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My Favorite Golden Route: Kyoto One-day Tour

(72) Reviews
8h $ 285 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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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

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 ( 72 )
Anna Anna United States ( Couple )
Excellent
5 days ago

“ Fantastic tour! ”

The Golden Route tour with Yoshie was a highlight of our time in Kyoto. It was a day packed with history, natural beauty, and fun. Having a super knowledgeable guide like Yoshie makes temples and shrines a lot more fun to visit than on your own. He provided context and meaning for everything we saw, pointing out details we would have never noticed. His English is excellent and communication was very easy. We covered so much in one day that it would have probably taken us three days if we were left to our own devices. He also took great pictures and brought us to a local izakaya after the tour, which we enjoyed very much as it was not a touristy spot and had excellent good value food and sake. Whether you are in Kyoto for only one day or a few days, I recommend that you spend one of them wi... read more

Yoshihisa:

Hi Anna, I appreciate your heart-warming review for my tour in Kyoto. I am very pleased that you enjoyed My Favorite Golden Route, my silly jokes and the dishes and sake at the izakaya. I also enjoyed your company all the time during the tour. I am looking forward to seeing you again in the near future. I wish you the very best of luck. Yoshie

Thomas Thomas United States ( Couple )
Excellent
3 weeks ago

“ Great tour with a great guy! ”

Yoshie was an excellent guide, and also an exceptionally kind and pleasant person to spend the day with. His Golden Route tour packed a lot of sightseeing into one day, but we still had time to enjoy it, to learn from his detailed knowledge of the sights we were seeing, and to soak in the amazing views and architecture. There was a distinct flow to the day, and to the historical stories that went along with the sites we saw, that tied everything together and really added to the experience. That must have taken him a lot of effort to piece together in his research but it came across very naturally. And it also turned out that Yoshie really knew his stuff when it comes to food in Kyoto, an unexpected but very nice bonus! If we return to Japan, we will definitely sign up for another tour... read more

Yoshihisa:

Hi Tom. It is a great honor and big joy to me to have such a superb review for my tour in Kyoto. I am very pleased to learn that you and your wife had a wonderful time with me and the dinner at Wakaba ( young leaf ). I also enjoyed your company a lot. Let's keep in touch. With warmest regards, Yoshie

Wai Yee Wai United States ( Friends )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ My Favorite Golden Route: Kyoto One-day Tour ”

My friend and I had a wonderful time traveling with Yoshi. He is happy, funny, high energy, polite, friendly, and patient and knowledgeable. He enjoyed his job and so as we enjoyed his company. We highly recommend him.

Yoshihisa:

Hi Wai, I really appreciate your wonderful comment on my job in Kyoto and Nara. I also had a nice time, guiding you and Susan around. I hope you will visit Kansai region again in the near future, especially cherry-blossom or autumn foliage season. I wish two of you the best luck! Yoshie

Debbie Debbie United States ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Yoshie’s the man if you want to see & understand Osaka! ”

Yoshie was friendly, knowledgeable, & kind

Yoshihisa:

Hi, Debbie, Thank you very much for your kind comment on my tour in Osaka. I am very glad that your family all enjoyed the tour in Osaka, including the dinner and the sake drinking. I hope you will contact me next time you visit Kansai region. With the best wishes. Yoshie

Phyllis Phyllis Singapore ( Couple )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Omiwa trip ”

I am very grateful that Yoshie-san agreed to be our guide to Mount Miwa otherwise this trip to climb the scared mountain would not have been possible. Yoshie-san has been helpful and accommodating to my request even before we met and he had put together a five hours trip to Mount Miwa for us. Yoshie-san is friendly and easy to talk to. His manner was calm and relaxed. Most of all he was intuitive to our wants and wishes, he was able to sense what experience we would like to take away from this trip without much asking from us. Besides the planned mountain climbing we also had sake tasting, and a very delicious dinner. Thank you Yoshie-san!

Yoshihisa:

Hi Phyllis-san, I really appreciate your kind words of gratitude for the trip to Mt. Miwa, a sacred mountain. It was a precious experience to me, too. It was a bit tiring but a lot of fun, walking up and down the steep slopes surrounded by tall trees and the stream. I hope you will continue a pleasant trip and make a new discovery about the culture and scenery during your stay in Kyoto. Be sure to get in touch next time you visit Kyoto. With warmest regards, Yoshie

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