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Stroll in Gion & Kiyomizu-dera areas The real Kyoto that you have longed to see(daytime tour)

by Yuriko
(5) Reviews
4h $ 94 per person


  • every famous stone-paved streets and slopes
  • temple and shrine known only by few ( free of charge )
  • tea ceremony ( optional : ¥2000~ 2500 ) ---Please tell me prior to booking
  • delicious foods and a colourful variety of souvenirs

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94.00 USD

FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Hotel pick-up.
$ 18.80
Extra hour.
$ 23.50


We will stroll in traditional and nostalgic streets.

-- the Gion district
we will walk through the nostalgic streets and stop by a reasonable cafe which is very popular among maiko.

--the Kiyomizudera Temple areas
We will explore the bustling slopes filled with old cafes and souvenir shops. And please enjoy authentic matcha sweets.

What to Expect

There are countless places to visit in kyoto. The Gion district and the Kiyomizudera temple areas are one of the most popular sight-seeing
areas in Kyoto. And these places are very special for local people ,too. The streets are lined with Machiya , or traditional townhouses.
With my help, you will be able to feel the traditional atmosphere of Kyoto and see picturesque view without getting lost.
And I will take you to the very unique temples and shrines known only by few visitors.
Viewing the Kamogawa River is also included in this tour. And I gladly accept one person.
The beauty of Kyoto is breathtaking. I am looking forward to meeting you soon.



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  • every famous stone-paved streets and slopes
  • temple and shrine known only by few ( free of charge )
  • tea ceremony ( optional : ¥2000~ 2500 ) ---Please tell me prior to booking
  • delicious foods and a colourful variety of souvenirs


Buses conveniently stop right at tourist sites, but during the peak seasons , they get very crowded. So I suggest we use the subway or take a taxi. That will take us to our destinations more smoothly.

1. This tour is a walking tour. So visiting Kenninji Temple , Kiyomizudera Temple and Kodaiji Temple are not included.

2. This tour will take place unless it rains heavily.
Some people think it would be more beautiful if it rained or snowed.
But I am willing to tailor the tour to your needs. Please feel free to ask me anything.
If you wish, we will visit famous temples of the area on a rainy day. Entrance fees are as follows: 
Kodaiji Temple--¥600 / Kiyomizudera Temple--¥300 / Kenninji Temple--¥500

3. We will walk as slowly as possible so that you can enjoy taking pictures and viewing the beautiful scenery.

4. Please make sure to wear comfortable shoes.
course A-- about 3 km / course B--about 2 km / both course A and course B-- about 5 km read more

What‘s included
guide fee
What‘s not included
transportation fee ( you and your guide )
Japanese sweets ( about ¥350~¥700 )
lunch : about ¥1000
Meeting Point
At convenient place for you
Ending Point
At convenience places for your next destination
4 hours
Starting time
09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 5 people   Flexible

Frequently Asked Questions

How much is the transportation fee ?

We use public transportation. The cost will be about 300 yen~ 400 yen

Can you pick me up at hotel ?

Yes, in that case, please pay me ¥2000 on the day tour take place.

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 ( 5 )
Susan Susan Canada ( Friends )
4 months ago

“ A great walk through Southern Higashiyama in Kyoto ”

Highly recommend hiring Yuriko as a private tour guide! Working within a time constraint and unsure of how best to manage our expectations (with so little time and so much to see), Yuriko patiently helped us plan a perfect 1/2 day tour prior to our arrival. We were able to see the sights most important to us and move at our own pace. Yuriko used her teaching skills to fill in the blanks, keep us on track, show us some areas of interest away from the crowds and ultimately get us to our final destination on time! It was a wonderful, enlightening day full of memories we will forever cherish! Thanks again Yuriko!


Dear Susan Thank you very much for your kind review ! It was a great honor to show you around beautiful Kyoto. I was impressed with the fact that you had a deep interest and respect for Japanese culture. We had such a wonderful time walking down stone-paved streets and talking about so many topics !! Thanks again for choosing me as your guide. That was a memorable 1/2 day I would never forget. Many thanks Yuriko

Matthew Matthew Australia
4 months ago

“ Interesting Day ”

Had an interesting day at Arayashima Bamboo Forest / Kiyomizu Dera Temple and Gion District


Dear Matthew It was an honor to spend a wonderful time with you and your wife. Thank you very much and I really appreciate it. I hope you will come back to Kyoto. Sincerely Yuriko

Michael Michael United States ( Family with kids )
5 months ago

“ Kyoto 2019 ”

Yuriko was absolutely incredible. She was very organized during every step of the process. She communicated frequently, quickly and clearly throughout the entire process. She made sure that we were able to explore the areas that we were interested in. I was very worried because we were traveling with 4 young children. She was very patient and accommodating. She went above and beyond to make everything easier for us. I would highly recommend Yuriko if you are coming to Japan with a family or a small group. We really wanted to ride Rickshaws and wear Kimono. She made it all happen for us. We will cherish the memories for a very long time. Thank you! Thank you!


Dear Michael Thank you very much for your wonderful review !! I am really happy you enjoyed riding rickshaw, wearing kimonos, eating local foods and visiting cultural sites. And how cheerful and pretty your daughters are !! Many thanks for choosing me as your guide and I had really fun spending 2 days with you all. I will cherish the memories for a very long time, too. Hope to see you all again !! Best regards Yuriko

Jwalant Jwalant United States ( Family )
1 year ago

“ Courteous, flexible but not as organized ir prepared ”

She was having trouble with public transportation and was not as organized. Besides that she was flexible polite. Helpful and accommodating to our needs. She could improve by providing more details about different sightseeing locations and offer more ideas about what to do and see in her city.


Thank you for your review. Regarding the public transportation, please understand that our itinerary was changed on the day when tour took place. I had prepared other plans exclusively for you. And I believe that you enjoyed visiting several tourist spots I recommended. But from now on, I will keep your comment in mind and continue to train myself to become good guide.

Gabriella Gabriella United Kingdom ( Solo )
Very Good
1 year ago

“ Arashiyama and beyond! ”

Yuriko was a very nice guide to spend time with. Her English is very good and she is knowledgeable and organised. She thinks ahead and tries to sort out all planning ahead of time. She kindly spent some time in the evening with me as well and we had a very nice meal together. I would happily recommend her and wish her will with her guiding! Thanks Yuriko


Hi ! Gabriella ! Thank you very much for your review ! I was so happy to have an opportunity to share an amazing time with you. I am glad that you enjoyed Japan and It was fun having a very nice meal together. Hope to see you again !!

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