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Kyoto one day tour

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1 day $ 249 Price up to 6 people


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

Price up to 6 people
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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


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
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 ( 41 )
Annette Annette Australia ( Family )
1 day ago

“ 3 wonderful days seeing Shin’s Japan ”

Shin is the most beautiful and helpful guide who made sure our trip to Japan was easily enjoyed by our family. We are a family of 4 (16 year old boy & 13 year old girl) from Australia. When I initially booked with Shin, he gave us some ideas and then about a week before we left for Japan he emailed through a detailed itinerary and maps. I found this very professional. We arrived in Kyoto the day before typhoon Trami was to hit. Shin was so kind to us in phoning to make sure we were OK and met us the next day to prepare. I appreciate this as there was no news in English and we had no idea what was going on or what to do to prepare. We had a full day with Shin in Kyoto – he magically got us around the city to see the sites we wanted to see and explained about their history and oth... read more


Thank you very much for giving me wonderful days to be with your family. What’s more, I really appreciate your kind review message to my services in Japan tours. Each of your words definitely encourage me to be a nicer guide in my life. I am truly one of the happy guides who could meet wonderful tourist like you. As you state, in Kyoto, we had experienced stormy day by Trami typhoon. But luckily it quickly passed away during night time. I am prioritizing to provide the timely information 24/7 to the guests under any situation. A tourist planning overseas travel needs useful tips of the countries, as well, a guide needs to get an useful information about travelers’ wishes and likes in advance. Thanks to your suitable information and request given to me, I could smoothly create the ... read more

Patrick Patrick United States ( Family )
1 month ago

“ Family Trip to Tokyo (day trip to Hanoke)_-Kyoto-Osaka (day trip to Nara) ”

Shin has been nothing but self-less, helpful, and generous with his time and efforts during his time as our guide. He went above and beyond all our expectations to meet what we had envisioned as a "perfect" trip to Japan. By the end of the trip, we felt like Shin was family to us. He took us to some wonderful locations and shared some of Japan's greatest experiences with us, making priceless memories that our family will never forget. Shin took our ideas and suggestions but also made some of his own, never pushing us to do anything we didn't want to do. But he had some great suggestions and we felt that we could trust him with our trip! I cannot stress how much of a help he was with translation and with guidance on where to go, what to do, and what to eat. Even better, Shin was very flexib... read more


Hello Patrick san, thank you very much for terrific nice comment ! First of all, I would like to say I appreciate you hired me as a 9-day-long-tour guide from East to West of Japan. Before the commencement of our Japan tour, we already have a lot of communication through emails in order to realize a perfect Japan tour. I was so happy and lucky because you had timely let me know related accurate information that you prefer to visit and activities you are interested in. Thanks to such a useful information in advance given to me, I could have well prepared and materialize best tour plan thoroughly. We have been to many places such as Tokyo Anime town, Kamakura Katana blacksmith, Kyoto Maiko girl and bamboo forest, Osaka gourmet town, Nara deer park and great bronze Buddha etc. Our journey to... read more

Marc Marc United States ( Family )
2 months 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.


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 )
2 months 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


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
2 months 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.


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

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