Kyoto Golden Course full day Private Tour


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Activity Level



Religious Heritage, First Time Visitor, City


Kid Friendly: No.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 7



Japanese (fluent), English (advanced)

must-see places for the first visitors! with a private guide

Kyoto has so many attractive places to see as the 1000-year-capital. This course includes 3 World Heritage sites and other places which show the very charms of Kyoto.

Kinkakuji Temple - You will see a breathtaking view of the golden pavilion and the garden.

Nijo Castle - You can see the gorgeous residence of Shogun ( the top ruler of Samurai warriors) and learn about the Shogun ans Samurai's life.

Kiyomizu Temple - a very old temple the foundation of which dates back to 8th c. . You will be amazed at the magnificent view of its compound. Around Kiyomizu is one of the most popular areas with many souvenir shops of Kyoto specialties. After enjoying walking through very Kyoto-like alleys, you reach a famous Geisha district, Gion.

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.


The starting time, the places to visit and activities are flexible according to your request.

We will meet in the morning and visit Kinkakuji-temple and Nijo Castle. After lunch, we will visit (Heian-shrine, if the time permitting) Kiyomizu-temple. After Kiyomizu, we will walk through Sannenzaka, Ishibekoji(stone wall alley), and reach Gion, the most famous Geish district in the evening.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: At your hotel, Kyoto station or another convenient place in Kyoto.

End location: In Gion district, central part of Kyoto, or at your hotel in Kyoto.

Duration: 8 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.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

5000 Japanese Yen - 5000JPY/person for your travel cost by public transportaion, admission fees, food and drinks.

If you take a taxi to go to a place to another, it will cost about 700yen ~ 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. Lunch for the guide.
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

Great 2 days with Tomoko. very knowledgeable and friendly. The first day, she took us on the Golden tour, and we saw all must see sights. Tomoko knew all the history to make each place come alive. Our second day with Tomoko we told her to take us to her favorite off the beaten path places, and it was awesome. We went to a tea ceramony, a private traditional townhouse and a few temples and gardens we wouldn't have seen without her. She listened to our food preferences and picked great restaurants. Awesome!
Karen Knecht

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