Your day in Kyoto 4-hour Private Custom Tour


Tour Number

Activity Level



Youth and Family, Religious Heritage, First Time Visitor, City


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 4



Japanese (fluent), English (advanced)

Set-itineraries or tailor-made

From July through August, because of high likelihood of intense rain, starting tours early in the morning would be highly recommended. The tour can be commenced as early as 7:30 am.

On this tour, I will take you to the must-see sites that are probably on your radar. With your limited time to spend here in Kyoto, I'm certain that having me, the City of Kyoto official tour guide, will help you to make the most of your time and you will find out local insights that you would've missed out on otherwise.

It is always an option for you to alter or extend the itineraries to incorporate the places you wish to go.
I, myself, may suggest modifications to take seasonal factors into consideration such as cherry blossoms/autumn colours/festivals.

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

From December through February, starting time may be negotiable. Please contact me for the details.


Here are the sample itineraries for this 4-hour tour:

Plan A
-Nijo Castle
-Nishiki Market

Plan B

Plan C
-Fushimi-Inari Shrine
-Strolling Sake brewery area and local shopping arcade "Otesuji"
-Local temple

Plan D
-Kiyomizu Temple
-Strolling in historicly preserved district
-Gion area

Plan E
Heianjingu Shrine
Murin-An Japanese garden
Nanzenji Zen temple

Meeting Point + Tour Duration

Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Hotel, Suggested by Guide: i.e. 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) Meeting at the first destination directly can be an option in order to reduce travel time from your hotel and make the most of your precious time.

End Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Hotel, Suggested by Guide: At the final destination or somewhere convenient for travellers' subsequent plan/arrangement.

Duration: 4 hours


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

What’s Included

  • Guiding Services

Other: - The value of a private tour
- Local insights by an insider of Kyoto
- Tailor-made itinerary
- My own transportation and entry fees

Estimated Local Cash Needed

2000 JPY - Transportation cost 1000 (depending on the itinerary)
Entry fees: 400-1000 (depending on the itinerary)

Taxi ride may be recommended for some sections for an efficient itinerary. Please note that possible taxi fares you would take care of is not included on "Estimated cash needed"

What’s Extra

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

Other: -Your entry fees
-Your train/subway/bus/taxi fare
-Your activities such as tea ceremony


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

A Recent Review of this tour

Very informative and knowledgeable of the areas sites and history. Takaaki was very flexible and considerate of our time. He was able to customize the perfect tour for me and my wife.
Jock Williams

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