Home Visit to a Japanese Koto Musician and World Heritage Shrine - Private Tour


Tour Number

Activity Level



City, Museums / Culture, Religious Heritage


Kid Friendly: No.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 5



Japanese (fluent), English (advanced)

Enjoy Japanese Culture at home with a private guide

Koto is a Japanese traditional musical instrument.
You can enjoy listening to Koto music, at the same time, experience of Kimono, maccha green tea tasting and making it yourself, Origami (folding paper) at a Japanese home.

After home visit, we go to Shimogamo-jinja, a very old shrine designated as the World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Part of Virgin forest is left in its precincts. The shrine is believed to be a power spot in Kyoto.

This tour is not always available, depending on the musicians availability. Would you please ask the availability before you make a booking request?
I require that you be covered by your own travel insurance policies.

By accepting my services and participating in the tour, you release me of any liability for any injury or accident occurring during the tour.
If you are not covered by your own travel insurance policy, please let me know as soon as possible.


After meeting you, we visit a Japanese Koto musician at her home. You enjoy listening to Koto music and wearing Kimono, tasting maccha green tea, making maccha green tea yourself, origami(folding paper) and so on.

After leaving her home, we walk to Shimogamo-jinnja, one of the World Heritage Sites in Kyoto, which is beleaved to be a so-called 'power spot'.

Then, we move to a convenient place for you to visit next.

Meeting Point + Tour Duration

Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building

End Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building

Duration: 4 hours


During this tour we will walk and take public transportation or Taxis

What’s Included

Other: My services as a professional local guide.
My transportaion.
The recompense for the Koto musician.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

1500 JPY - 1500JPY - about 1500JPY/person, for your travel cost by public transportaion, admission fee, food and drinks.

If you take a taxi to go to a place to another, it will cost about 600yen ~ 3500yen ( 4 people in a taxi) each time, and it is on you.

What’s Extra

Other: You are responsible for purchasing any items of a personal nature related to shopping, souvenirs, snacks, and restaurant meals.
Admission fees and public transportation or taxi fees.


I'm not a driver. I can accompany you in your vehicle or I can arrange for a separate car and driver.

A Recent Review of this tour

I had an excellent day looking around Kyoto with Tomoko! The traditional musician was such a unique experience and Tomoko had so much information to share with me. Lunch was also amazing! I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone visiting Kyoto!
Natalie Skinner

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