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Kyoto one day tour

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8h $ 252 Price up to 8 people


  • Arashiyama Bamboo forest
  • Golden Temple
  • Fushimi inari shrine
  • Kiyomizudera temple
  • Nishiki local food arcade
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252.00 USD

Price up to 8 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior


The ancient capital Kyoto, there are so many attractive spots. Golden temple, Bamboo forest,Fushimi-inari shrine,Kiyomizu temple,Nijo castle,Nishiki food arcade, Kimono dressing,tea ceremony, and my villa. Besides, snow valley in winter, cherry blossom in spring, crimson leaves in fall. I think you'll have tight schedule. I'd like to customize your original tour. Please contact me now !

What to Expect

The attraction of Kyoto is classified to followings.
1. History
Since Kyoto had been 1200 years capital of Japan,there are more than 3000 temples and shrines. Many of them are designated as UNESCO World Heritages. Visitor can touch the long and deep history of Japanese authentic culture as well as Buddhism and Shintoism.
2. Experience
I would like to recommend short tea ceremony, kimono dressing. Besides, it is interesting Zen meditation and Samurai warrior performance.
It is sure to make a booking in advance when it is high season in April and Autumn.
3. Nature
Kyoto city is surrounded by nature-well-preserved mountain except south connecting Osaka. If you like mountain hiking, I'd like to propose Monkey Park in Arashiyama, Mt.Daimonji famous for August bonfire. And Kyoto Aquarium using fresh water is nice too.
Japanese authentic cuisine, called KAISEKI, is expensive but amazing not only taste but its desing. Besides KAISEKI, home made family dishes, called KYOTO OBANZAI, is popular with tasty and reasonable price and can try dietary like a Izakaya local restaurant.
If you are interested in ingredient and raw stuffs for cooking, Nishiki food market is recommendable. Exclusive Kyoto-originated vegetables, fresh fish products, Japanese sweets, and local cuisine are prepared from morning till early evening. Your appetite must be Irresistible. It is in the center of Kyoto, so after your stomach is full, a strolling around shopping streets will be nice too.
Biwako valley is easy to visit from Kyoto. Especially in winter season, visitors will be able to back to the time of childhood by playing on the snow wonderland.
6.Cherry blossom and crimson autumn leaves
There are so many nice places in Kyoto. I'd like to recommend Philosophers's path, Sosui creek area near my Villa.
7.Halal for Muslim
There are some halal restaurants and prayer room for Muslim people. I would like to assist.
8.My Kyoto Villa
If you are interested in ordinary Japanese traditional house with tatami mat floor, please drop by my Villa near Silver temple.
I am pleased to treat you with free green tea, sweets and seasonal fruits.

The examples of temple ans shrines.
1-1. Arashiyama bamboo forest
When it comes to Arashiyama, the bamboo forest should not be skipped. I am sure its stunning beauty must enchant your heart. In addition Tenryuji temple with landscape garden is must-see. If you like mountain-hiking and animal, wild monkey park is commendable.
1-2. Golden temple
It is one of 17 World cultural heritages in Kyoto. Golden Pavilion using 25 kilogram is breathtaking through the year. It was built by Samurai leader Shogunate, Ashikaga Family, 15th century. It became Zen meditation temple after social place for noble people.
1-3. Fushimi Inari shrine
There are more than 3000 shrines and temples but Fushimi Inari is one of the must-visit. Visitors will surprise beautiful tens of thousand vermilion torii gates sprawling the mountain. People pray business success in connection with rice harvest symbolized by fox tail.
1-4. Kiyomizudera temple
It is located east part of Kyoto, mountain site. Incessantly sacred waterfall purify body and soul of visitors. Kannon Bodhisattva statue is watching our world from the heaven. Balcony is famous funny story.
1-5.Shin-nyodo temple
It is near my villa near Silver temple. It is very quiet and serene. The school of Buddhism is belong to Tendai-sect. Not only is beautiful a cherry blossom but autumn leaves in November.

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  • Arashiyama Bamboo forest
  • Golden Temple
  • Fushimi inari shrine
  • Kiyomizudera temple
  • Nishiki local food arcade


For the tour between Tokyo and Osaka,Kyoto, JPY 8000 shall be added to guide fee as a transportation fee for guide.

1. Busy and crowded season
March to April and September to November are peak season. The transportation like a city bus is very busy and prone to take long time.
The number of possible places to visit will be maximum three or four for one day tour.
2. Hotel booking
The population of Kyoto city is only 1.5 million but more than tens of thousand visitors are observed every year.
I'd like to recommend visitors to make as early as possible hotel booking. The room charge varies widely location to location and grade by grade.
3. Transportation
The streets are busy in particular at high season and festival time, so it is necessary to consider the time of moving by bus.
Instead of city bus, using a taxi is convenient and faster from place to place despite more expensive than city bus.
Most taxi can accommodates up to four passengers except a driver. And hourly rented van with a driver is expensive but very convenient.
I would like to recommend it. I can manage and book. read more

What‘s included
1. Tour guide fee
28000 yen
What‘s not included
Estimated expenses for a tourist per head
1. Entrance fees of temples and parks
About 3000 yen per head
2. Transportation fare by public services
About 1500 yen per head
(2. Transportation fare by rented van.
One example : About 30000 to 40000 yen per 6 hours per five passengers)
3. Lunch and tea
About 1000 to 1500 yen
4. Special experiences like tea ceremony and kimono dressing
2500 yen to 5000 yen per head
Meeting Point
At your hotel, Osaka or Kyoto
Ending Point
At your hotel, Osaka or Kyoto
8 hours
Starting time
09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 8 people

