Kyoto Afternoon Tour + Gion Evening Tour


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Activity Level



Youth and Family, First Time Visitor, City, After Dark


Kid Friendly: No.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 4



Japanese (fluent), English (advanced)

Strolling Gion is absolutely essential

This tour is composed of 2 sections, a day tour of Kyoto and an evening tour of Gion.
This tour is timing-sensitive, in order to make this tour work, we will have early around 4:50-5:20. The tour starts at 12:30 pm at Kyoto Station or your accommodation. As for the PM tour part, you can choose any destination as long as it fits the time frame. The number of the destinations would be 2 or 3, depending on the proximity.

Note:. This tour is not available on Sundays.

The standard group size is up to 4 people.
Please contact me for a larger group.


For the afternoon tour part in Kyoto, you could choose two or three places to include. To make it feasible, I will give you advice accordingly.
For example:
-Nijo Castle
-Nishiki Market


The evening tour starts by strolling along the lovely Shirakawa canal. You'll be surprised how quickly you can move away from the hustle and bustle of the main streets. We'll take you to Geisha districts where you might be able to catch a glimpse of Geisha walking along the street. As the light fades and night falls, we'll transition to the Yasaka/Higashiyama area. Here, we'll enjoy walking along lane ways in the historically preserved district, seeing a 5-story pagoda with its stunningly intricate structure before arriving at Yasaka Shrine, a major Shinto Shrine in Kyoto. After briefly taking a look at a quirky shrine where a deity of beauty is enshrined we'll head over to a local restaurant to have a light meal and conclude the tour

Meeting Point + Tour Duration

Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Hotel, Suggested by Guide: In front of the Kyoto tourist information center at JR Kyoto station: It's on the 1st floor, not ground level , near the JR west ticket gate of the regular JR trains (NOT the ticket gate for Shinkansen)

End Point Options: Suggested by Guide: Somewhere convenient in GIon: I'll make sure you catch a taxi.

Duration: 8 hours


Part of this tour takes place on foot.
Taxi rides for some sections may be highly recommended to make the most of your limited time.

The evening tour part is a fully walking tour.

What’s Included

  • Guiding Services

Other: - The value of private tours
- Local insights by an insider of Kyoto
- My own transportation costs/entry fees

Estimated Local Cash Needed

4000 JPY - (the estimate is just a benchmark) - Average entry fee : 400 yen per person per place
-Public transportation : 140-260 yen per time per person
-Early dinner: Up to you

What’s Extra

  • Personal Expenses
  • Souvenirs
  • Public Transportation Tickets
  • Food, Drinks, Snacks

Other: Your entrance fees (when applicable)
Your public transportation
Your early dinner
My early dinner


I am not a driver. I can accompany you in separately arranged car with separate driver.

A Recent Review of this tour

We saw so many things in one great afternoon. Very intuitive and flexible guy who knows lots of history. Amazing guy.
Mike Robillard

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Private tour guide Takaaki

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