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Kyoto 1-Day Private Custom Tour

8 hours
up to 6 people
English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )

This is a one-day private custom tour. You can choose some (probably 4 or 5) out of the following 7 places, or I can suggest our itinerary based on your interest. Places in western Kyoto: Nijojo Castle, Kinkakuji Temple, Ryoanji Temple, and Arashiyama Bamboo ForestPlaces in eastern Kyoto: Gion, Sanjusangendo Temple, and Fushimi Inari Shrine


Feel free to personalize this offer with Shogo.

  • Nijojo Castle: the last Shogun announced the return of government power to the emperor in 1867
  • Kinkakuji Temple: so-called Golden Pavilion built by the 3rd shogun in the 14th century
  • Ryoanji Temple: Zen temple famous for its simple Rock Garden built in around 1500
  • Arashiyama Bamboo Forest: the time-honored beautiful place ever since the 9th century
  • Gion: Japan's most exclusive/traditional entertainment district
  • Sanjusangendo Temple: famous for 1,001 Kannon (Goddess of Mercy) with a thousand hands
  • Fushimi Inari Shrine: famous for its 1,000 plus vermilion shrine gates

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What to Expect

On this private tour you can choose 4 or 5 sites out of 7 must-see places in Kyoto such as Nijojo Castel, Kinkakuji Temple, Ryoanji Temple, Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, Gion, Sanjusangendo Temple Temple, and Fushimi Inari Shrine. Or I can suggest our itinerary based on your interest. Also if you have some specific places to visit, we can include them.

Nijojo Castle, Kinkakuji Temple, Ryoanji Temple, and Arashiyama Bamboo Forest are located in the western part of Kyoto. Nijojo Castle has a magnificent palace. Ryoanji Temple is famous for its Rock Garden where Elizabeth Ⅱ once visited. Kinkakuji Temple is famous for its three-story structure with the 2nd and 3rd stories decorated with gold foil. Arashiyama is the time-honored beautiful place where you will feel the atmosphere of the Heian Perion aristocrats during the 8th to 12th centuries. If you want to see monkeys, we have Iwatayama Monky Park nearby.You will surely feel the elegance and grace of the ancient nobility. Iwatayama Monky Partk nearbye.

Gion, Sanjusangendo Temple Temple, and Fushimi Inari Shrine are in the eastern part of Kyoto. Gion area is 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). Sanjusangendo Temple is characterized by its 1,001 Buddhist statues (kannon or the Goddess of Mercy) with 1,000 hands. Fushimi Inari Shirine is world famous for its 1,000 vermilion Shrine gates.

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Departure & Return

Starting time 08:30 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point At your hotel in Kyoto or JR Kyoto Station's Information
Ending Point At your hotel in Kyoto or JR Kyoto Station's Information

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee

What‘s not included

transportation fee (about 1,500 JPY per person, you and guide), entrance fee (400 - 2,000 JPY per person, you only), lunch (you only)


I can also guide you in Hiroshima (Peace Memorial Park, Miyajima), 1-day tour. My transportation fees to/from Hiroshima cost about 20,000 JPY, return.

This tour is subject to change due to traffic congestion especially in the tourist season.
You will walk for several hours on this tour. So sneakers might be recommended. Please check my availability before you ask me in oder to save your precious time. Plus pllease take out insurance in preparation for an injury.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting date
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting date
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting date

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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Reviews ( 25 )
4.8 (25) Reviews
Very Good
Tami Tami United States ( Couple )
2 months ago

“ Osaka/Nara/Kyoto Tours ”

If you're looking for a tour guide then look no further! My husband and I had the pleasure of having Shogo as our guide for 2 days. We have booked other guides on Triplelights in the past, and Shogo is one of the best: he's easy going, flexible, and knowledgeable. We highly recommend and would definitely book him again! Thank you Shogo for the photos, and also for going above and beyond on our Kyoto tour. We had a lot of fun, and hoping to see you again in the near future.


Dear Tami, Thank you for your rave review of our tours for two days. You and your husband were so friendly and lovely a couple to me, looking very much like on your "Honeymoon," that I felt as if I were much younger in my thirties with my old close friends. Actually I found tour guiding real rewarding. Thank you Tami for giving me pleasant days. Best regards, Shogo

Patrick Patrick New Zealand ( Family with kids )
2 months ago

“ Day trip to Kyoto & Narra ”

We found Shogo to be very knowledgeable, friendly and he made our day trip special. My son especially enjoyed the Sushi, Deer in Narra and the monkeys in Kyoto.


Dear Patrick, I am so much grateful to your nice review of our Kyoto & Nara 1-day-tour. It's always my great pleasure to guide such a nice family trying to explore things Japanese to the fullest. I'm very glad to hear that you enjoyed the sushi at Arashiyama, Kyoto. Maybe you found some differences between Japan's sushi and Kiwi sushi, because fish for the sushi might be a little different. Since all of your family are sport lovers, I sincerely hope you'll visit Japan again. See you, Patrick. Best regards, Shogo

Dermot Dermot Ireland ( Couple )
Very Good
2 months ago

“ Kyoto and Himeji highlights ”

Shogo was our guide for 2 days. He is very good company and his knowledge about all of the sites was interesting. On the trip around Kyoto he took us on local transport including the tram which was a great way to travel around the city. Overall we recommend Shogo as the perfect English speaking guide.


Dear Dermot, Thank you so much for your nice review of our tours. I hope you enjoyed strolling in Kyoto plus Himeji. Also I assume that you had a great time watching Rugby World Cup in Japan. Hopefully you will come back for the next World Cup expected in Japan in future. So again, Go Ireland!!! Best regards, Shogo

Polly Polly United States ( Family )
3 months ago

“ Thank you! ”

Great experience, Shogo is a lovely and very accommodating guide!


Dear Polly, Thank you very much for your nice feedback of our tour in Himeji, including Himeji Castle, Kokoen Japanese Garden and Shoshazan Engyoji Temple. I sincerely hope that you all have got nice and long-lasting memories from Japan. Of course please keep enjoying Rugby World Cup 2019 to the fullest.!!:) Many thanks to you, Polly and your lovely family. From Shogo

Angelina & Nick Angelina United States ( Family )
6 months 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!


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

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