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Highlights

  •   (1) Togetsukyo bridge (2) Nijo-jo Castle Karamon gate (3) Kinkakuji golden pavilion
  •   Natural surroundings and powerful structures

Information

City Kyoto
Meeting Point At your hotel
Ending Point At your hotel
Departure 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Duration 8h   Flexible
Languages English (License)
Tour Type Private Tour ( only for you )
Number of people 1 ~ 15
Booking
8h
When?

People

225.00 USD

total price for up to 15 people

FREE cancelation 14 days prior

What to Expect

Why not enjoy your holidays in Kyoto? You can certainly get in touch with many things Japanese that we are proud of. They are old temples and shrines, cultural assets and the beautiful natural surroundings. You can also enjoy dropping in at souvenir stores and buy exquisitely made products, such as folding fans, porcelain and traditional Japanese cakes. I would like to take you to the following places, which are the three representative tourist destinations in this city:
(1) Arashiyama
It is the place where all the traditional natural beauties of Japan are combined together. They are Togetsukyo bridge, bamboo grove and the old temples. If you go up to the observation spot, you can enjoy the magnificent view of the gorge below. You can also see rickshaws of the olden times drawn by young people with smiling passengers on board. There are souvenir shops selling variety of goods and products.
(2) Nijo-jo Castle (World Cultural Heritage Site)
This castle was built in the early 17th century by the Tokugawa Shogunate government for the purpose of protecting the Kyoto Imperial Palace and as the accommodations when Tokugawa Shogun was in Kyoto. It was subsequently enlarged by successive Shogun. It is the castle as well as the palace, where you can see the powerful structures and beautiful gardens. You can learn, in addition, how great the power of Tokugawa Shogun was.
(3) Kinkakuji temple (the Golden Pavilion) (World Cultural Heritage Site)
The history of this temple began when the third Shogun of the Muromachi period acquired a tract of land in this area from a powerful statesman in 1397 and built a villa of his own to entertain the Emperor and members of the nobility. The upper two levels of the temple are covered with pieces of gold foil and are shining brilliantly against the background of the rich greenery. The pond in the foreground reflects the golden structure. It looks like the materialization of Pure Land of Buddha in this world. In addition, on the top of the golden structure is the shining phoenix.


What‘s included

guide fee, hotel pick-up in Kyoto area

What‘s not included

transportation fee (you and guide), lunch, dinner, entrance fee, hotel pick-up in areas outside Kyoto region

Important

This place is hugely crowded at any time of a year. Please be careful so that you will not be separated from your group or get lost.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you(guide) wait if we (customers) are late for the appointment?

I can wait for you for up to 30 minutes for free, but if you are late any further, I will charge you 1,000 yen per 30 minutes.

How much is the transportation fee?

(1) Arashiyama: One-way JR fare is 240 yen from Kyoto station.
(2) Nijo-jo castle: One-way bus fare is 230 yen from Kyoto bus terminal.
(3) Kinkakuji temple: One-way bus fare is 230 yen from Kyoto bus terminal.

How much are the entrance fees?

(1) Arashiyama: 500 yen for the entry to Tenryuji temple.
(2) Nijo-jo Castle: 600 yen.
(3) Kinkakuji temple: 400 yen

What are the closing hours?

(1) Arashiyama: 5 p.m. for Tenryuji temple.
(2) Nijo-jo Castle: 4 p.m.
(3) kinkakuji temple: 5 P.m.

