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

by Mana
(10) Reviews
8h $ 149 Price up to 3 people


  • 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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148.80 USD

Price up to 3 people
FREE cancellation 14 days prior


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).

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) .

Organized by Mana

Licensed Guide
(10) Reviews


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


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.

What‘s included
guide fee. hotel pick-up at Kyoto station area
What‘s not included
transportation fee(you and guide)¥220 (Ran den) ¥500 (one day bus ticket) per person
entrance fee Tenryuji ¥600 per person green tea with Japanese cake 950¥ per person
(hands tea ceremony ¥2700)
Meeting Point
Kyoto station (at your hotel)
Ending Point
Kyoto station
8 hours
Starting time
09:00 AM
Number of people
up to 3 people

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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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 Mana

Licensed Guide

(10) Reviews

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Response Time 6 hs

Languages spoken
  • English ( License )

Hello, my name is Mana. I am a National Licensed Tour Guide in English. I was born and raised in Kyoto. I worked for Kyoto Prefectural Police Headquarters.I know a lots about Kyoto's cultures and festivals . I am good at walking. After I got married, I have been in Shiga for over 30 years.I work for at high school as a part time teacher. I am flexible in Kyoto and Shiga. See you soon!

Reviews ( 10 )

3 days ago |   by Alex

“ Excellent trip with Mana! ”

Mana is an excellent tour guide! She showed me many different places as well as explained facts behind the sights we visited. Mana also helped me find the places I wanted to go and then some! I didn't want to try and find places by myself as I never been to this area before and I didn't have much time. Mana helped keep my trip stress free by doing that. I cannot speak Japanese and Mana helped me communicate with others which I found invaluable. She is fluent in English and it was like having a friend show me around. I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for a knowledgeable, friendly tour guide! Thanks again Mana!

1 week ago |   by Vanessa

“ An Excellent Experience with Super Tour Guide Mana ”

I traveled to Kyoto with my Mom and my Dad who was physically handicapped and I was worried on how to go about walking the crowded streets and places of Kyoto. Mana our super guide was the best as she was so kind to accommodate my father's needs in needing a guide to show the best areas to go around, even though my father cannot walk properly and needed a portable wheelchair to bring him around. Mana assisted him and also gave us some very good tips about culture, food and the best spots to take photos and to hang out in Kyoto. She even extended her time with no charge as we went to our last stop in our itinerary which was the Tori Gates. She accompanied us until the very last minute when she sent us off at the Gion Train Station. Without her, we would have been lost in translation. We will never forget our memorable experience in Kyoto, thanks to Mana. I fully recommend her to couples or groups who want to tour Kyoto and see the best sights without losing one's way in the midst of the crowds. 5 stars for Mana!

1 week ago |   by Derek

“ Highlight tour of Kyoto ”

Mana is a local person who knows the area and public transportation well. She met us early at our hotel and has a very gentle personality. We brought our 1 yr old daughter with us and she was so accommodating and patient with us and her. Even with a one yr old baby, she was able to take us to see all the highlights of Kyoto in a couple days. She adds a lot of insight into local culture and history of places we went to see. Without her we definitely would not have been able to see all the places we saw. She has children of her own and was patient with our daughter, even taking care of her while we had tea and desserts! She was such a thoughtful and knowledgeable guide. We would recommend her to anyone. We really enjoyed our time with her.

2 months ago |   by Kate

“ Touring in the company of a local is the best way to see this beautiful city. ”

Thank you Mana for an incredible two days. What we covered in that time would have taken us at least a week to see if we were by ourselves, time we didn't have since we were only in Kyoto for four days. Your command of the public transport system in all forms was amazing. (I had no idea Randen existed). Thank you for walking up Mt Inari with us, the kimonos, the tea ceremony and textiles and for also including the suprise stop at the station near the sake brewery. I could keep going with the highlights but this review would end up being very, very long so I'd like to finish by saying, Mana, you are a friendly and informative guide with a great sense of humour and we thank you for the time and thought you put in to the tours. You are a lovely lady and I wish you all the best for the future. Okini arigato.

Very Good
2 months ago |   by June

“ Nijo experience ”

Mana arranged a tour to meet my particular interests, although this was difficult as many places are closed in January. Mana adapted the itinerary and we had an interesting tour, Mana did lots of preparation to cover background information. I agree with some of the comments made by other reviewers, but Mana herself told me she is not an interpreter; however her English is sufficient for general guiding and conversation. Mana was very friendly and went out of her way to help me enjoy the trip and was not fazed even when I felt unwell.

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