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 the Golden Pavilion, one of the jewels in Kyoto, Ryoan-ji Temple which is noted for its stone and sand Zen garden, then take a local Randen tram for Arashiyama which has been one of Kyoto's most distinctive sightseeing destinations since 8th century. After enjoying a lovely view from the Togetsu-kyo Bridge, a landmark in Arashiyama, appreciate the beautiful garden of Tenryu-ji Temple. Going through a bamboo forest which affords an picturesque view of green poles covering an area of 16 square kilometers, listen to the sound the wind makes as it blow through the grove.
This is a full day 8-hour tour which allows a fully guided tour around Kyoto showing you all the places you may wish to return to in Kyoto another day.
As your private tour guide, I can adjust the schedule, duration and activities to meet your needs. Please let me know of any special requests
Meet at your hotel or the entrance of Kyoto Tourist Information Center "Kyo-navi" on the second floor of JR Kyoto station Building in the morning.
Kinkaku-ji Temple: known as the Golden Pavilion which blends Zen, samurai and imperial styles.
Ryoan-ji Temple: By using your imagination, you will find your own interpretation of its famous rock garden.
Arashiyama Togetsu Bridege over the Oi river: The place where the Emperor and his courtiers often disported themselves in boats in the old days.
Tenryu-ji Temple: built for the spirit of betrayed Emperor. One of the best gardens in Kyoto
Bamboo forest: You can walk on the beautiful path and see the swaying bamboo listening to rustling of bamboo leaves.
JR Kyoto Station
By combining public transportation and taxi, you can visit Nijo castle or Fushimi-Inari shrine, too.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: We will meet at the lobby of your hotel or the entrance of Kyoto Tourist Information Center "Kyo-navi" on the second floor of JR Kyoto station Building.
End location: We will return to the starting point. Help will be provided in directing or assisting you to your next desired location.
Duration: 8 hours
The tour duration might be affected by the weather or the traffic.
We will take a public bus, tram, JR train and also do some walking. A 1-day bus ticket is 500JPY/Person. Tram fare is 200JPY/Person. JR train fare is 230JPY/Person. (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.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
4200 JPY - @about 1,000 yen - transportation fee (when using public transportation only)
@1,700 yen-admission fees (Kinkaku-ji : 400 yen, Ryoan-ji : 500 yen, Tenryu-ji : 800yen (the main building and the garden)
@about 1,500 yen- Lunch
I do not have a commercial driver's license, so I cannot drive during tours.
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Meiko was very friendly and helpful. We learned a lot about Japanese culture and customs. She was also very flexible with the schedule for the day as we were traveling with kids. It was a pleasure to spend the day with her.