8h $ 62 per person
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Kyoto's most popular sightseeing spots tour and enjoy a various kinds of Kyoto's specialities

by Hiroshi
(101) Reviews
8h $ 62 per person


  • Kinkakuji Temple
  • Ryo-anji Temple
  • Nijyo-jo castle
  • Sanjyu-sangendo temple
  • Nishiki Market
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61.60 USD

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FREE cancellation 14 days prior

What to Expect

This tour covers 3 must-see sites and Nishiki Market.
You can experience the most renownd sites such as the Golden Pavilion, the rockGarden at Ryo-anji Temple where you may find an elegant beauty in its simplicity
Nijo-castle ,the luxurious palace of the Tokugawa Shoguns. Sanjyu-sangendo is one of the three must -see sightseeing spots in kyoto.The thousand life-size statues and the Principal statue( height 3.5 meters) lining along the longest corrider in Japan , with a length of 120meters or 390 feet make you feel like you are in a forest of Buddhas! Every one who visits this temple says " Woow ! , It's amazing ! It's awesome ! It's awful ! " .
Lastly visit Nishiki Market,where you can enjoy Kyoto’s specialities such as charming sweets , high quality tohu and Sake etc.

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  • Kinkakuji Temple
  • Ryo-anji Temple
  • Nijyo-jo castle
  • Sanjyu-sangendo temple
  • Nishiki Market


City Kyoto

Meeting Point Kyoto Tourist Information Center located on the 2nd floor of the JRKyoto building .

Ending Point Nishiki Market

Duration 8 hours

Starting time 09:30 AM ( recommended )   Flexible

Number of people 2 to 12
What‘s included
  • guide fee

What‘s not included
  • lunch
  • entrance fee. transportation fee
  • guide's transportation fee 1000 yen/day

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have one person tour ?

Yes, of course . I gladly accept one person tour.
guide fee is as follows
1 person = 14000yen
a child who is under 15years old is free of charge

Do you have a family discount ratings ?

Yes, I have. a family of 3person=16000yen a family of 4,5,6 person = 18000yen a family of 7,8,9,10 person=20000yen

Do you have a group discount ratings ?

Yes,I have. a group of 3 person=16000yen a group of 4,5,6 person =18000yen a group of 7,8,9 person =20000yen
a group of person : your friends or acquaintances

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 Hiroshi

National Certified Guide

(100) Reviews

Contact Hiroshi
Languages spoken
  • English ( License )

Hello,I am HIROSHI YOKOYAMA. Please call me Hiro, not "hero". I have been lived in kyoto
for more than 30years. So, I am very familiar with the city of Kyoto and a unique culture
developed in Japan as well. I can offer you not only historic places like Nijo castle, Kinkakuji temple ,Kiyomizu temple etc., but also off the beaten track spots Nijo jinya house or nicknamed
"ninjya house" ,Katsura Imperial Villa etc.. I am really looking forward to seeing you .

Reviews ( 101 )

6 days ago |   by Eberhard

“ Very competent, attentive and pleasant guide ”

Hiroshi guided is a whole day in Kyoto. We saw the maximum, what we could do and it was a very pleasant day. Hiroshi himself is a very competent and attentive person. As extra Bonus he made a lot of fotos of us, using his own high tech camera and sent us the pictures a few days later by email. We only can highly recommend Hiroshi to others and thank him for the interesting day.

3 weeks ago |   by Dramy

“ Outgoing, informative guide ”

Hiroshi is an outgoing, friendly guide. Very engaging and he provided many facts about the sights and locations on the tour.

2 months ago |   by Jennifer

“ Hiro is a national treasure! ”

Hiro was absolutely the best guide we have ever had. He is so knowledgeable about all of Japan & has a great sense of humor! We are so lucky to have had the opportunity to spend two days with someone so genuine, kind & funny. Hiro spent extra time to make sure that the rest of our time in Japan is great (& helped us make train reservations for the rest of our journey). Hiro is the best of the best!

