experienced with and thru the eyes of a guide who truly appreciates his city. We enjoyed the people, the history, and the food. Our experience included a Shogun castle, culture of the samurai, Western Kyoto, imperial Kyoto, and two geisha sightings in Gion, lunch in the market, tapas style. Transportation by subway, bullet train, and the power of walking. Truly memorable!! Aregato!!


Yay!!! You did not mention the sake, which in all reality, made this day possible. LOL I'm so happy that you remembered so many things. Thank you for understanding the long trip from the port in Osaka and I hope you guys took back some awesome memories of this part of Japan!!! Kind regards Richard

julia Julia United States ( Friends )
5 days ago

“ Fun, interesting info and a local food with sake ”

If you like a fun , food, sake during your tour Richard is for you.


Yay! Thank you Julia. I am happy you guys had a great time and thanks for getting the car on both days! We saw more than we would have! Please tell Ron, Mike & Patty they were a blast and take 'sips' when drinking sake! Ron never got me beck either!! LOL Take care and let me know if there is anything I can ever do for you. Kind regards, Richard

Nancy Nancy United States ( Couple )
1 week ago

“ Great food tour. Looking forward to two days in Kyoto. ”

A great sampling of Dotonbori’s little kitchens. Friendly and inviting. Strongly recommend to all.


Nancy You guys were so much fun and if you think you had a good time last night, wait till I get you in Kyoto next week. I promise you you are going to have some great memories to take home with you

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