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My Favorite Golden Route: Kyoto One-day Tour

(62) Reviews
8h $ 282 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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281.60 USD

Price up to 5 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra hour.
$ 35.20
Extra person.
$ 30.80
Hotel pick-up in Kyoto area.
$ 17.60

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 ( 62 )
Grant Grant Australia ( Family )
Excellent
4 days ago

“ Kyoto’s Wonderful Golden Route with Yoshie ”

My family and I had a wonderful day on Yoshie’s Favourite Golden Route covering north-western Kyoto. Firstly he obliged with a change request to the itinerary, and he helped us all day across the different transport options to get to the various sights and eventually back to the hotel. Yoshie also recommended other sights in our remaining days in Kyoto that we would enjoy (and we certainly did). His knowledge of the sights and local history was great, his English was excellent, and we really enjoyed his happy, relaxed and engaging manner. He even helped and motivated some of the more lethargic members of our party up the hill to see the monkeys in Arashiyama (one of our itinerary change requests)! All in all, we had a great day visiting some beautifu sights and we would definitely rec... read more

Yoshihisa:

Hi Grant. Thank you very much for your heartwarming review. Thanks to the beautiful autumn day, I also took in the amazing scenery of colored leaves in Arashiyama. I had a wonderful time guiding you and your nice family around the north-western part of Kyoto. I was deeply impressed by your strong affection toward your children, too. Next time you visit Kansai region, be sure to get in touch, please. I wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year. With warmest regards. Yoshie

Alice Alice United States ( Friends )
Excellent
3 weeks ago

“ All around guy ”

Command of English very good , expert in his field , accommodating and friendly. Would highly recommend and in fact will ask for his help again when in the area in the future.

Yoshihisa:

Hi Alice. Thank you very much for your nice review. I had a pleasant time guiding your group around in Kyoto, Uji and Nara for two days. Alice, I was very much attracted by your warm personality, thank you. Be sure to get in touch next time you visit Kansai region. With best wishes, Yoshie

Julia Melman Julia United States
Excellent
3 weeks ago

“ Tour of Nara ”

We had a great experience with Yoshi. He is a lovely person and a very knowledgeable guide. After the tour, we have a deeper understanding of Japanese culture and traditions. Every detail of the tour was perfectly planned out, he even showed us the best spots for taking photos. Thank you Yoshihisa!

Yoshihisa:

Hi Julia. Thank you very much for your kind review. I also had a pleasant time guiding you and your husband around Nara. I wish he had had an experience of sake tasting at a sake brewery in Nara Machi, an old quarter of Nara. I sincererly hope you will return home safely with lots of nice memories and souvenirs. Be sure to get in touch with me next time you come to Kansai district. With best wishes, Yoshie

Alex Alex United States ( Friends )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Great time visiting Kyoto and Osaka ”

We truly enjoyed spending 2 days touring Kyoto and Osaka with Yoshi. He is professional, knowledgeable and is a very nice person. We had some personal issues during the first day and Yoshi was very helpful in helping to overcome those obstacles. He arranged the day in a very organized fashion and managed to get a lot of sights into a relatively short period of time. I would definitely recommend Yoshi for touring Osaka or Kyoto.

Yoshihisa:

Hi Alex. Thank you very much for your heart-warming review in spite of your personal issues. I am still wondering if there was a better way to help you more. I sincerely hope you will have a more pleasant time in Shimizu and Tokyo and return home safely with lots of souvenirs. Be sure to get in touch next time you have a chance of visiting Kyoto again. With warmest regards, Yoshie

Joel Joel Belgium ( Couple )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Excellent guide ”

We did two private excursions with Yoshi. Yoshi is: Very polite Punctual Pleasant Knowledgeable A good person The two private day excursions were perfectly organised. I can not find a negative point. The perfect guide. Very happy that he was our guide. We wish him and his family a long and healthy life. Joël and Ilse. Flanders, Belgium.

Yoshihisa:

Hi Joe and Ilse, Thank you so much for your quick and polite review for the two-day tours in Kyoto and Nara. I was deeply impressed by your sincere attitude toward my explanation about everything you saw and heard during the tour. Thanks to you two, I had a very pleasant time guiding you around. I hope you will return home safely with lots of souvenirs and good memories of Japan. Let's keep in touch. With best regards, Yoshie

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