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The 1st day tour of highlights in Kyoto.

by Takashi
(6) Reviews
8h $ 263 Price up to 4 people


  • Nijo-Castle:¥600
  • Tenryuji-temple&bamboo forest :¥500
  • Ryoanji-temple (Rock garden) :¥500
  • Kinkakuji-temple (the golden pavilion) :¥400
  • Nishiki food market :free
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263.20 USD

Price up to 4 people
FREE cancellation 14 days prior

What to Expect

In this tour we visit Nijo-castle, Kinkakuji-temple( the golden pavilion), Ryoanji-temple (Rock garden), Tenryuji-temple, bamboo forest, and Nishiki food market. This is the golden rout for highlights in Kyoto. It takes about 8 hours. If you want to visit highlights in Kyoto for a day, I believe this tour is the best.

Organized by Takashi

Licensed Guide
(6) Reviews


  • Nijo-Castle:¥600
  • Tenryuji-temple&bamboo forest :¥500
  • Ryoanji-temple (Rock garden) :¥500
  • Kinkakuji-temple (the golden pavilion) :¥400
  • Nishiki food market :free


This tour is not available on the end and the start of the year and Tuesdays in January, Jury, August and December because Nijo-castle is closed on these days.

What‘s included
guide fee
What‘s not included
transportation fee(you and guide), lunch(you and guide), entrance fee(you)
Meeting Point
At Kyoto station or your accommodation in Kyoto.
Ending Point
At Kyoto station
8 hours
Starting time
08:30 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 4 people

Frequently Asked Questions

How much is transportation fee?

We mainly use 1day bus pass which costs ¥500. We also use subway and train, which cost approximately ¥500-¥650 per person.

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 at least 14 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
  • If you cancel between 2 and 13 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 20% charge.
  • If you cancel within 1 day prior to the meeting date, there is a 40% charge.
  • If you cancel on the meeting date, there is no refund.

About Takashi

Licensed Guide

(6) Reviews

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Languages spoken
  • English ( License )

Hi, I'm Takashi. I was born in Kyoto and grew up in the Kansai area including Kyoto, Nara, and Osaka.
I mainly guide you around the Kansai area.

I'm trying to make new tours everyday, but in Kansai are there are so many places worth visiting, such as Fushimiinai shrine which is famous for its thousands of red Torii gates, Kinkakuji temple (the golden pavilion), Kiyomizudera temple, sanjusangendo temple which is famous for 1,001 statues of Buddha, Todaiji temple which has the great statue of Buddha, Osaka castle, and so on. We really have so many attractive places!

Therefore I can arrange the tours I've already made to fit your requests or I can make a new tour just for you. If you have some places you would like to visit or something you would like to do, please let me know. We can make out the best tour for you!

I'm looking forward to your message. read more

Reviews ( 6 )

1 year ago |   by TIMOTHY

He knew good places to visit and places to eat. We will recommend him to your our friends as well as you website.

1 year ago |   by Nancy

Takashi was very flexible and was able to meet me and my son earlier than planned as we were feeling tired and jet lagged. He took us on a nice stroll around the Gion area and showed us the highlights. He was helpful with background information of the area and helped maneuver us around the crowds and took some photos for us. Lastly, he showed us a local restaurant per our request that served a local dish. Thank you Takashi!

Very Good
2 years ago |   by Anne

Takashi was a very good guide, he showed us some interesting sights in Kyoto which we wouldn't have seen without him. He was very pleasant and helpful. Would definitely recommended him as a tour guide.

2 years ago |   by Michael

Takashi provided a good quick and informative overview of Kyoto on our first visit. Due to time taken for 5 yr old to also walk the tour was flexible enough to add an extra hour to cover off local highlights of Kyoto. Great base to get bearings.

2 years ago |   by Sacha

Takashi was a great tour guide! Very knowledgable about the area and even helped us find a great restaurant to have dinner after our tour was over. Definitely recommend :)

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