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One day door to door tour of Kyoto from Tokyo


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

This tour is for those who want to visit Kyoto and return to Tokyo within a day.
We will use the bullet train between Tokyo and Kyoto, which costs 28,000 JPY per adult (you and the guide), in addition to my guiding fee.
You can choose one route from the list bellow.
1. Miyabi route (Most popular places)
2. Golden route (Most scenic places)
3. History route (Most quiet and historical places)

Itinerary

Feel free to personalize this offer with Yuki.

  • This tour is for those want to visit Kyoto within a day. We will use the bullet train from Tokyo at 9:00AM to Kyoto which costs 28,000JPY per adult (you and the guide) in addition to the guiding fee. You can choose one of the following three routes (1. Miyabi, Golden, and History).
  • 1. Miyabi: 11:30-12:30 Fushimi Shrine ( The most poluar place in Kyoto acoording to Trip Adviser with 1000 red Torii Gates)
  • 1. Miyabi: 13:00-13:30 Sanjusangen-Do Temple ( popular for its 1001 statues of Buddha in the building)
  • 1. Miyabi: 14:00-15:30 Gion area (Traditional Kyoto street, good for shopping and lunch )
  • 1. Miyabi: 16:00-17:00 Kinkaku-Ji Temple ( The World Heritage, popular for its golden house and Japanese garden)
  • 2. Golden:11:30-12:00 Arashiyam area ( popular for Togetsu bridge and mountains )
  • 2. Golden: 12:00-13:00 Tenryu-Ji Temple ( The World Heritage, popular for its Japanese garden )
  • 2. Golden: 13:00-14:30 Bamboo forest in Arashiyama (Lunch)
  • 2. Golden: 15:00-15:30 Ryoan-Ji Temple ( Dry landscape garden)
  • 2. Golden: 16:00-17:00 Kinkaku-Ji Temple ( The World Heritage, popular for its golden house and Japanese garden)
  • 3. History: 11:30-12:00 Sanjusangen-Do Temple ( popular for its 1001 statues of Buddha in the building)
  • 3. History: 12:30-14:00 Gion area ( Traditional Kyoto street, good for shopping and lunch )
  • 3. History: 14:30-15:30 Nijo Castle ( The World Heritage, traditional building with many Japanese Paintings as well as beautiful Japanese gardens )
  • 3. History: 16:00-17:30 To-Ji Temple (The Worl Heritage, traditional old Buddist Temple with great statues of Buddha )

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What to Expect

You can visit popular sites in Kyoto without staying there.
You can leave your luggage at your hotel in Tokyo and enjoy your sightseeing in Kyoto within a short stay, such as a business trip.

Departure & Return

Depart From Tokyo
Starting time 08:00 AM
Meeting Point at your hotel in Tokyo
Ending Point at your hotel in Tokyo

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee, hotel pick-up (no charge)

What‘s not included

Transportation cost of you and guide (about 30,000 JPY per person, including that of the Shinkansen)
Lunch (from 1,000 JPY per person for you and guide)
Entrance fee of you (400 to 600 JPY per place per person)

Important

The guiding fee does not include the transportation cost of you and the guide between Tokyo and Kyoto which is 28,000 per adult. You can use JR pass but please pay the transportation cost of the guide.

Please ask me the availability of this tour before you book it.
The wholesale area of Tsukiji moved to Toyosu on October 11th, 2018 but its outer market stays at Tsukiji where we can enjoy good sushi and delicious Japanese foods.
I have a one day tour to Kyoto from Tokyo, but you have to pay the cost of about 30,000 JPY per person for the transportation of you and me.

This tour uses public transportation and we have to depend on trains and buses in Kyoto.
This tour is for those who stay in Tokyo area. If you will stay in Kyoto, I can start the tour from morning but please pay the transportation cost of the guide.
I will book your seats of the Shinkansen if you agree to pay me in cash about 28,000 JPY per adult at our tour.

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

How much is the transportation cost ?

About 30,000 per adult including the guide and 15,000 per children under 12 years old
This includes the cost of about 28,000 per adult for the Shinkansen.

Can we use JR pass ?

Yes, you can use JR pass but you can not take the bullet train Nozomi by JR pass and we have to shorten the time to stay in Kyoto by about one hour.

Can we stay in Kyoto ?

Yes, you can but please pay my trip back to Tokyo.

How much are the entrance fees?

Entrance fees in JPN are as follows.
Tenryu temple adult 500, child 300
Kinkaku temple adult 400, child 300
Sanjusangendo templeadult 600, child 400
Where the age of a Child is from 6 to 11.

Can we have a two day tour ?

Yes, you can.
If you take two days of this tour, I will discount my lodging cost in Kyoto.

How are the schedule of the tour ?

