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My Favorite Golden Route: Kyoto One-day Tour

(79) Reviews
8h $ 294 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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294.40 USD

Price up to 5 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra hour.
$ 36.80
Extra person.
$ 32.20
Hotel pick-up in Kyoto area.
$ 18.40

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 ( 79 )
Vincent Vincent United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
5 days ago

“ Great Trip - be prepared to walk ”

Yoshie was great. His knowledge of the area and English skills are a blessing for our trip in Kyoto. Be prepared to walk a lot and fast since there are many places to see in a single day. I would recommend for teenagers and up and not suitable for young children since there’s lot of waking involve.

Yoshihisa:

Hi Vincent, Thank you very much for your kind words of gratitude. I also had a nice time guiding you and your family around Kyoto. I am pleased that your family kept up with my walkiing speed. If you have another chance of visiting Kansai region, be sure to get in touch with me, please. With best wishes, Yoshie

Rem Rem United States ( Couple )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Great introduction to Kyoto ”

Yoshi was a great guide. He is very knowledgeable. He speaks English well and helped us accomplish our goal of being able to navigate 4 more days in Kyoto entirely on our own.

Yoshihisa:

Hi Rem, Thank you very much for your kind review for my tour in Kyoto. I hope you had a very pleasant tour for the rest of your stay in Kyoto. Be sure to get in touch with me if you have another chance of visiting Kansai region. I wish you the best of luck! With warmest regards, Yoshie

Deborah Deborah United States ( Couple )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Great guide! ”

Yoshi was a great guide. We appreciated the stories he shared and how he gave us a feel for the city. Thoughtful, kind, generous man. We loved being able to be with someone who would focus on what we were interested in. Definitely recommend Yoshi!

Yoshihisa:

Hi Deborah, It is a great honor and pleasure to have such a superb review for my tour in Kyoto. I also enjoyed myself guiding you around the gardens, the temple and the shrine. It was good too to be able to see some cherry trees still in blossom. If there is another chance of visiting Kansai region, be sure to get in touch, please. With warmest regards, Yoshie

Trisha Trisha United States ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Nara Day Tour ”

Yoshie was AMAZING! We had such an enjoyable trip to Nara with Yoshie. He was an excellent tour guide who taught us about the culture. We really appreciate it Yoshie and my family had a wonderful time. He also is very flexible with schedule and time. Recommend him wholeheartedly for an awesome trip.

Yoshihisa:

Hi Trisha, Thank you very much for a wonderful review for my tour in Nara. I was pleased to see you and Mo enjoying feeding some deer a lot near Nigatsu-do Hall of Tohdai-ji Temple. It was also nice to be able to visit Asuka ni Imasu Shrine and Asuka-dera Temple. I hope you will return home safely with lots of good memory and souvenirs. With warmest regards, Yoshie

Skee Skee Canada ( Family )
Very Good
1 month ago

“ 6 hour Kyoto tour with 15 yr old grandson ”

Yoshie was at the well described meeting point, sign in hand with a gift of origami figures crafted by his wife for our grandson! As a former teacher, his English was good and he was very knowledgeable about the various sites we were able to visit in the short time we had with him. Knowing that our grandson was interested in manga, he arranged for us to visit the Manga Museum which was a big hit. Although we are very active and in good shape, we found his walking pace a bit too fast at times (guess he wanted to make sure we covered all the places we had asked to see)! Over lunch he wrote some very clear notes on suggestions for our next two days in Kyoto. Yoshie took some great photos of us during the day!

Yoshihisa:

Hi Skee, Thank you very much for writing a nice review for the tour in Kyoto. I am sometimes told that I walk too fast. I need to keep this precious advice in mind as a tour guide. Anyway I am glad that your grandson enjoyed visiting the Mnaga Museum. I hope your grandson will come to Kansai region and see me again when he grows older. With best regards, Yoshie

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