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Customize your own Kyoto!

by Risa
(6) Reviews
8h $ 260 Price up to 6 people


  • Southern Kyoto - Fushimi Inari Shrine, Toji Temple, Tofukuji Temple
  • Central Kyoto - Nishiki Market, Kawaramachi Shopping Street, Pontocho, Imperial Palace, Nijo Castle
  • Eastern Kyoto - Kiyomizudera Temple, Yasaka Shrine, Gion District, Ninenzaka, Sannenzaka, Nanzenji Temple, Ginkakuji Temple, Philosopher's Walk
  • Northern Kyoto - Kinkakuji Temple, Ryoanji Temple, Ninnaji, Kurama, Kibune
  • Western Kyoto - Arashiyama, Tenryuji Temple, Katsura Villa
  • Learn about Japanese culture, history, manners & customs
  • Explore local food & snacks
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Select Date and Travelers

260.40 USD

Price up to 6 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

1 hour extension.
$ 23.25
Extra person.
$ 18.60


If you have some places to visit in your mind already, let me know! I'll bring you in right order so you can save some time and energy. We will mainly use city buses (600 yen/day) which bring us to most of the tourist attractions. Learn some Japanese culture, history and fun facts along the way. Be prepared to get some yummy lunch too :)

What to Expect

Kyoto is small yet a lot to see. Let me help you to visit places you want to check out as much as possible!
Here are some of the famous attractions and my favourite places in Kyoto - feel free to pick some of these too.

- Fushimi Inari Shrine >>> Known as thousand gates, Fushimi Inari Shrine could be one of the most famous highlights in Kyoto. Recommended going in early morning, since the place gets packed after 9am. Please discuss the starting time if you want to put this in your tour.

- Kiyomizudera Temple (Under construction until March 2020) >>> One of the oldest wooden made temples in Japan. Since it is located on the hill, you can see some nice view of the city over cherry blossom & maple trees.

- Nishiki Market >>> We call it "Kyoto's kitchen", over 100 shops are lined up through the arcade. From seafood to vegetables, you can taste all the different types of Kyoto food as you walk the market.

- Arashiyama >>> Arashiyama is located on the westside of the city, where you can enjoy some nature in all season. A lot of small souvenir shops and finger foods, bamboo forest and monkey park is something people are looking forward to visit in this area.

- Kinkakuji Temple >>> Known as "Golden Pavilion", the temple is covered by gold. You cannot go inside the temple but has amazing view of the temple over the pond. You can visit Ryoanji and Ninnaji at the same time following the Kinukake Path.

- Ginkakuji Temple >>> Unlike Kinkakuji, Ginkakuji (Silver Pavilion) is not in silver color yet it has very beautiful garden and you can feel Japanese "Wabi Sabi" culture.

- Nijo Castle >>> Unlike the other castles in Japan, Nijo castle is unique in its flatness. It used to be the residence of one of the most important Shogun's in Japanese history Tokugawa back in the 15th century. The place is also good when on rainy day.

- Toji Temple >>> Founded just after the capital was moved to Kyoto in the late 700s, Toji (East Temple) is one of the UNESCO world heritage sites in Kyoto. There is a famous flea market happening every month on the 21st where you can find some vintage trinkets and food venders.

- Tofuku-ji Temple >>> Located south east of Kyoto station, just above Fushimi Inari (Orange Gates), Tofuku-ji is well known for its autumn foliage. Although the trees are not in color, you can still enjoy the surrounding nature and escape from business.

- Nanzen-zi Temple >>> One of the most important zen temples in all of Japan. The area will be covered by full of cherry blossom in the spring, and also by autumn leaves in the fall. The entrance fee is free, 500 yen / person is requires if you want to go inside the Japanese Garden. The temple is located on the east side of the city so worth visiting if you are interested in checking out Philosophers Walk or Ginkaku-ji (Silver Pavillion).

- Fushimi Sake District >>> Did you know Kyoto has one of the leading sake breweries in all Japan? Here you can visit some museum and learn more about its history, how it's made, and do some tasting. You can also enjoy seeing some traditional hosings in the area.

- Standing Bars >>> This is more for night time things to do, but there are some of the places open from lunch. If you are food & drink lover we can go to one of local standing bars for lunch and explore Japanese eating and drinking scene.

Looking forward to seeing you all and share some great moment!

