8h $ 249 up to 5 people
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Highlight Tour of Kyoto

by Kenji
(24) Reviews
8h $ 249 up to 5 people

Highlights

  • 1. Kiyomizu-dera Temple ( with huge panoramic veranda ) entrance fee:300yen
  • 2. Strolling from Kiyomizu to Gion area
  • 3. Nijyo Castle entrance fee:600yen
  • 4. Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion) entrance fee:400yen
  • 5. Ryoanji Temple ( with famous rock garden ) entrance fee:500yen
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249.20 USD

total price for up to 5 people
FREE cancellation 14 days prior

What to Expect

The tour includes five typical tourist destinations in Kyoto city.
We will start with visiting Kiyomizudera Temple literally meaning "Pure water temple". It is the most popular sightsseing spot where you connot miss the panoramic view of the city from its huge stage jutting over a cliff. Many visitors drinking from the streams of pure water falls in the temple expect some divine blessings.
From Kiyomizudera to Gion (classy Gasha district) there is best strolling course in which you can taste the flavor of traditional Kyoto while enjoying stone steps and stone pavement along many cozy and elegant shops,restaurants and old buildings.
In the afternoon we will visit Nijyo Castle,the huge residence of the Tokugawa shoguns in Kyoto, who had been ruling Japan from 17th C to mid 19th C. It was adorned with lavish decorations to show off their absolute power.
Next we will visit Kinkakuji Temple,well known as Golden Pavilion,is definitely must-see in Kyoto. The shining gold leaf covering three-story pavilion never fail to impress visitors with its breathtaking beauty.
The last visit is Ryoanji Temple very famous for its mysterious rock garden.
No one knows for certain when, why and by whom it was created.
so it's up to everyone's interpretation.
My guide fee is 28000yen / 8hours (up to 5 persons)

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Highlights

  • 1. Kiyomizu-dera Temple ( with huge panoramic veranda ) entrance fee:300yen
  • 2. Strolling from Kiyomizu to Gion area
  • 3. Nijyo Castle entrance fee:600yen
  • 4. Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion) entrance fee:400yen
  • 5. Ryoanji Temple ( with famous rock garden ) entrance fee:500yen

Important

City Kyoto

Meeting Point At your hotel

Ending Point At your hotel or the final destination

Duration 8 hours

Starting time 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible

Number of people 1 to 5
What‘s included
  • guide fee
  • hotel pick-up in Kyoto city


What‘s not included
  • Special one day pass costing 1500 yen/person (you & guide) covering all transportation fee of bus and subway.
  • Entrance fee for each facility.
  • Lunch
  • dinner for you and guide.

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 Kenji


National Certified Guide

(24) Reviews

Contact Kenji
Response Time 9 hs

Languages spoken
  • English ( License )

Hi I'm Kenji
I have a government license of tour guide interpreter in English.
I was born and raised in Kyoto, an old capital of Japan over one thousand years
So I'm very familiar with many sightseeing spots and attractions of the city
Kyoto is a fascinating and picturesque city drawing lots of foreign tourists every year
I can show you around not only popular historical sites and relics
but also its various attractions such us Zen silent meditation, traditional sweets cooking,
kimono-clad walking and so on.
I can also provide tailored tours fitting to your liking.
I like a famous Zen phrase "Ichigo Ichie" meaning "Treasure every encounter
for it will never recur"
So I always try to enjoy guiding every tourist with my best hospitality.
Zen concepts have greatly influenced many aspects of Japanese culture
I will explain some of them and allow you to explore Zen world through some of my tours
Please contact me any time.
I'm looking forward to seeing you and spending wonderful time with you.
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Reviews ( 24 )

2 weeks ago |   by DOROTHY

“ Kenji in Kyoto ”

We had a very nice time with Kenji. He guided our group of 9 with ease and care. Not having a flag, but we were able to keep up. Could not have done it on our own with the maze of trains and buses. Thank you Kenji!

