Discover your own Japan with a private guide
A 6-hour tour in Kyoto or nearby areas designed especially for you with your private guide.
Would you like to take beautiful photos of Japanese gardens to show your friends or perhaps you would like to find the hidden gems of Kyoto or visit the old established shops to find nice souvenirs or perhaps you would like to experience Japan's traditional cultures like Yuzen silk dyeing, Japanese sweets making, Zen meditation or try out an aesthetic Maccha (powdered green tea) treatment to cleanse your mind, body and soul at a Buddhist temple established in the mid-16th century and…the options are unlimited and I will help you with all of the details.
In this tour, you can create your exquisite tours in Kyoto or nearby areas and it will be the highlight of your travel in Japan. Enjoy the vibrant, historic Japan in your own way!
It'll be your tour - designed especially for you. You'll tell me what you are interested in and I'll design a special full day just for you.
The time we start the tour is flexible and is meant to accommodate your schedule and interests.
Here some recommended things to see or to do:
1. Nijo Castle, Kinkakuji (The Golden Pavilion), Ryoanji, Bamboo forest in Arashiyama
2. Sanjusangendo, Kiyomizu temple, Sannenzaka, Yasaka Pagoda, Gion
3. Fushimi Inari taisha shrine, Kiyomizu temple, Sannenzaka, Gion
4. Ginkakuji temple, The Philosopher's path, Honenin temple, Nanzenji
5. Fushimi Inari taisha shrine, Arashiyama Area (Tenryuji temple, Bamboo Forest and Togetsu bridge area)
KYOTO CULTURE, ARTICRAFTS ACTIVITIES
Tea Ceremony , Ikebana (Flower arrangement), Yuzen Silk Dyeing, Lacquer Painting, Kyoto Sweets Making, Kimono dressing etc. . .
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: We will meet at the lobby of your hotel or the main entrance of JR Kyoto station.
End location: We will return to the starting point. If you would like to spend more time at the final destination, I can leave you to explore on your own. Help will be provided in directing or assisting you to your next desired location
Duration: 6 hours
The tour duration might be affected by the weather or the traffic.
Transportation Method: We will take a public bus, tram, JR train and also do some walking depending on the activities you choose. A 1-day bus ticket is 500JPY/Person. Tram fare is 200JPY/Person. JR train fare is 230JPY/Person. The fare varies according to destinations. (You can use JAPAN RAIL PASS for JR train.)
It is sometimes advisable to take a taxi in order to save time. A taxi can take 4 people at maximum. It costs about 800JPY~2,500JPY to go from one place to another.
My service as your private guide. It also includes my transportation and entrance fees.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
5000 JPY - The cost depends on the activities or destinations you choose.
About 1000 yen - transportation fee (when using public transportation only)
500-1100 yen (Admission fee/1 destination)
2500yen: Tea Ceremony or Ikebana (flower arrangement)
1500-6500yen: Yuzen silk dyening
2000-3000yen: Lacquer Painting
3000-5000yen: Kimono dressing
2000yen: Kyoto Sweets making
Cultural experience costs
Your travel costs
Your admission fees
Lunch for yourself and your guide
You are responsible for purchasing any items of a personal nature related to shopping, souvenirs, snacks, and restaurant meals.
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.
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I would absolutely recommend this tour guide as an experienced, knowledgeable, organised, thoughtful and communicative guide. Communication in planning the tour was always timely and helpful and Meiko organised an excellent tour for us. Arriving early it was clear that Meiko had arranged and planned everything in detail. All transport went smoothly, each of the locations was thoughtfully chosen. Meiko was an excellent communicator, giving us important, relevant and useful information. We loved her guiding