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Half day special customized tour in Kyoto


Kyoto
4 hours
up to 10 people
English ( License ), Japanese ( Fluent )
Private tour (only you and your guide)

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.

Itinerary

Feel free to personalize this offer with Toshiyo.

  • 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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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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Departure & Return

Starting time 08:30 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point At your hotel in Kyoto
Ending Point At your hotel in Kyoto

Inclusions & Exclusions

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

Important

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.

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 ( 153 )
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Dorothy Dorothy United States ( Couple )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ Kyoto and Nara ”

We have traveled extensively and Toshiyo was the best tour guide. She was a most gracious and knowledgeable companion in visiting these historic sites. Toshiyo is very special and we are very grateful that we met her!

Toshiyo:

Dear Dorothy and Moses, Thank you very much for your warm hearted review. I appreciate you having me as your guide for your precious trip to Kyoto and Nara. I was much impressed and moved by your stories. I hope you had a great time in Japan and will come back again. Toshiyo

Narendra Narendra United States ( Couple )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Nice Tour and Great Person ”

Prior to the trip, Toshiyo and I communicated several times to finalize what we wanted to see in Kyoto. We did a day trip from Tokyo and she met us at the train station and we were off to our sights. She showed each site very well and used public transportation and taxis if needed. Her English is very very good and she was able to clearly understand and effectively communicate with us. We would certainly use her services again the next time we are in the Kyoto area.

Toshiyo:

Dear Navendra Thank you very much for you having me as your guide. I enjoyed being with you. I am glad you had a good time in Kyoto because you cane all the way to visit Kyoto. I appreciate your visit. Please come back again in spring and autumn. Thank you again. Toshiyo

Amna Amna United States ( Couple )
Very Good
3 weeks ago

“ Great one day trip to Kyoto with Toshiyo ”

We had a great one day trip to Kyoto with Toshi. She was very prompt to reply to all my questions before booking the trip. We were taking the early morning bulletin train from a Tokyo and she met us at the train station. We went to 5 places (Inari Shinto shrine, bamboo forest, imperial castle, golden pavilion and one more place). I am so glad that Toshi was with us to navigate the city as these sites were spread all over. We had a great day in Kyoto- Thank you Toshi.

Toshiyo:

Hi Amna Thank you very much for your having me as your guide. I am glad you enjoyed Kyoto. And we had a relaxed time with fewer tourists in tourist spots. Please come back again in spring and autumn to see more beautiful places. Thank you. Toshiyo

Saumil Saumil United States ( Friends )
Excellent
3 weeks ago

“ Comprehensive Tour of Beautiful Kyoto ”

Toshiyo was the greatest thing to happen to our group. My friends and I have been visiting Japan and have been trying to soak up the best elements. She was extremely flexible, punctual and professional, extremely friendly and knowledgeable. Couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Not only did we see it all we learned it all. Thank you Toshiyo-San

Toshiyo:

Dear Saumil and lovely friends Thank you very much for your having me as a guide. I am very glad to hear you enjoyed the day here. I appreciate we shared monkey park and love shrine experiences. Thank you very much. Toshiyo

Jennifer Jennifer United States ( Business )
Excellent
4 weeks ago

“ Amazing Tour of Kyoto! ”

My colleagues and I were able to spend one day in Kyoto and greatly enjoyed our time and tour with Toshiyo! She tailored out tour according to what we desired. Also, as the tour went on, we were able to change some items to ensure that we were able to see those places which were most important to us. She was very informative and had a wealth of information about the city, the sites, and many other interesting facts. She brought us to an authentic small Japanese restaurant for lunch which we really enjoyed! I recommend Toshiyo as a guide for those coming to Kyoto!

Toshiyo:

Dear Jennifer Thank you very much for having me as your guide. To start early in the morning was the best choice and I am very glad you enjoyed Kyoto. Winter Kyoto has been warm and very pretty with calm atmosphere. Thank you very much for spending time in Kyoto. Toshiyo

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