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My Favorite Golden Route: Kyoto One-day Tour

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8h $ 260 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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260.40 USD

Price up to 5 people
FREE cancellation 14 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra hour.
$ 32.55
Extra person.
$ 18.60
Hotel pick-up in Kyoto area.
$ 18.60

Overview

This tour is designed for those who would like to visit major scenic sites in Kyoto and off-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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Organized by Yoshihisa

Licensed Guide
(32) Reviews

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

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.

City Kyoto

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

What‘s included
  • guide fee


What‘s not included
  • transportation fee ( you and guide )
  • lunch and entrance fee for four temples ( 1,900 yen )

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 at least 14 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
  • If you cancel between 2 and 13 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 20% charge.
  • If you cancel within 1 day prior to the meeting date, there is a 40% charge.
  • If you cancel on the meeting date, there is no refund.

About Yoshihisa


Licensed Guide

(32) Reviews

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Languages spoken
  • English ( License )

Hi. My name is Yoshihisa. Call me "Yoshie", please. It means good or O.K. in Japanese. I live in Joyo City, Kyoto Prefecture, located just in between Kyoto and Nara. I was born and raised in Iga, Mie Prefecture. Iga is a birthplace of ninja and a renowned haiku poet, Matsuo Basho. I might be a descendant of ninja. I aim at becoming a linguistic ninja, following a part of Basho's lifestyle with the incorporation of seasonal changes into my tours. In addition to visiting famous temples and shrines, I invite you to lesser-known places of historic interest.
Once in a month I go hiking or mountain climbing with some friends mainly in mountains surrounding Kyoto and Nara basins. Recently I have got intrigued by the charms of Buddhist statues, which are manifestations of people's wishes and prayers. I also like izakaya (Japanese-style taverns) hopping, tasting delicious dishes and locally brewed sake at reasonable prices. Especially I like communicating with people from home and abroad, talking face to face. Some of the above-mentioned elements are included in my walking tours. I hope you will discover new aspects of cultural and natural beauty in Kansai area through one of my tours which you could never gain otherwise.
One of my favorite phrases that come from Zen Buddhism is Ichigo Ichie or this meeting-but only once in a lifetime. My interpretation goes this way: This place and this moment never cross again. Each and every good encounter, however, lingers on like the sound of a temple bell. Won't you explore a deeper world of Japanese culture in Kyoto, Nara and Osaka with me?
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Reviews ( 32 )

Excellent
1 month ago |   by Joe

“ Very Friendly, Very Knowledgable ”

We saw a week's worth of sights in one day touring with Yoshie! He prepared an incredible itinerary, and we really got to see all the highlights of Kyoto. He's a great communicator and incredibly knowledgeable about the sights and the surrounding areas. Highly recommended!

Excellent
2 months ago |   by Serene

“ Tour of Nara and Kobe ”

Yoshie-san was friendly and warm. My family really enjoyed his company and guidance. He took us to quaint restaurants, something that we appreciated and not the usual touristy restaurants. He is knowledgeable and has a good command of English. We really look forward to meeting him again in the near future!

Excellent
2 months ago |   by Larry

“ A great autumn day with Yoshie in Nara and Kyoto ”

We had a great November 23 tour with Yoshie. His breadth of knowledge about the sites really enhanced our appreciation of what we were seeing. Yoshie is a very personable, friendly chap who clearly enjoys people and explaining Japanese history and culture. The primary reason for our trip to Japan this time was to see the autumn colours, and we were definitely not disappointed. We strongly recommend Yoshie as your guide!

Very Good
2 months ago |   by Stephanie

“ An evening of food and fun in Osaka's Minami area ”

Mr Yoshihisa was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable, showing us the local sights in Shinsekai and Dotombori, as well as introducing us to eateries that we probably would not have known to go to on our own. Unfortunately, we had recklessly stuffed ourselves at Kuromon Market just shortly before the tour, and so were too full to eat much, but what we did eat was delicious. Great evening out!

Very Good
2 months ago |   by Karen

“ Beautiful Autumn in Kyoto ”

Thanks so much for the very informative trip despite the rain, my family enjoyed the tour. Thanks so much for the amazing lunch place you brought us and the view and tips.

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