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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)

I pick you [email protected] 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 ( 130 )
4.8 (130) Reviews
Very Good
Kristy Kristy Australia ( Family with kids )
6 days ago

“ Okini Richard ”

Thank you Richard for a one of a kind experience, your knowledge on Japanese history, culture and everything else was fascinating and engaging. Very rarely is there a perfect combination of happy engaged parents and kids... but you did this every day. This was very much appreciated, all 4 of us look forward to meeting you again.


Thank you Kristy. Cora and Carter were awesome. I know we ran them ragged but absolutely good sports! They did really well, trying food and feeding deer!!! Love your kids. I guess I like Clay also!!! LOL. Thank you guys so much and if you do write a review on TripAdvisor please let me them know you found me here

Girlie Girlie Canada ( Couple )
1 week ago

“ Fantastic time in Kyoto with Richard ”

Thank you Richard for an amazing day in Kyoto, we learned a lot. Richard is a superb guide with endless stories and jokes. He is a walking google of Japanese history and culture. We thoroughly enjoyed the day walking around Kyoto and got ourselves thoroughly immersed in Japanese culture and history. The food tour in Nishiki market was unforgettable! Grandma’s little bar tucked away in a super tiny location was the best place for sake. The tea ceremony he organized for us was really special. Highly recommended!


Thank you Girlie, I am glad you guys had a great time! Now that you have had the real Japanese 'sit down' on tatami experience, you are good! You can check that off your list!! Angela says hi and thanks you guys for coming to the Tea Ceremony! Have a safe trip home and if there is ever anything I can do for you, do not hesitate to ask!! Kind regards, Richard

Sally Sally Australia ( Family with kids )
2 weeks ago

“ Excellent introduction to Japan. ”

As a family with young adults we wanted a tour that was both informative and fun. Having never been to Japan before we needed someone to show us the ropes. Richard was excellent. He is passionate about Japanese traditional culture and Buddhism. He also showed us how to navigate the Kyoto train system. We visited a beautiful Japanese temple and shrine with magnificent Japanese gardens. Then onto Nijo castle to see how the shoguns lived. Richard told us so many fun anecdotes about Japanese history and also gave us great advice on how to communicate with the locals. Next we visited the Nishiki markets. We had an amazing experience trying fabulous Japanese cuisine. Richard knew all the best places and foods to eat. We also made a few sake stops as well. The food was fabulous. We walked throu... read more


Thank you Sally. I am so happy you and your family had a great time with me. We got to visit a lot of places and I hope you learned a little bit about Japan that sparked your interest to come back again in the future. Hope you loved the sake and are more inclined to order it now!!! LOL. Again thank you so much and I hope you guys take care and have a great and safe trip Richard

Dylan Dylan United States ( Solo )
2 weeks ago

“ Absolutely Wonderful ”

Richard's tour was a highlight of my trip to Japan. He was kind enough to show me around Kyoto on New Year's Day, a day when many things are closed in Japan, but Richard still turned it into an enlightening and fun tour. We visited temples and shrines, but rather than just visiting them for the sake of seeing them, Richard explained the significance being each one, which really gave me a deeper appreciation for their importance. We also ate some great food along the way, drank fantastic sake, and had some great conversations. I cannot recommend Richard highly enough. If you really want to appreciate the Osaka/ Kyoto area, I highly recommend you book Richard. Thanks for a wonderful tour, Richard!


Dylan, thank you so much. Like I told you, I usually don't do tours on that day but I had a wonderful day with you and I am glad I got to start off my new year that way. I wish you so much good luck I hope you'll be able to return someday!!! Until then take care, Richard

Tony Tony Australia ( Family with kids )
2 weeks ago

“ Oozes personality ”

Had a great day with Richard exploring Kyōto. We covered so much and he entertained us at each stop. The food component was a highlight 😀


YAY! Glad you had a great time and I hope you were stuffed! Please come again and have a safe trip! Kind regards, Richard

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