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

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8h $ 223 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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total price for up to 15 people
FREE cancellation 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.

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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.

City Kyoto

Meeting Point At your hotel

Ending Point At your hotel

Duration 8 hours

Starting time 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible

Number of people 1 to 15
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

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.

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 at least 14 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
  • If you cancel between 2 and 13 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 20% charge.
  • If you cancel within 1 day prior to the meeting date, there is a 40% charge.
  • If you cancel on the meeting date, there is no refund.

Organized by Tatsuhiro


National Certified Guide

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Response Time 3 hs

Languages spoken
  • English ( License )

It took me some 20 years to be qualified for this job and I feel honored for being able to help tourists from abroad understand our nation and culture. Japan is a beautiful country with a long history, tradition and rich cultural heritages, having various features in each of the four distinct seasons. Although there are now many visitors from abroad, mainly from Asian countries, they are mostly interested in shopping taking advantage of cheaper yen rather than understanding our people and culture. Kyoto and Nara are the two cities best known by foreign tourists, but not all the aspects of Japanese culture are concentrated there. If you visit the countryside other than these two cities, you will never fail to see the beautiful natural surroundings and people who will warmly welcome you. I wish to work as the bridge between Japanese people and tourists from all over the world. read more


Reviews ( 10 )

1 week ago |   by Benjamin

“ Satisfying Tour ”

We have an enjoyable tour with Tatsuhiro as our guide. He brought us to the places that we want to see like Tofukuji Temple, Arashima area, Osakajo Castle and other places of interests. He also guided us to shopping area like Daiso. He is patient with us and his knowledge about the places that we tour is quite good. He is also on time in fetching us from our hotel. Most of all he is friendly, honest and a descent person.

1 month ago |   by Antonio

“ Kyoto and Nara ”

Mr. Tatsuhiro made our experience in Kyoto something we would cherish forever. He is a gentleman, very patient and so sweet. He met us with a Jack O lantern with USA flag. Very welcoming. During our several months of planning this trip, he communicated with us efficiently. He is prompt and professional. He introduced us to the culture and food. We totally enjoyed his guidance. Arigato gozaimasu!

4 months ago |   by Stephen

“ Great Kyoto and Nara Tours ”

Hero is a great tour guide. He took us on 2 tours one in Kyoto and the other in Nara. He is very knowledgeable and was eager to share all of his insights. He is very friendly and outgoing and curious about his customers lives. I highly recommend him.

6 months ago |   by Marissa

“ 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.

6 months ago |   by Agni

“ Nara tour ”

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

7 months ago |   by JACQUELINE

“ 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.

7 months ago |   by Kavita

“ 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!

8 months ago |   by Sally

“ 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.

11 months ago |   by Agnes

“ Traveling with Tatsuhiro is like visiting a family friend in Kyoto ”

Tatsuhiro-san was truly valuable in navigating the kyoto bus system. He had thoughtfully prepared for the tour by keeping in touch with us via email prior to our arrival in Osaka, and he had even visited the sites on our itinerary a week ahead just so he can brief us on what we could expect to see and how to better maximize it, as well made sure all necessary reservations were made on some of the destinations we intended to visit. He loves discussing Japanese history and was always ready with his notebook and pencil to note down any additional questions we had. However, what was outstanding is how he made sure we were properly cared for and comfortable during the tour - Tatsuhiro even carried with him some sitting cushions for us to use during the scenic ride in sagano and also brought along extra gloves and overcoats on standby in case we find the Kyoto winter weather too cold. Sightseeing with Tatsuhiro is like traveling with a relative or an old friend.

11 months ago |   by Jill

“ A joy to spend the day with ”

My guests reported back that tatsuhiro was a delight. Very vety informative and giving of his time. I will certainly hire him again. Thank you tatsuhiro!

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