Frequently Asked Questions

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
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.
After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.
You’ll be able to see the guide’s e-mail address and phone number. You can contact your guide directly before the tour starts, and enjoy your tour on the day!
Please check the following link. https://triplelights.com/cancel
Yes, by using our secure online payment system, your payment information is encrypted and you are secured against fraud and unauthorized transaction. Your credit card or PayPal account will be charged upon booking. However, if the guide does not accept your booking, the amount will be credited back to the account from which the charge was drawn.
No, our prices are 100% booking fee free – meaning the price you see is the amount you pay.
It depends on the location of your hotel and places you visit. But to give you an idea, it costs about 200-300yen for one place to the other, and the total is about 1,000yen for a full day tour.
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.
Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.
Yes you can, but you have to pay an extra charge per person. The price depends on which guide you choose.
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Reviews

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Marissa
1 month ago , ( Family ) , From: Philippines

“ A relaxed day of touring ”

Tatsuhiro is very kind and respectful. He was eager to share local insights, advice and directions on inquiries, even those unrelated to the tour. I was impressed that he was well versed with Japanese-Philippine history and felt his sincerity in wanting to better understand our culture and people. We had to put extra effort to understand his English at times.

Tatsuhiro:
Hi Marissa-san, Thank you very much for your favorable comments. I am much encouraged. Above all, I am glad we could safely complete the tour and that your entire family enjoyed viewing the full-blown cherry trees. I wish your daughter and two sons a promising future. I am also thankful to you for treating me to lunch. On the other hand, I sincerely and humbly accept your last remark on my (lack of) fluency in speaking English. I will definitely try to improve it. Last but not least, I am always nagged with one question: Are children in the Philippines happy? I hope they are. Before I conclude my reply, I should say I am always open to your questions regarding our culture, history and society in general. See you. Wish you a good luck and hope to see you again. Regards, Tatsuhiro

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Agni
1 month ago , ( Family ) , From: Russian Federation

“ Nara tour ”

Very nice itinerary, guide was super polite and helpful. Excellent experience

Tatsuhiro:
Hi Agni-san, Thank you so much for your favorable comment. I enjoyed your company and I am really happy we were safely back to Osaka. I hope this tour will give you more energy in you life. I wish a good luck for your entire family. See you again. Refgards, Tatsuhiro

J
JACQUELINE
1 month ago , ( Family ) , From: Philippines

“ We find Kyoto so beautiful,scenic,rich in culture and good food. The Japanese are so respectful and helpful. ”

Tatsuhiro was very prompt, patient,helpful, and kind. We learned a lot from him.

Tatsuhiro:
Hi Jackie-san, Thanl you so much for your praise with beautiful words. I am much encouraged. I spent a hapy time with you in the tour in spite of the rainy weather. I wish the tour will remain in your memory forever. And a good health for you all. Regards, Tatsuhiro

K
Kavita
1 month ago , ( Family ) , From: United States

“ Great knowledge of Kyoto ”

We (my family 3 kids aged 15,14,11) visiting from Chicago enjoyed the day with Tatsuhiro. He made sure to ask what we wanted to do to plan the trip and then adjust to our needs during the tour. We enjoyed Kyoto and my kids were able to engage and learn to much about a city they had never visited. Highly recommend!

Tatsuhiro:
Hi Kavita-san, Thank you very much for your favorable comment. I really enjoyed being with you in our tour of Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine, Tofukuji temple and Kinkakuji Golden Pavilion. I am happy you and your loved ones came in contact with Kyoto with fresh eyes and curiosity. More than anything, I felt the warm family atmosphere. I wish your children a prospective future. See you again. Regards, Tatsuhiro

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Sally
2 months ago , ( Couple ) , From: Australia

“ very enjoyable & informative ”

We had a wonderful evening tour with Tatsuhiro to see Hanatoro on the last night. This evening was a highlight of our holiday & the memories will last. We enjoyed the company of Tatsuhiro & saw everthing on the walking trail, we took so many photos.

Tatsuhiro:
Hi Sally- & Bill-san, Thank you so much for your favorable comments on my work. I am very glad you two enjoyed the tour. I am really encouraged to have your words of appreciation and I have renewed my determination to do an even better job next time on. I wish you two a greater health and happiness. And a healthy growth for your granddaughter. See you again. Regards, Tatsuhiro

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