Kyoto Half day private tour


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


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 5



English (advanced), Japanese (fluent)

Fushimi Inari and Zen garden, Gion

Kyoto is the heart of Japanese history and culture since it was the ancient capital of Japan from the late 8th century until the late 19th century.
I would like to introduce you the places that include the wide varieties of culture as following.

Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine famous for its thousands of red gates.
This shrine is one of the most popular shrines in Japan. Since the whole mountain is the object of worship, it is the perfect place to know and feel about Shintoism.

My favorite Zen garden
Among so many Zen gardens in Kyoto, I will show you my favorite one, Kenninji temple located in Gion. It has several kinds of Japanese gardens and tea house.

Gion district with feeling of a scene out of old Japan
Gion is one of the five flower districts in Kyoto. It is the best place to know about Geisha, the entertainer who keeps alive traditional culture.


Meet at your hotel in Kyoto or JR Kyoto station
※Please note that the meeting and ending place of my tour is Kyoto city.

Following is itinerary suggestion. I can organize 4 hours tour according with your request.

- Fushimi Inari taisha Shrine famous for red gates
- take train
- My favourite Zen garden
- walk
- Gion district

※Please note that the meeting and ending place of my tour is Kyoto city.
In the case of afternoon half day tour, I can introduce you my favourite Izakaya located in Gion. It is closed on Sunday.

Meeting Point + Tour Duration

Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Hotel

End Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Hotel

Duration: 4 hours


train or city bus

What’s Included

  • Guiding Services

Other: -Professional guiding
-Photograph (I can take photos of you during the tour with my DSLR camera and then email them to you after the tour).

Estimated Local Cash Needed

4000 yen - Most of the local restaurants don't accept credit card payment. In the case if you are interested in going my favourite Izakaya for dinner, its estimate payment is around 4000 yen per per person.

Transportation fee: around 1000 yen per person.

What’s Extra

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

Other: -Admission fee
・500 yen for Kenninji temple
-Food and drinks, and other travel costs
-Your own travel insurance.


I am not a driver guide but I can arrange transportation during the tour.

A Recent Review of this tour

Koichi was great: professional, prepared, and knowledgeable. He knows about all relevant topics, including history, culture (including geisha culture), politics and cuisine. He was also ready to change our program as we went to meet our needs better. Koichi is very friendly and has tons of energy. I would utilize his services again for sure!!
Jamie Phares

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