4 months ago |   by Ariel

“ Outstanding Tour With Hiroshi ”

We truly enjoyed our 1 day Kyoto tour with Hiroshi because we were able to go to a lot of places and historical sites throughout the day and learn facts about the shrines and temples we visited. We requested to go to only 3 places but Hiroshi tried his best to squeeze in more places to visit as many as our schedule permitted. We liked how Hiroshi kept on asking us trivia questions as we went around, making the tour more interactive, fun and interesting. He even gave a prize to whoever had the most number of correct questions at the end of the tour! He not only served as a tour guide but ever so willingly acted as our photographer too which enabled us to collect pictures with full view of the sites we visited with all members of the family together in the pictures which might have been difficult to achieve if we just used a selfie stick. Hiroshi is a very accommodating, friendly and knowledgeable guide and we will surely recommend him to our friends and family when they visit Japan.

4 months ago |   by Kaitlin

“ Amazing tour of Kyoto with Hiro! ”

Hiro was so great - as a former teacher he knows how to make information exciting and easy to understand! He is upbeat, super fun, and very knowledgable about Kyoto and its history. Highly highly recommend taking a tour with him!

5 months ago |   by Sham

“ Knowledgeable Guide ”

Hiroshi was a very approachable and knowledgeable guide. He explained the history of Japan in a very interesting way during the tour. He was very accommodating when we requested to try the buses in kyoto. Will highly recommend hiroshi as your tour guide in kyoto :-)

6 months ago |   by Ellen

“ Kyoto in a day ”

Hiroshi was able to take us to all the highlights even though I am sure we were the slowest tourists in all of Kyoto. He made the day fun and was able to anticipate when we were tired and needed a break. He took us to all the primary temples in Kyoto and was able to provide the background and history of each site. He even found a specialty vendor when my husband mentioned wanting to see some Japanese craftsmanship tools. I am sure this had never been requested before.

6 months ago |   by Adriana

“ Kyoto City Tour ”

Hiroshi is a very friendly guide, always with a smile on his face. He organized a day tour in Kyoto to cater specifically to our wishes and was helpful in answering our numerous questions about japanese culture and daily life.

9 months ago |   by Rakesh

“ Our Kyoto tour with Hiroshi ”

Hiro has good English, excellent area knowledge. Will hire him again. Thanks Hiro for being our guide.

10 months ago |   by William

“ Very friendly knowlegable guide ”

Hiroshi was a great guide who took us out for the whole day and we got to see the sights we wanted to as we only had one day in kyoto. Having someone who knows the history and is able to give information on each place was great. Thank you.

11 months ago |   by John

“ Kyoto Highlights ”

This was the first time we used the services of a guide so we were not too sure what to expect. On meeting Hiroshi (at our hotel) he was friendly and an instantly likeable person. We knew then we would enjoy the day. We saw more of Kyoto than we could have seen by ourselves in a day, and learnt more about Japanese culture and customs. Spoken English was good. From our perspective, it was great to have someone else lead the way and show and explain things to us. The photos he took for us with his camera were great. ( Just make sure you have a dropbox, cloud location or laptop so he can give you the photos)

1 year ago |   by My

Hiroshi is a great tour guide. One day tour in Kyoto was memorable, educational and fun with all the pop quizzes. It was an excellent tour. We visited quite a few wonderful places with an excellent tour guide. Hiro is a great guide, knowledgeable about the locations, full of interesting historical information, and has a great personality. Hope we didn't disappoint you, Hiro, with our little knowledge about Japan cultural heritage. Hiro was also very helpful by showing us the way to travel from Osaka to Tokyo by bullet train and made sure that we arrived to Tokyo safe and sound. What a great tour guide. Strongly recommended. Once again THANK YOU Mr. Hiroshi Yokoyama

1 year ago |   by Michelle

Hiroshi is indeed a great tour guide! We requested for a customized full-day Kyoto tour and we definitely enjoyed every minute of it! Not only did we experience the many wonderful sites (I believe we were able to see 6 great sites in 1 day!) that Kyoto had to offer but also learned a lot from Hiroshi from his pop quizzes with matching chocolate prizes if you're answer is correct. :) This really made our trip not just very memorable and educational but also was a lot of fun! Hiroshi, thanks again for spending your day with us! And we are hoping to see you again in our next visit to Japan! :)

1 year ago |   by Florian

We had the large Kyoto tour with Hiro-Sensei, it was an excellent tour, we saw so many wonderful places in Kyoto, and all this with a very good guide. He gave us a lot of information, i won the chocolate price twice (yeahh). The next time we will come back to Japan, we will book a tour with Hiro again and you should do this too.

