8h $ 294 up to 10 people
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The Kyoto Tour specially tailored for you.

by Tomoko
(31) Reviews
8h $ 294 up to 10 people

Select Date and Travelers

293.70 USD

total price for up to 10 people
FREE cancellation 14 days prior

What to Expect

Kyoto has a lot to see and you can't help wondering which spot you should prioritize. Please tell me your interests. Would you like to see the most important sights? Are you interested in a cultural encounter? gardens? beautiful scenery ? or a food tour? I'll make a tour plan just for you.
For example
1. High-lights of Kyoto
2. Workshops: ( Japanese confectionery) wagashi making, yuzen dye house, cooking class, Japanese paper making, zazen (zen meditation), tea ceremony, flower arrangement, or garden museum
3. Martial arts (going to see where they practice Kendo)



City Kyoto

Meeting Point Basically your hotel

Ending Point your hotel or the convenient place for you

Duration 8 hours

Starting time 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible

Number of people 1 to 10
What‘s included
  • Guide fee
  • Hotel pick up

What‘s not included
  • transportation fee ( you and your guide)
  • lunch ( you and your guide)
  • entrance fee

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.

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 before of the meeting date, there is a 40% charge.
  • If you cancel on the meeting date, there is no refund.

Organized by Tomoko

National Certified Guide

(31) Reviews

Contact Tomoko
Response Time 16 hs

Languages spoken
  • English ( License )

I am a government licensed guide and have been working as a professional guide for over 90 groups after obtaining a license. in addition, I have 4 years of experience as a volunteer guide before obtaining a professional license, and guided over 100 groups. I am good at making tour plans based on your interests because I know my city ( I was born and brought up in Kyoto) in detail. If you are interested in historic places, I will offer a tour for historic places, If it's cultural experiences, then a tour with cultural classes such as a tea ceremony, wagashi ( Japanese confectionery) making, and so on. Why don't you ask me? I will make your time in Kyoto more enjoyable. Kyoto has a lot of sites to offer you and it is difficult for you to decide which to choose among them. I think I will be of great help.

Here are the reviews from the tours I worked as a guide on another occasion.

Tomoko was very thorough in her preparation for our tour, adapting to our programme needs, and extremely knowledgeable of Kyoto, its transport system ensuring speedy transfers between venues and the history and detail of each activity we undertook, which included Zen gardens, temples, tea ceremony, good lunch venue, advice on other sight seeing venues and the Geisha and Gion area. Would strongly recommend her to anyone wanting a quality guided tour in Kyoto.


We had a lovely tour today with Tomoko! She's really experienced and knows Kyoto as good as her palm! She explained us everything that we needed to know additionally for the next days and took us to the desired restaurant .. Really helpful and high level of knowledge.

Your knowledge of all the places you took us to was unbelievable and your English was outstanding particularly your translation of the Monk's address at the Temple of the Ringing Crickets, without you we would have missed out on his enlightening message.You really took the time to consider the things that were of interest to us and provided a fantastic itinerary that left nothing out. Both of us felt at great ease in your company and we will remember our day at for many years as the highlight of our trip to Japan. Lunch was a great treat and the Bike tour enabled us to see so much of the area especially the great variety of amazing temples.

Tomoko, once again thank you so much for giving up your time to look after us for the day.

Tomoko was very accommodating of our tour group which had a wheelchair-bound elderly. She was able to explain the history and significance of the temples we visited in good English. She also made it a point to ensure that our top interests were fulfilled during our tour with her, which was great! Last but not least, she was extremely helpful in helping one of our members retrieve a lost phone during the trip.

I needed to organize a 4-hour tour in Kyoto within 2 days - and Tomoko Yamasho responded immediately, gave helpful tips over the internet and put together a tour tailored to my interests. When we met, she turned out to be a very knowledgeable guide, flexible to my new ideas (I had gotten some more advice from friends in the meantime) with excellent English and with a good sense of humour. Thank you, Tomoko Yoshihara.
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Reviews ( 31 )

2 months ago |   by Natalie

“ First time in Kyoto ”

Tomoko is very knowledgeable , we loved to experience Kyoto with her! Thank you Tomoko

11 months ago |   by Stacey

“ A beautiful day in Kyoto ”

Tomoko-san took all the worry and trouble away from what could have been a complicated and stressful day. She organized visits to many different locations and helped with the most convenient way to get from one place to another. Additionally it was very interesting hearing her stories and descriptions of the places we visited.

11 months ago |   by Douglas

“ Tour Guide in Kyoto, Osaka and Nara ”

Tomoko was an excellent tour guide. She always has a smile and a wonderful attitude throughout the entire day and some of our days were long. She definitely knows her way around the cities and all the trains, buses, subways etc. You will have a great time and she knows fabulous places to eat the local specialties in each city without breaking the bank. You will be very happy with her guide services.

1 year ago |   by Christine

We had a wonderful custom day tour with Tomoko. She was very knowledgable, friendly and flexible. We would recommens her services.

1 year ago |   by Jason

We greatly enjoyed our 2 tours with Tomoko. She was very helpful in planning the itinerary, spending one day seeing the eastern part of Kyoto and the other day, the western area. She supplied us with great restaurant recommendations and obtained tickets for us to see the Miyako Odori (geisha dance) show. She was flexible with the schedule in order to maximize our viewing of cherry blossoms. She speaks English well and gave us good explanations about places we were visiting. We would definitely recommend having a guide in Kyoto because sites are very spread out requiring buses, subway and rail.

1 year ago |   by Emmeline

Tomoko was very efficient! She met us at the train station, accompanied us to deposit our luggage at the carrier service to be delivered to our ryokan so we could go ahead and start the tour. Straight to lunch, she brought us to try and make our own yummy Okonomi-yaki - a traditional Kyoto food. She was patient in explaining the history and highlights of the temples, rock garden, bamboo forest and Ginza district that we visited all in half a day. She also explained how we can navigate on our own (which trains, buses to take) the other spots we planned to visit the next day.

1 year ago |   by Dennies

We had a pleasant tour last time with Tomoko in Kyoto. She arrange our time well, and we managed to visit many places in a short time even when we spent a lot of time taking picture. She had a good knowledge of the history of the places and anything related to. She eagerly accompanied us even until an hour after our tour ended. Very recommended.

2 years ago |   by Tim

Tomoko was outstanding!!!! The best decision we made during our entire trip to Japan was booking Tomoko as our guide. She went well beyond what we expected. She Was very knowledgeable, her English was excellent, and she even took us by bus to our dinner reservations even though it was well out of her way. Can't wait to come back and book her again. Tim and Denise

2 years ago |   by Stanley

TripleLights is a great choice for tours in Kyoto! Private tours are definitely the way to go because you have so much flexibility. If you want to spend extra time at one location, no problem. Hurry through another, okay. Our tour guide, Tomoko, was like a walking encyclopedia! Not only was she an expert in history, but gave us great advice to maximize our short time in Kyoto. Thanks for a wonderful trip!

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