4h $ 107 up to 10 people
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Half day special customized tour in Kyoto

by Toshiyo
(24) Reviews
4h $ 107 up to 10 people

Highlights

  • 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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106.80 USD

total price
FREE cancellation 14 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra hour.
$ 31.15

Overview

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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Highlights

  • 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)

Important

City Kyoto

Depart From Kyoto , Shiga

Meeting Point At your hotel in Kyoto

Ending Point At your hotel in Kyoto

Duration 4 hours

Starting time 08:30 AM ( recommended )   Flexible

Number of people 1 to 10   Flexible
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

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.

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 at least 14 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
  • If you cancel between 2 and 13 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 20% charge.
  • If you cancel within 1 day prior to the meeting date, there is a 40% charge.
  • If you cancel on the meeting date, there is no refund.

Organized by Toshiyo


National Certified Guide

(24) Reviews

Contact Toshiyo
Response Time 5 hs

Languages spoken
  • English ( License )

I was born and raised in Kyoto.Kyoto has a lot of things to see and experience. Kyoto is an ancient city with a lot of world heritage.
I am happy to show you both traditonal aspects of Japan and modern things.
I use public transportation and I am good at walking.
Also I am very flexible.


Reviews ( 24 )

1 day ago |   by Ephraim

“ We got our money's worth and then some. ”

From the very start, Toshiyo was very flexible with the meeting time due to certain circumstances we had with the shinkansen. From the get go, she made adjustments to our itinerary for the day, due to the massive volume of other tourists at Kyoto at the time. This goes to show that she really did put a lot of thought into the tour that she gave us. We managed to visit all of the places I really wanted to go to even though our tour was adjusted in some way. At every place we visited she gave interesting trivia and other facts for that certain place. She was pleasent to be around with, and is a prime example of how hospitable the japanese can be.

1 week ago |   by Alice

“ Experience Japanese Tradition and Personality ”

Toshiyos tea ceremony and calligraphy program allowed us to get to know the Japanese tradition as well as a bit of Japanese everyday life. It was a wonderful experience that we would not have gained without her and her friend. The afternoon was a special highlight of our 2 week stay in Kyoto and surroundings. If we go back to Kyoto, we will certainly book one of her other tours. She has extensive knowledge, good humor and an exceptionally sophisticated and elegant appearance. Japan at its best! We were very pleased!

3 weeks ago |   by Ma

“ Fantastic Tour of Kyoto ”

Toshiyo is an excellent tour guide. We learned much from her yesterday at Fushimi inari shrine, Arashiyama Bamboo forest and temple, and Kinkaki-ju. she also brought us to a nice, delicious ramen place for a hearty lunch. But the best part about Toshiyo is her service even before the day of the tour. I booked her from the Philippines, and with only our email correspondence via TripleLights, we were able to plan the day properly. she asked our preference for places, our lunch needs for the kids, and even messaged about the rainy weather. she replies at any time of day, and always pleasantly.

1 month ago |   by Anne

“ A great day in Kyoto with Toshiyo ”

We had a really good day in Kyoto with Toshiyo. She was very flexible when we changed the itinerary and very patient with my slow progress especially on the climb up the mountain to see the monkeys. After seeing the temple and gardens, and the bamboo forest in the Arashiyama area, we had lunch (Toshiyo had precooked a popular restaurant overlooking the Togetso bridge) and then went on the bus to the Gion area where we explored the fascinating streets and the temple. All in all a wonderful although exhausting day. Thank you again Toshiyo.

1 month ago |   by Raoul

“ Ggreat day in Kyoto ”

Wonderful guide

1 month ago |   by Karen

“ Exceeded our expectations! ”

Toshi was so very informative and relaxing to be with. Trips can be very hectic in large cities but she showed us more places than we expected and it was so much less stressful than when we visited places on our own. She gave us insight and details on the culture which we were really interested in. We had a very fun time, I would highly recommend Toshi!

2 months ago |   by Erika

“ Great day in Kyoto ”

We spent a very nice day in Kyoto with Toshiyo, we wanted to see a few specific places and she brought us there quickly and efficiently. In the evening she booked a very nice restaurant for us, with a gorgeous view over the city. Thank you!

4 months ago |   by Stephanie

“ Amazing, energetic and kind! ”

We loved getting to know Toshiyo. She is very energetic and a fast walker, which I loved. She is a hiker so can keep up with the best of them. She showed us all over Kyoto by bus and provided fast facts along the way. The restaurant we went to for lunch, owned by a tea company, was delicious. She also was a great photographer and got excellent shots of us. I would highly recommend her.