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 ( 47 )
Nicholas Nicholas United States ( Family with kids )
1 month ago

“ The BEST guide in Japan!!! ”

Mr. Shin exceeded expectations and is a most highest recommended guide. I would rate him higher than 5 stars. Mr. Shin is very generous, noble, helpful, and knowledgeable guide. Please choose Mr. Shin as yout guide! He helped with train routes, taxis, and found a very good lunch for us. He knows all the picture locations and will help you capture great photos. Most of all he was very kind to our 2 year old son and helped us navigate Kyoto with our son. Mr. Shin is the best guide in Japan! Thank you very much for our wonderful tour!!!!! Please visit in Hawaii if you’re on vacation!


Mr.Nicholas I really appreciate to hire me as a private Kyoto tour guide. I’d like to say thank you for giving me an excellent comment. I've read your message over and over again. Upon showing your son’s photos to my wife and daughter they say how cute he is. Today I am playing with my grandchild with same age as he is. My grand kid is overlapping on my mind with Colton. On a fine day we could already share unforgettable nice memories, monkey park, bamboo forest, golden temple, vermilion gates tunnel in Fushimi inari shrine. I think the distance you travel was so far, 2500 miles, from Hawaii, but our heart distance already get closer. I wish you and your family happiness and prosperity forthcoming New Year, 2019. Aloha. SHIN ^^

Anna Anna United States ( Family )
3 months ago

“ Great Tour! ”

Shin is a great tour guide, we were very lucky to tour with him. Shin was very personable, great with communications and very knowledgeable. We had a great time because of Shin. Not only does he know his way around Japan and all of the reasonably priced attractions and dining, he also keeps at a good pace and ensures all in attendance are satisfied. Thank you so much!


Hello Anna san. I appreciate your nice review comment. I feel happy all your member had a wonderful Yokohama and Tokyo tour with me in lovely autumn season. Together with your nice school mates, as a reunion journey, I feel as if I would become a new member. Luckily both in Yokohama and Tokyo, fine weather welcomed us with beautiful autumn leaves. I hope it will be one of the happy moment in your life. Again thank you very much for hiring me as your tour guide ! SHIN

Melissa Melissa Canada ( Family with kids )
3 months ago

“ Tour of Osaka & Kyoto ”

We had a great time with Shin. He was very thoughtful, considerate of our time and was very knowledgeable. He gave us a background on each of the site was saw. I would highly recommend Shin to anyone that is looking for a tour guide.


Hello Melissa san. Thank you very much for your good review comment. I feel so happy you could successfully complete all itinerary smoothly. We have been to two cities, Osaka and Kyoto, with its big contrast. Kyoto with temples and nature-rich mountain, and Osaka with fun of shopping and delicious dining. I hope happiness for your family from my heart. Thank you again ! SHIN

Jodi Jodi United States ( Solo )
3 months ago

“ Great tour of Kamakura with Shin! ”

I did a full-day tour of Kamakura with Shin. From the minute I reached out he was very responsive and helpful in planning the day. Even with a 13-hour time difference, I never had to wait more than a few hours for a response to an email. Shin was very flexible in planning the itinerary and made some helpful suggestions. He sent me an illustrated itinerary and some information ahead of the tour. He arrived at my hotel right on time. He's very knowledgeable and open and easy to talk to and I enjoyed getting to know him. We had a few transportation challenges getting from place to place, but we still managed to not only see everything we planned - we had a little extra time. Instead of sticking with the plan and just going back to Tokyo, Shin suggested we use the time to visit another shrine ... read more


Hello Jodi san. I truly appreciate your nice review comment. Yes as you mention in your message, three factors are my policies. 24/7 quick responses covering the world, Customer-oriented flexibility, Maximize cost performance. From our tours, I could learn a lot of valuable things from you. Our tour in October was unusually hot day like summer time, what’s more on very busy Sunday. However thanks to your great cooperation and patience, we could manage successfully enjoying all the plan. I am sure that Kamakura, medieval Zen-culture spot, makes you feel traditional attraction and fresh feeling of olden times in Japan. By the way, a thing I have to say sorry is letting you walk long time to find best soft cream shop! If I will have another chance in the future we can reach quickly. ... read more

Erma Joyce Erma Philippines ( Family )
3 months ago

“ Wonderful day in Kyoto ”

Our family had a wonderful tour of Kyoto with Mr. Shin. He is an excellent tour guide. He fetched us in our hotel in Osaka and brought us back to Osaka after the tour in Kyoto. He gave us details of our tour right after booking, then gave us update a month and then, a week before our arrival in Japan. Even with other places we visited, we would just ask him thru ******* for directions and he answered promptly.


Hello Ema san. Thank you very much for your warm comment. I feel so happy your family had a wonderful time in Kyoto. I think you could enjoy two places, Osaka and Kyoto. These towns are closer but having a different colors with gourmet and culture. Our tour schedule was packed with plenty of activities. But I would appreciate we could complete all plans owing to your great cooperation. In particular I remember your beautiful Kimono dress style and memorable scene of walking down the Nishiki street in the evening. I really hope this is one of the great moments on your life. Thank you and maraming salamat ! SHIN

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