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  • Southern Kyoto - Fushimi Inari Shrine, Toji Temple, Tofukuji Temple
  • Central Kyoto - Nishiki Market, Kawaramachi Shopping Street, Pontocho, Imperial Palace, Nijo Castle
  • Eastern Kyoto - Kiyomizudera Temple, Yasaka Shrine, Gion District, Ninenzaka, Sannenzaka, Nanzenji Temple, Ginkakuji Temple, Philosopher's Walk
  • Northern Kyoto - Kinkakuji Temple, Ryoanji Temple, Ninnaji, Kurama, Kibune
  • Western Kyoto - Arashiyama, Tenryuji Temple, Katsura Villa
  • Learn about Japanese culture, history, manners & customs
  • Explore local food & snacks


Aside from shown availability, I'm free after 6pm sometimes so feel free to contact me for more information.

- We will use public transportations such as buses, subway, or trains.
- The tour could contain a lot of walking. Please wear comfy shoes.
- Bring enough cash as some of the places does not accept credit card and for temple entrance fees.

What‘s included
Guide fee
What‘s not included
Transportation fee (you and guide) >>> Mostly can be covered by 1 day bus pass (600 yen/person)
Extra 300~500 yen needed when combining trains

Entrance fee (you and guide) >>> Entrance fee to the major temples are listed as below:
- Fushimi Inari Shrine FREE
- Arashiyama Bamboo Forest FREE
- Kiyomizudera Temple 400 yen
- Kinkakuji Temple 400 yen
- Ginkakuji Temple 500 yen
- Imperial Palace FREE
- Nijo Castle 600 yen (Extra 400 yen to Ninomaru Palace from April 2019)
- Ryoanji Temple 500 yen
- Heian Shrine 600 yen
- Toji Temple FREE
- Tofukuji Temple 400 yen
- Sanju Sangendo 600 yen
- Tenryuji Temple 500 yen
- Arashiyama Monkey Park 550 yen
- Manga Museum 800 yen

Lunch (you and guide) >>> Around 1,000~1,500 yen / person (Feel free to ask if you want to have fancier lunch)

Guide Transportation Fee
Meeting Point
At your hotel in Kyoto or anywhere close to the starting point
Ending Point
At your hotel in Kyoto anywhere close to the starting point
8 hours
Starting time
09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 6 people   Flexible

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.

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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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 ( 6 )
Julie Julie United States ( Family with kids )
1 week ago

“ Knowledgeable of local area. ”

Risa was so sweet. She was knowledgeable of the area and showed us some fun places to shop. We switched up our itin with her since we were able to see a few things prior, but she was so kind and just went with the flow - half our group didn't make it due to tiredness and she was very accommodating. The dinner location she chose for us was great and we really enjoyed our time with her. Her English is excellent and I highly recommend Risa.

Ling Ling United States ( Solo )
2 months ago

“ Attentive local experience ”

Risa knows the ins and outs of Kyoto local hidden gems. Best guide to experience Kyoto!

Trey Trey United States ( Family with kids )
2 months ago

“ Best Tour Guide ”

We had a marvelous day with Risa. She was very accomodating to our needs. We had 1 day to see Kyoto and had very specific attractions we wanted to see. Risa planned everything including transportation routes. She met us early at our hotel and stayed late so we can finished with our tour. Without her, we would definitely be lost with the transportation routes. She spoke very good English and gave details history of each historical place. She made sure we tried foods specific to the Kyoto area. We had two kids with us and she made sure they were engaged in the tour. Again, thank you Risa. You definitely made our stay in Kyoto that much more meaningful.

Joanne Joanne Australia ( Family with kids )
3 months ago

“ We covered a lot of ground with Tisa ”

Risa was fantastic for our family of 4. She showed a lot of Kyoto’s must sees in the one day. We walked many km’s that day and Risa was happy to show us the way. She also took us to a traditional Japanese lunch and tried to school us in many Japanese cultures and philosophies. I would certainly recommend Risa to anyone wanting to The sights of Kyoto. Thanks so much Risa for being so patient with us and showing us your beautiful city.

Ariana Ariana Romania ( Family )
3 months ago

“ Great day out in the rain ”

Despite the cold and rainy weather, our day with Risa went really well. She organized a balanced and interesting tour, taking us to a nearby tea factory (matcha tea making included), then to Fushimi Inari and, on our way back, to Gion and a famous nearby shrine (can't remember the name). We were very lucky to find tickets for the geisha spring show at Kyoto theatre and end our day in grand Kyoto style!! Risa is very knowledgeable, friendly and speaks great English - we highly recommend her! We will spend another full day with her and look forward to it!

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