Kyoto West Side Story : Walk Samurai Roads with a Private History Guide


Tour Number

Activity Level



Youth and Family, First Time Visitor, Day Trip / Out of Town, City


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 6



Japanese (fluent), English (advanced)

Walk Along Autumn Leaves

This is the tour of samurai culture, history and spiritualism.
Kyoto was the birth and end place of samurai.
Their ages lasted 700 years.
But they disappeared in the historical stage with the advent of Western civilization.
You never see samurai now, but still see samurai spirit to live in Japan and live in me.
Sado (tea ceremony) originated in samurai culture.

This tour includes 4 world heritage sites:

Sanjusangendo Temple
Arashiyama Tenryuji and Bamboo Forest
(tea ceremony: option)
Ryoanji Rock Garden
and Golden Pavilion.


- Sanjusangendo
option : Sado (traditional tea ceremony)
- Tenryuji Arashiyama
- Ryoanji
- Golden Pavilion

The itinerary can be changed according to your wishes.
Please let me know if you have other ideas about your Kyoto tour.
When a destination on the itinerary is closed, another option will be offered.

If meeting at the cruise terminal in Osaka or Kobe, please note that it takes about 50 minutes to reach Kyoto from the Osaka cruise port, and 50 minutes back, so this will reduce out time to tour in Kyoto. 90 minutes to/from the Kobe cruise port.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: - JR Kyoto Station
- JR Nara Station
- Your Hotel in Kyoto, Osaka, or Nara

The cruise ship terminal of Osaka or Kobe Port. Please note that it takes about 50 minutes to reach Kyoto from the Osaka cruise port, and 60 minutes back, so this will reduce out time to tour in Kyoto. 90 minutes between Kobe cruise port and Kyoto.

End location: JR Kyoto Station or other stations
If you stay and have dinner at the final destination, I'll tell you how to get back.

Duration: 8 hours


This is a moderate walking tour using public transportation, like subways or buses.

What’s Included

Other: My service as your private guide. It also includes my own expenses (transportation to and from the meeting place, lunch and entrance fees).

Estimated Local Cash Needed

5000 yen - 2000 yen/person
- admission fee (Sanjusangendo 600 yen, Tenryuji 500 yen, Ryoanji 500 yen, Golden Pavilion 400 yen)
- Transportation fee (1000 yen) : subway, bus.
two taxis : 2000 yen

When you stay in Osaka, additional transportation fares are necessary (about 2000 yen).

What’s Extra

Other: - Your transportation fares
- Your entrance fees
- Your meals

- Two taxis used.
- - Pick up service at a hotel in Kobe or Kobe cruise port, at a hotel in Osaka or Osaka cruise port (2000 yen)


I am 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

Mr Masaki was one of the warmest and friendliest tour guide we ever had. Very informative and knowledgeable about our tour and leveled up our tour experience to new heights. A very fine example of Japanese hospitality.
Jeanne R.

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