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Premium tour of Kyoto (1) : Arashiyama, Nijo-jo Castle & Kinkakuji temple

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8h $ 223 Price up to 15 people

Highlights

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

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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.

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Highlights

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

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.

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
Meeting Point
At your hotel
Ending Point
At your hotel
Duration
8 hours
Starting time
09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 15 people

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.

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 ( 15 )
Maya Maya Indonesia ( Family )
Very Good
3 months ago

“ Very kind and patient ”

Tatsuhiro is very kind and patient. He always reply my email and try to answer my question. He also give suggestion and recommendation for the tour. He also get refund for my mom ticket of Kaiyukan and assist to make reservation for the restaurant in Kyoto. However, he got a little confused when we took train to Osaka City Tour. But it was understandable because he is not originally from Osaka. My mom is in wheelchair and we are big group (16 person), can not handle easily. However, we had so much fun in Osaka and great time to see the beautiful of Kyoto. I wish him good luck and thank you for his kind service.

Tatsuhiro:

Hi Maya-san, Selamat sore. Thank you very much for your favorable review on the two-day tour. I enjoyed your company everywhere we visited. I received a lot of energy from the kids who are steadily growing up. Nothing is more encouraging than seeing kids` smiling faces. Meanwhile, I humbly accept your comment on my confusion regarding the transportation in Osaka. I will fully take that into consideration. Also, I feel sorry for having lost sight of you at Kaiyukan Osaka Aquarium. It` s also the source of reflection for me. I wish you all a greater happiness and a brighter future. I wish to see you again. Terimakasih. Regards, ... read more

Christopher Christopher Japan ( Family )
Excellent
5 months ago

“ Great night out ”

We had a wonderful night with Tasuhiro, Hiro-san. Starting with his punctuality, it led to an engaging night exploring Osaka and its vibrant food district. As first-time visitors to Osaka, he was a great asset, escorting us from Kyoto and immersing us in the local cultural rituals and adding his knowledge of the area. He was charming company and when we return one day, we would like to see him again and head out on another urban adventure together.

Tatsuhiro:

Hi Christopher-san & Stephanie-san, Thank you so much for your favorable comment. I am really encouraged. I truly appreciate your kindness treating me to a wonderful "yakiniku" dinner. You originally requested dropping in at a "takoyaki" stall, which is widely popular among Osaka citizens. I actually found one on our way back to Namba station, but didn`t suggest we spend time there, since I thought your stomach might be full. We walked on the bridge across a river flowing between the rows of plush buildings. It`s Dotombori-river, where reckless and enthusiastic baseball fans often jump into when their favorite team wins a championship. I wish I can take you to more places the next time you visit this city of "kui-daore", meaning you can eat until you fall down onto the ground, a com... read more

john John United States ( Couple )
Horrible
5 months ago

“ Guide a no-show ”

We arrived at Kyoto station at 9:55 am on N6 as planned with Tatashiro and came out to the central entrance...... looking for a sign with our name.... we waited for 30 minutes. At which tine I bought train tix myself to Ishiyama and asked how to find the correct track. We went to the MIHO on our own with the help of my guide book. Very disappointed that Mr. TAtashiro was not there. Poor impression of Triple lights John Bisenius

Alice Alice United States ( Friends )
Very Good
5 months ago

“ Extra mile ”

Very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful in answering questions not related to his tour subject. We recommend him highly

Tatsuhiro:

Hi Alice-san, I really appreciate your favorable comments on my work. Thank you so much. I wish you all a good health and happiness. I am forever thinking of you from the other side of the Pacific Ocean. Hope to see you again. Regards, Tatsuhiro

Romain Romain Japan ( Solo )
Very Good
9 months ago

“ Very knowledgeable and very nice ”

Tastuhiro was very nice and even wrote down the questions that he was not sure about. He then came back to me with the answer via email.

Tatsuhiro:

Hi Romain-san, Thank you very much for your favorable comment on my work. I am really encouraged. I am glad you had a chance to have a firsthand look at one of the most beautiful feudal-era castles in Japan. I hope your visit here will remain forever in your memory. I wish you all a good luck and good health. Regards, Tatsuhiro

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