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City Kyoto
Meeting Point At your hotel
Ending Point At your hotel or anywhere convenient
Departure 08:30 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Duration 7:30h   Flexible
Languages English (License)
Tour Type Private Tour ( only for you )
Number of people 1 ~ 4

Please feel free to ask questions. I'm quite flexible!

Booking
7:30h
When?

People

386.26 USD

total price for up to 4 people

FREE cancelation 14 days prior

What to Expect

This tour is the one and only for you!

There are a lot of wonderful places in this ancient capital!
Please tell me your interest, and I will make an itinerary exclusively for you!

For example, you would like to experience
-the main attractions of Kyoto
-nature and animals
-a traditional pottery workshop and make your original gifts
-new style stage show only in Kyoto
-ramen street

Some of the tour examples are

1. The KYOTO tour

Recommended for first timers!
This tour covers some of the most famous tourist attractions in Kyoto such as

-Kiyomizu Dera Temple (famous for the panoramic veranda)
-Fushimi Inari Shrine (walk under the 10000 of red Torii gates)
-Nijo Castle (peek in the lives of samurai)
-Kinkakuji Temple (the Golden Pavilion)

We can change some of these destinations to other places such as

Sanjusangendo (the corridor of 1000 Kannon)
Ryoanji (the beautiful rock garden)
Arashiyama (walk in the bamboo groves and the monkey mountain)
etc....

2.Nature Walk Kyoto

This tour covers the monkey mountain where you can surround yourself with 100s of wild monkeys. You will also enjoy the fresh breeze in the extensive bamboo groves, and harmoney of the man-made beauty and the quiet mountain in Kinkaku temple, then find some very unique ramen on the ramen streets (if you like ramen)!


All one price including FREE PRIVATE transportation!


What‘s included

Guide fee, FREE PRIVATE Transportation, Hotel pick-up

What‘s not included

Lunch (you and your guide), entrance fee (about 500-1000 JPY/place, you and your guide)

Frequently Asked Questions

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.
More Frequently Asked Questions

Example of your tour experience

FREE cancelation 14 days prior

The TripleLights Difference

Its more affordable than it seems. Our pricing is often per-tour (not per-person), so if your group is 2 or more people, you'll most probably pay less than if you took a bus tour.

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Every tour is customizable. Every tour can be customised to your time, needs and preferences! Simply confirm your booking and contact the guide to make the changes. There is no risk and you have free cancellation with a 100% refund guarantee!

Go at your own pace. Take your time for pictures or slow down to see as much as you want. With your private guide your tour is flexible.

Enjoy Japan with a local guide. With intimate access to places off the beaten paths you can have a more in-depth experience not seen on bus tours.

All tours are private. Enjoy a deeper learning experience as your guide will be 100% focused on you and the people traveling with you.

Questions? Talk to a REAL person. We have a superior customer support team who are ready to help you with any questions you may have!

Reviews

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Robert
2 days ago , ( Family ) , From: Israel

“ The best of the best!!! ”

Absolutely excellent guide. Many e-mail communications before our trip to hone and finalize our itinerary. Has a car which made it possible to get to several distant sites of interest. Brought his own camera to take our photos, and e-mailed them to us. He is very informative and knows the area well. Very accommodating. I recommend him highly without hesitation. You'll be fortunate if you are able to book him.

Masaki:
Dear Robert Thank you very much for your kind review. Your words really motivate and inspire me to improve as a guide. I spent a great time with you and Avi, and you guys are exactly the family that I and my son would like to be in 20 years! As we promised in Gion, let's meet again 20 years later!! Kind Regards, Masaki Makoon Mori

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Paul
1 month ago , ( Couple ) , From: United States

“ Outstanding tour experience in Kyoto thanks to Makoon! ”

We were so fortunate to have Masaki (Makoon) as our guide for our day tour of Kyoto. Makoon's service started well before our actual tour. Makoon tended to every detail of our group's (4 adults) request via detailed emails prior to our arrival. As we were arriving by ship, Makoon personally met us at the Kobe cruise port. From the very start, we were impressed with Makoon's professional and friendly manner. He was a delight to be with from start to finish! As we had requested a PRIVATE Maiko dinner while in Kyoto, Makoon was able to arrange this for us. This was the highlight of our entire tour of Japan! Thank you, Makoon! Makoon attended to every detail and was always willing to modify our plans based on our desires (especially since we preferred more eating and shopping opportunities, as well as trying to avoid touristy crowds at the popular sites). He was most accommodating. Makoon even took personal pictures of our day which he immediately emailed to us....what a nice touch! We all admitted that Makoon was probably one of the BEST guides that we have ever had (and we have traveled extensively around the world). We would rate Makoon as a "10 star guide" if the rating scale would allow this! If we ever find ourselves back in Kyoto (and we are certain that we will return) we would definitely engage Makoon's services. Thank you, Makoon! Paul, Marie, Robert, and Diana (friends from Hawaii)