2 weeks ago |   by Elisabeth

“ Kenji is a pleasant guide! ”

Kenji is well organized and helped us plan the sites to visit before hand. He also suggested several (lunch)restaurants before hand for us to select from. He was flexible and accommodating, and included an extra site that we were interested in visiting. He is pleasant company. We would never have seen as much of the city without him.

4 weeks ago |   by PETER

“ Tour of Kyoto ”

Kenji is an excellent guide. We enjoyed spending time together.

4 weeks ago |   by Janet

“ Great day in Kyoto ”

Kanji is the perfect tour guide. He promptly met us at the ship and proceeded to guide us through the trains to Kyoto. He had the days activities well planned and made sure that we flowed the plan and got us back to the ship on time. I would highly recommend Kenji.

1 month ago |   by Igor

“ Kyoto Japan guide ”

I’m very disappointed with our Kenji guide. 1. Very limited English speaking and understanding. 2. Very limited history city and country knowledge 3. He was taking advantage of us to use ours expense on lot of things: like restaurant, he recommended very extensive 2,5 hours lunch, taxi instant train or bus. 4. He was paid for 9 hr and we visited one place and only 7hr. 5. Most of the time I was doing the talking asking questions and received very limited explanation. 6. I’m expecting to get a full refund.

1 month ago |   by KEVIN

“ Osaka Shopping Tour ”

Kenji was an excellent guide that customized our tour to take us to both shopping areas and supermarkets. He did a great job researching and finding the stores that we wanted to go to.

1 month ago |   by Billy

“ Energetic and fun ”

Knowledgeable, energetic and fun. Highly recommend!

3 months ago |   by Sandra

“ What a sweet man! ”

Kenji is all smiles when he's working, makes you feel very relaxed. We really enjoyed spending time with him, would absolutely recommend!

3 months ago |   by Bernard

“ Great Day with Excellent Guide ”

Dear Kenji. Marta and I had a memorable day with you going from one end to the other if Kyoto and learning the history and seeing the sites. You were well organized and thorough in explanations and a pleasure to be with. Thank you.

4 months ago |   by Kevin

“ Good time with Kenji ”

Kenji was fun to experience the site of Kyoto with. He was very nice and accommodating our needs and tourist shopping breaks. He had some difficulty answering some of our questions, but he was very nice and a joy to spend the day with.

4 months ago |   by Peggy

“ Awesome Time in Osaka! ”

We had a wonderful time in Osaka. Kenji was very friendly, personable, accommodating, and patient with us. We had made some last minute changes to the itinerary and Kenji was very flexible and adaptive to switching things around. He spoke English very well and is very knowledgeable about the history and culture. We did not feel rushed and most importantly my kids loved him. He also helped us pick out some great spots for lunch and dinner - as we wanted to try restaurants and cuisine that more of the locals would do. We would highly recommend anyone looking to use Kenji as a tour guide in Japan! When we are back in Japan to visit again we would definitely use Kenji as a tour guide again! Thank you Kenji for showing us Osaka!! All the best, Jimmy and Peggy

6 months ago |   by Grace

“ Patient and Knowledage guide ”

We had Kenji for our day tour in Osaka on 12 April 2017. Despite a rainy day, we enjoyed ourselves with Kenji's planned itinerary and also his services. He was patient with our questions and shared with us the history of the Osaka Castle and the Sho-guns - making the Castle visit interesting. We liked the Cherry blossom mint - there are so many types of cherry blossoms. Because of the rain, it was difficult to take picture as it was too cold and wet. Also, we had to keep moving so that the place will not jam up. As we were making our way to Kyoto after the tour and had requested Kenji to bring us to the Osaka station and showed us the Kyoto train platform. Kenji gladly agreed and he personally led us to the Kyoto train platform. He also made sure we were aware of the timing of the next 2 trains before taking his leave to his own train platform. Thank you once again, Kenji!

