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Kyoto Highlights 1-Day Private Tour

by Shogo
(21) Reviews
8h $ 280 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
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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.

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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.

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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 ( 21 )
Angelina & Nick Angelina United States ( Family )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Quiet Nara and Kobe Tour ”

Shogo is the best Tour Guide we had during our Circle To Japan 13-day Cruise. Shogo is highly organized and he planned our trip real well. He handed each and everyone one of us the JR pass, the timeline of our trip, and the other relevant information of our tour. We had a very memorable tour and enjoyed Shogo ‘s patience with us. I will highly recommend Shogo to everyone. All the best to sn excellent guide!

Shogo:

Dear Angelina, I am so much grateful to your hearty review. Your tour group of 3 couples from Kobe cruise ship pier were so warm-hearted and cheerful that our 1-day-Nara & Kobe tour was super memorable. I'm like "You all are "Gone With the Ship!" Anyway, time flies. So please remain to be lovely Tourmates forever. Thanks for everthing, Angelina. You are a super tour leader. Best regards, Shogo

Tracy Tracy Singapore ( Couple )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Very knowledgeable and affable ”

Our day trip in Nara and Osaka was great thanks to Shogo san, he was very kind and knowledgeable about the places we wanted to visit which allowed efficient time usage in each place. Shogo was also very efficient in replying every time before the trip about any questions we had, which was superb and helped us take nice pictures at the beautiful attractions. We thoroughly enjoyed our time and if we need a guide in the area again, will definitely look for Shogo.

Shogo:

Dear Tracy, Thank you so much for your wonderful review of our tour in Nara & Osaka. Indeed it's always my great pleasure being a guide for such a lovely couple so interested in Japnanese culture, such as sake and mochi pounding (rice cake pounding) in Nara. Just amazing! I learned about beautiful Singalore from you, which renewed, my awareness of the importance of diversity. By the way I asked you to wave on your way from Osaka to Awaji Island following day. And in myself I did see you waving onboard a train, I might be still a little drunk, though. So another Kampai!! Thanks for everything, Tracy. Best regards, Shogo

Rachel Rachel Australia ( Friends )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Great Tour ”

Shogo was a great tour guide! Highly recommended!

Shogo:

Dear Rachel, Thank you very much for your nice review of our tour. I hope you enjoyed strolling in Gion, Kyoto's most popular Maiko/Geiko area. Also I'm happy that it was not so warm for this time of the year. Quite comfortable in the evening with a nice breeze blowing over a Kawayuka, riverside summer terrace. Indeed chatting over a glass of wine was great fun. Let me try beer, Rachel Special, next time. So Kampai!!:) Best regards, Shogo

Daniel Daniel United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Best tour guide! ”

Shogo was very informative, communicated very clearly and timely and was even better in person as our guide. He puts in extra effort to make sure we had an excellent time! He even sent us pictures after. Highly recommend Shogo!

Shogo:

Dear Dan, Thank you very much for your wonderful review. It was my pleasure showing you and your nice family in Kyoto and Osaka, including Kyoto's Iwatayama Monkey Park in Arashiyam and Osaka's Kaiyukan Aquarium. Very glad to hear it was great fun for you. Please give my best regards to your kids full of energy. Hope their dreams will come true. I'll be checking out a piano concert and a surfing competition televisied on TV. Thank you very much, Dan. From Shogo.

Renate Renate Australia ( Family with kids )
Excellent
2 months 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.

Shogo:

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

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