The following is for Miyabi route.
8:00AM pick up at your hotel
8:40-10:58 Shinaknsen from Tokyo to Kyoto
11:07-11:12 Train to Inari
11:12-12:38 Fushimi-Inari shrine sightseeing
12:38-13:00 Train to Sanjusangendo temple
13:00-14:00 Sanjysangendo temple sightseeing
14:00-15:00 Walk&Lunch
15:00-15:30 Bus to Kinkaku temple
15:30-16:30 Kinkaku temple sightseeing
16:30-17:30 Train to Kyoto St.
18:00-20:30 Shinkansen from Kyoto to Tokyo
21:00 Return to your hotel

The following is for Golden route
8:00AM pick up at your hotel
8:40-10:58 Shinaknsen from Tokyo to Kyoto
11:17-11:33 Train to Arashiyama
11:33-12:50 Tenryu temple sightseeing
12:50-13:30 Bus to Ryoan temple
13:30-15:00 Ryoan temple sightseeing&Lunch
15:00-15:30 Bus to Kinkaku temple
15:30-16:30 Kinkaku temple sightseeing
16:30-17:30 Bus&Subway to Kyoto station
18:00-20:30 Shinkansen from Kyoto to Tokyo
21:00 Return to your hotel

The following is for History route
8:00AM pick up at your hotel
8:40-10:58 Shinkansen from Tokyo to Kyoto
11:17-11:30 Train to Sanjusangen-Do Temple
11:30-12:00 Sanjusangen-Do Temple sightseeing
12:00-12:30 Train to Gion
12:30-13:30 Gion area sightseeing&Lunch
14:00-15:00 Nijo Caste
15:30-16:30 To-Ji Temple sightseeing
16:30-17:00 Train to Kyoto station
18:00-20:30 Shinkansen from Kyoto to Tokyo
21:00 Return to your hotel

I want to take this tour during my layover at Narita Airport. Is it possible?

It takes about three hours for the return trip from Narita to Tokyo in addition to 12 hours of this tour from Tokyo to Kyoto.
That means you need at least 15 hours of waiting time of layover at Narita.
Moreover, you have to come to Tokyo as it will be too early for me to pick you up at Narita.

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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“ Great to have Yuki during our Tokyo trip! Highly recommended guide! ”

It was my family trip and also first time to Tokyo. We decided to engage a guide in order to maximize our time. We are fortunate to have Yuki as our tour guide. He is patient, punctual, knowledgeable and flexible. We encountered typhoon during our trip and also raining. We are so worried that we might not able to go our desired destinations as scheduled. He adjusted our itinerary based on weather and planned the day to ensure we had experience and tried his very best to cover the destinations we had chosen. Very professional guide and did not disappoint us. He recommended to visit Digital Art Museum which was not included in our itinerary and also helped us to buy tickets. My daughter enjoyed it very much. He also took us to one of his favourite spot to eat sushi for lunch. The quality is... read more

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Dear Jessiline, Thank you for taking my tour for three days. The typhoon was the strongest ever has come to Tokyo area. We moved the tour dates to avoid itself and its aftermath. I am relieved that you stayed safe at your hotel during the typhoon. Best regards, Yuki

Troy Troy Australia ( Family with kids )
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1 week ago

“ 2 day tour from Tokyo to Kyoto ”

It was our first visit to Japan and we were a little daunted by the language barrier as we only speak English at home. We are from Australia and were looking forward to our upcoming holiday in Japan when we decided to find out if we could get a guide to assist us early in our trip. That way we hopefully would have a grasp of how to use the train system in Japan along with any information for interacting with the locals. Yuki was a great guide for us and he was very freindly, helpful and patient with our two kids, particularly our 3 year old as the days could be quite long for the little ones. We found Yuki on Triplelights and we could not have been happier with another guide. Yuki was professional , punctual and very friendly. Yuki was very good and keeping us updated on his travel itine... read more

Yuki:

Dear Troy, Thank you for writing such a elaborate review of my Kyoto tour. I am very happy that your family enjoyed Kyoto with me. Best regards, Yuki

William William United States ( Friends )
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“ Excellent garden tour ”

Yuki guided us on a garden tour. He communicated before our trip and kept us well informed. He was courteous and knowledgeable on the tour. We had an excellent experience.

Yuki:

Dear Bill, Thank you for writing a review of my tour. I was very happy to take you around the Japanese Gardens in Tokyo. Yuki

David David United States ( Solo )
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1 week ago

“ Discovering Tokyo and Kyoto ”

Yuki was an excellent guide for my whirlwind discovery of life and places in Tokyo and Kyoto Japan. My journey started with Yuki in Tokyo where we visited several locations introducing me to life past and present in Tokyo. He also gave me an exposure to the vast transportation system in Tokyo. I feel that I can now do more discoveries when I again visit Tokyo. Yuki and I started our Kyoto journey by riding the bullet train from Tokyo Station to Kyoto. This ride gave me a quick view of urban and rural Japan. Once in Kyoto Yuki took me on a path of discovery. We explored many examples of the Edo period of Japans history. Temples, castles, gardens and forests along with several unique culinary delights made the two days in Kyoto memorable. The hotel in Kyoto with an onsen bath was greatly ... read more

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Dear Patrick, Thank you for taking my tour. Their collection of 400 cars ever produced by Nissan was very impressive for me. I will introduce the collection to anyone being interested in Nissan cars. Please give my best regards to Merrisa, too. Yuki

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