The Beauty of Japan guaranteed by UNESCO World Heritage
Since you've come all the way to Kyoto, you want to enjoy it fully, but there are too many sites you must see there!
In that case, you can choose the destinations designated as UNESCO World Heritage sites.
However, Kyoto has one of the world's largest collections of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
There are 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kyoto.
The question is: Which sites should you visit during a short stay in the city?
I've arranged five of them, most rewarding ones, and you can move effectively on foot and by buses.
Nijo Castle: Built as the second castle for Shogun, it is a great place to experience the awesome power of the warlords who controlled the nation for centuries. Both the sprawling gardens and expansive buildings are superb.
Golden Temple: The three-story building covered with gold is really beautiful beyond description.
Ryoan-ji Temple: You can practice meditation in front of the famous "Zen" garden, with its mystical 15 rocks floating in a sea of white gravel.
Ninna-ji Temple: You can stroll the grounds of this huge temple complex and see less people compering with other temples except in cherry blossom season.
Nishi Hongan-ji Temple: A huge Pure Land Buddhist temple is famous for some impressive halls and a finely carved wooden gate designated as National Treasures.
※depends on the starting time & location
Kyoto JR Station: the huge complex building was designed by Hitoshi Hara, who designed UMEDA SKY BLD in Osaka.
It's famous for 125 steps stairway lighted up with 1500 LED after sunset.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: (A)Your hotel in Osaka or Kyoto(air B&B is unacceptable because it's not a public place and there's no place to wait for you. We can meet at the closest hotel or station)
(B)Tourist Information OSAKA located Central concourse(1F) of JR Osaka Station (not ShinOsaka station, Bullet train St.)
(C)The lobby of Hotel GRANVIA Kyoto in JR Kyoto station
I'm waiting for you with your name on a signboard.
End location: The same as the meeting location or the final destination with my instruction to get back to your hotel
Duration: 9 hours
Since all the five destinations close before 5pm, the idealistic starting time is 9 am.
Also it depends on meeting location, if we start later, not enough time to visit all.
In that case we skip Nishi Hongan-ji Temple,
and we go to esther Kyoto St. or Gion directly.
We will take bus, subway to the nearest stops to the sites, and enjoy walking through the sites.
If you would like to save the time for transportation and your group is less than four people, we can take taxis for moving from site to site because not many buses run on some routes.
Then you can visit traditional streets in Gion Area more leisurely.
The estimated taxi fare is around 5,000JPY per day.
My services as your private tour guide, Jokes and Laughs
Transportation, admission and meals for the guide
Estimated Local Cash Needed
2600 JPY - bus and train fares:600 JPY ~ 2200 JPY(1-Day Pass for Kyoto Bus & JR train fare from Osaka if it's needed)
admission fee:2000JPY (Nijo Castle & Golden Temple & Ryoan-ji Temple & Ninna-ji Temple)
Local facilities sometimes do not accept a credit card, but cash only.
If you want to save your transportation time, please use taxis in place of buses.
estimated taxi fares per day: around 5,000JPY
transportation fare & admission fee: the details are shown in Estimated Local Cash Needed column
personal expenses, such as meals, drinks, snacks and souvenirs
Price of half day tours for busy tourists, skipping some destinations
within 7 hours: JPY39,640
within 5 hours: JPY37,480
If you're interested in these shorter tours, please let me know and I'll send you customized tour through Toursbylocals.
No special qualification to drive a car or a bus for tourists. Isurance is not included.
Please check my availability before you ask me in order to save your precious time.