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Extra Day in Kyoto: Explore Ancient Capital

2:30 hours
up to 5 people
Japanese ( Native ), English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )

This tour visits Kyoto Heian Capital museum to see the elaborate display of Heian Capital replica around 8th to 12th century including relics around the museum.

(Option) Visit the relic of wall which was surrounding Kyoto Capital called Odoi. This is another important relic in Kyoto history.
Recommended to the history lovers or time travel lovers !


Feel free to personalize this offer with Rick.

  • Kyoto Heian capital museum
  • Relics around the museum
  • (Option) The wall Odoi, which was surrounding Kyoto Capital (+2 Hours)

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What to Expect

This tour gives you an unique experience that no other tours can. You will slip back to ancient Kyoto with detailed display including virtual 3D. All of them are explained in English by Rick. In addition, there is an experience corner for you to wear elaborate ancient costume and take photos!

(Option) The option tour brings you to the relic of wall called Odoi in Japanese which was built in 16th century. This wall was built in 16th century by Toyotomi Hideyoshi who was a ruler of Japan. We visit locked relic which will be unlocked especially for this tour to walk through the inside. You might see the scenery of Kyoto in 16th century !

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Departure & Return

Starting time 09:30 AM
Meeting Point At the lobby of your hotel in Kyoto city
Ending Point Last visiting spot or your hotel in Kyoto city

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee, Hotel pick-up, Entrance fee(Free)

What‘s not included

Transportation fee: apx. 500 JPY (1,000 JPY with Option), Lunch


Please send me a message in advance if you want to reserve a tour of two or more consecutive days.

The museum is closed on Tuesday, so the tour is available except Tuesday.
Also the museum will be closed between Dec.29, 2018 and Jan. 4, 2019, so the tour is available except this period.
(Option) The option tour is available except Thursday because the locked area cannot be opened on Thursday.

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

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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Reviews ( 31 )
4.7 (31) Reviews
Very Good
Kara Kara United States ( Family with kids )
Very Good
1 week ago

“ Kind and Thoughtful Guide ”

We had a wonderful time with Rick. He was patient and lead us quickly from one location to the next on our itinerary. He also shared a wonderful sashimi restaurant with us. We would definitely recommend him to others.


Dear Kara, Thank you very much for your nice review! I am so glad that you have enjoyed the tour with me. All of your families are so nice and I also enjoyed talking with your three kids, hasband and mother. I hope you keep the memories in Kyoto and will come back someday in future. Best regards, Rick

Diego Diego United States ( Couple )
1 week ago

“ Knowledgeable and pleasant ”

We had a wonderful day with Rick: explored all that we had agreed to do and ended up with a Maiko dinner, as he had suggested, which gave us an otherwise unexplored view of Japanese lifestyles and traditions. Strongly recommend his services.


Dear Diego, Thank you very much for your nice review! I am so glad that you had enjoyed the tour and unexplored view of Japan. I had also enjoyed talking with you and your wife on various things with walking through beautiful Gion area just before the sunset. I hope you will come back to Kyoto in future. Best regards, Rick

Sharon Sharon Australia ( Couple )
2 weeks ago

“ 5 hour Kyoto highlight tour and optional Maiko dinner (2 hours) ”

Rick was an excellent guide, taking us to on his South course, visiting Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kiyomizu temple, Gion Walk and Maiko dinner. Rick is very knowledge and offered to take photos for us which was fantastic. Being a local he was familar with some of the quieter streets in the Gion Walk which were less crowded and pleasant to walk through and observe at a slower pace. The Maiko dinner was fantastic and well worth experiencing as taste of Japanese heritage and traditions. If you are spending a couple of days in Kyoto, we highly recommend using Rick as your tour guide - you will not be disappointed. Thanks for a great day Rick ;o)


Dear Sharon, Thank you very much for your nicest review! I am so glad to hear that you had enjoyed the tour very much. I also enjoyed the tour with you talking various things especially through the backstreet of Gion. I hope you keep the nice memories in Kyoto and will come back sometime in future. Best regards, Rick

Ian Ian United Kingdom ( Friends )
Very Good
1 month ago

“ Very nice chap to spend a day around Kyoto with ”

He did a good job of showing us some of the best sights of Kyoto he was knowledgable and very polite. Thanks Rick


Dear Ian, Thank you very much for your heartful review. All of your members were so nice and I also had enjoyed the tour with having conversations with all of you. I hope you keep good memories in Kyoto and come back sometime in future. Best regards Rick

Elliott Elliott Australia ( Couple )
2 months ago


We met Rick at the Fushimi Inari shrine. During our tour of Kyoto, we changed our minds often on what we wanted to do next. Rick was easy to work with, and adapted and attended to all our needs. His knowledge of Kyoto is deep as he was born here and has lived his whole life here. The day we met Rick, the heat in Kyoto was 38 C.... but Rick kept us cool, listening and attending to all our needs...


Dear Elliot, Thank you very much for your nice review! It was my pleasure to have guided you one day in Kyoto. I appreciate your deep interest in Kyoto where is my hometown and I am glad our conversation helped your understanding it. As it continues hot days in Japan, please take care yourself and enjoy the rest your days in Japan. I hope I can help you again in future. Best Regards, Rick

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