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Half day special customized tour in Kyoto

by Toshiyo
(51) Reviews
4h $ 108


  • 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

108.00 USD

People People
1 ~ 6 people 108.00 USD
7 ~ 10 people 135.00 USD
FREE cancellation 14 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra hour.
$ 31.50


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 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.

Reviews ( 51 )

Very Good
2 days ago |   by Belinda

“ A patient guide ”

Toshiyo was punctual. I decided to get a guide as I was travelling with 2 elderly people, one who requires a wheelchair. She was very patient. She bought tickets for places we wanted to visit and suggested lunch places. She works with you to plan the itinerary, Highly recommended.

3 days ago |   by Roxanne

“ Insight to Japan ”

Toshiyo was an excellent guide who took us to Arashiyama and Fushimi Inari-taisha. She provided us with the history of the sites we visited and answered all types of questions that we (4 of us) had. Having Toshiyo gave us a better insight to the people of places of Japan. She was also very helpful in clearing a misunderstanding we had about our JR pass, and saved us money in buying unnecessary tickets. Although Toshiyo is listed as a tour guide, she was just an all around very helpful person.

1 week ago |   by Colleen

“ Kyoto memories ”

Our party of four (one who broke his foot 2 weeks prior to the trip) were so fortunate to have Toshiyo for 3 days in Kyoto. She is extremely professional, flexible, sensitive, and made outstanding suggestions. Considering there was one day of rain and challenges of a wheelchair/scooter, we were not able to see two areas of our pre-arranged itinerary. I consider that amazing! Her suggestion for reserving seats for the Aoi Festival and a reservation at a fantastic kaiseki lunch was spot-on. She is knowledgeable and very easy to understand. Being a local you can definitely see her passion in letting you get to see her city. When we return to Kyoto, we definitely want her as our guide! Thanks for a very memorable time in Kyoto!

2 weeks ago |   by Ellie

“ Not that great with old folks after all ”

Communication was haphazard prior to the trip and set off some red flags but I thought it could be due to the delayed messenger service by TripleLights but turned out that the guide did not pre-arrange the imperial palace visit application as requested. Despite exchanging phone numbers, she did not reply to my messages either. I also read one of the reviews that Toshiyo was supposedly good with older tourists but not true during my time with her; she basically walked way in front, leaving my parents far behind (as they are older and hence walked slower), leaving me to fill the gap and constantly looking out for her.

Very Good
2 weeks ago |   by Peter

“ Thoughtful and very helpful with planning our full day ”

We took a day tour of some highlights of Kyoto with Toshiyo. Toshiyo was very helpful and responsive to our email inquiries (on the TripleLights platform) regarding what to see and how to organize our limited time with her. She was also great at suggesting some kaiseki restaurants for us to consider well in advance of our visit. We sometimes had difficulty hearing her soft voice during the tour itself but could compensate by getting closer to her and asking her to repeat anything we missed. She was professional and knew how to get around Kyoto very well.

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