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

by Mana
(24) Reviews
8h $ 142 Price up to 7 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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142.40 USD

Price up to 7 people
FREE cancelation 30 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) .

4.6 (24) Reviews
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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


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 7 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.

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.

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Is the price per person or per group?

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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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Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel in the first 14 day(s) before the meeting date ,there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting date ,there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 24 )
Delia Delia United States ( Couple )
5 days ago

“ Great Day! Covered a lot of territory. ”

Mana is an informed, enthusiastic guide. She covered a lot. We visited mainly shrines and temples. This was great as many of what we saw that day would have been difficult to visit on our own. We both found her English excellent. She is happy to completely customize your tour. We would recommend her happily.


Dear Delia. It was nice to hear from you. Thank you for taking time to write a tour review. Unfortunately it was raining all day, I was glad you are interested not only in beautiful scenery for the tourists but also temples and shrines themselves. I think that I need to know more about Buddhism for you the next time you visit. Please send my best regards to Rick.

Maxine Maxine United States ( Friends )
1 week ago

“ Kyoto highlights ”

Mana was extremely helpful in getting us into buses, trains and taxis. She provided much information about each site. She asked about our food preferences and took us to lovely restaurant for a great lunch. She insisted adding things to the agenda even when it was going beyond our allotted time. It was a terrific, interesting day and we got to see so much more than we could have on our own or with a regular tour group I would recommend this method of sight seeing to everyone.


Dear Maxine. Thank you for your prompt response,I was so happy. I envy your friendship. I'd like to have a good friend like yours. I hope you have a long lasting friendship. Bon voyage!

Michele Michele United States ( Family )
Very Good
2 weeks ago

“ Great private tour! ”

Great tour! Things Mana did well: Mana knew the route well and was able to share good insights about each stop. Her English is good enough for us to mostly understand so it’s not the issue that other reviewers identified. In addition to the 3 major temples we wanted to stop at, she created a walking itinerary that routed us by a number of other interesting sites in the area. My older mother needed to walk a bit slower and avoid too many steps, and Mana was able to identify a tour route that met our needs. Even though we returned to the hotel about 20-30 min later than scheduled (we were flexible) Mana graciously did not charge for extra time although we gave her a small gratuity for her good service. Things to work on for future tours: maybe have a few options in mind for lunch - the... read more


Dear Michele,I thank you for your detailed advice. As we were in the peak of the Sakura tourist season, thank you for your understanding regarding the lunch stop. Some other clients booked 5 months in advance and still experienced a long wait ( 30 min) I'll practice taking a picture for my clients. Thank you for your helpful feedback.

Pia Pia Denmark ( Couple )
3 weeks ago

“ Golden temple ”

Absolutely beautiful day with full sun and gorgeous temples (Golden temple, bamboo forrest and Nijo Castle) ending the day with a kimono show and a great dinner in Gion. Mana, thanks for 2 great days.


Dear Pia. Thank you very much for your best positive review. I was glad you were interested in traditional Japanese culture especially Kimonos and antiques. Take good care of the scroll and the Kimono when you get home to your country. One more thing, we are so lucky that we were able to take a photo with real Maiko at Tenryuji garden.

Martina Martina Germany ( Friends )
3 weeks ago

“ Experienced guide with a personal touch ”

Our tour with Mana not only met our expectations but was even better: She not only took us to places in the south of Kyoto which no tourist would have found on his own. The surprising highlight was that she invited the two of us to her brother‘s family for lunch - it was delicious and we had a very personal impression of Japanese family life. Highly recommended! Tina & Florian from Germany


Dear Martina. Thank you very much for your nice review. It was pleasure to show you around Kyoto and introduce you to Japanese family life. My brother and sister wanted speak with you in English but due to the language barrier, it was not possible but they wanted to say thank you and were very glad they got the opportunity to meet you since you asked me to show you every day life of the locals in Japan.

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