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My Favorite Golden Route: Kyoto One-day Tour

(55) Reviews
8h $ 285 Price up to 5 people


  • 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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284.80 USD

Price up to 5 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra hour.
$ 35.60
Extra person.
$ 31.15
Hotel pick-up in Kyoto area.
$ 17.80


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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  • 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.


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
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 ( 55 )
Jeremy Jeremy United States ( Friends )
5 days ago

“ So happy Yoshihisa was our guide ”

Our group of 5 just finished 2 great days with Yoshi in Kobe & Kyoto. Such a kind and thoughtful man. We knew we had made the right choice when he gave the women in our group an origami gift at the beginning of our tour. Yoshi was very well prepared, an excellent communicator (he taught university level English), informative but never boring, attentive to our wishes and a pleasure to be with. Can’t speak highly enough about him. If he’s available, book him. You won’t be disappointed.


Hi Jerry. It is a great honor to receive such a wonderful review from you. I also had a very pleasant time guiding your group around in Kobe and Kyoto. I wish we had had more time to visit Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine after NIshiki Market. I hope you will return home safely with lots of souvenirs and nice memories of Japan. Hope to see you again in Kyoto. With warmest regards, Yoshie

Deb Deb Australia ( Friends )
3 weeks ago

“ Excellent bespoke tour of Kyoto ”

Yoshie is a great local tour guide! He came and met us in Kobe for our tour in Kyoto. Our one day tour was well organised, and we were able to see the places that we most wanted to with a limited amount of time. Kyoto is a really beautiful city. Yoshie was very adaptable, making on the go changes to our itinerary, still ensuring we were able to return to Kobe for our departure. I highly recommend Yoshie!


Hi Deb. Thank you very much for your heartwarming comment on your time-limited tour in Kyoto. I am pleased that you liked the sites you had carefully selected beforehand. I do hope you will come and stay in Kyoto at least for a couple of days and see many more places of historic and scenic interest that Kyoto has to offer someday in the near future. With best regards, Yoshie

LUCIA LUCIA Italy ( Solo )
1 month ago

“ A day in Kyoto with Yoshie ”

A day with Yoshie can help understanding what we just see as tourists. He is passionate about is job and I loved his sincere desire to share his knowledge with me. So... I do not only think that he is an excellent guide but I also think he deserves the best tousists, the ones who are deeply interested in Kyoto and love also less visited temples and shrines. Grazie mille Yoshie!


Hi Lucia. Thank you very much for your quick and kind review. I had a nice time guiding you around in the south-eastern area of Kyoto. I also learned a lot from the tour because you wanted to vist some lesser-known places as well. I hope you will have a pleasant tour the day after tomorrow, too. Till then take care! With best regards, Yoshie

Jennifer Jennifer United States ( Family with kids )
1 month ago

“ Fantastic guide!!! ”

He was very patient with us even after missing 2 trains. We have very hard to please kids not only with food but things to keep them occupied as well. And he took us to spots we would have never found and kept the children entertained the entire time. I would highly recommend him as a guide. Hes very sweet and speaks English which is hard to find. Thank you so much we had a fantastic time and enjoyed spending the day with you!


Hi Jennifer. Thank you very much for your kind review. I also had a nice time guiding your family around in Kyoto. I am pleased that your children enjoyed visiting the spots I took them to and that your husband liked the dishes very much, especially the toro, fatty part of tuna, and the kara-age, deep-fried chicken at the yakitori restaurant. I hope you will continue a pleasant trip and return to New York safely. With warm regards, Yoshie

Charles Charles United States ( Couple )
1 month ago

“ The greatest day! ”

My wife and I spent 2 weeks in Japan for our honeymoon. Our 1 day with Yoshie was by far the greatest of our entire trip. We learned, and will never forget - the right guide makes all the difference! The trip with Yoshie was his favorite Golden Route, with some added stops based on our conversations. The entire journey is one my wife and I will never forget. To call the day stunning, or excemplory - just wouldn’t do it justice. We loved ever single second! If we could have spent our entire trip with Yoshie, we would. Yoshie is kind, prepared, knowledgeable and an amazing person. It was such an honor to spend the day with him. Also, he is incredibly athletic - I’ve played soccer my whole life, and Yoshie can easily out walk me! The added bonus was Yoshie was so kind to also offer sugg... read more


Hi Charles. It is a great honor to me to have such a supreme review for my tour. I am delighted to learn that you enjoyed every minute of the tour in spite of the heat yesterday. Thanks to the sunny weather, however, we were able to take in nice views wherever we were, on a mountain-top or near a river. I hope you will continue a pleasant trip and return home safely with lots of nice memories and souvenirs. Let's keep in touch. With warmest regards, Yoshie

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