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My Favorite Golden Route: Kyoto One-day Tour

(49) 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

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 fee ( 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 ( 49 )
Briel Briel United States ( Family )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ An incredible day with Yoshie - the best tour guide in Kyoto! ”

We - me, my sister, my mom, and my aunt - had a wonderful time with Yoshie exploring Kyoto on his one day tour. First of all, planning it was great - Yoshie was responsive to every message and understanding when we said that, because of the heat, we might need to take it easier than planned. Meeting up with Yoshie was very easy, and then we were off to the best sights in Kyoto - the golden palace first thing in the morning when it wasn't so crowded, Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, Fushimi Inari - just to name a few. Yoshie was a great tour guide and knew the answers to every single one of our questions. And he gave recommendations for a dinner location after the tour and gave me ideas for the next day of touring on our own. Everyone in my group agreed that the tour day with Yoshie was a real highlight of our two weeks in Japan. We can't recommend him highly enough!

Yoshihisa:

Hi Briel. I am very happy to receive such a wonderful review for my tour. I am also pleased to learn that you and your family enjoyed yourselves to the full in spite of the heat that day. Next time you visit Kansai region, be sure to get in touch, please. With best wishes, Yoshie

Maribeth Maribeth United States ( Family )
Excellent
4 weeks ago

“ Vail family vacation ”

Yoshi was a great tour guide we asked at the last minute to modify our tour which he did without issue he was very easy to get along with and we enjoyed everything we saw loved the saki brewery

Yoshihisa:

Hi Maribeth. I really appreciate your kind words of gratitude. I also enjoyed myself guiding your family around in Nara. I am pleased to learn that you liked the sake tasting at the brewery. Please get in touch if you have another chance of visiting Kansai region. With best regards, Yoshie

Nicole Nicole United States ( Couple )
Excellent
4 weeks ago

“ Wonderful guide! ”

Yoshie took us to visit Nara for a day trip. We can't even begin to describe what a good experience we had with him. Not only was it a great learning experience, but we had a ton of fun and the day went by in a flash! He is incredibly smart, knowledgeable, kind, helpful and patient. We loved our visit with him and would gladly book another tour whenever we go back to the Kyoto area. Highly recommend!

Yoshihisa:

Hi Nicole. It is a great honor to have such a marvelous review. I also had a fun time with you and Jason in Nara. Especially I am pleased to have shared sake tasiting with you at a brewery in Nara machi. Hope to see you two in Kyoto someday soon. Thank you again. Yoshie

Daniel Daniel United States ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Day Tour Kyoto ”

Our tour was very informative and Yoshi was friendly and nice to our family. It was a hot day and he made it manageable. The lunch break was a perfect time to rest and eat some great food. Our family had a great time. Thanks Yoshi!!!

Yoshihisa:

Hi Daniel. Thank you very much for your kind review. I am very pleased to learn that you enjoyed the tour a lot. The lotus flowers at Ryoan-ji Temple and the moss-covered slopes of Jojako-ji Temple were so beautiful after a week of rain, weren't they? I hope to see your family again during the cherry-blossom or autumn foliage season in the ancient capital of Japan. With warmest regards, Yoshie

Irene Irene Philippines ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Uncle Yoshie ”

Wonderful guide. Very physically fit. Excellently knowledgeable. Kindness overload. Loves his job so much that everything he does becomes personal. Places gone to were a balance for kids and adults, perfect for our group. Indeed he made our First trip to Kyoto memorable.

Yoshihisa:

Hi Irene-san. Thank you very much for so quick a reveiw with many kind words of grititude. I am pleased to leran that both adults and children were satisfied with the tour in Kyoto. I hope you will return home safely with lots of good memories and souvenirs. Next time you come to Kansai region, be sure to get in touch. With warmest regards, Uncle Yoshie

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