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Charming and affordable must -see in north west area of Kyoto city

8 hours
up to 7 people
English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)

This tour covers 4 must-see sightseeing spot and Nishijin textile center. Firstly, we visit the golden pavilion. We go to Arashiyama. We walk through Tenryuji garden and bamboo forest. In the afternoon, we'll visit Nijo castle and Nishijin textile center. We enjoy "beautiful Kimono Show" and also watching" a live demostration of Japanese sweet making"with green tea(Mattucha).


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  • the golden pavillion
  • Tenryuji and Bamboo forest
  • Togetsukyo at Arashiyama
  • Nijo castle
  • Nishijin textile center ( Kimono show)
  • Watch making Japanese sweet

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What to Expect

Visit golden pavillion Kinkakuji. Ride on "Randen "(local train )to Arashiyama. Walk through beautiful garden at Tenryuji and bamboo forest. Visit Nijyo castle. Watch kimono show at Nishijin textile center. Watch and taste making Japanese sweet with green tea(Mattucha) .

Departure & Return

Starting time 09:00 AM
Meeting Point Kyoto station (at your hotel)
Ending Point Kyoto station

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee. hotel pick-up at Kyoto station area

What‘s not included

transportation fee(you and guide)¥220 (Ran den) ¥600 (one day bus ticket) per person
entrance fee Tenryuji ¥600 per person green tea with Japanese cake 1050¥ per person
JR ¥240 taxi ¥700
(hands tea ceremony ¥2700)


We basically use the public transportation , but the bus is not available soon , we take a taxi to save the time.
As a live demostration is not available on Wednesday, we go to hands on tea ceremony.
You have to take your shoes off at Nijyo castle.

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.

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Can I add more people to my booking?

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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 ( 39 )
4.7 (39) Reviews
Very Good
Michelle Michelle United States ( Family with kids )
1 month ago

“ Mana was EXCELLENT and truly made our trip to Kyoto a wonderful memory. ”

Mana was an excellent tour guide. She was extremely patient with our family of 4 (2 kids ages 15 & 12). I am still surprised at how much she was able to fit into our day. There is absolutely NO way we would've been able to see 1/2 of what she was able to share with us. While she is from Kyoto, she speaks English quite well. She made sure to cover all of our wishes despite it being a very busy day in Kyoto (Jan 2nd). We saw beautiful temples, shrines, bamboo forest, monkeys (she's in great shape by the way - we requested to see the monkeys and it was quite a hike up the mountain), shopping, Gion,etc. She knew the buses and trains very well. My husband and I were very relieved we didn't have to figure it out. She also, made sure we knew of the special local stores for matcha, treats, bambo... read more


Dear Michelle. Thank you so much for taking time and a wonderful review. It was very nice to hear from you because some shops were closed during New Year week. You have such a nice and fun family! I hope to see you again!!

Daniel Daniel Japan ( Family with kids )
1 month ago

“ Accomplish what ever you want to do in Kyoto! ”

Mana is efficient, helpful and completely professional. We had 5 tourist activities in Kyoto in 8 hours, including seeing the (snow) monkeys and she helped us accomplish them all and even more. She is knowledgeable and was helpful at all attractions, as well as recommended an excellent restaurant for lunch. Mana is extreme fit so be prepared for a brisk work out in trekking all around Kyoto.


Dear Daniel. Thank you very much for your great review. I enjoyed happy talking with you all the way to the end of the tour. Please come again Kyoto in autumn color season. MANA

Chris Chris United States ( Family with kids )
1 month ago

“ Mana was wonderful ”

Mana was our guide for two of us (Americans - father and 11 year old son). She came up with a plan to help us make the most of our one day in Kyoto and was great about guiding us through and teaching us about Kyoto sites! I found her English was fine and I would recommend to others! Thanks so much Mana!


Dear Chris.Thank you for giving me five stars. Although it was rainy and cold this end of the year, I hope you enjoyed your tour here in Kyoto despite of the crowd and time constraints. You are very much welcome with your son in coming back here with the 10 yen coin.

Richard Richard Australia ( Family with kids )
2 months ago

“ Kyoto Tour ”

An excellent itinerary. Went at a good pace. Saw a lot. Mana showed good judgement on what to do, what to explain, and how to get around. Went on around 10 subway trains and buses. Kinkakuji temple and Arashiyama were highlights. As were the special streets in Kyoto one would struggle to find by oneself.


Dear Richard.You are full of positive energy and nice. I appreciate that very much.I could proceed my tour 1.5 times faster than usually. Also, I could enjoy talking to your daughters and son which made me very happy.The weather was very good, but it's winter so you could not see all the beauty of Japan.I am looking forward to seeing you in Japan in spring or autumn. Please come to us again. Thank you.

Tony Tony United States ( Friends )
2 months ago

“ Excellent Day With Mana ”

We met Mana at Kyoto Station at 9am at Kyoto Station at the scheduled time, then started a day of touring Kyoto city, which included Bamboo place. Over all we had an excellent day with Mana. She prepared the day well in advanced. She took us to where we agreed to visit, and explained about each place we visited in detail. We also understood a lot more about Japanese culture and how they live their lives. I do recommend Mana as your tour guide. At few times, we did struggle (to some degree) to understand some items from her pronunciations. But perhaps, may be because we are also Asian-American living in USA, and our English speaking is also not perfect either. Perhaps, to other people, this may not be any issue. Other than that, her energy, effort, detail planning, and her help for the day ... read more


Dear Tony. Thank you for your FIVE STARS review! I was so happy. You must have many good pictures. Kyoto doesn't only have the north and East part but other places too. So next time when you come, we can visit more places in depth.

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