Kyoto highlights - a Private Tour for travellers with time limitations


Tour Number

Activity Level



City, First Time Visitor, Religious Heritage


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 6



English (fluent), Italian (fluent), Japanese (conversational)

The perfect option for travellers with time constrains.

Visiting all top attractions in Kyoto in a day is not manageable, but with the right planning and a good pair of shoes it's possible to cover at least some of the "not to be missed" sights that the city has to offer.

This classic itinerary takes you from the jaw dropping views of the Golden Pavilion to the sombre beauty of Ryoanji temple's zen garden, from the enchanting bamboo grove of Arashiyama to the impressive Nijo castle, former residence of the Shogun. Time for a brief lunch before a stroll through the thousands of vermillion Torii gates of Fushimi Inari shrine. If timed correctly, a short train ride will finally take us to the celebrated Gion area just before dusk when Geisha leave their residences to attend one of their evening commitments.

The tour is flexible and can be customized to accommodate travelers' wishes and preferences. Please notify me in advance any special request.


- Golden Pavilion
- Ryoanji zen garden
- Arashiyama bamboo grove
- Nijo Castle
- Fushimi Inari Shrine
- Gion

This is suggested itinerary and can be adjusted to accommodate travellers' preferences.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: Your hotel or railway station

End location: Your hotel or railway station

Duration: 8 hours 30 min.


We will use a combination of walking/bus/subway/train to move between the different sights.

What’s Included

- My time and service as your private guide.
- Your Guide's lunch, transportation and entrance fees.
- Personal itinerary consultation service and tailor-made tour

Estimated Local Cash Needed

4000 yen - Admission fees at Kinkakuji (400yen), Ryoanji (500yen), Nijo castle (600yen)
Train/bus and possibly taxi (approx 2500yen)

*Please notice that religious sites and small restaurants do not accept credit cards but cash payments only.

What’s Extra

- Admission fees and transportation
- Lunch, refreshments and snacks

It's strongly advised for travelers to have their own insurance.

A Recent Review of this tour

My family and I spent a marvellous day in Kyoto with Luca! We visited many historical sites and moved from one site to the other with no stress. He told us about the major events of Japanese history as well as interesting things about contemporary Japanese culture and lifestyle. He also suggested us how to organize the following days! I can only recommed!
Maria Benvenuti

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