Home Japan Kyoto Tours Kyoto Highlights One...

Kyoto Highlights One Day Private Tour

by Shogo
(15) Reviews
8h $ 223 Price up to 6 people

Highlights

  • Kinkakuji Temple, or Golden Pavilion built by the 3rd shogun in the 14th century
  • Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, the time-honored beautiful place
  • Gion area, one of the most popular entertainment districks in Kyoto
  • Kiyomizudera Temple famous for its huge veranda
  • Fushimi Inari Shrine, famous for its 1,000 plus vermilion shrine gates
read more

Select Date and Travelers

When?
People
222.50 USD

Price up to 6 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Overview

This is a one-day tour of Kyoto for the first visitors. Kyoto is an ancient capital for over 1,000 years. You will visit Kinkakuji Temple, Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, Kiyomizudera Temple, and Fushimi Inari Shrine. All of these places are World Heritage Sites. You will also walk about at Gion area in central Kyoto, where, by chance, you will see a beautiful Maiko / Geiko.

What to Expect

On this private tour you will visit must-see places in Kyoto such as Kinkakuji Temple, Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, Kiyomizudera Temple, and Fushimi Inari Shrine. You will also stroll at Gion area which is one of the five traditional entertainment districts in Kyoto. You will by chance see a Maiko / Geiko (Geisha).
Kinkakuji Temple and Arashiyama Bamboo Forest are located in the western part of Kyoto. Kinkakuji Temple is famous for its three-story structure with the 2nd and 3rd stories decorated with gold foil.
Arashiyama, located in the south-western part of Kyoto, is the time-honored beautiful place where you will feel the atmosphere of the Heian Perion aristocrats during the 8th to 12th centuries. You will surely feel the elegance and grace of the ancient nobility.
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/Geiko (so called Geisha in Tokyo area).
Kiyomizudera Temple and Fushimiinari 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.

read more

Organized by

Shogo Licensed Guide
(15) Reviews
Contact Shogo Response Time: 3 hs

Highlights

  • Kinkakuji Temple, or Golden Pavilion built by the 3rd shogun in the 14th century
  • Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, the time-honored beautiful place
  • Gion area, one of the most popular entertainment districks in Kyoto
  • Kiyomizudera Temple famous for its huge veranda
  • Fushimi Inari Shrine, famous for its 1,000 plus vermilion shrine gates

Important

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

This tour is subject to change due to traffic congestion especially in the tourist season.
Kiyomizudara Temple's main hall is now under repair. But you can enjoy beautiful view from its veranda.
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
What‘s not included
transportation fee (about 1,000 JPY per person, you and guide), entrance fee (1,200 JPY per person, you only), lunch (you only)
Meeting Point
At your hotel in Kyoto and Osaka Kobe areas
Ending Point
At your hotel in Kyoto and Osaka Kobe areas
Duration
8 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.

View More Frequently Asked Questions read more

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 ( 15 )
Andrew Andrew United States ( Couple )
Excellent
1 day 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.

Shogo:

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 )
Excellent
3 days 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!

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 )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ Great experience ”

Great experience at discovering Kyoto Highly recommended

Shogo:

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

Arlene Arlene United States ( Family )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Very enjoyable day with Shogo ”

Shogo was very informative and it was a pleasure to spend the day with him. We learned much about Himeji and Engyo-ji. He is soft spoken and very respectful of my husband, who could not walk fast. He kept the tempo a little slower to help my husband. During the bus ride back to the train station, he gave us some suggestions for our next destination, which turned out to be so helpful, as I had not planned on them and my family loved his suggestions.

Shogo:

Dear Arlene, Thank you very much for your wonderful review. Being blessed with spring beautiful weather, I hope you enjoyed visiting Himeji Castle area plus walking in the woods in Shoshazan Engyoji Temple. Since your family, especially 花 san, has deep understanding of Japanese history, I believe you felt quiet and spiritual atmosphere up there, which aristocrats visited to come into contact with all the way from Kyoto far back in the 10th to 12th century. Thanks for everything, Arlene. Best regards, Shogo

Suzanne Suzanne Canada ( Couple )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Two wonderful days with Shogo ”

What a wonderful guide Shogo is! He is extremely nice, very polite, well organized and very patient because I had so many questions to ask! He takes care of all your needs and even more...

Shogo:

Dear Suzanne, Thank you very much for writing a wonderful review while staying in Japan. I really enjoyed showing you and your husband in various historic places in Kansai area, including a castle, temples and shrines. What was quite interesting to me, among others, was that both you have a great interest in Japan's culture. It's amazing that you are connoisseurs of Japanese sake, often enjoying it for your dinner. I hope you will keep yourselves warm enough by hot sake especially during the freezing winter time. That might be a nice tip to survive. Thank you very much, Suzanne. So it's Sake Time. KAMPAI to our health!! From Shogo.

More tours by Shogo

Awesome Osaka One Day Private Tour

(15) Reviews
by Shogo
8h $ 223 up to 6 people

Quiet Nara and Energetic Osaka One Day Private Tour

(15) Reviews
by Shogo
8h $ 223 up to 6 people

Kyoto Highlights One Day Private Tour

(15) Reviews
by Shogo
8h $ 223 up to 6 people

Kyoto & Nara Private One Day Tour

(15) Reviews
by Shogo
9h $ 249 up to 6 people

Kyoto Popular Tours & Activities

Kyoto one day sightseeing tour

(12) Reviews
by Ahmed
8h $ 490 up to 10 people

6hour Kyoto exciting private tour

(98) Reviews
by Toshiyo
6h $ 187 up to 8 people

One Day Kyoto Highlights

(84) Reviews
by Mari
8h $ 285 up to 6 people

My Favorite Golden Route: Kyoto One-day Tour

(74) Reviews
8h $ 285 up to 5 people