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Japan's Spiritual Home: Kyoto & Nara Private One Day Walking Tour

by Shogo
(6) Reviews
9h $ 280 Price up to 7 people


  • Maiko Gion area in central Kyoto
  • Kiyomizudera Temple in Kyoto
  • Fushimiinari Shrine in Kyoto
  • Todaiji Temple in Nara

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280.35 USD

Price up to 7 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior


This is a one-day tour of Kyoto and Nara, ancient capitals of Japan for 1,000 plus years and 70 years respectively. First you will visit Gion area in central Kyoto where, by chance, you will see a beautiful Maiko (Geisha). Next, you will visit World Heritage sites such as Kyoto's Kiyomizudera Temple and Fushimiinari Shrine, and Todaiji Temple housing the Great Statue of Buddha.

What to Expect

On this private tour you will visit World Heritage Sites in Kyoto and Nara, such as Kiyomizudera Temple, Fushimiinari Shrine, both in Kyoto, and Todaiji Temple in Nara. You will also walk about at Gion area which is one of the five entertainment districts in Kyoto. You will by chance see a Maiko (Geisha).
Kiyomizudera Temple and Fushimi Inari Shrine are located in the eastern part of Kyoto. Kiyomizudera Temple is characterized by its huge veranda from which you will enjoy breathtaking view over Kyoto. Though it is under repair right now, being put a cover.
Fushimi Inari Shirine is world famous for its one thousand vermilion Shrine gates.
Todaiji Temple is about 30km south of Kyoto. It houses the Great Buddha Statue. You will also walk about in the Nara Park popular with deer. They are very much friendly to visitors, and often get a little greedy when you show something to eat to them.
Gion area is located in the central area of Kyoto, retaining the good old days of Kyoto. If you are lucky enough, you will see a beautiful Maiko (Geisha).

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  • Maiko Gion area in central Kyoto
  • Kiyomizudera Temple in Kyoto
  • Fushimiinari Shrine in Kyoto
  • Todaiji Temple in Nara


Kiyomizudara Temple's veranda is now under repair. But you can enjoy beautiful view from the temple.
You will walk for several hours on this tour. So sneakers might be recommended. Plus pllease take out insurance in preparation for an injury.

What‘s included
guide fee, hotel pick-up in kyoto and Osaka Kobe areas
What‘s not included
transportation fee (apx. 1,500 JPY), lunch, entrance fee (apx. 1,000 JPY),
Depart From
Kyoto , Osaka, Kobe
Meeting Point
At your hotel in Kyoto and Osaka Kobe areas
Ending Point
At your hotel in Kyoto and Osaka Kobe areas
9 hours
Starting time
08:30 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 7 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 ( 6 )
Gery Gery United States ( Family with kids )
22 hours ago

“ Best guide in the world!!! ”

Shogo-san has to be the best guide in the world. He is punctual, reliable, flexible, and organized. He was adept at scheduling activities for us, and his level of detail and consideration go far beyond what I would ever expect from anyone. The amount of thought and preparation that he put into our itinerary was amazing and appreciated. He really tries hard to minimize logistical concerns for his clients. My son lost his jacket, and Shogo-san allocated an unbelievable amount of personal effort in an attempt to retrieve it. Besides being a wonderful guide, he is a wonderful person. We are grateful to have met him.

Carol Carol United States ( Couple )
4 days ago

“ Kyoto and Nara ”

Shogo was just wonderful. Our group of 4 had a long very busy day. He was waiting for us at our cruise port in Kobe. His knowledge of the train and bus schedule was extensive and with our many rides we never waited more than a few minutes. We all appreciated the many things he knew, not only about the sites but about the culture of Japan. He inquired if we were hungry, thirsty or needed the restroom and always was looking to make sure we were with the group. He took us to everywhere on our list and had us back in time. I would highly recommend Shogo as a guide!


Dear Carol, Thank you very much for your super hearty review. I'm very glad to hear that you all enjoyed visiting historic places in Kyoto and Nara. I really enjoyed not only showing you around, but talking about a variety of topcs of both the USA and the UK. I learned a lot from you all. Hopefully the weather will remain perfect so that you will be able to view beautiful fall colors in Kochi and Hiroshima. I wish you all enjoy the rest of your trip and come back home safe with a lot of monderful memories in your lovely hearts. Let's keep healthy. I am so much looking forward to seeing you all in Kyoto again. Tthank you so much for everything, Carol. Yours Shogo.

Rick Rick Germany ( Family )
Very Good
2 weeks ago

“ 3 hour tour Himeji Castle ”

Shogo is a pleasant guide to have, he gave a lot of information about the castle and provided handouts for us about Japan's and Himeji's history. His English skills are very good, we enjoyed the tour with him.


Thank you very much for your nice review. I really appreciate it. We visited Himeji Castle and nearby Kokoen Japanese Garden. After a couple of cloudy days, the weather was perfect to visit these places. I told you that there is a magnificent German style castle on its outskiets, which may not be well-known to tourists. Indeed we learned several things Germany and Japan have in common as well as differences. It was really fun and a wonderful experience for me. Thank you very much.

John John Canada ( Friends )
Very Good
4 weeks ago

“ Hemeji Castle, gardens and mountain temple ”

Shogo met us at the train station as arranged, was well organized and very informative throughout the day. He tailored the day to our needs and schedule making sure we were back to the station in time for our onward journey to Hiroshima. He took us to a great udon restaurant for lunch. A great day!


Dear John, Thank you very much for your nice review of my tour. Thanks to your hearty cooperation, I think we were able to visit the main places in Himeji and come back safe to JR Himeji Station almost on time. I'm sorry that it was still humid all day long, and the pathways on Mt Shoshazan were a little slippery to walk on. You all are a wonderful group traveling throughout the world. I really enjoyed showing you around Himeji. Good luck. See you again. Shogo

Ron Ron United States ( Family )
3 months ago

“ Walking Tour of Osaka & Nara ”

Shogo was great for us. He was very accommodating for us and our 10 year old boy. We were able to explore Osaka Castle and the Horyu-ji Temple in Nara. We finished out walking the streets of Dotonburi and had a great lunch there in a popular Japanese restaurant. We made the best of a very hot day in July and were able to see some of the most amazing places that we could not have accomplished without Shogo. I highly recommend him to anybody wishing to make the the most of limited time.


Dear Ron, I am so much grateful to your nice reviews of my tour. It was my great pleasure to have guided such a lovely family. I'm also very glad to hear that you enjoyed staying in Osaka and came home safe. Your family were a lot of fun to talk with about a variety of topics. I remember your cheerful 10 year old son told me his wonderful dream. So now I'm dreaming. Some day we will be doing a wonderful space traveling with a lot of people. Yes! The name tag on a cockpit is saying "Captain T." Dreams always come true. 100 %. I sincerely hope this tour was quite memorable for your family. Hopefully you visit Japan again in 2020 Tokyo Olympics. See you all, Ron. Best regards, Shogo

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