4 months ago |   by Nichole

“ Fun day in Kyoto ”

We had a very nice day with Toshiyo. She made sure to take us to all of the places we requested and was flexible with our schedule. She is from Kyoto so she is knowledgable about the area. We hope to return one day!

4 months ago |   by Elizabeth

“ Lovely day in Kyoto ”

Toshi was a great help in helping us see a few of the highlights Kyoto had to offer. We enjoyed our day with her very much and would recommend her as a tour guide to others.

5 months ago |   by Michael

“ 2 Days Kyoto tour. ”

Toshiyo is a pleasant and knowledgeable as a private tour guide, and ultimately made our Kyoto stay very memorable. We had a great time visiting the must see places as we only spent 2days there. And also brought us to the nice restaurant at Arashiyama. Thank you.

5 months ago |   by Peter

“ Half day tour ”

Fantastic guide!!!!

5 months ago |   by Jason

“ Wonderful Experience ”

Outstanding, she catered to our needs with two small girls. Thank you so much for showing us around the town, a must if you've never been to Kyoto before. We would have given up fighting the crowd if it were not for her.

6 months ago |   by Vina

“ The Yappy's in Kyoto ”

Toshiyo our guide is punctual and very friendly. She is very knowledgable with the area and history of Kyoto. She is very accommodating.

6 months ago |   by Susan

“ Kyoto Kyoto ”

Toshiyo is a terrific guide and an intelligent, lovely woman. Touring several places in Kyoto, she was knowledgeable, flexible and resourceful. We loved spending time with her and hearing about her high school year spent in Ohio. What a brace young woman! On our next trip to Kyoto, we definitely hope to see Toshiyo.

6 months ago |   by Janine

“ Kyoto in one day ”

We are so glad to have Toshiyo to show us what we cannot see on ourprevious 3-days tour with *******: Toshiyo took us to Fushimi inari and the geikkenken sake museum then to Kiomizu dera temple and shopping areas and 2more famous shrines that we cannot do without her expertise . She is very accommodating and plan everything perfectly to meet our request and time. Thanks Toshiyo.

6 months ago |   by Terry

“ Thank you Toshi ”

Thanks for organizing the itinerary and pre booked the restaurant for lunch ( the best Soba restaurant )

7 months ago |   by Carolyn

“ Wonderful help in experiencing Kyoto! ”

Toshiyo did a wonderful job helping us decide how to best share Kyoto with our family (three boys aged 6-10). Despite some significant rain/cold weather, Toshiyo helped teach us about the great history of Kyoto's temples, shared one of her favorite soba restaurants with us, and adjusted the itinerary as the day progressed to make the best of our time together. She did a wonderful job!

7 months ago |   by Elana

“ Great day with Toshiyo ”

We had a lovely time with Toshiyo. Toshiyo planned our itinerary based on what was the farthest away from our hotel and what would be the hardest to get to as tourists. We were able to see 3 sights and have lunch in a 5 hour day. Toshiyo is eru knowledgeable about the history of Japan and her English is very good. If you book with her make sure to request the Soba restaurant by the river!

7 months ago |   by Mervyn

“ A day with Toshiyo ”

Had a very enjoyable day with Toshiyo on a rainy Kyoto day. Only the weather stopped us seeing more. if you are looking for a guide in Kyoto i recommend Toshiyo.

7 months ago |   by Kit

“ Wonderful! ”

Toshiyo did a great job of showing us Kyoto. We covered the major sights all over the city, enjoyed a traditional soba noodle meal at one of her favorite spots, and learned to use the public transportation system. She enabled us to easily traverse the city for the rest of our stay, made recommendations for sights and places we would most enjoy, and helped us to better understand Japan and its wonderful peoples. We would definitely use her again.

9 months ago |   by Umberto

“ An excellent guide ”

I booked the guide for a friend of mine and his family. They told me she was a wonderful guide.

11 months ago |   by Paul

“ Nijo Castle and Nishiki market. No castle proved to be a bit of a disappointment because it was quite bare and the paintings have been stripped for restoration. Nishiko market was very interesting. ”

It was a pleasure to have Toshiba as our guide for one morning. She was friendly, obliging and we could communicate well in English. She did a good job of taking us to the places we requested. I would happily have her as my guide again.

1 year ago |   by Claudia

“ Wonderful Experience in Gion ”

Our family had a wonderful time in Gion with the help of Toshiyo. Our pace was just right, especially in that we were with my 75-year old mother, and Toshiyo was flexible enough to adjust the pace. We enjoyed the Kimono experience and the sushi lunch place she had reserved for us. She is able to suggest different activities apart from the usual sight seeing.

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