Visit to land marks of Kyoto including Golden Pavilion/Nijyo Castle/Ryoanji temple/Silver Pavilion/Gion.
This is the specially customized tour for tourists with 8 or less number. Assuming your ship arrives at Kobe before 6:30, the tour starts at the cruise ship terminal at 7:30. Leaving the pier by a specially arranged jumbo taxi with 9 passengers (including a guide)capacity for 9. 5 hours ride (including 3 hours round trip from Kobe to Kyoto), we visit 5 major sites in Kyoto and return to the pier at 17:00. A snack lunch will be taken during the transit by a taxi or a quick lunch at a local restaurant. (Wifi is available during the transit. )
If the number of tourist exceeds 8, this tour will not be applicable. Also, if the number is less than 8, the local cash per person will be increased. (See the "estimated local cash needed" column). Please note, due to the taxi arrangement, at least 5 days prior booking to the tour date is required. Also please note that the availability of a taxi is subject to then conditions. The taxi fare is paid directly to a driver in local currency when we return to the pier.
Meet at the cruise ship terminal in Kobe harbor at 7:30. Leaving the pier by a specially arranged jumbo taxi with 9 passengers (including a guide)capacity for 9. 5 hours ride (including 3 hours round trip from Kobe to Kyoto), we visit Nijyo castle, Golden Pavilion, Ryoanji temple, Silver Pavilion, and Gion district ( The alternative sites will be possible) and return to the pier at 17:00. A snack lunch will be taken during the transit by taxi or at a local restaurant.
The taxi fare is settled by paying cash to the driver at the pier when the tour ends.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: at 7:30 at the cruise ship terminal in Kobe.
End location: at 17:00 at the cruise ship terminal in Kobe.
Duration: 9 hours 30 min.
Transportation between the cruise ship terminal to and from Kyoto is made by an arranged jumbo taxi. Between the parking lots to and from the facilities are on foot.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
11500 Japanese Yen - This is the payment, besides the tour price, per person assuming the number of tourist is eight (8). Payments include 8,000 yen as a jumbo taxi fare (estimated expense per car is 64,000 yen from the pier in Kobe to Kyoto per round trip including toll fee and parking fee. 64,000/8=8,000 yen) plus admissions to 4 facilities (2,000 yen) and your lunch(1,500 yen). Please note that if the number of the tourist exceeds 8, this tour is not applicable. Also, a jumbo taxi fare is subject to the season.
I have no license for driving a commercial car that carries passengers.
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Our group loved having Ken guide us around Kyoto. He was very knowledgeable and flexible with our time frame. The lunch restaurant he took us to was delicious and a slice of local culture. I would definitely recommend having the private van for a group unless the places you want to go to are close. The van gave us the flexibility to go to places on opposite sides of town.