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From graceful geishas to exquisite temples, the city of Kyoto will amaze you. Experience Kyoto through the eyes of a local private guide! Browse our tour 'suggestions' - each can be customized just for you.

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Boasting 17 World Heritage sites and a stunning array of Buddhist temples and Shintō shrines, Kyoto is a treasure house of Japanese history and culture. But while this ancient city is one of the world's most culturally rich places, its true beauty can sometimes lie hidden behind modern facades. Take a Kyoto tour with a knowledgeable local guide to discover the 'real' Kyoto - the Kyoto of your dreams.

Walk with your guide around Old Kyoto, through winding alleys lined with traditional narrow wooden houses. In Gion Corner you can experience dance performances by apprentice geisha, and learn about the traditional Japanese arts of puppetry and flower arranging. Your guide will want you to see Kinkaju, the shimmering Golden Pavillion, and the beautiful Kiyomizu Temple - especially during the spring Cherry Blossom season.

Kyoto's attractions are too many to list, but your guide will make sure you see the very best this enchanting city has to offer on your private Kyoto tour.
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Kyoto Hiking & Walking Tours

Kyoto tours Hiking & Walking Private Tours Full day tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.)
Visit the most popluar points in western Kyoto.
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Kyoto tours Hiking & Walking Private Tours Inside tour to Kyoto Imperial Palace and beautiifull gardens.
Look at the real life of royal family and discover the beauty of Japanese gardens.
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Kyoto tours Hiking & Walking Private Tours Full day tour to ancient city Nara, with a bonus trip to Fushimi Inari shrine in Kyoto.
During this amazing full day tour you will see and experience the beautiful Nara park with wild but tamed deer and Great Buddha.,...
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Kyoto Shore Excursion Tours

Kyoto tours Shore Excursion Private Tours Shore Excursion Tour to Kyoto by a jumbo taxi from Kobe (or Osaka).
Visit to most popular sites including Golden Pavilion/Nijyo Castle/Ryoanji temple/Silver Pavilion/Gion.
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Kyoto tours Shore Excursion Private Tours Inside tour to Kyoto Imperial Palace and beautiifull gardens.
Look at the real life of royal family and discover the beauty of Japanese gardens.
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Other Kyoto Tours

Kyoto tours Other Private Tours Kyoto custom-tailored tour for 4 hours
For your special request or interest
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Kyoto City Tours

Kyoto tours City Private Tours Home Visit to a Japanese Koto Musician and World Heritage Shrine
Enjoy Japanese Culture at home
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Kyoto tours City Private Tours Kyoto landmarks & sake tasting
Enjoy must-see spots and sake museum
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Kyoto tours City Private Tours Kyoto Half-day Tour
Real Charms of Kyoto
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Kyoto Food and Wine Tours

Kyoto tours Food and Wine Private Tours Kyoto combo tour
Kyoto half-day tour + Cooking lesson (market browsing )
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Kyoto tours Food and Wine Private Tours Ancient Nara tour from Osaka or Kyoto
It's easy and interesting to explore Nara if you have a local guide!
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Kyoto tours Food and Wine Private Tours Cooking Class & Market-Browsing in Kyoto
Let's enjoy browsing a market and cooking in Kyoto
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Kyoto Cultural Tours

Kyoto tours Cultural Private Tours Kyoto Outskirts Tour
Beautiful nature and the atmosphere of old Japan! *Note* Before the booking plase ask me about the availability of this tour.
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Kyoto tours Cultural Private Tours Walking tour to Geisya town in Kyoto.
Visit Fushimi -inari shrine (Thousands of Torii) ,Yasaka shrine, Kiyomizu temple, Yasui Shrine and Gion town.
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Kyoto tours Cultural Private Tours Full day tour to eastern Kyoto (Silver pavilion/Philosopher's path/Nanzenji temple/Kiyomizu temple/Gion district.)
Visit the most popular points in eastern Kyoto.
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Kyoto Cycling Tours

Kyoto tours Cycling Private Tours Kyoto Fun-ride Cycling
Feel the wind and explore Kyoto widely and efficiently!
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Kyoto Nature & Wildlife Tours

Kyoto tours Nature & Wildlife Private Tours Hieizan 1day -Enryakuji Temple & Mountain trekking
Visit Enryakuji temple on Mt. Hiei and enjoy trekking in the mountain.
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Kyoto tours Nature & Wildlife Private Tours Kyoto Outskirts Tour
Beautiful nature and the atmosphere of old Japan! *Note* Before the booking plase ask me about the availability of this tour.
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Kyoto tours Nature & Wildlife Private Tours Tours to Arashiyama /Sagano area in Far Western Kyoto for 6 hours.
Enjoy riding on trams with scenic river views and visiting Tenryuji temple/bamboo path etc.
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Kyoto Water - Kayak, Rafting, Sailing Tours

Kyoto tours Water - Kayak, Rafting, Sailing Private Tours Arashiyama &Hozu river rapid shooting
Enjoy nature, garden and culture in Arashiyma area
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Kyoto Youth and Family Tours

Kyoto tours Youth and Family Private Tours Kyoto Foodie Tour
Sushi, Mochi, Snacks! Try local taste! Let's become a foodie!
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Kyoto tours Youth and Family Private Tours Personalized Private Kyoto Tour
Discover your own Kyoto
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Kyoto tours Youth and Family Private Tours Kyoto Highlights 1day
This is the best part of Kyoto!
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"My friends and I enjoyed ourselves very much on the trip to Kyoto with Setsuko as our guide. Setsuko is so humble, help,..." [more]
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"Tomoko was absolutely amazing! She customized our tour and was wonderful to our twin 11-year olds. She would call ahead,..." [more]
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