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Half day special customized tour in Kyoto

by Toshiyo
(70) Reviews
4h $ 106


  • Nijo Castle
  • Arashiyama Area (For example Tenryu-ji Temple, Okochi Sanso, Ninomiya Shrine etc.)
  • Kinkakuji Temple
  • Kiyomizudera Temple
  • Toji Temple
  • Fushimi Inari Shrine
  • Sanjuisangendo Temple
  • Miidera Temple (in Otsu, Shiga prefecture)
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Select Date and Travelers

105.60 USD

People People
1 ~ 6 people 105.60 USD
7 ~ 10 people 132.00 USD
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra hour.
$ 30.80


This is a half-day tour for the people who would like to visit Kyoto in a limited time. Please pick one or two sightseeing places from the following list and I will take you there at a reasonable price.

What to Expect

You can experience both temples and shrines as well as visit beautiful Japanese bamboo grove and gardens. With my help, you will be able to understand Japanese culture and food. I will take you to these places by public transportation. Such transportation costs about 2000 yen for 1 day. It is your own tour. You can stay in the place you like as long as you want to, taking pictures and enjoying the scenic beauty. Take your time. No hurry.

In Kyoto, there are countless sightseeing places to see. Here are some options:

-Nijo Castle ... One of the finest castles from the Edo period. The Ninomaru Palace in the Castle has 33 rooms , 800 tatami mats and many superb wall paintings.
-Arashiyama Area ... Mainly Tenryu-ji Temple, which has a beautiful pond garden and the bamboo forest close to Tenryu-ji Temple, but I can take you to some other tourists spots in Arashiyama area such as Okochi Sanso with beautiful garden, Nonomiya Shrine etc.
-Kinkaku-ji Temple...Golden Pavilion whose top two floors are completely covered with gold leaf.
-Fushimi Inari ... It has 1000 torii gates. There are 2 courses: a short course with 30 minutes and a long hiking course with 2 hours since it is located at the foot of Mt Inari. It is the top headquarters of 30,000 Inari shrines all over Japan.
-Kimono experience ... You can experience putting on Kimono for about 2500 yen per person.
-Tea ceremony experience ... You can experience tea ceremony for about 2000 yen per person.
-Nishiki Market ... If you would like to, I can take you to a Yuba (bean curd sheet) factory as well.
-Kiyomizudera Temple ... It is located in one of the oldest area of Kyoto city. You can enjoy shopping , eating and making handicrafts as well as the view of Kyoto city from the temple.
-Toji Temple ... It has a city landmark of the five story (57 meters high) pagoda. The lecture hall has contains 21 striking mandara images.
-Sanjusangendo ... It has 1001 Buddha statues with 40 hands and 11 faces on the heads.
-Miidera Temple (in Otsu, Shiga prefecture) ... It is a long history temple with important cultural property, Niomon Gate and a famous Benkei bell. Although it is next to Kyoto and takes about 15 minutes from Otsu Station, which is 10 minute train ride, the area is very quiet and pretty with Lake Biwa, which is the largest lake in Japan.

I would like to take you any other places you are interested in.

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  • Nijo Castle
  • Arashiyama Area (For example Tenryu-ji Temple, Okochi Sanso, Ninomiya Shrine etc.)
  • Kinkakuji Temple
  • Kiyomizudera Temple
  • Toji Temple
  • Fushimi Inari Shrine
  • Sanjuisangendo Temple
  • Miidera Temple (in Otsu, Shiga prefecture)


I can guide in Kyoto,Nara Osaka Koyasan and Shiga. I can also take guests to Kouyasan . I can also guide you in the evening.

What‘s included
Guide fee, hotel pick-up in Kyoto area
What‘s not included
Transportation fee (you and your guide), lunch and/or dinner, entrance fee
Depart From
Kyoto , Shiga
Meeting Point
At your hotel in Kyoto
Ending Point
At your hotel in Kyoto
4 hours
Starting time
08:30 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 10 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 ( 70 )
Christopher Christopher United States ( Couple )
5 days ago

“ Wonderful guide! ”

Toshiyo-san went above and beyond for our day tour with her in Kyoto. She allowed us to customize the tour and we ended up doing more than we originally planned. She is thoughtful, kind, and definitely knows her stuff. You won’t be disappointed and I highly recommend her.


Hi Christopher Thank you very much for contacting me and writing the warm hearted review. I had a great time with you and I will never forget the best time Tofukuji autumn leaves. Please come back in spring with your Mom. Best regards. Toshiyo

jim Jim United States ( Family with kids )
1 week ago

“ The best of Kyoto ”

Toshiyo our guide met us in the lobby of our hotel. She then proceed to discuss what we wanted to see and what she thought we should see. This a well spent 15 minutes, because of that our day with Toshiyo was educational, informative and enjoyable. At the end of the day all three of us (my wife, and our grandson) thought it was the best way to see Kyoto, plus Toshiyo educated us on how to get around Kyoto for the remaining day in the cities. Toshiyo explained about the shrines and temples that we visited and was eager to talk about Kyoto and the surrounding area. I would highly recommend Toshiyo to anyone who would like to see Kyoto and it sites.


Dear Jim and your beautiful wife and grandson Thank you very much for the warm hearted review. You’re very fashionable and beautiful family. I was very impressed and hope you enjoyed Nara and other areas. I appreciated you chose me as a Kyoto guide. Thank you very much. Toshiyo

Carla Carla Japan ( Friends )
1 week ago

“ She helped us to pack a lot into one day ”

It was overall a good experience. I thought she would have had more planned up front rather than us deciding upon arrival about where to go. We did desire a little more historical information about the locations we visited.


Hi I am sorry to hear what you expected me. Arashiyama is the historic preservred area, which is pretty large to explore in one hour. I would love to take you another quiet places next time you come to Kyoto. Thank you for booking. Toshiyo

Maria Maria United States ( Couple )
3 weeks ago

“ Highlight of our trip!!! ”

Toshiyo was patient, very knowledgeable, kind, friendly, and considerate. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! We had about 8 main must see places on our list and we saw all, but 1 because of the time constraint (we arrived late from Tokyo). With the complex and multiple modes of transportation between the places we wanted to see, we would’ve never been able to accomplish this without her! It was a particularly hot day...she even graciously took us all the way up to Iwatayama monkey park at the end of our tour and she never complained! She made efficient use of our time and made it her mission for us to see everything we wanted to visit. She even went above and beyond by helping us figure our train schedule back to Tokyo that evening and with unlocking our pasmo cards. Toshiyo, we can’t thank you en... read more


Dear Maria Thank you very much for your warm hearted review. I am very glad you enjoyed Kyoto sightseeing. You are a beautiful couple. Please came back again to see more. Thank you very much for contacting me.Best regards. Toshiyo

Norbert Norbert Germany ( Family with kids )
1 month ago

“ Customized tour in Eastern Kyoto ”

We started our tour at the Silver Pavillon, and then moved south towards Kiyomizu-dera. Toshiyo showed us to many beautiful places we would not have found on our own, explained and pointed things out. It was a nice experience, and for us as non-native speakers her english was clear and easy to understand.


Hi Thank you for warm hearted review. I am glad you had a good time in Kyoto. I was a bit worried you could make it to Kiyomizudera temple. If your nephew and you will have a longer time in summer I will give you accommodation at my place I really want to visit Berlin. Please let me know. Best regards.

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