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MUST-SEE spots of Kyoto-- Kinkakuji Temple, Arashiyama, Ryoanji Temple (Cherry Blossom Viewing !!)

by Yuriko
(5) Reviews
6h $ 141 per person


  • Kinkakuji Temple ( Golden Pavilion, spectacular Japanese garden )
  • Arashiyama ( bamboo forest , Tenryuji Temple, Togetsu-Kyo bridge etc... )
  • Ryoanji Temple ( mysterious rock garden with 15 placed stones. )

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141.00 USD

FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Hotel pick-up.
$ 18.80
Extra hour.
$ 23.50


These are the places to go in Kyoto. This golden route will offer you an once in-a-lifetime experience, from gorgeous Golden Pavilion,
breathtaking nature, a dynamic Japanese garden and a mysterious rock garden.
The must-see view is waiting for you. And please enjoy a ride in a streetcar and local street food.
Finally, I gladly accept one person.

What to Expect

First, We will go to Kinkakuji Temple by both subway and city bus. Then, We will go to Ryoanji Temple and Arashiyama by the nostalgic
streetcar called Ran-den.

1. Kinkakuji Temple
It is covered with real gold leaf. Kinkakuji Temple was originally built in 14th century as a
mountainside cottage for the famous shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitu.
You will be impressed with the dazzling light of Kinkaku and the view from atop Sekkatei.
Sekkatei is a tea room which was built to host visits by Emperor.
And the magnificent garden is a must-see. As you walk through the promenade-style garden,
you can enjoy the views of the pavilion and Kyoko Pond, or mirror lake pond , from different angles.

This is the place where you can enjoy both spectacular nature and World Heritage Temple .
We will stroll in bamboo forest ( A magnificent road lined with green bamboo ) , which is one of the
mostpopular landscapes in Kyoto. Please enjoy the beautiful sounds of 5-10m tall bamboo trees
when the wind blows.

Togetsu-Kyo bridge is the 155m bridge which strides over the Katsuragawa River.
And we will also visit the Tenryuji Temple which has a dynamic garden.
The dragonis said to be the guardian beast of Buddhism, and there are many of them in Tenryuji Temple.
Arashiyama is very famous for beautiful cherry blossoms and autumn foliage.

3. Ryoanji Temple
Ryoanji Temple is well-known for its rock garden which is a traditional dry landscape garden with 15 placed stones set in white sand.
This is a Zen garden. What you find in this garden is open to your imagination.

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  • Kinkakuji Temple ( Golden Pavilion, spectacular Japanese garden )
  • Arashiyama ( bamboo forest , Tenryuji Temple, Togetsu-Kyo bridge etc... )
  • Ryoanji Temple ( mysterious rock garden with 15 placed stones. )


Buses conveniently stop right at tourist sites, but during the peak seasons , they get very crowded. So I suggest we use the subway or take a taxi. That will take us to our destinations more smoothly.

1. Rickshaw is available (¥3000~¥4000) --- optional
Would you like a ride in a rickshaw ? It will let you enjoy Arashiyama from a different view.

2. This tour can be flexible. I am willing to change our itinerary.

For example, you would like to visit Iwatayama Monkey Park...... (¥550 for aduit, ¥250 for children )

At Iwatayama Monkey Park, you will have a exhilarating experience with wild monkeys.
We have to go up the mountain for about 15~ 20 min. to get to the top .
There, you can buy treats for monkeys and feed them yourself.

But I suggest that you omit one place from the itinerary If you wish to go to the Iwatayama Monkey Park.
Because the monkeys seem to return to the mountain early these days.....
Sometimes you have no chance to see monkeys after 16pm. So we should visit in early time. read more

What‘s included
guide fee ( you and your guide )
What‘s not included
transportation fee ( you and your guide )
subway--¥260 city bus--¥220 Ran-Den ( street car )--¥210
entrance fees are as follows:
Kinkakuji Temple--¥400 Tenryuji Temple--¥600 Ryoanji Temple--¥500
Japanese lunch-- about¥1000
Meeting Point
At convenient place for you
Ending Point
At convenience places for you
6 hours
Starting time
09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 6 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?

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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 ( 5 )
Susan Susan Canada ( Friends )
3 months ago

“ A great walk through Southern Higashiyama in Kyoto ”

Highly recommend hiring Yuriko as a private tour guide! Working within a time constraint and unsure of how best to manage our expectations (with so little time and so much to see), Yuriko patiently helped us plan a perfect 1/2 day tour prior to our arrival. We were able to see the sights most important to us and move at our own pace. Yuriko used her teaching skills to fill in the blanks, keep us on track, show us some areas of interest away from the crowds and ultimately get us to our final destination on time! It was a wonderful, enlightening day full of memories we will forever cherish! Thanks again Yuriko!


Dear Susan Thank you very much for your kind review ! It was a great honor to show you around beautiful Kyoto. I was impressed with the fact that you had a deep interest and respect for Japanese culture. We had such a wonderful time walking down stone-paved streets and talking about so many topics !! Thanks again for choosing me as your guide. That was a memorable 1/2 day I would never forget. Many thanks Yuriko

Matthew Matthew Australia
4 months ago

“ Interesting Day ”

Had an interesting day at Arayashima Bamboo Forest / Kiyomizu Dera Temple and Gion District


Dear Matthew It was an honor to spend a wonderful time with you and your wife. Thank you very much and I really appreciate it. I hope you will come back to Kyoto. Sincerely Yuriko

Michael Michael United States ( Family with kids )
5 months ago

“ Kyoto 2019 ”

Yuriko was absolutely incredible. She was very organized during every step of the process. She communicated frequently, quickly and clearly throughout the entire process. She made sure that we were able to explore the areas that we were interested in. I was very worried because we were traveling with 4 young children. She was very patient and accommodating. She went above and beyond to make everything easier for us. I would highly recommend Yuriko if you are coming to Japan with a family or a small group. We really wanted to ride Rickshaws and wear Kimono. She made it all happen for us. We will cherish the memories for a very long time. Thank you! Thank you!


Dear Michael Thank you very much for your wonderful review !! I am really happy you enjoyed riding rickshaw, wearing kimonos, eating local foods and visiting cultural sites. And how cheerful and pretty your daughters are !! Many thanks for choosing me as your guide and I had really fun spending 2 days with you all. I will cherish the memories for a very long time, too. Hope to see you all again !! Best regards Yuriko

Jwalant Jwalant United States ( Family )
1 year ago

“ Courteous, flexible but not as organized ir prepared ”

She was having trouble with public transportation and was not as organized. Besides that she was flexible polite. Helpful and accommodating to our needs. She could improve by providing more details about different sightseeing locations and offer more ideas about what to do and see in her city.


Thank you for your review. Regarding the public transportation, please understand that our itinerary was changed on the day when tour took place. I had prepared other plans exclusively for you. And I believe that you enjoyed visiting several tourist spots I recommended. But from now on, I will keep your comment in mind and continue to train myself to become good guide.

Gabriella Gabriella United Kingdom ( Solo )
Very Good
1 year ago

“ Arashiyama and beyond! ”

Yuriko was a very nice guide to spend time with. Her English is very good and she is knowledgeable and organised. She thinks ahead and tries to sort out all planning ahead of time. She kindly spent some time in the evening with me as well and we had a very nice meal together. I would happily recommend her and wish her will with her guiding! Thanks Yuriko


Hi ! Gabriella ! Thank you very much for your review ! I was so happy to have an opportunity to share an amazing time with you. I am glad that you enjoyed Japan and It was fun having a very nice meal together. Hope to see you again !!

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