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Heart of Kyoto walking tour

by Koichi
(9) Reviews
6h $ 160 Price up to 5 people


  • Kyoto Imperial Palace
  • Nishiki Food market
  • Gion
  • Kenninji Zen temple

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160.20 USD

Price up to 5 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra hour.
$ 26.70


Kyoto is the heart of Japanese history and culture since it was the ancient capital of Japan from the late 8th century until the late 19th century.
I would like to introduce you Kyoto Imperial Palace, Nishiki food market, Gion, Kenninji Zen temple.

What to Expect

" Heart of Kyoto walking tour" offer you the opportunity to attract with wide varieties of Kyoto culture as following.

Imperial culture
Kyoto Imperial Palace is located in the heart of Kyoto city where Japanese Emperors lived for about 500 years.
It is the best place to start the sightseeing of the ancient capital city.

Food culture
Nishiki food market known as the kitchen of Kyoto is the perfect place to enjoy its food culture.

Gion is one of the five flower districts in Kyoto. It is the place where you can feel a scene out of old Japan.

Zen Buddhism and garden
Kenninji temple is the oldest temple in Kyoto. It has several kinds of Japanese gardens and tea house.

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  • Kyoto Imperial Palace
  • Nishiki Food market
  • Gion
  • Kenninji Zen temple


Kyoto Imperial palace is closed on Monday (on the following day if it falls on a public holiday), the year-end and New Year holidays (December 28 – January 4). Any day when Imperial Court functions are scheduled or other unavoidable circumstances occur.

Wearing shoes that are easy to walk in is recommendable.

What‘s included
guide fee
What‘s not included
lunch (you and guide: apx. from 1500 to 3500 JPY per person),
transportation fee (you and guide: apx. 600JPY per person),
entrance fee of Kenninji temple(500 JPY per person)
Meeting Point
At your hotel in Kyoto city
Ending Point
Around Gion (flexible)
6 hours
Starting time
10:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 5 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 ( 9 )
Nicole Nicole United States ( Couple )
2 months ago

“ Wonderful visit! ”

We loved our experience of touring Kyoto with Koichi. He is extremely knowledgeable about everything regarding the city, really knows the historical background inside and out. He took us to his favorite temple which isn't as well known to tourists, and it became our favorite temple as well. Not only did he make the perfect itinerary for us, he made sure to take us to the best lunch spots for authentic food! Highly recommend!

Giao Giao United States ( Family with kids )
3 months ago

“ Great day in Kyoto with Koichi ”

Koichi is a delight guide. Although his English accent is at time difficult to understand (his writing is perfect though), he is attentive, polite, organized and extremely helpful. He went above and beyond to ensure a smooth day for all of us. The soba experience near the Imperial Palace was a great one to remember. Over all, we enjoyed our day with Koichi very much and would highly recommend him. Also we appreciated the thoughtful gift he gave our teenage daughters at the end of the tour. Thank you Koichi!

Bronwyn Bronwyn Australia ( Family )
Very Good
4 months ago

“ Great one day private tour ”

We spent the morning and early afternoon with Koichi in Kyoto. Kochi made it very easy to get from one place to another in the short time we had - there is a lot to be said for local knowledge - and having grown up in Kyoto, Koichi definitely has this. It was raining on our tour day, and Koichi’s plan B suggestions were perfect. We spent the morning at Fushimi Inari Shrine then the bamboo Forrest followed by sushi lunch at small, but very nice sushi restaurant. We then spent the early afternoon at the Nishi markets which is definitely a place you want to have a local pointing out what everything is. The highlight of the day was the 2nd row seats Koichi pre-purchased for us to see the once a year (in May) Geisha dance show. We would never have known it was on, let alone have been able to ge... read more


Dear Bronwyn, Thank you for your review and warm message. I also enjoyed the time with you and I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed the performance. I hope to see you again.

John (Michael) John United States ( Couple )
4 months ago

“ An action packed day that was well worth the expense; he was great! ”

We had one full day in Kyoto; we wanted to leave with a flavor of the city. We visited a variety of destinations via cab, got in and out quickly, and moved on to the next. Koichi demonstrated himself to be intelligent (he holds a degree in Economics); highly skilled at his job; and attentive to all the details. I would recommend him without reservation to plan and escort you on your tour, purchase tickets and get you safely back to your hotel. We found his English to be very adequate and he responded to all of our questions in an intelligent manner. Koichi took us to a splendid restaurant that was not only delicious; but offered copious serving; at a great value too! He suggested we see the 181st annual spring dance performance of the Kyoto Pontochō district. It was a unique ... read more


Dear John, Thank you very much for your kind comment and high rating. I'm very glad you enjoyed the tour. I myself had a very nice time with you. Especially enjoying the annual spring dance performance at the seat near stage was fantastic. Please come back to discover more of Kyoto!

Kimberly Kimberly United States ( Friends )
5 months ago

“ Wonderful tour of Kyoto ”

Koichi was wonderful. He coordinated with us prior to our visit to plan our day and ensure we saw the things important to us. He planned a great day that was well paced. We had plenty of time to spend in each location and did not feel rushed. He took us to a fantastic little place for lunch that we never would have found on our own. I could eat every meal there. He also took extra care to accommodate my travel partner’s fish allergy. Koichi was kind, knowledgeable and thorough. We highly recommend him as a tour guide.


Dear Kimberly, Thank you for your positive feedback. I enjoyed spending time with two of you on the tour. I'm glad we could talk in peaceful garden and local restaurant. Please come back to Kyoto for another discoveries. Best regards, Koichi

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