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One day door to door tour of Kyoto from Tokyo


Kyoto
13 hours
up to 5 people
English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )

This tour is for those who want to visit Kyoto and return to Tokyo within a day.
We will use the bullet train between Tokyo and Kyoto, which costs 28,000 JPY per adult (you and the guide), in addition to my guiding fee.
You can choose one route from the list bellow.
1. Miyabi route (Most popular places)
2. Golden route (Most scenic places)
3. History route (Most quiet and historical places)

Itinerary

Feel free to personalize this offer with Yuki.

  • This tour is for those want to visit Kyoto within a day. We will use the bullet train from Tokyo at 9:00AM to Kyoto which costs 28,000JPY per adult (you and the guide) in addition to the guiding fee. You can choose one of the following three routes (1. Miyabi, Golden, and History).
  • 1. Miyabi: 11:30-12:30 Fushimi Shrine ( The most poluar place in Kyoto acoording to Trip Adviser with 1000 red Torii Gates)
  • 1. Miyabi: 13:00-13:30 Sanjusangen-Do Temple ( popular for its 1001 statues of Buddha in the building)
  • 1. Miyabi: 14:00-15:30 Gion area (Traditional Kyoto street, good for shopping and lunch )
  • 1. Miyabi: 16:00-17:00 Kinkaku-Ji Temple ( The World Heritage, popular for its golden house and Japanese garden)
  • 2. Golden:11:30-12:00 Arashiyam area ( popular for Togetsu bridge and mountains )
  • 2. Golden: 12:00-13:00 Tenryu-Ji Temple ( The World Heritage, popular for its Japanese garden )
  • 2. Golden: 13:00-14:30 Bamboo forest in Arashiyama (Lunch)
  • 2. Golden: 15:00-15:30 Ryoan-Ji Temple ( Dry landscape garden)
  • 2. Golden: 16:00-17:00 Kinkaku-Ji Temple ( The World Heritage, popular for its golden house and Japanese garden)
  • 3. History: 11:30-12:00 Sanjusangen-Do Temple ( popular for its 1001 statues of Buddha in the building)
  • 3. History: 12:30-14:00 Gion area ( Traditional Kyoto street, good for shopping and lunch )
  • 3. History: 14:30-15:30 Nijo Castle ( The World Heritage, traditional building with many Japanese Paintings as well as beautiful Japanese gardens )
  • 3. History: 16:00-17:30 To-Ji Temple (The Worl Heritage, traditional old Buddist Temple with great statues of Buddha )

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What to Expect

You can visit popular sites in Kyoto without staying there.
You can leave your luggage at your hotel in Tokyo and enjoy your sightseeing in Kyoto within a short stay, such as a business trip.

Departure & Return

Depart From Tokyo
Starting time 08:00 AM
Meeting Point at your hotel in Tokyo
Ending Point at your hotel in Tokyo

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee, hotel pick-up (no charge)

What‘s not included

Transportation cost of you and guide (about 30,000 JPY per person, including that of the Shinkansen)
Lunch (from 1,000 JPY per person for you and guide)
Entrance fee of you (400 to 600 JPY per place per person)

Important

The guiding fee does not include the transportation cost of you and the guide between Tokyo and Kyoto which is 28,000 per adult. You can use JR pass but please pay the transportation cost of the guide.

Please ask me the availability of this tour before you book it.

This tour uses public transportation and we have to depend on trains and buses in Kyoto.
This tour is for those who stay in Tokyo area. If you will stay in Kyoto, I can start the tour from morning but please pay the transportation cost of the guide.
I will book your seats of the Shinkansen if you agree to pay me in cash about 28,000 JPY per adult at our tour.

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

How much is the transportation cost ?

About 30,000 per adult including the guide and 15,000 per children under 12 years old
This includes the cost of about 28,000 per adult for the Shinkansen.

Can we use JR pass ?

Yes, you can use JR pass but you can not take the bullet train Nozomi by JR pass and we have to shorten the time to stay in Kyoto by about one hour.

Can we stay in Kyoto ?

Yes, you can but please pay my trip back to Tokyo.

How much are the entrance fees?

Entrance fees in JPN are as follows.
Tenryu temple adult 500, child 300
Kinkaku temple adult 400, child 300
Sanjusangendo templeadult 600, child 400
Where the age of a Child is from 6 to 11.

Can we have a two day tour ?

Yes, you can.
If you take two days of this tour, I will discount my lodging cost in Kyoto.

How are the schedule of the tour ?

