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Kyoto Essentials: Full-Day Private Tour

by Seiko
(51) Reviews
8h $ 259 Price up to 6 people

Highlights

  • Arashiyama (bamboo forest & Tenryuji Temple)
  • Choose one from: Kinkakuji Temple / Kitano Tenmangu Shirine & Kamishichiken / Nijo Castle
  • Choose one from: Nishiki Market / Gion
  • Fushimi Inari Shrine
  • Option: Dinner at a local restaurant or izakaya for sake
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259.20 USD

Price up to 6 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Hotel meet-up in Osaka / Shinosaka station area.
$ 13.50
Hotel meet-up in Kyoto (except Kyoto station area).
$ 9.00
Dinner extension.
$ 25.20

Overview

Discover Kyoto's most popular & memorable sites! This is a semi-tailored tour so you can choose a few spots from my recommendations in addition to two must-see sites. You'll also learn how to use public transportation system in Kyoto and tips for other points of interest that you're looking at for the rest of your days in Japan. This tour is good for first timers in Kyoto on the first day!

What to Expect

Let's discover Kyoto's most popular & memorable sites with a local guide! In addition to 2 must-see sites, you can choose a few sports from my recommendations depending on your interest. You'll also learn how to use public transportation system in Kyoto and tips for other points of interest that you're looking at for the rest of your days in Japan.
If you'd like to experience a local dinner/drinking at a local bar together, you can extend the tour with a minimum fee and enjoy the night like a local!
This tour is good for first timers in Kyoto on the first day.

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Highlights

  • Arashiyama (bamboo forest & Tenryuji Temple)
  • Choose one from: Kinkakuji Temple / Kitano Tenmangu Shirine & Kamishichiken / Nijo Castle
  • Choose one from: Nishiki Market / Gion
  • Fushimi Inari Shrine
  • Option: Dinner at a local restaurant or izakaya for sake

Important

*Please contact me first for availability and note below before booking: 1. My schedule on Triplelights site is open for the next 3 month only. 2. Please read through my profile including "Important Notes" at the end before booking.

***Excursions ***
I can guide you in Okayama (including Naoshima and Kurashiki), Hiroshima (Onomichi, Shimanami islands cycling, Miyajima, etc.) and Shikoku (Iya valley etc.) if you pay for my transportation.
The above areas can be visited from Osaka/Kyoto in one or two days.

1. You will be walking a lot during the tour, so please wear comfortable walking shoes and clothes and bring an umbrella or poncho in case of rain.

2. Transportation fee for the day will be 1,000-1,500 yen per person depending on your itinerary and hotel location. Lunch for you and guide is not included in the guiding fee. Credit cards cannot be used at ticket machines and many small restaurants, so please bring enough cash for the day.

3. Any other sites not mentioned in the list cannot be added to the tour. Please book a customized tour with me if you'd like to visit anywhere not listed.

4. Please let me know in advance if you'd like to extend the tour for a local dinner. I will take you to a local diner or izakaya unless you have a special request. Please also choose 9:30 or 10:00 for the start time and add "dinner extension".

5. When booking, please choose one spot from A and B. If not specified, I will choose based on your group's attribute and/or seasonality.

A: Kinkakuji (Golden Temple) Kitano Tenmangu Shirine & Kamishichiken (Geisha district), or Nijo Castle (screen arts and garden)
B: Nishiki Market (food and souvenir street) or Gion (Geisha district & Kenninji temple) read more

What‘s included
Guide fee, hotel meet-up near Kyoto station
What‘s not included
Transportation fee (for you and guide, about 1,000-1,500 yen/person), lunch/dinner, entrance fee (licensed guide gets free admission at most temples & tourist spots)
Meeting Point
At JR Kyoto Station (or at your hotel with extra fee)
Ending Point
TBD
Duration
8 hours
Starting time
08:00 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 ( 51 )
Jacinta Jacinta Australia ( Family )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Seiko was amazing ”

Seiko was the highlight of our Japan holiday. We were 4 Australians in our late 40s cruising around Japan and had never used a private guide before. We decided to give in a go as an alternative to a cruise booked tour. So pleased we did. She met us at the cruise terminal and help us change our JR Voucher into tickets. We then spent 8 hours touring Osaka & Kobe. Including the Castle, Shinsekai, Nipponbashi (subculture street) and Kuromon Ichiba Market. We walked, used subway and trains. She took us into restaurants we would never of entered on our own, introduced us to street food, she explained the culture and history in easy simple language that explained so much from our previous days in Tokyo and set us up for the rest of our time in Japan. Seiko even helped us plan our next day to ... read more

Seiko:

Thank you, Jacinta! Yes, we walked a lot and I really like to do that because you can see more of our real life and scenes as you walk. You were all so fit and interested in checking things out that I wished we'd had more time to show you more! I'd be so happy if my tour helped you all experience and understand our country and culture a bit more. It was also easy and fun for me to spend a day with you as chatting about lots of things. I hope you also had a great time in Hiroshima. Thanks again to all of you!!! Seiko

