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
Jishu Shrine in the grounds of Kiyomizu Temple
Lunch in Arashiyama
By combining public transport and taxi, we can add one more place for each day. (Fushimi Inari shrine, Nijo castle, etc. )
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Hotel
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 600JPY/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~3,500JPY to go from one place to another.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
8000 JPY - (Day-1: about 3,000 yen/person)
@600yen- one day bus ticket
@900 yen: Admission fees (Kiyomizu Temple @400 yen, Ginkaku-ji Temple @500 yen per person)
@about 1500 yen: Lunch
(Day-2: about 4,200 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
I do not have a commercial driver's license, so I cannot drive during tours.
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We spent a wonderful two days with Meiko exploring beautiful Kyoto. Her knowledge of the city is excellent. She knows exactly what buses, trams and trains to take around the city. No wasted time meant that we saw an amazing amount in two days. Meiko took us to great places for lunch that we would never have found by ourselves. She adjusted the itinerary to include sites that we wanted to visit and provided detailed and fascinating information. It was a pleasure to spend time with Meiko. Highly recommended