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My Favorite Golden Route: Kyoto One-day Tour

(67) Reviews
8h $ 288 Price up to 5 people

Highlights

  • Kitayama area; Kinkaku-ji ( the Golden Pavilion ), Ryoan-ji Temple famous for the Rock Garden and Ninna-ji Temple.
  • Arashiyama area; Jojako-ji Temple famous for autumn foliage, Bamboo Grove and Tenryu-ji Temple with a beautiful garden.
  • Fushimi area; Fushimi Inari Grand Shrine famous for a thousand vermilion-colored torii gates.

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288.00 USD

Price up to 5 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra hour.
$ 36.00
Extra person.
$ 31.50
Hotel pick-up in Kyoto area.
$ 18.00

Overview

This tour is designed for those who would like to visit major scenic sites in Kyoto and off-the-beaten spots as well in a single day. The route is the one that has been favored and admired by many of my guests for the past year. The itinerary mainly consists of three areas; Kitayama, Arashiyama and Fushimi areas. You will surely have unforgettable memories through the tour with me.

What to Expect

You can visit almost all the popular tourist attractions in Kyoto except for Higashiyama area ( the eastern part of Kyoto ). In addition, you will visit off-beaten sites, such as Ninna-ji Temple, a Wrold Heritage site with a long history, and Jojako-ji Temple standing on a moss-covered slope of Mt Ogura, Arashiyama. You will have lunch at a restaurant near Ninna-ji Temple which offers you Japanese style dishes such as Kyoto-style ramen noodles, curry and rice, a bowl of rice with soy-saurce flavored pork on top. and so forth. If you like, you can visit a long-standing and popular izakaya restaurant ( Japanese-style tavern ) near Fushimi Inari Shrine after the tour.

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Highlights

  • Kitayama area; Kinkaku-ji ( the Golden Pavilion ), Ryoan-ji Temple famous for the Rock Garden and Ninna-ji Temple.
  • Arashiyama area; Jojako-ji Temple famous for autumn foliage, Bamboo Grove and Tenryu-ji Temple with a beautiful garden.
  • Fushimi area; Fushimi Inari Grand Shrine famous for a thousand vermilion-colored torii gates.

Important

It is desirable to carry overseas travel insurance because the guide is not liable for any damage or loss incurred during the tour. It is also requested to bring enough Japanese yen with you because some restaurants and taxis do not accept credit cards.

You use mainly trains but partly taxis to save time. During the tour you walk in and around the sites you visit, so wear sneakers or walking shoes, please.

What‘s included
guide fee
What‘s not included
transportation fare ( you and guide ), lunch and entrance fee for four temples ( 1,900 yen )
Meeting Point
At Kyoto Station or your hotel in Kyoto area
Ending Point
At Kyoto Station
Duration
8 hours
Starting time
09:00 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 ( 67 )
Romeo Romeo United States ( Family )
Excellent
10 hours ago

“ Kyoto one day tour ”

Tour was excellent. We were able to finish all tours described with plenty of time to get back to our cruise ship. Tour was very informative and yoshi was very professional and accommodating. The ramen lunch was so good on the restaurant where he brought us. I will definitely contact him again when i visit Kyoto area in the future.

Yoshihisa:

Hi Romeo. Thank you very much for your nice review for the Kyoto tour. I was also glad that we were able to finish the tour in a limited time. I had a wonderful time guiding your group around, listening to me attentively. I hope to see you and your friends again in the near future. With best wishes, Yoshie

Natalia Natalia United States ( Family )
Excellent
4 days ago

“ Superb day in Kyoto ”

Yoshi is a wonderful representative for his country. He speaks fluent English. He is passionate about Japanese culture, traditions and history. He is poetic, and has a lively sense of humor. We were impressed by his knowledge of history, and his enthusiasm for his work. He was inexhaustible as a guide and a story teller. We’re most fortunate to have found him. Many, many thanks, Yoshi.

Yoshihisa:

Hi Natalia, It is a great honor to have such a wonderful review for my tour in Kyoto. I am really pleased to learn that you have enjoyed the tour to the full. I hope the memory of our good encounter will long linger on like the sound of a temple bell. ( Ichigo Ichie ) Next time you have another chance of visiting Kansai region, be sure to get in touch, please. With warmest regards, Yoshie

Ujjval Ujjval United States ( Couple )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ Great tour! ”

Yoshie was an amazing tour guide! He gave us great historical and social context for each place we visited. His restaurant suggestions were amazing and he was kind enough to think about my dietary restrictions (as I am a vegetarian). He is a wonderful guide! I would highly recommend him!

Yoshihisa:

Hi Ujjival, Thank you very much for your nice comment on my tours in Kyoto. You were the first people who applied for My Favorite Silver Route: Kyoto One-day Tour. And I am awfully pleased that you enjoyed the two tours and the lunch at the two restaurants. If you have another chance of visiting Kansai region, be sure to get in touch, please. With warmest regards, Yoshie

Sarah Sarah Canada ( Solo )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Utterly delightful! ”

I'm so happy that Yoshie was available to be my guide! He is a terrific combination of educator, storyteller, and superfun companion. We did a day in Osaka and a bespoke tour of Kyoto. Before I even booked him, he was of great assistance, offering advice about how to handle my travel to Osaka. Our day in Kyoto was nothing short of splendid despite the drizzle. The food! The temples! The food! I asked him to take me to the places that he likes to eat and he has very good taste in yummies. I have nothing but praise for him. He deserves all the tourists! I'm already planning my next trip to the Kansai region and will be sure to book Yoshie's time again. If you get a chance, get Yoshie to take you to his favourite izakaya. Yoshie, thanks again and please say hello to Hiro-san for m... read more

Yoshihisa:

Hi Sarah. I really appreciate your heart-warming review for my tours in Osaka and Kyoto. I am very pleased that you loved the restaurans that I took you to. I guess my eating and drinking experiences for the past decade after retirement has helped me a lot for my guiding job. The other day I visited Hiro-san's izakaya and told him that you had been delighted with their tasty dishes and entertaiment, including his silly jokes. Do you treasure his small galss for beer drinking? I hope to see you again in Kansai region. With warmest regards, Yoshie

Winnie Winnie Brunei Darussalam ( Family )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Kyoto Tour - Winnie Lo from Brunei ”

Yoshi has a wide experience and knowledge in all places we visited. He is very accommodating , informative and helpful. Thank you very much for the wonderful time from meeting us from the hotel, to the tours and sending us back to the train station back to Tokyo. Everything was perfect, Yoshi is not only an excellent tour guide but also as a skillful photographer for our family. We shall absolutely recommend your tour to our friends and relatives and you will be our first call when we visit Kyoto again in the near future .

Yoshihisa:

Hi Winnie. Thank you very much for writing a wonderful review for my tour in Kyoto. I also had a nice time guiding you and your family around. I hope you have returned home with lots of pleasant memories and good souvenirs. I wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year, hoping to see you someday soon. With warmest regards, Yoshie

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