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Kyoto : Higashi-yama・Fushimi Inari・Gion District

8 hours
up to 5 people
Japanese ( Native ), English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )

"Higashi-yama" means East mountain in Japanese. It is an interesting area with historic and scenic spots. They are located on the foot of Eastern mountains. Anyone can enjoy visiting Fushimi Inari Shrine and Kiyomizu temple. In addition, walking in the historic site gives you a feel of old time Kyoto atmosphere, and you will find an unique impression while strolling in Gion Geisha district.


Feel free to personalize this offer with Toshi.

  • Fushimi Inari Shrine : you go through amazing number of vermillion colored Torii gates.
  • Kiyomizu Temple : spectacular view of Kyoto city is on your palm.
  • Ninen-zaka and Sannen-zaka Slopes : you feel an atmosphere of old Kyoto.
  • Yasaka Shrine : the host shrine of the remarkable Gion Festival
  • Gion District : one of the well-known Geisha districts in Kyoto

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What to Expect

To start with, we will visit a popular shrine, Fushimi Inari with thousands of vermilion colored Torii Gates, which amaze you. After praying for your wish there, we will move to Higashi-yama area, or Eastern mountain area, of Kyoto.

In the Higashi-yama area, you will visit Kiyomizu-dera temple and enjoy the view of Kyoto city from the temple's stage, and then stroll in the historic district. You may feel an atmosphere of old time Kyoto.

Then we will head for the Gion Geisha district and see rows of wooden Tea Houses along the street, peculiar to Gion area. And you also find interesting sights in the district. If you are lucky, you might be able to see Geiko-san (Geisha) or Maiko-san, apprentice Geisha, there.

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Departure & Return

Starting time 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point At your hotel in Osaka or Kyoto
Ending Point Convenient place for you, or your hotel

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee

What‘s not included

Transportation fee (you and guide), lunch, dinner, entrance fee, etc...
- Admissions : approximately 400 yen/adult・200 yen/junior high student
- Transportation fees : approximately 600 yen/adult・300 yen/child (under 12 years old)


* Toshi will charge actual transportation fee (R.T.) to get to your hotel from his home in Osaka at the end of the tour. (Ex. Osaka city : approximately 560 yen, Kyoto city : approximately 1000 yen)

* If you are working for a travel agency, please note that my guiding service is not available for your tour program, thank you.

・Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes.

・Do not forget to bring either a camera or a smartphone.
・Whenever you feel tired, do not hesitate to tell me, "Let's take a break." We will find a suitable spot to take a break, then.

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 ( 22 )
4.7 (22) Reviews
Very Good
Sebastian Sebastian United States ( Family with kids )
1 month ago

“ Excellent experience with Toshi ”

We had a half-day tour of Nara with guide Toshi. He was very knowledgeable and engaging, and was very accommodating to our schedule. Overall, an excellent experience. Thank you, Toshi!


Hi Sebastian, Thank you for your review. It was a really hot day. Your family seemed to havve a fun time in Nara, feeding deer, visiting the great Buddha, experiencing Japanese garden and watching Mochi-pounding and eating just pounded Mochi. I hope these things will be a good memory for your children. Best regards, Toshi

Lauren Lauren Japan ( Friends )
Very Good
1 month ago

“ Kind and flexible ”

Toshi was professional and helped prepare for our requests to visit some less frequently attended locations. His kindness was lovely.


Hi Lauren, Thank you for your prompt review. I also thank you for arranging the van/ driver who were very familiar with local streets. I'm glad that we could join the first tour of Katsura Detached Imperial Villa without waiting time. We were lucky. Take care. Toshi

Josh Josh United States ( Couple )
1 month ago

“ Nice, informative tour ”

Toshi took us on a nice 1.5 day tour of Kyoto. He customized the tour based on what we wanted to see. He also gave us good dinner recommendations.


Hi Josh, Thank you very much for your review. I’m glad that you had a wonderful time in Kyoto. If you find out the date you will be coming to Osaka, please let me know. I can take you some place interesting, or we can have dinner together, How about both? Best regards, Toshi

Margit Margit United States ( Family with kids )
3 months ago

“ Day in Kyoto ”

Toshi was super nice. He took us to some great places. He had a lot of knowledge about Japan. When we forgot our umbrellas in his backpack (we were luck to not have rain) he went completely out of his way to bring them to our next hotel. Thanks so much for all the help Toshi!!!


Hi Margit, I saw a few umbrellas and a raincoat in my back pack, after I got back home. I completely forgot to return them to you. I was hoping that it would not rain in Kyoto next day, while I kept them. I think the weather was OK, wasn't it? Thank you very much for your nice review. Best regards, Toshi

Ted Ted United States ( Family )
3 months ago

“ What more could you ask for? ”

Toshi spoke excellent English, was very pleasant to be with and took us all the places we requested to go. All this for just 5 of us at 1/3 the price of a cruise ship land excursion covering the same things on a bus of 40 people.


Hi David, I do not know about the land excursion trip for cruise ship passengers. But I'm happy that your family members seemed to enjoy my guiding service in Osaka. Thank you very much for your review. Please tell Paul that I had sent the post card right away, which he asked me to send just before all of you went back to the cruise ship. Best regards, Toshi

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