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Kyoto one day tour

by SHIN
(39) Reviews
1 day $ 252 Price up to 6 people

Highlights

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

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Overview

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.
4.Dining
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.
5.Snow
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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Highlights

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

Important

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
Duration
1 day
Starting time
08:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 6 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 ( 39 )
Marc Marc United States ( Family )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Incredible 2 days in Tokyo ”

Shin made our two days in Tokyo amazing. Of all the guides I have ever booked Shin was the most organized. He was waiting at the airport with copies of a daily Itenerary for us. He even caught an error between the train arrival time and our planes departure time saving us from missing our flight. Shin was fun and interesting, adding fascinating insights to everything we experienced. When visiting Japan, hiring a guide is a must. Just knowing the language and his way around the subway allowed us to see twice what we would have seen on our own. We loved our trip with Shin and would definitely book with him again when we revisit.

SHIN:

Hello Mr.Marc. I would truly appreciate that you chose me as a Tokyo tour guide this time. I am very happy to know that you have accomplished a long journey with your family in many countries. I am sure there must be plenty of unforgettable stories and memories. I think a guide should be more than guide. On top of introducing just culture and history, I'd like to organize all situations from tourist points of view and to take as much responsibility as possible in order to create a precious moment. It would be great for me if I could be able to have an another chance in the future. Thank you very much ! SHIN

Petra Petra Belgium ( Friends )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Vist Osaka ”

He was very friendly ,helpful He's information was very good He show us different interesting places We are very happy with Shin

SHIN:

Hello Ms.Petra Thank you very much for hiring me as a tour guide in Osaka from cruise seaport. I am so happy to be with you through visiting many places where I could with pleasure. Especially I think Kuromon foods arcade is likely most interesting for you. Even it was a short hours we had much fun time in Osaka. I hope happy life for you and your family. Veel Dank. SHIN

Line Line Belgium ( Couple )
Very Good
4 weeks ago

“ 1/2 day Osaka with Shin ”

Shin helped us taking public transport and gave very good tips about thé Japanese way of life. He is a very friendly guide. We booked him also for Kyoto. I would recommend him immediately. We spend a wonderfull 1/2 day in Osaka.

SHIN:

I really appreciate your nice message for the tour in Osaka and Kyoto, and thank you so much for having chosen me as a tour guide. Though Osaka and Kyoto are closer location, there are different atmosphere. So I think your plan is good selection to enjoy another colors. I hope you will be able to have as much wonderful moment as possible in Japan tour. SHIN

sophie Sophie Australia ( Family )
Excellent
4 weeks ago

“ Kyoto Day Tour ”

Shin was a wonderful host and tour guide. Definitely 5 stars from us! We only had one day in Kyoto so we really wanted to see as many sights as possible. Shin allowed us too personalise our day tour, also taking our children's interests into consideration. Shin was incredibly professional and extremely knowledgeable. We had the most incredible day in Kyoto with Shin. Shin was also very helpful with our train tickets and ensured we made it onto the correct train to Osaka Airport at the end of the day. ( In his own time) Do not hesitate to book Shin, you will not be disappointed. Thank you Shin Regards, Sophie

SHIN:

Thank you very much for your nice review comment. I am so happy to know that all travel plans in Japan had been completed on schedule. I think, during your travel, there were sometimes hot days other times rainy days, but I am sure different places and colorful atmospheres must make your tours unforgettable ones. I would really appreciate that you chose me as your guide in Kyoto. And it was great fun to be able to talk about your country as well as Japan. Especially I remember well where we went to a wild monkey park in Arashiyama by 30 minutes walking mountain path. It was nice memory! I hope happiness and prosperity for your family. SHIN

Nurit Nurit United States ( Friends )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Shin is the best! ”

I started to communicate with Shin regarding 2 days of guided tour from Tokyo to Mt. Fuji, to Hakone to Kyoto. Since this was early in my attempt to put together a plan for a 17 days tour for 6 people in Japan, Shin very quickly gave me invaluable advice and tips, way beyond his two days with us. He practically “took responsibility” for our well being during the entire time. Rented a minivan for us for one day, took care of all other reservation we still needed, gave us information about hotels we booked, calculated the cost effectiveness of a JRpss based on our needs, and more. I booked his days about 3 weeks ahead, but he took the initiative to continue to correspond with me during the next 3 weeks whenever he had a new thought or idea of what will make our trip better (all 17 days of it, not only the 2 he was booked us). Corresponding with him was a pleasure, always prompt and full of good tips and answered many questions as most of first time in Japan traveler will have. Continuously encouraged me to ask him any question I had about our trip, not only the days with him. Extremely generous with his time to help as much as needed. To call Shin a “tour guide” really covers only a small portion of what he has done for us. In addition, he is very knowledgeable in history and culture. We have learned from him a great deal about Japan. He is very punctual, very polite, very efficient, pays attention to details. His English is very good. He met us in the morning highly prepared with hand drawn maps specific to our trip. He quickly became part of our group. All in all a very nice gentleman. Shin made our trip easier and unforgettable. We love shin and are extremely grateful for him being with us. We highly recommend him! If he is available he’s your guy!

SHIN:

Hello Nurit san First of all I’d like to say thank you so much because you gave me precious moment that means not only choosing me as your tour guide but also making my life much happier and valuable through the tour. And also I feel so happy to know that your trip has been completed on schedule accompanied with unforgettable memories. Today I am reminiscing our time staying at the 5th station of Mt.Fuji, even though we could not see mountain top face but a large-scaled fresh air scenery and greenery welcomed us. What’s more a beautiful Lake, Yamanaka, gave us shinning and gentle smile so that we enjoyed good time at nice lunch restaurants, noodle and pumpkin local dish, called Hoto-nabe hot pot. We could relax by the Lake very much! Actually you gave me good point and timely questions about Japanese culture, customs and societies from time to time. Such a good Q&A time encourages me very much to polish my comprehensive knowledge, capability and hospitality. Every talking time members gave me was a great learning chance. Thank you very much! As you know, there are different faces and colors in Japan not only place to place but season to season. I would really appreciate if I could do your tour guide again in different season such as crimson maple leaves autumn or cherry blossom spring. And I’d like to introduce another tasty local cuisines and sweet SAKE. I hope you and your family’s happiness, health and prosperity from Kyoto and Tokyo houses. SHIN.

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