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Kyoto Essentials: Full-Day Private Tour


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

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!

Itinerary

Feel free to personalize this offer with Seiko.

  • 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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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.

Departure & Return

Starting time 08:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point At JR Kyoto Station (or at your hotel with extra fee)
Ending Point TBD

Inclusions & Exclusions

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(for you and guide), entrance fee (licensed guide gets free admission at most temples & tourist spots)

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/dinner 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@400 yen), Kitano Tenmangu Shirine & Kamishichiken (Geisha district), or Nijo Castle (screen arts and garden@1,000yen)
B: Nishiki Market (food and souvenir street) or Gion (Geisha district & Kenninji temple) read more

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 ( 69 )
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Stephen Stephen United States
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Highly Recommend this Amazing Tour of Kyoto ”

Seiko guided us right from the train platform throughout the day to all of major sights of Kyoto. She is incredibly knowledgeable about all the history, culture, and little details of the city. Plus, she provides the personable touch to ensure you enjoy every moment that you will not get from a big tour company! We are so very greatful to her for an amazing day in Kyoto!

Juan Juan United States ( Family )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Probably the BEST guide we had during our 2 week tour of Japan ”

Seriously! Seiko was an absolutely awesome tour guide. She was incredibly prepared and had picture and history printouts about each of the places we visited. She was incredibly patient and gracious with us and even happily went over our allotted time in order to get us on the train back to our hotel. Our visit with Koyoto would definitely not have been the same without Seiko

Taeok Taeok United States ( Family )
Excellent
3 months ago

“ Just like a caring aunt ”

We took a one day Osaka city tour with Seiko. Our group consisted of 7 people from 3 generations-rather big and diverse group. My husband and I were worried if the grandparents who are in their early 80’s would be able to keep up with the tour. We were also worried if the kids will follow with the tour without getting bored or tired too soon. As we feared, the grandparents had to take a long break in the middle of our first destination, and then even longer break for lunch. But Seiko accommodated to the grandparents’ needs with so much care and kindness that we felt like she was our real aunt! The grandparents eventually returned to the hotel after lunch, and the tour continued with the remaining 5 people. Since we took such long breaks, we were behind the schedule by a lot, but Seiko gu... read more

Evonne Evonne Singapore ( Couple )
Excellent
3 months ago

“ Kyoto Tour ”

Seiko is a very good guide. She brought us around the shrines, temple, bamboo grove and sake tasting. She explained the historical of the temples n shrine and Japanese culture. She speak very good english. She even don’t mind to bring us around for more sake even though she is supposed to call it a day. Will definitely engage her if we are going back to Osaka again.

Karen Karen Australia ( Family )
Excellent
3 months ago

“ Excellent guide, great knowledge of Kyoto - highly recommend ”

I booked an 8 hour tour with Seiko to see the sights of Kyoto with my three teenagers. As I was unsure how such a long day would unfold with the kids, I asked if we could be flexible and she was fantastic. She did her best to accommodate our wishes and was so friendly, helpful and knowledgable. She took us to the Fushimi Inari shrine, the bamboo forest, Nishiki market, a department store food hall, Gion and the Kennin-ji temple. We also had great tonkatsu for lunch in central Kyoto. I would highly recommend her to anyone keen to see all the main sights of such a fantastic city.

Seiko:

Thanks Karen! It could have been more challenging to travel in Japan with 3 teenagers, but I'm sure you enjoyed the days as your children were so engaged in the tour and interested in lots of cultural aspects and Japanese food, even learning many Japanese words in a week! I especially enjoyed Fushimi Inari hike with you all. Such a fun day for me too! Thanks so much and hope you can come back with your husband some time soon. Seiko

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