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Kyoto Essentials: Full-Day Private Tour

by Seiko
(58) Reviews
8h MYR 1,097 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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1,097.28 MYR

Price up to 6 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Hotel meet-up in Osaka / Shinosaka station area.
MYR 57.15
Hotel meet-up in Kyoto (except Kyoto station area).
MYR 38.10
Dinner extension (cost of dinner for you and guide must be paid separa....
MYR 106.68


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.

4.9 (58) Reviews
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Seiko Licensed Guide
(58) Reviews


  • 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 ( 58 )
Michael Michael United States ( Couple )
1 week 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

Chris Chris United States ( Couple )
1 week ago

“ Tours of Osaka and Himeji Castle/ Kobe ”

My wife and I just spent two days with Seiko exploring Osaka, the Himeji Castle and Kobe. She picked us up and delivered us back to our hotel. She showed us how to use the subways and trains in Osaka and took us to interesting sites. She also took us to restaurants serving local food. Her English is outstanding. We had a great time with Seiko and would highly recommend her for anyone looking for a local guide in the Osaka area.


Thank you Chris and Helen for the wonderful two days. I sometimes find it a bit challenging to entertain someone who travels a lot and already seen many parts of Japan, but I ended up being entertained by many good questions from you all the time (thanks to your understanding about history etc)!!! Thanks for many drinks and meals with you too. Safe travels back to the States:) Seiko

Marian Marian United States ( Friends )
3 weeks ago

“ Osaka food tour ”

We were a group of 8 people from USA. Seiko Met us at the train station at a cafe holding a sign and was easy to find. Seiko spoke English beautifully and took us on a food tour which highlighted the New World and Dotonbori areas. She is very knowledgeable about history and a pleasure to tour with. We would highly recommend her!


Thanks Marian for all the communications and arrangements before the tour. It went well thanks to you! I hope everyone enjoyed a day in Osaka and the rest of their time in other cities in Japan. Seiko

Wayea Wayea United States ( Family )
1 month ago

“ Great customized tour of Nara and Osaka ”

Seiko is a wonderful tour guide. Her English is fluent and easy to understand. She accommodated our particular shopping and dining requests, and even let us use her wi-fi. She explained the history well. Highly recommend.


Thanks Wayea! I had a great time guiding and chatting with you and the family. Was very interesting! Sometimes it's not easy to meet everyone's request if it is a big group or different generations but I see you guys travel really well together by caring for each other. Thanks again! Seiko

angela Angela Canada ( Friends )
1 month ago


Don’t hesitate to book Seiko as your guide! We had a fantastic day with a knowledgeable, friendly and interesting guide who spoke fluent English. I will be highly recommending her to all my friends travelling to japan.


Thank you Angela! Fushimi Inari walk to the viewpoint, Uji with maccha, sake lunch was the perfect combination of a day in Kyoto for someone like you guys! Thanks for sharing your stories with me during the tour as well. I always feel so lucky to be able to meet such interesting and cool people as a part of my job:) Arigato for the fun day to all of you!!! Seiko

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