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Overview

The tour starts at JR Kyoto Station at 9 AM. You will go to Demachi Yanagi Station by JR Nara Line and Keihan Line. From there you will begin walking. The main tourist attractions of this tour are Ginkaku-ji Temple ( the Silver Pavilion ), the Philosopher's Path, Nanzen-ji Temple, Heian Jingu Shrine Garden and Maruyama Park. The tour ends at Gion Shijo Station of Keihan Line.

Highlights

  •   Ginkaku-ji Temple and the Philosopher's Path
  •   Nanzen-ji Temple and Heian Jingu Shrine Garden
  •   Maruyama Park, the Kamo River and the Gion area

Information

City Kyoto
Depart From Kyoto , Nara, Osaka, Shiga, Kobe
Meeting Point JR Kyoto Station
Ending Point Gion Shijo Station of Keihan Line
Departure 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Duration 7h   Flexible
Languages English (License)
Tour Type Private Tour ( only for you )
Number of people 2 ~ 5

This is a limited-time tour from March 31 to April 11 except on Saturdays and Sundays.

Booking
7h
When?

People

220.50 USD

total price for up to 5 people

FREE cancelation 14 days prior

Extras (optional)

extra hour. 31.50 USD
extra person. 18.00 USD
hotel-pick up in Kyoto. 18.00 USD

What to Expect

During this period in usual years, you can enjoy viewing cherry blossoms, varying from early bloom to full bloom.
Ginkaku-ji Temple (the Silver Pavilion ) is a symbolic temple of Higashiyama Culture of Muromachi Period (1333 - 1578) characterized by wabi-sabi or refined simplicity and rusticity.
The Philosopher's Path with a narrow stream is lined with hundreds of cherry trees.
A popular photo spot in the precinct of Nanzen-ji Temple, in which runs a high-rise waterway supported by arch-shaped brick piers.
Weeping cherry trees will be in blossom in the Heian Jingu Shrine Garden, a strolling-style landscape garden with a pond.
Cherry blossom viewing along the Kamo River from Marutamachi Street to Shijo Street
At Maruyama Park you will see lots of people having parties under cherry blossoms, eating and drinking merrily.
Strolling along the Gion area.


What‘s included

guide fee

What‘s not included

transportation fee : ¥410 per person ( you and guide ), entrance fee for Ginkaku-ji and Heian Jingu Shrine Garden : ¥1,100 per person and lunch.

Important

This is a limited-time tour from March 31st till April 11th in 2017.
The cherry blossom season varies from year to year and the day of your tour may be too early or too late for cherry blossoms.
At this time of the year it is occasionally still cold, so wear warm clothes, please.
Sneakers or walking shoes and portable umbrellas are desirable.

Extras (optional)

extra hour. 31.50 USD
extra person. 18.00 USD
hotel-pick up in Kyoto. 18.00 USD

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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
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.
After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.
You’ll be able to see the guide’s e-mail address and phone number. You can contact your guide directly before the tour starts, and enjoy your tour on the day!
Please check the following link. https://triplelights.com/cancel
Yes, by using our secure online payment system, your payment information is encrypted and you are secured against fraud and unauthorized transaction. Your credit card or PayPal account will be charged upon booking. However, if the guide does not accept your booking, the amount will be credited back to the account from which the charge was drawn.
No, our prices are 100% booking fee free – meaning the price you see is the amount you pay.
It depends on the location of your hotel and places you visit. But to give you an idea, it costs about 200-300yen for one place to the other, and the total is about 1,000yen for a full day tour.
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.
Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.
Yes you can, but you have to pay an extra charge per person. The price depends on which guide you choose.
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Reviews

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Kevin
5 days ago , From: United States

“ Excellent Experience ”

Yoshie was absolutely fantastic. He was very nice and accommodating, and helped specialize the tour and sites to meet our individual wants/desires. Yoshie was very informative and provided insight to details that we would not have noticed without him. It was a pleasure to spend the day with Yoshie and we would recommend him to anyone visiting Kyoto.

Yoshihisa:
Hi Kevin. I do not know how to thank you for your wonderful comment. It was a big delight to me too to be and talk with you and your wife. You gave me a nice opportunity to visit Okochi Sanso villa and stroll in the beatiful garden. I really appreciated the new experience there. Next time you visit Japan, be sure to get in touch with me. Best wishes. Yoshie

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Karen
1 week ago , ( Family ) , From: Japan

“ Great tour of Nara Sights ”

Yoshi was wonderful showing us around Nara on a very hot day. Very knowledgeable. Lovely day. Would strongly recommend him. Traveler's tip: because it was so hot, we took a taxi twice while in Nara. Each time under 1000 yen so very much worth having the air conditioned ride as a quick rest!

Yoshihisa:
Hi Karen. Thank you so much for your nice review. I was impressed by your attitude toward your daughters. You tried to make good use of the limited time in Nara, thinking of their happy hours with many deer in the park. I was also pleased to see them having lots of fun in the park. I hope you will return home safely. Yoshie

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Jordan
1 week ago , ( Couple ) , From: United States

“ A tour "workout" ”

We only had one day in Kyoto so we asked Yoshi to move quickly through the city and still see all the sites and that he did. We saw everything that we wanted to see but never felt rushed. Yoshi was great- we recommend him!

Yoshihisa:
Hi Jordan. Thank you for your kind review. I am glad that you had a nice time visiting all the tourist attractions you wanted to see in Kyoto. We were lucky that the taxi driver happened to tell us a vegetarian restaurant in Arashiyama. Be sure to contact me next time you visit Kansai area. Best wishes. Yoshie

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Tom
3 weeks ago , ( Couple ) , From: United States

“ An Awesome Trip to Kyoto with Yoshie ”

We spent a wonderful day in Kyoto chiefly thanks to our knowledgeable guide. He met us At our hotel in Osaka and guided us through the public transportation. While we had several sites we wanted to see, we also took a couple of suggestions from our guide, Yoshie. Two musts for us were the bamboo forests and Fushii Inari Grand Shrine. we visited several other shrines and a monkey park. Yoshie suggested where to eat lunch and stayed with us through dinner and both restaurant suggestions were excellent. We were visiting from San Diego and would highly recommend Triplelighs and Yoshihisa as a guide. They in regular contact with us as our trip neared. We were thoroughly satisfied.

Yoshihisa:
Hi Tom. Thank you for your nice review. I also had a great time with you and Jeri in Kyoto. It was a bit tiring to climb Mt. Iwatayama to visit the monkey park. That was the first time in more than 30 years to see monkeys there but it was lots of fun to feed some monkeys thanks to you. Please contact me next time you visit Kansai area. Yoshie

Lois Lois
1 month ago , ( Friends ) , From: Philippines

“ The best! ”

We had a lovely time touring with Yoshie-san along the shrines and temples of Kyoto. Yoshie-san is very informative with every places we've visited. At the end of the tour, we ate in an izakaya place. Being a tour guide is a tiring and challenging job, but Yoshie-san told me that it is a fulfilling one as he gets to meet other people and tell them about Kyoto's vibrant history. My friends and I wish to return the favor of touring Yoshie-san and his wife should he visit the Philippines someday!

Yoshihisa:
Hi, Lois. Thank you very much for your nice review. I am glad that you and your friends had a wonderful time at the temples, the shrines and the izakaya in Fushimi. The pleasant memory with you in Kyoto will long linger on like the sound of a temple bell, I believe. I'd like to see you in the Philippines someday. Yoshie

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