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Exploring Kyoto in Rakusei (West) and Rakuchu (Central)

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8h $ 312 Price up to 20 people


  • Tenryu-ji Temple
  • Nijyo-jo castle
  • Kyoto Imperial Palace

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311.50 USD

Price up to 20 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior


Kyoto is known as exotic sightseeing places and numerous historic, quaint old monuments are seen all over the town. This tour covers part of Rakusei (West district) and Central district. Visiting Rakusei , Tenryu-ji temple represents the Kitayama culture. Nijyo-jo castle, Kyoto Imperial Palace in Rakuchu (Central district) are the cultural center during Heian, Momoyama and Edo periods.

What to Expect

Arashiyama changes its color from season to season and Sagano is a tranquil spot, beloved by emperors and nobles. Bamboo grove make you feel romantic and become a movie star. A shrine called Nonomiya-shrine built in the midst of grove, may help you find a partner for life soon. Fantastic to walk a beautiful bridge, Togetsu Bridge and listen to the murmuring of the Katsura river. Carefully maintained and preserved Bamboo grove is also a must-see spot. The head temple of the Tenryu-ji branch of the Rinzai Sect of Zen Buddhism has both a botanic garden and a gorge-water garden, borrowed landscape from Mt Arashiyama to part of the garden. Tokugawa shogunate came to an end in this castle, Nijyo-jo castle in 1867 with the announcement of hand over the authority back to the Emperor by last Shogun, Tokugawa Yoshinobu. Kyoto Imperial Palace was partly open to public from July 26, 2016 and is held in high regard as a piece of Japan’s cultural heritage. Nijyo-jo castle and Kyoto Imperial Palace will tell you long historical tale in Kyoto from 794 to 1867.

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  • Tenryu-ji Temple
  • Nijyo-jo castle
  • Kyoto Imperial Palace


Any day or time is available, inclusively long tours extended to more than 10 days across Japan, but please reconfirm guide's availability at time of booking

Take your shoes off before stepping on tatami (Nijyo-jo Castle)
Be quiet and respectful in Shrines and Temples
Remove hats and sunglasses in front of main sanctuary in Shrines and Temples
Not to touch old buildings, old remains and objects
Not to take pictures where prohibited in Shrines, Temples, Castles and Imperial Palace.

What‘s included
* Guide fee, hotel pick-up fee in Kansai district (Kansai district = City of Osaka, Nara and Kyoto)
*Travel expense as required to travel with customers by means of public transportation such as train, subway, bus. Travel expenses
included are limited within Kansai district (Kansai district = City of Osaka, Nara, Kyoto)
*Admission fees, tickets as might be incurred at temples, shrines or the like.
*Meals , drinks or the like for the guide during the tour
*Any tax or the like as might be incurred by the guide in Japan
What‘s not included
Not included:
*Fees to cruise river or sea or the like.
*Tickets for Universal Studio Japan, museum or the like as might be required at private or public entertainment facilities.
Depart From
At your hotel in Kansai distict (Kansai district = City of Osaka, Kyoto or Nara)
Meeting Point
At your hotel in Kansai district (Kansai district = City of Osaka, Kyoto or Nara)
Ending Point
At your hotel in Kansai district (Kansai district = City of Osaka, Kyoto or Nara)
8 hours
Starting time
08:30 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 20 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.

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 ( 4 )
Sonia Ella Sonia Peru ( Couple )
13 hours ago

“ Day in Kyoto with Masahisa ”

Masahisa is a wonderful tour guide! He is very knowledgeable and professional. He helped us prioritize the sites we wanted to see in a limited amount of time. We had a great day in Kyoto with Masahisa!


Ms Sonia Thanks for stopover in Kyoto in midst of tight schedule, wish your safe return home. Please pass thanks also to your professor re mobile memory "Leef" things. Please stay a couple of nights here next time. Thanks Masahisa

Kathleen Kathleen United States ( Business )
1 month ago

“ Amazing, before and afer! ”

I had a group of 18 inquisitive college students. Mike was a terrific guide. He will take care of you before, during and after the tour. He is very knowledgeable and lovely. He insisted on taking us to the car on the platform for our train, for example; took tons of group pictures and sent them to us afterward. We had originally planned on two days with Mike, and he helped as we had to reorganize our travel because of a typhoon. He was gracious and flexible, and we couldn't have asked for a better guide.


Ms Kathleen It's me to thank for giving me an opportunity to guide a party who traveled all the way from city I lived and also I loved. I wish I could meet each of college student, full fledged as a journalist here in Japan sometime again. Best regards also to Prof. Thanks / Makino

Lynn Lynn United States ( Family )
1 year ago

“ Nara Visit ”

Mike was a very good tour guide. He had a lot of information to share with us about Nara. He was very pleasant to spend the day with.Nara Park had hundreds of deer walking around and that was very interesting to see them going up to people who would then feed them. There was a lot of walking on our tour but we did not want to miss anything of interest. Mike controlled our pace and made the trip very interesting.


Ms Lynn Thank you again for your visit all the way to Nara and wish you all safe return home, hopefully with great memories in Japan. There are a lot more we want to show you here in Japan and I am looking forward to meeting you all again here. Thanks again. Masahisa Makino

Patricia Patricia United Kingdom ( Friends )
1 year ago

“ Very professional and goes beyond what is expected ”

From the day I booked Masahisa (Mike) he has been emailing me about the itinerary and helping me with restaurant choices, even our transportation to Koyasan. He has given me so much information that I feel I have underpaid him! Although I only booked him for 8 hours, he stayed with us until 7pm and brought us back to out hotel. He was very professional and I will not hesitate to book him again for my future tours.


Ms Patricia Glad to know your safe return home, hopefully with great memories here. Thank you for your recent group tour with me, which I also enjoyed a lot. Looking forward to meeting you all sometime again. Thanks Makino

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