The Complete Kyoto Sites and Secrets - Private 2-day Tour


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City, First Time Visitor, Hiking and Walking, Museums / Culture


Kid Friendly: Yes. This tour is suitable for children as long as they are supervised by a parent.

Friendly: No.
You must enjoy walking short distances including going up and down stairs. You must be able to get in and out of a taxi, train, tram or public bus.

Maximum travelers: 6



Japanese (fluent), English (advanced)

Perfect for people who are visiting Kyoto for the first time with a private guide

Kyoto has more than 1000 years of history, and this tour is a great way to explore and discover charms of the city.

Enjoy a panoramic tour seeing Yasaka Pagoda, Kiyomizu Temple, Jishu Shrine (the cupid of Japan). Walking down Sannen-zaka, you will feel the old-days Kyoto surrounded by many traditional buildings. At Ginkaku-ji, known as the "Silver Pavilion", enjoy the authentic Japanese gardens. When you stroll around Geisha town of Gion, if you are lucky, you may happen to see geisha walking down the cobbled streets.

On the second day, we will visit the Golden Pavilion, one of the jewels in Kyoto, Ryoan-ji Temple, Arashiyama which has been one of Kyoto's most distinctive sightseeing destinations since 8th century. After enjoying the beautiful garden of Tenryu-ji Temple, let's go through a bamboo forest which affords an picturesque view of green poles covering an area of 16 square kilometers.

This is a 2-day tour which allows a fully guided tour around Kyoto showing you all the must-see sites in Kyoto.



Your hotel in Kyoto or Kyoto station

Kiyomizu temple

Jishu Shrine in the grounds of Kiyomizu Temple
Sannen-zaka slope

Yasaka Pagoda

Ginkaku-ji Temple

Gion area


Your hotel

Kinkaku-ji Temple

Ryoan-ji Temple

Lunch in Arashiyama

Tenryuji temple

Bamboo forest

Togetsukyo area

By combining public transport and taxi, we can add one more place for each day. (Fushimi Inari shrine, Nijo castle, etc. )

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: We will meet at the lobby of your hotel or the main entrance of JR Kyoto station Building where you can see Kyoto Tower in front of you.

End location: We will return to the starting point. Help will be provided in directing or assisting you to your next desired location.

Duration: 2 days

This is a 2-day tour. The tour duration for each day is 8 hours. It might be affected by the weather or the traffic.


We will take a public bus and also do some walking. A 1-day bus ticket is 500JPY/person.

It is sometimes advisable to take a taxi in order to save time. A taxi can take 4people at maximum. It costs about 800JPY~2,500JPY to go from one place to another.

What’s Included

My service as your private guide. It also includes my transportation and entrance fees.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

10000 JPY - (Day-1: about 6,000 yen/person)

@500yen- one day bus ticket

@800 yen: Admission fees (Kiyomizu Temple @300 yen, Ginkaku-ji Temple @500 yen per person)

@about 1500 yen: Lunch

(Day-2: about 4000 yen/person)

@About 1000 yen: transportation fee (when using public transportation only)

@1,700 yen: Admission (Kinkaku-ji: 400 yen, Ryoan-ji: 500 yen Tenryu-ji: 800 yen)

@About 1500 yen: Lunch

What’s Extra

Your admission fee
Your travel costs
Lunch for yourself and your guide

I require that you be covered by your own travel insurance policies.

I cannot offer tours to individuals not covered by their own travel insurance policies. By accepting my services and participating in the tour, you release me of any liability for any injury, accident occurring before, during or after the tour. Of course, you can rest assured that I will make every effort to make sure that your tour is a safe one.


I do not have a commercial driver's license, so I cannot drive during tours.

A Recent Review of this tour

This is the second time we had Meiko as our guide. Again my family and I were most happy to with her services. Again she was most knowledgeable and friendly to make our trip in Kyoto most enjoyable. She is highly recommended. Went all the way to organize lunches for us as well and recommending dinners to suit our budget Thank you Meiko.
Chiong Chin Kiu

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