The following is for Miyabi route.
8:00AM pick up at your hotel
8:40-10:58 Shinaknsen from Tokyo to Kyoto
11:07-11:12 Train to Inari
11:12-12:38 Fushimi-Inari shrine sightseeing
12:38-13:00 Train to Sanjusangendo temple
13:00-14:00 Sanjysangendo temple sightseeing
14:00-15:00 Walk&Lunch
15:00-15:30 Bus to Kinkaku temple
15:30-16:30 Kinkaku temple sightseeing
16:30-17:30 Train to Kyoto St.
18:00-20:30 Shinkansen from Kyoto to Tokyo
21:00 Return to your hotel

The following is for Golden route
8:00AM pick up at your hotel
8:40-10:58 Shinaknsen from Tokyo to Kyoto
11:17-11:33 Train to Arashiyama
11:33-12:50 Tenryu temple sightseeing
12:50-13:30 Bus to Ryoan temple
13:30-15:00 Ryoan temple sightseeing&Lunch
15:00-15:30 Bus to Kinkaku temple
15:30-16:30 Kinkaku temple sightseeing
16:30-17:30 Bus&Subway to Kyoto station
18:00-20:30 Shinkansen from Kyoto to Tokyo
21:00 Return to your hotel

The following is for History route
8:00AM pick up at your hotel
8:40-10:58 Shinkansen from Tokyo to Kyoto
11:17-11:30 Train to Sanjusangen-Do Temple
11:30-12:00 Sanjusangen-Do Temple sightseeing
12:00-12:30 Train to Gion
12:30-13:30 Gion area sightseeing&Lunch
14:00-15:00 Nijo Caste
15:30-16:30 To-Ji Temple sightseeing
16:30-17:00 Train to Kyoto station
18:00-20:30 Shinkansen from Kyoto to Tokyo
21:00 Return to your hotel

I want to take this tour during my layover at Narita Airport. Is it possible?

It takes about three hours for the return trip from Narita to Tokyo in addition to 12 hours of this tour from Tokyo to Kyoto.
That means you need at least 15 hours of waiting time of layover at Narita.
Moreover, you have to come to Tokyo as it will be too early for me to pick you up at Narita.

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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Lynne Lynne New Zealand ( Family )
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5 hours ago

“ Charming and witty ”

My daughter and I did an overnight tour to Takayama and Shiragawa organised by Yuki san. Takayama is lovely but a bit touristy and he went out of his way to show us other aspects of the old town which we appreciated. We also fined very well on Hida beef at a very new and excellent restaurant he sought out. Very reasonable price and amazing food. Yuki is fluent, patient and fun. I would recommend him to any traveller. Thank you Yuki. Lynne and Stacey

Yuki:

Dear Lynne, Thank you for taking my tour. You were the second ones who took my tour of Takayama. I am very glad if you have enjoyed Takayama tour. Best regards, Yuki

Michelle Michelle Singapore ( Friends )
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1 day ago

“ Best guide in japan ”

We thoroughly enjoyed the guided tour by Yuki to hakone. Yuki was very responsive with our enquiries prior to our trip and took initiative to provide updates for the trip. He was very attentive and flexible and provide us with different options and suggestion to ensure we have a pleasant trip. Thanks to his recommendation, we had one of the best soba in japan! We will surely recommend him to anyone who may be looking for a guide.

Yuki:

Dear Michelle, Thank you for taking my tour of Hakone. It was my first trip after Hakone was hit by a strong Typhoon with record breaking rainfall. We planed to visit Mt. Koma but we changed the plan as it was hazy and partly cloudy. Instead, I took you to Ubako to see Mt. Fuji and visited Gora Park. I am glad to finish our tour without serious problems except the 40 min waiting for taking photos at the Torii gate on the lake. Best regards, Yuki

Marcia Marcia United States ( Couple )
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3 days ago

“ A great day in Tokyo with Yuki! ”

Yuki was a wonderful and very knowledgeable guide. He was on time, spoke great English and is very polite and fun. He was very accommodating to our schedule, showed us the ropes with public transportation; took us to a great place for lunch and even hunted down a very special item we were looking for. Thank you Yuki!

Yuki:

Dear Marcia, Thank you for taking my tour. Kiyosumi Garden is my favorite place with its quietness and unique setups of stones. Tower Knife is the best place to buy Japanese kitchen knives. Please give my best regards to other members, too. Yuki

Susan Susan United States ( Friends )
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1 week ago

“ Gardens of Tokyo ”

Yuki worked very hard to make sure our group of 5 could visit the three gardens we had planned to see as well as the outer fish market and the Akihabara area. Yuki helped us order lunch in a restaurant and made sure we returned safely back to our hotel at the end of the day.

Yuki:

Dear Susan, Thank you for taking my tour. Yuki

Mickey Mickey United States ( Friends )
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1 week ago

“ Excellent Tour - 2nd Time ”

I took a tour with Yuki a year ago. And, again, this October with three friends who were experiencing their first Japan visit. Friends from Cape Town commented that Tsukiji Outer Market tour with Yuki was one of their highlights and sent me a photo of their Japanese culinary equipment acquisitions, including the beautiful Japanese knife purchased with the help of Yuki. Thank you very much, Yuki, for your friendly, fun and educational 1/2-day tour. Best regards. Mickey

Yuki:

Dear Mickey, Thank you for taking my tour again with your friends. I always welcome your accompany, please come again. Yuki

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