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Kyoto & Nara Private One Day Tour

by Shogo
(17) Reviews
9h $ 255 Price up to 6 people


  • Maiko Gion area in central Kyoto
  • Kiyomizudera Temple in Kyoto
  • Fushimiinari Shrine in Kyoto
  • Todaiji Temple in Nara
  • Sake tasting at a nearbye nice sake brewery
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254.80 USD

Price up to 6 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior


This is a one-day tour of Kyoto and Nara. 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. We also have sake tasting time at a nearbye nice sake brewery.

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. We also visit a nearbye nice sake brewery.

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  • Maiko Gion area in central Kyoto
  • Kiyomizudera Temple in Kyoto
  • Fushimiinari Shrine in Kyoto
  • Todaiji Temple in Nara
  • Sake tasting at a nearbye nice sake brewery


I can also guide you in Hiroshima, and Shiga if you pay my transportation fees (+ accommodation fees when necessary).

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 (about 1,500 JPY per person, you ond guide), entrance fee (about 1,000 JPY, you only), lunch (you only), and sake tasting (500 JPY per person, you only)
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 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 ( 17 )
Renate Renate Australia ( Family with kids )
2 days ago

“ Osaka and Kyoto with Shogo ”

Shogo was amazing. He met us on time, provided an itinerary for the day and also some interesting facts about Japanese history. Shogo was very knowledgeable about Osaka and Kyoto. We had an awesome time. Thanks Shogo for 2 great days.


Dear Renate, Thank you very much for your hearty review of our 2-day tour in Oaka and Kyoto. On the 2nd day I was a little bit afraid it might be too warm for your lovely kids to stroll in Kyoto, because the day time high was nearly 30 degrees centigrade. However, they are indeed ice hockey lovers with lots of stamina. Hopefully you all revisit Japan (especially for your kids to enjoy Japanese food & for your cool husband, yuzu-sake) in the near future. Many thanks to Renate. Best regards, Shogo

Susan Susan United States ( Family )
Very Good
2 weeks ago

“ Very accommodating, knowledgeable, and kind ”

My son and I spent the day touring Himeiji with Shogo. He was so kind to meet us at our ryokan in Arima Onsen, as I am sure we never could have negotiated our way to Kobe to meet him! He had everything organized and kept us on schedule. We saw the castle and the gardens. A wonderful day!


Dear Susan, I am very grateful to you for your writing nice review. It was another beautiful day, a little bit too warm though. It's good for me to know that you two are so interested in Japanese culture including Japanese history and local dishes, and also stayed in Arima hot spring resorts far away from Kobe downtown. I hope you rediscovered the good points of Japan. Many thanks to Susan. Shogo

Andrew Andrew United States ( Couple )
3 weeks ago

“ One-day tour of Himeji Castle and Engyogi Temple ”

Shogo was an excellent guide, and we enjoyed our day with him tremendously. He was communicative, well prepared, and very attentive to our interests and needs. Also, well before the tour, he provided very helpful information and recommendations about what trains to take to Himeji from Kyoto and back. We would gladly tour with him again.


Dear Andrew, Thank you so much for your wonderful review. It's always my great pleasure to meet so wonderful a couple. It's a little shame a light rain was expected on the afternoon. So we arranged our itinerary suddenly on the morning, by visiting spiritual Mt. Shosha first and Himeji Castle area later. Thank you so much for your cooperation. Also you reminded me of my good old days in Kansas in my 20s. Again I'd like to thank you for your deep consideration. Thanks for everything, Andrew. Best regards, Shogo

Carola Carola Germany ( Friends )
4 weeks ago

“ Very polite guide, very flexible ”

He pickend us, group of four, up at the cruiseport, right in time and showed us the best spots of Kyoto. Behause our time was limited due to the departure of our cruise ship, we had to cut the prorgram, but it was no problem for Shogo. He made optional suggestions and arranged everything. It did not bother him,even to give up lunch and buy a sandwich in the supermarket. Thanks for all, Shogo!


Dear Carola, I am so much grateful to your hearty review. Your group of 2 couples from a cruise ship were so nice and cheerful that our 1-day-Kyoto tour was very enjoyable for me. I also learned a lot about German culture, and valuable tips to keep healthy as well. Again I decided to work out at least 2 times a week. I promise. 100!! Many thanks to Carola and your group. Shogo

Leonid Leonid United States ( Family )
1 month ago

“ Great experience ”

Great experience at discovering Kyoto Highly recommended


Dear Leonid, I am very glad you wrote a nice review about our 2-day tours both in the eastern and western parts of Kyoto. I really enjoyed guiding such a lovely family. I was deeply touched by your heart-warming consideration towards your family and me too. Thanks to your cooperation and beautiful weather, we were able to visit all the places in our itinerary, though there were so many people. I sincerely hope our tours were quite memorable for your family. Thanks for everything, Leonid. From Shogo

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