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Must-See Kyoto in One Day

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

This tour is the most effective way to discover Kyoto by yourselfes for only one day. Kyoto is an ancient capital of Japan , and the center of her civilization for over a thousand years. There are too many Shinto- shrines and Buddhsist temples to visit. So , in this tour I carefully sellected sightseeing spots among all of them.
I,m sure you are satisfied with this once in a life time experience.


Feel free to personalize this offer with SHINICHI.

  • In the orning : KIyomizudera Maruyama Park Yasaka shrine and Gion
  • In the afternoon : Kinkakuji Bamboo forest and Nijyo kastle

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What to Expect

I have been to Kyoto countless times since 1950,s when I was born and also I had worked for some company and lived in Kyoto for almost 5 years as a branch manager.
Since then, I reallr got into Kyoto for everything such as history , culcure , food , and nature.
By joining this tour , you can get a wonderful and exiting time. Besides I ,ll flexibly be able to change and arrange this basic plan for yorur preferance or weather conditions.
As in when it,s rany day , I can take you to some interesting shopping streets , depending on your tastes.

Departure & Return

Starting time 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point Pick up at your hotel
Ending Point Drop off at yor hotel

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee , hotel pick-up at your hotel in Kyoto city

What‘s not included

Transportation fee [you and me] , lunch , dinner , entrance fee
These costs are different , depending on what you reqest such as taxi or public bus for transportation and rank of restaurants you choose.
As in it,ll cost around 30000yen to 40000yen for 8 hours taxi. It,s not so cheap but I recommend using taxi because of traffic conditions.
Entrance fee for each Shrine or Temple is around 500 yen each per person.


I will be able to work at any time, unless I'm already assigned to the cases from court.
So I am available from Thursday to Sunday freely, and the rest of days are, depending on cases.
The court is not open during late March, early April and Almost full of August, so these terms really work for me.

As you may know , Kyoto is considered as one of the most busiest city in all Japan , especially in spring and autum the entire city will be jam- packed everywhere , so
be careful with transportations.
One more thing you need is to prepair is to make reservations for accomodations well beforhand.

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 ( 5 )
4.4 (5) Reviews
Very Good
Lynn Lynn United States ( Family )
1 year ago

“ Not happy with our tour ”

Shinichi is a wonderful man, however his English was not very good ( and we were promised an English speaking guide). Difficult to communicate with. Our ship docked late, I pre paid for 7 hours, but we were only given 6 hours. Tour guides should keep track of arrival times. Because of this, our time at the Inari shrine was extremely short and rushed. Guide took it upon himself to pre order a very expensive sushi lunch, most of which we did not care for, even though he was told that two of us did not like sushi upon arrival. Just be aware of these things should you choose to book this guide !


Dear Lynn Thank you for your review. As we didn't have enough time for sightseeing , so I regret I couldn't show you around many sites of Kyoto. Kyoto has so many attractions. Kinkakuji , Arashiyama , Bamboo grove , Heianjingu , Cherryblossoms in April , Colorful leaves in autumn , Tea ceremony , and Zen practice so on. I hope You will have time to visit Kyoto in the future again. Sincerely Yours Shinichi Endo

vijay Vijay India ( Family )
1 year ago


Shinichi was extremely cooperative with a very pleasing personality. Always willing to tweak the itinerary as per client's wishes.


Dear Vijay Thank you for your favourable review. I hope you had a wonderful time during my guiding and enjoyed highlight of Kansai Region. I really hope to see you again. Best Regards Shinichi Endo

Jay Jay United States ( Couple )
1 year ago

“ Kyoto and Kobe ”

Shinichi guided us for 2 days; first in Kyoto and then in Kobe. With our permission in advance, he hired a taxi for the day in Kyoto as it was extremely crowded (cherry blossoms) and getting around by public transportation was extremely difficult. In Kobe, we used public buses and then went by rail to visit Himeji Castle. Throughout Shinichi was very pleasant, flexible, professional and caring. He also arranged for a couple of lunches in small, typical Japanese restaurants that we enjoyed immensely. Since we had a couple of extra days on our own in each city, Shinichi went out of his way to provide suggestions of what we might do on our own. Jay P


Dear Jay I,m really happy to hear your satisfaction during my guiding in Kansai area. I hope you,ll become a big fan of Kyoto and to see you again in the future. Again I,d appreiciate your favourable review. Sincerely yours Shinichi Endo

Blair Blair United States
1 year ago

“ Kyoto Highlights Tour ”

We could not have asked for a better guide than Shinichi. He was thoughtful in his approach to showing us Kyoto and extremely patient with our requests. We loved spending the day with him. I would definitely recommend him to others.


Dear Blair Smith I can,t thank you enough . I ,m glad you spent a wonderful time during my guiding tour. I also learned a lot from you about young New Yorker's culcure and the latest information of the US. I really hope to see you again. Again I,d appreciate your cooperation. Sincerely Yours Shinichi Endo

Dave Dave United States ( Family )
1 year ago

“ Flexible and Friendly Guide ”

Shinichi is the most flexible guide we have used in our travels. We hired him only a few days before our Kyoto tour. We had other events scheduled while in Kyoto and changed our itinerary three times on him. Throughout this he was pleasant and agreeable to all our changes. I felt bad as it was apparent that he put effort into our planning. Anyway we had a great day with him. Despite changing locations he was quite familiar with them all. My guess is that he knows all the venues around Kyoto very well.


I,d really appreciate your evaluation about my guiding tour. I,m so happy to know that you had a wonderful time during staying in Kyoto. I felt your family is the ideal one in the world. I hope you will become a great fan of Kyoto and Japan. I also hope to see you again next time. Again thank you very much. Shinichi Endo

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