1 year ago |   by Matthew

Hiroshi is a very enthusiastic and energetic tour guide. His love of teaching (formerly a school teacher) is apparent. He is perhaps the best value for your money in Kyoto and Nara!

1 year ago |   by Carolina

We spent 2 very good days with Hiroshi in Kyoto and Nara. He is very organized and professional. The third day we did not book with him but he was very kind to write a list ( in English and Japanese ) of the places we should go by ourselves and how to get to the places.

1 year ago |   by Hannah

Hiroshi was a delight to spend the day with. He is clearly knowledgable about the ancient history of Kyoto, but also the modern and present day. It was obvious that he is a school teacher as he is highly organised and exclaims "bingo!" if you answer his quiz questions correctly. He tailored our trip to suit our needs perfectly, we would recommend choosing Hiroshi as a tour guide.

1 year ago |   by Ana

Had a nice time with Horoshi,

1 year ago |   by Jeff

May 2016...Our tour with Hiroshi in Kyoto was amazing. I was hesitant before finding Triple Lights that the language barrier would prevent us from fully enjoying Kyoto. I requested a tour through Triple Lights and they assigned Hiro to us. He speaks English and as a retired school teacher, is very knowledgable about the area. He was born and raised there. The tour took several hours (happily longer than I was expecting) and he put together the perfect itinerary. He suggested a route that included using the subway, walking and a taxi. He paid for his own subway, but asked that we cover the cost of the taxi....which we readily did. Be ready to walk with a purpose....he can zoom out! Meeting him was a breeze at the tourist information office at Kyoto station. Jeff and John - Washington DC.

1 year ago |   by Candy

It was a very pleasant journey with Hiroshi. He is very knowledgeable about Kyoto's history and told us several interesting stories throughout the journey. The stories really enriched our experience. Hiroshi is also very patient with us. Carrying a 10-month baby meant that we had to make frequent stops to care for the baby, Hiroshi was very patient and even helped us to carry the baby pram. Overall, a very pleasant and enriching experience. =D

1 year ago |   by Nancy

Hiro was very accommodating and my son and I at our hotel instead of the train station. He showed us the planned sights as expected and we covered a lot of area. It was a difficult touring day because it rained hard the entire day. But we still enjoyed the tour and his companionship.

1 year ago |   by Bert

Hiroshi was an excellent guide for us. He was well educated and explained the various temples and other sights in such a way as to make each location come alive with the history and its people. Kyoto is a large city but Hiroshi helped us navigate it easily using both bus and taxi as a means of negotiating large distances as expediently as possible. I would certainly recommend Hiroshi to anyone seeking an interesting tour of Kyoto which included a full day of historical sights as well as a grand ethnic dinner and a brief theater piece exploring the culture of Japan . BW

1 year ago |   by Kristine

Vibrant tour with lots of information. Hiroshi is very friendly and had the day well planned out. We lucked out with great weather and were able to see all of the attractions we planned including a delicious stop for lunch. Hiroshi is organized and quick to communicate by email during the planning stage. He arrived at our hotel promptly as agreed and explained what we would do throughout the day.

1 year ago |   by David

Hiro was a great guide, personable and knowledgeable about the locations we visited and full of lots of interesting historical information. It was an action-packed 71/2 hour tour and I feel like we only scratched the surface exploring this amazing city. He really helped to make the most of my short stay in Kyoto.

2 years ago |   by Linda

Hiroshi was our guide for a day tour of Kyoto during a quick two day trip. Because we were staying in the downtown area and the only guests on the tour for the day, Hiroshi was nice enough to meet us at our hotel rather than at the train station. Before heading out, he went over the plan quickly in terms of walking and transportation to the various sites. He was very well prepared and knew where we were going at all times. He was knowledgable about the sites visited and was able to point out some fun facts. Hiroshi spoke English well, but we had a few moments where we had weren't sure what he said because of the pronunciation. However, English isn't his first language, so it was reasonable. There are so many sites in Kyoto that we appreciated the planned tour and not having to figure out which sites to visit and how to get there, especially for our short visit. Thanks Hiroshi!

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