Kwee Lin Kwee Singapore ( Family with kids )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Wonderful Day in Kyoto ”

I was going to visit Kyoto for the first time with my family and my sister's family. We had a party of 8 persons. I contacted Seiko a week before my arrival and requested for a day tour of Kyoto and also some specific spots which I wanted to visit. Seiko responded quickly with an itinerary. She made some good suggestions which I didn't think of. During the tour, Seiko gave us many good snippets of information about the history and significance of the places we visited. We were particularly happy to visit the Fushimi Sake District to experience the sake culture and taste the local sake. We would not be able to see so many places in a day without her capable guidance. I would strongly recommend her services to those who intend to tour the Kyoto area.

Seiko:

What a wonderful day with you too!!!! Thanks to you taking my advice and all of you being so patient with lots of walking, it was full of special things packed in one day. In the end it turned to be a long day visiting different places for 8 of you with different interests and ages, I was very grateful that nobody complained but took care of each other, so that the tour went so smoothly. I myself enjoyed the tour as much as (or maybe more than) you did. Lucky me! I was also happy to see you guys were enjoying sake & whisy Lol (& thanks for my sake too!) Thanks again and hope to see you again when you come back (PLEASE!) Seiko

Nancy Nancy United States ( Family )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ A Great Day in Kyoto ”

We contacted Seiko the day before our tour, with our request of guiding our family of six through multiple destinations in Kyoto. She responded quickly and was quite flexible with our all of our different requests. Most importantly, she added an element of practicality in terms of which destinations would combine most conveniently so that we could enjoy them to their fullest.We visited the Kinkaku-hi golden temple and Kitano Tenmangu shrine to see the amazing Fall colors.The highlight was our Riverboat tour down the Hozu- Gawa river where the charismatic guides used a single paddle and a bamboo pole to guide us down 10 miles of river while pointing out rocks which looked like Snoopy, a seal and a lion, as well as historical sites , all the while providing an fun element of comedy. Se... read more

Seiko:

Thank you for choosing me and your kind comments on the review, Nancy. I also very much appreciated that you took all my advice of alternatives/recommendations for fall colors and am so glad to hear you all liked the places we visited! Kitano Tenmangu is particularly a special place for me as I spent my college days living behind the temple, so is Hozugawa kudari where I did many training runs for rafting races (so I always knew how beautiful and fun the river boat ride is in every season:). You were also lucky in terms of timing for fall colors and we could spot a real Geiko-san by the beautiful bridge. It was definitely my lucky and special day as well especially with a wonderful family of yours! Thank you and your family again and hope you had a great time in other cities (and onsen... read more

JV JV Philippines ( Family )
Excellent
3 months ago

“ Unforgettable Experience in Osaka, Kyoto and Nara! ”

Seiko meaning Holy Child. She’s cheerful, active, resourceful and very knowledgeable of Japan’s hidden gems. If you’re looking for the best experience in Japan then look no further than with Seiko. Seiko will help you find the beautiful unknown parts of Japan! If you want a tour that doesn’t have a lot of other tourists around then Seiko is the right tour guide for you. We had given her a list of activities that we wanted to do prior to our visit but she also made her own suggestions which we agreed on, her suggestions became the highlights of our trip. The next time we visit I think we’ll just let her decide because we really loved the places she took us to. We would not have known about those spots and restaurants if not for her. Two of my friends had already asked me for her conta... read more

Seiko:

Thank you so much for your thoughtful and rewarding review, JV. I was very moved by reading your kind comments and appreciate your time in writing this up despite your busy schedule. As we carefully planned an itinerary for your family of three generations together, I was ready for a bit challenging experience for me, but it turned out to be great experience and easy-going tour, and I had a wonderful time with you. Thanks for connecting me with your family (very interesting!), and I was so happy to see you liked the places I picked! Hope to see you again in the Philippines or Japan, someday soon! Seiko P.S. We actually made it to the restaurant I originally booked, as they said it was okay to be a bit late.... Glad you liked it too^^

Bernie Bernie United Kingdom ( Couple )
Excellent
3 months ago

“ Kyoto highlight ”

Seiko was a last minute replacement guide but was superb - very knowledgable, caring and spoke fluent English We had a wonderful day in Kyoto with her and enjoyed the sights of the Old Capitol + the market & Geisha area. We would not have seen as much without her - thank you Seiko

Seiko:

Thank you Bernie & Rosemary! It was a nice surprise to have a chance to guide you in Kyoto. I'm glad to hear you had a wonderful day, and certainly the long train ride was worthwhile! Pizza lunch was another surprise but shifted us into high gear thanks to a glass of wine! Thanks again and hope you continue a memorable journey. Seiko

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