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


Kyoto
8 hours
up to 15 people
Japanese ( Native ), English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )

Itinerary

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  • (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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Departure & Return

Starting time 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point At your hotel
Ending Point At your hotel

Inclusions & Exclusions

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.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting date
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting date
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting date

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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Reviews ( 21 )
4.0 (21) Reviews
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Ligia Ligia United States ( Solo )
Good
4 months ago

“ We loved Kyoto! ”

He is the nicest person! We enjoyed him very much as someone who was able to navigate our total lack of Japanese.

Tatsuhiro:

Hi Ligia-san, Thank you very much for your favorable comment. I enjoyed your company and I am glad you have come to know some of the most popular sights in Kyoto. I hope you will enjoy your golden years more and more in greater health. Good luck. Regards, Tatsuhiro

Sean Sean United States ( Couple )
Very Good
5 months ago

“ Kyoto tour ”

A very friendly guide. He helped navigate us through Kyoto. Other people commented on his English, I think it was ok. No better than one could expect from a native citizen and local. I’d prefer this kind of person anyways since they know the “tricks”. He was kind to ensure he understood and verified your question’s answer.

Tatsuhiro:

Hi Sean-san & Kim-san, I am encouraged to have received a favorable comment like this. In fact, I felt sorry for asking you to repeat your questions on many occasions, but now I realize that`s the way you native speakers of English speak the language. Anyway, I am glad you completed the tour and saw for yourself some of the traditional beauties and cultures of our country. I hope to see you again. My love to all the people in the state of Connecticut. Regards, Tatushiro

Peter Peter Canada ( Friends )
Very Good
5 months ago

“ Great tour ”

We had a good time and a great tour with dear Tatsuhiro, he is a very good guide and we really enjoyed all the sights, thank your very much again Tatsuhiro

Tatsuhiro:

Hi Peter-san, Thank you very much for your favorable comment. I am really encouraged. I am glad that we completed the tour safely and that you kept smiling all the way. Also, it is a great relief for me that your were well in time for the ship`s departure. I wish you all a greater health. Many thanks. Regards, Tatsuhiro

shailendra Shailendra United States ( Friends )
Good
5 months ago

“ Knowledgeable guide but difficult to communicate ”

Tatsuhiro San was our guide for 3 days in the Kyoto area. He showed us Kyoto for 2 days and then also took us to Nara and Osaka. He is a kind old man with a good knowledge of the area but we felt that we did not get our money's worth as it was very difficult to communicate with him. On 2 days we lost an hour each as we tried to find him at Kyoto station and even when we were with him it was difficult to communicate with him. His spoken english is good but his listen comprehension is very slow. He had trouble understanding us.

Tatsuhiro:

Hi Shailendra-san, Thank you very much for your enlightening comments. I am glad that you enjoyed your tour of Kyoto and Nara, but I feel sorry for failing to meet you on time and for having an enormous difficulty understanding you. I spent a long period of time reading English editorials and not enough time communicating with the native speakers. Hence my insufficient listening comprehension. I will take your remarks seriously into consideration and try to improve my skill as a guide from now on. Many thanks again. Wish you a good luck. Regards, Tatsuhiro

Marcus Marcus United Kingdom ( Friends )
Excellent
5 months ago

“ Amazing guide. Very knowledgeable and we learnt a lot. ”

Our day with Tatsuhiro-san was an extremely interesting one. He took us to many of Kyoto's cultural landmarks and explained the history behind them in great detail. He is a very knowledgeable and kind-hearted guide. He always wants to help tourists make the most out of their stay in Japan whilst also sharing the history behind the country. We would definitely recommend Tatsuhiro-san anyone to wishing to see Kyoto and learn about the history. Thank you Tatsuhiro-san for an amazing day!

Tatsuhiro:

Hi Marcus-san, Emily-san, Paul-san and Jonathan-san, Many thanks for your favorable comment. I am really encouraged. My primary purpose for this job is to have visitors from abroad feel happy, satisfied and enlightened through the tour I share with them and I am sure I got a full mark from you. I am glad if this trip helped you understand our society and Japan as a whole to some extent. I wish you a good luck and success in your career. More and more. Regards, Tatsuhiro

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