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Highlight Tour of Kyoto

8 hours
up to 5 people
English ( License ), Japanese ( Fluent )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )


Feel free to personalize this offer with Kenji.

  • 1. Kiyomizu-dera Temple ( with huge panoramic veranda ) entrance fee:400yen
  • 2. Strolling from Kiyomizu to Gion area
  • 3. Nijyo Castle entrance fee:1000yen
  • 4. Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion) entrance fee:400yen
  • 5. Ryoanji Temple ( with famous rock garden ) entrance fee:500yen

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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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Departure & Return

Starting time 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point At your hotel
Ending Point At your hotel or the final destination

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee, hotel pick-up in Kyoto city

What‘s not included

Special one day pass costing 900 yen/person (you & guide) covering all transportation fee of bus and subway.
Entrance fee for each facility.
Lunch,dinner for you and guide.

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 ( 60 )
4.7 (60) Reviews
Very Good
Barbara Barbara United States ( Couple )
1 week ago

“ 9 hours to see Kyoto ”

Kenji was knowledgeable, efficient, and flexible while showing us his home town of Kyoto. He expertly guided us through the Osaka subway and train stations, saving us valuable time we would have spent trying to read signs and figure out our route. He recommended okonomiyaki for lunch at a small restaurant in or near the Gion district and it was delicious!


Dear Barbara-san, Thank you for your excellent review of my tour. I'm very glad that you liked my home town Kyoto and my recommeded lunch. With the limited day-trip time from Osaka I managed to guide you several major tourists spots but Kyoto has plenty of sites worth visiting and facinating attractions. So I do recommed you to stay at least several days in Kyoto next time to enjoy more. Please contact me anytime if you need me in future. Best regards, Kenji

Lynn Lynn Canada ( Friends )
1 week ago

“ A day in Osaka ”

Kenji was knowledgeable and pleasant throughout. He made a great effort to accommodate our needs. One of our group had dietary requirements and he sought out a restaurant that met those needs.


Dear Lynn-san, Thank you for your wonderful review of my tour. I'm very glad that you could enjoyed my guiding in Osaka. I look forward to your next chance to visit Japan in near future. Best regards, Kenji

Robert W Wiarda Robert United States ( Friends )
3 weeks ago

“ Highlights of Kyoto ”

Kenjii was a very knowledgeable guide and amenable to whatever our group wanted to do. His English was good, he was happy to answer questions and we had a lovely day together.


Dear Robert-san, Thank you for your great review of my tour. I enjoyed myself very much to spend a wonderful time with you and your nice party. Japan is a small nation but there many tourist spots worth visiting. If you have any chance to visit Japan in future please contact with me. I can offer any customized private tour for you. Best regards, Kenji

Zachary Zachary United States ( Couple )
4 months ago

“ Thank you very much! ”

Kenji is a great guide!


Dear Zachary, Thank you for your great review of my tour. I'm very happy that your clients could enjoyed my tours so much. Please contact me anytime when you have any tour request. Best regards, Kenji

Philippe Philippe Switzerland ( Family )
5 months ago

“ Great experience ”

Was a great day with kenji! a lot of information.


Hi Philippe-san, Thank you for your wonderful review of my tour. I could enjoy communicating with you and your nice family very much. Please contact me anytime if you have a chance to visit Japan again. Thank you again. Kenji

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