Masaki:
Dear Paul, Marie, Robert, and Diana Thank you very much for such a wonderful review. It is really inspriring to receive such a message, and it's my motivation to improve as a guide! I was really happy to spend a day with such a happy and friendly group! Every place we went, I was really happy to see you show respect to the history and culture, and really enjoy the moment. It is truely my honor to share an experience with people like you. The time really flew that day, and it was great that we ended the day with Maiko dinner. I am greatful that I could have shown the very unique part of Kyoto culture. Again, thank you very much for everything. Please do contact me when you come back! I have a lot more to show you here!! Kind Regards, Masaki Makoon Mori

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Leah
1 month ago , ( Family ) , From: United States

“ Highly Recommended Guide! ”

We love the flexibility of doing our own itineraries during our travels instead of joining tour groups. For Kyoto, however, I took a risk and hired a private guide with a car to make the most of our one full day in that beautiful city. It was a very smart decision that was worth the money! We were able to see some major attractions which would have been impossible without a car (and with a kid!). We were also treated to historical and cultural background stories of each site, which we would have surely missed had we been on our own. Lastly, our guide took pictures (which was not mentioned in the package) and sent it to us a few hours after the tour. These pictures are very much treasured since we rarely get family pictures that are not selfies during our trips. Makoon, our guide, is highly recommended! He speaks English well and has a knack of sharing stories that kept our interest, including that of our 8 yo son.

Masaki:
Dear Leah and the family Thank you very much for your kind review. It is truely my honor to receive such review. I'm really glad you like the background stories and history, and liked the pictures a lot. Again I love going on a trip with my family, too. It is often difficult to have family photos. I really hope these pictures will remind you of the day we spent together in this historical city! Looking forward to seeing you all again! Best Regards, Masaki Makoon Mori

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Sabina
1 month ago , ( Family ) , From: United States

“ He was the best guide We could experience. ”

It was very comftable trip. He has his own car to take us to the inportant place we needed to visit. His english was pretty good compared to other guides I met in Japan. He could explain all the histories and meanings of the places. Very kind and friendly. I would absolutely recomend to other peoples.

Masaki:
Dear Sabina Thank you for taking time to write a kind review. I am happy that I could be a help for you and your family to have a good memory. Eventhough we covered a lot of places in 1 day, there are a lot more interesting places in Kyoto! Please come back and hope to see you again in the near future!! Best Regards, Masaki Makoon Mori

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Nancy
1 month ago , ( Couple ) , From: United States

“ Highly professional guide. Covered all that we requested to see including an authentic lunch. ”

We had the most wonderful day with Masaki. I specified what I wanted to see in Kyoto after doing some research and he covered everything with complete knowledge of the sites including background information. He made the day fun and convenient. His knowledge of English was perfect and providing private transportation helped us to efficiently and comfortably get around without losing time. We learned so much from him and felt as if we were spending the day with a friend. He paid attention to detail in his e-mail conversations with us before our visit so that we had all the information we needed to meet him for our day of touring. We highly recommend Masaki for his professionalism and knowledge of history and current events.

Masaki:
Dear Nancy and Simcha Thank you very much for amazing review. It was great to show you around this ancient city, and sharing the history! I was also really happy to share the great conversation together, again I was guiding you in Kyoto but you were guiding me my life!! I am really looking forward to meeting you both again! Best Regards, Masaki Makoon Mori

TripleLights Private Tours

Kyoto Customized Private Tour

Select places you'd like to visit and hire your prefered tour guide!.
  • Select places you want to go
  • When you want to go
  • Choose your guide
  • Book your guide online
  • Start planning together your trip!
Hourly from:
$ 32
per group

Kyoto Tour for First Timers

  • Kinkakuji
  • Nijo Castle
  • Kiyomizu-dera
  • Nishiki Market
by TripleLights
8hs
$ 253
per group ( up to 6 )

Kyoto Half-Day Tour

  • Kinkakuji
  • Ryoan-ji
  • Nijo Castle
by TripleLights
4hs
$ 127
per group ( up to 6 )

Kyoto Must-see 3 spots

  • Kinkakuji
  • Fushimi Inari Shrine
  • Kiyomizu-dera
by TripleLights
8hs
$ 253
per group ( up to 6 )

Kyoto Night tour

  • Fushimi Inari Shrine
  • Gion
by TripleLights
4hs
$ 127
per group ( up to 6 )

Kyoto Arashiyama area tour

  • Tenryu-ji Temple
  • Arashiyama
  • Okochi Sanso (Mountain Villa)
  • Jojakko-ji Temple
  • Togetsu-kyo Bridge
  • Arashiyama Monkey Park Iwatayama
by TripleLights
6hs
$ 190
per group ( up to 6 )

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