Visit to Golden Pavilion, Nijyo Castle, Silver Pavilion, Kiyomizu temple, Fushimi-inari shrine and Gion.
For tourists who want to visit as many major sites in Kyoto as possible, with a more secured room than a public transportation, moving by an arranged jumbo taxi is the best idea. You can save waiting time for a bus or a subway, and can enjoy discussion as well as Q&A, sharing information provided by a guide. With this arrangement, you can visit 5 major sites, i. e. Golden Pavilion, Nijyo castle, and other interesting sites for 8. 5 hours duration. A jumbo taxi (a van) with the capacity of 9 passengers (including a guide) can be arranged with 5 days prior notice given to me to the tour . (During high seasons, i. e. March, April, May, October and November, 30 days prior notice to the tour may be necessary. ) The payment to a driver shall be made in a local currency, when we leave the taxi at the end of the tour. Please note that the cost of a jumbo taxi is not included in the Tour Price of $300, but in your Estimated Local Cash.
The model itinerary: Meet up at your hotel or Kyoto station at 8:30 - After buying some snacks & drinks, and cashing, taking an arranged jumbo taxi - Nijyo castle (9:00-9:45) - Golden Pavilion (10:00 to 10:45)- Silver Pavilion (11:15-12:00) - Kiyomizu temple/Sannenzaka/Ninenzaka/Yasaka shrine (13:00-14:30)- Gion district (15:00-15:30) - Fushim-inari shrine (16:00- 16:30) - See you off at your hotel or Kyoto station at 17:00. A snack lunch will be taken during the transit. Though the above is a model itinerary, I can customize it according to your requests. ( If you prefer quick lunch at a restaurant to snacks and drinks during the transit, please let me informed, and I can accommodate it for your requests. )
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: At your hotel or Kyoto station at 8:30.
End location: See you off at your hotel or Kyoto station at 17:00.
Duration: 8 hours 30 min.
Transportation in Kyoto precinct is made by a jumbo taxi with 9 passanger seats (inlcuding mine) arranged by me. However, you are required to be on foot for about 4 hours (when we visit 6 sites) or 10 kilometers(6 miles).
The price ( cost of tour ) includes my services as your private tour guide during your trip and management on your schedule. General consultancy on your sightseeing in Japan, my transport expenses for a round trip from my home to your hotel, my meals, and my admissions to facilities are also included. Please note the price does not include the cost of your admissions, your lunch, and a jumbo taxi.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
10562 J.Yen - This payment, besides the price (cost of tour), is per person assuming the number of travelers is eight, covering 1,800 yen of your admissions to facilities, about 1,500 yen for your lunch, and 7,262 yen of the share of a van (about 58,100 yen per car divided by 8 persons). (If the number of tourist is less than 8, the local payment amount per person is increased. Please see what's extra section.) (The amount of a jumbo taxi fare covers the costs of a driver, a vehicle, parking and insurance.)
The fare of a jumbo taxi, your admissions to facilities, and your lunch are not included in the tour price. ( It is estimated 10,562 J.Yen per person in cash assuming 8 travelers, as per Estimated Local Cash Needed. In case of 7 travelers, 11,600 J.Yen. And when the number of travelers is less than 7, please ask me for quotation, and I will get back to you with rates. ) Also, any items of a personal nature related to shopping, souvenirs are extra.
I have no license for driving a commercial car that carries passengers.
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Ken is a very knowledgeable guide who accommodated us when we wanted a change in plans and assisted us when my Husband was not feeling well. He did a great introduction of Kyoto and made us want to go back again!