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Kyoto Essentials: Full-Day Private Tour

by Seiko
(62) Reviews
8h $ 265 Price up to 6 people


  • 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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264.96 USD

Price up to 6 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Hotel meet-up in Osaka / Shinosaka station area.
$ 13.80
Hotel meet-up in Kyoto (except Kyoto station area).
$ 9.20
Dinner extension (cost of dinner for you and guide must be paid separa....
$ 25.76


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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  • 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


*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), 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(for you and guide), 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
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 ( 62 )
Shizuka Shizuka United States ( Family )
12 hours ago

“ Kyoto Tour ”

Seiko was a terrific tour guide! Kyoto is a much bigger city than we realized, and it would have been impossible to visit all of the famous sites without her knowing the best way to get from one place to another. She is very knowledgeable about each location we visited, and made sure that we saw as much as we could in a day. We especially enjoyed our conversations on the train ride to and from Osaka learning fun facts about Osaka food and baseball team. Thank you Seiko for a wonderful day!

Razmig Razmig United States ( Couple )
1 week ago

“ An amazing day touring Kyoto with Seiko ”

We had such a wonderful experience with Seiko. She created a custom itinerary for our interests and was extremely knowledgeable. Her fun and energetic personality made 8 hours fly by. Look no further...if you need a guide, book Seiko!

Debbie Debbie United States ( Family with kids )
2 weeks ago

“ Fabulous guide! ”

Our family had 2 days of private tours with Seiko, and we are so glad that she was our guide! Seiko was very sweet, fun, spunky, energetic, and so conscientious of how we were feeling throughout the day. We felt like we were traveling around with a friend rather than a hired guide! She took us to the best sights, and timed it so that we could avoid crowds as much as possible. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with her, and Kyoto and Osaka wouldn’t not have been half as fun without Seiko taking us. Thanks again Seiko!!

Craig Craig United States ( Solo )
3 weeks ago

“ Osaka/Sake Visit ”

I travel a lot for work in Europe and South America and often I'm assigned a Tour Guide during free time. Those tours are often scripted. Seiko can be that Guide if you want, but she is also very flexible to go where you want even if it is last minute suggestion. She is very smart on history, international geography, food and especially Sake. I'm in the wine business and it was refreshing to learn a ton on Sake from Seiko. She knew my sake taste profile pretty quickly. I felt like I was hanging out with an old friend with Seiko with conversations about Family and Pets rather than a guide. Thank You Seiko! Craig


Thank YOU Craig! I really enjoyed the time with you - talking a lot about various topics from whisky to baseball, walking everywhere to see not just temples and shrines but also everyday life and scene of the people and city, and drinking different kinds of sake together! Yes, I was probably not doing my job but more like enjoying my time with my friend :) Thanks again for the special day! Seiko

Michael Michael United States ( Couple )
1 month ago

“ Exceptional day in Kyoto ”

Seiko planned a great day. Covered a variety of experiences. From a sake brewery, shrines, temples, tea ceremony to experiencing the Gion Festival. The Gion Festival was very special and gave us the opportunity to see many Geishas in all their beauty. Seiko was very knowledgeable and flexible on the itinerary. A wonderful day in a beautiful city.


Thanks Michael and Anne for a special day and letting me plan a tour with you. Yes, we did and visited a lot and I'm relieved to hear you enjoyed the day even after two weeks of traveling and seeing a lot in Japan. The festival is a small one but so special that we could be so close to Geikos/Maikos with their friendly and beautiful smiles. Please enjoy the rest of your time in Japan! Seiko

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