7 months ago |   by Tessa

“ Kenji is a patient and knowledgeable guide ”

Kenji arrived an hour early from our departure time and patiently waited for us at the lobby of our apartment. He showed us shrine, temples, observatory deck and Hep Ferris Wheel. He's very thoughtful - he made sure we ride an elevator instead of stairs so that my Dad will not tire easily. He also gave us a gift -a pad origami papers for each of us. In return, my children made fortune teller and crane (out of the origami paper he gave us) as a remembrance from them. We hope that you will keep the photo we gave you to remember us. Hope to get your service again when we go to Japan.

7 months ago |   by Paola

“ Wowww, lovely trip! ”

Kenji has been a very useful guide, we couldn't have travelled without his suggestions and precious support: train and bus timetable, common life tips and zen or religious information, just 3 fields he perfectly share with us. Thanks, Kenji!

11 months ago |   by Lynn

“ Informative and enjoyable ”

Kenji did an excellent job of compiling a tour for my family taking into consideration what we particularly wished to see in the time available. We visited major cultural sites such as Fushimi Inari shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple as well as walking through interesting areas such as Gion, Niseki markets and Arashiyama Bamboo Forest. His choice of restaurant for our lunch was appreciated as it was housed in a traditional building, in an area we would never have found by ourselves and served delicious Japanese food. Kenji was very organised. He purchased our rail tickets before meeting us and provided us with a timeline to explain the historical periods of Kyoto. I would highly recommend Kenji if you are considering a tour of Kyoto.

1 year ago |   by Genevieve

“ Osaka Day tour with Kenji ”

Kenji was very patient with me from the planning stage to the day of the tour. He was flexible and easy to talk to. I highly recommend him for your future tours. Thank you Kenji :-)

1 year ago |   by Rebecca

Very nice and responsible.

1 year ago |   by Mary

Kenji was very helpful and he came really prepared. He listened to all our requests for our customized tour and gave us quite a memorable day! :) He also assisted us in procuring Japanese souvenirs/collectibles that we really want to bring home. He even went beyond and gave us helpful information about some other places we want to see but cannot fit into our day anymore. We highly recommend Kenji to anyone who needs a guide in this area. :)

1 year ago |   by Leopoldo

Very good schedule. We covered several sites within one day. Traveling via bus and trains wad an interesting experience.

1 year ago |   by Rod

We very much enjoyed our time with Kenji. We especially appeciated his written summary of Japanese history which helped put our visits into perspective. And his understanding of history, which was greater than other guides we have used, made each site more meaningful. He was very flexible and focused on sites most meaningful to us. He also took us to lunch at a wonderful traditional Japanese restaurant. I would strongly recommend Kenji if you want to see and understand Kyoto.

1 year ago |   by Ingrid

Our tour with Kenji has been great! He was very well organized with the program of the day and the transports. He booked for us a very special restaurant for lunch in which we spent a very good time eating and watching cooking tempura. In one day we have been able to see 5 of the most known places in Kyoto with very good explanations. We are really happy of the service!

1 year ago |   by Sahar

Kenji was absolutely great. We had 2 small kids with us and he was patient and genuinely a kind person. Also his tour was great and he managed to fit in and explain to us the important highlights of each place we visited. Highly recommend him. You won't be disappointed greats you with an open smile and is great at his job!

1 year ago |   by Michael

My teenage daughter and I recently spent a day with Kenji touring the major sites of Kyoto. I found him to be extremely well-prepared, knowledgeable, friendly and flexible. His English was excellent and he was a terrific ambassador for a fascinating city and country. I heartily recommend taking a tour with him. But be prepared for a lot of walking! We were exhausted by the end of the day!

2 years ago |   by Chris

Kenji was an informative and charming guide who went to great lengths to show us Osaka. Our itinerary was full of interesting sights and our tour actually lasted for more than ten hours which was great value. We would recommend Kenji to anyone.

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